The OnePlus One raised the bar for affordable flagship-level phones, and the blogosphere got mightily excited yesterday when a new contender appeared, seemingly out of nowhere.
Perusing the list of “Xodiom” smartphone specs, you’d be forgiven for thinking this mysterious thing is too good to be true; evidence is mounting to suggest it’s a hoax. Bah.
Diving into Xodiom specs, we have a 5.5in QHD display (2560 x 1440) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, and 3GB of RAM.
In camera town, the Xodiom smartphone is populated by a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 4K ULTRA HD video capture; and a 5MP “distortion free” camera on the front.
The Xodiom supposedly comes with 32GB or 64GB internal storage – and it supports up to 128GB external storage via its microSD slot.
Other Xodiom features include stereo speakers, IP67-certified resistance to dust and water, and the latest version of Android (Lollipop 5.0) with Xodiom’s xOS overlay.
Rounding off the Xodiom spec sheet is a beefy 3,200mAh battery that “lets you use your phone much longer than the common smartphone battery”, going from empty to 50% in just 30 minutes.
So, pretty much nothing worth getting upset about there, but therein lies the problem: it ticks every conceivable box (including thinness at 6.6mm), but it’s only £219 (32GB) or £249 (64GB) with free shipping. Really?
Well, not really – or so it would seem. As reported by PhoneArena, the Xodiom homescreen appears to have been nicked from the Karbonn Smart A15 Plus; the website generates random order numbers when the payment screen is refreshed; and the domain registrant’s contact number appears on several scam warning websites.
What an oddly impressive scam, to be fair! RIP Xodiom: the best smartphone in the world that never was.