Basic Bear yours for $199, Android version of budget iPhone

Basic Bear yours for 9, Android version of budget iPhoneTo be honest, I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this frankly magnificent story.

Ok, for starters, a site based in China claims to have its hands on a budget iPhone (or the shell, at least), with an accompanying set of shots and a 3-minute video preview (Vimeo). Better still, it’s selling an Android knock-off – dubbed the Basic Bear – in an identical case for $199. What the…?

The latest budget iPhone leak, courtesy of Techdy, appears to gel quite nicely with the one we saw this time last week, when the handset appeared in a lime green plastic shell.

Here, the budget iPhone appears in white plastic, with what appears to be an iPhone 5-style 4in display. All previous iPhone displays were of course 3.5in diagonally.

Techdy says that the budget iPhone’s plastic shell doesn’t feel cheap; it’s actually quite sturdy.

The best part, however, is Techdy's Basic Bear, an Android-based budget iPhone knock-off that replaces the Apple logo with a paw print.

On the inside, Basic Bear specs include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front shooter, 2,300mAh battery and Jelly Bean (Android 4.2).

Amazing. And free shipping to the UK. Who’s buying one?

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3 comments

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 8, 2013 at 16:02

Well...what can I say?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 8, 2013 at 22:31

Companies like this don't hope to make money from selling devices, they hope to make money by patenting designs which they believe Apple are going to use in a product at a later date, and then suing Apple for copying their design.

The only downside to this business plan is the fact that producing a patent troll product on rumours about another company's, as of yet unannounced, potential future products can go horribly wrong if said company never releases something with a similar design to yours.

MunsuDC  Jul. 12, 2013 at 11:31

On the other hand, if said company releases something much worse looking than your "troll" design, you might still make profit from honest sales.

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