This is one of the few stories of late to genuinely make me laugh out loud, or “LOL” if you prefer.
A Chinese manufacturer has created – and released – a knock-off iPhone 5, based on all those recent leaks. Better still, it’s gone and patented the design. Take that, Apple.
It’s called the GooPhone i5 (subtle!), and for all intents and purposes looks very much like an elongated iPhone 4S with a 4in display and smaller dock connector - which happens to be exactly what we’re expecting from the iPhone 5.
Other GooPhone i5 specs include a Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, and a resolution of 1280 x 720. Yep, that’s an aspect ratio of 16:9.
Interestingly, the GooPhone i5 is said to rock a uniquely skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that looks not unlike iOS 6. Incidentally, I'm enjoying the Honeycomb (Android 3.0 for tablets) logo on the back.
The best part of all: having patented the iPhone 5-style design, the GooPhone i5 could pose problems for Apple when it comes to releasing the next iPhone in China. An amusing thought, for sure, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
In the meantime, check out this GooPhone i5 video over on – you guessed it – YouTube.