At first glance, the SoPhone looks exactly like the iPhone 4.
That's because in this instance, imitation is literally intended to be the sincerest form of flattery. The SoPhone company says that the device is a tribute to Steve Jobs.
This new video landed SoPhone the title of King Clone:
Attack of the Clones
Online Chinese tech news media are of the opinion that the video led to last week's crackdown on China's huge "shanzhai," or counterfeit, cell phone industry. However, Liu Sheng owner of the country's biggest shanzhai phone news website told Shanghai Daily,
"(…) the crackdown might not have much impact on the industry as most shanzhai vendors have already gone underground, selling the products secretly online."
SoPhone measures in at 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, which is - amazingly - exactly the same size as Apple’s iPhone 4. Drop your SoPhone on the ground on your way to Macworld 2011? No problem if you bought a bumper case - all iPhone 4 accessories fit the fake like a glove.
SoPhone has endeavored to duplicate - I mean, pay homage to - the iPhone 4 by delivering a UI that attempts to function like the real thing.
The SoPhone has zero retina display or micro SD slot, yet it has features like a freshly augmented Playmate. Powered by a MTK6235 chipset, SoPhone comes equipped with a 3.5-inch touch-screen, 4GB of flash storage, front and rear cameras, wi-fi and Bluetooth.
And just like the iPhone, it has a removable 1400ma battery - in fact, it comes with two! Wait - what? Okay, maybe it's not that exact an imitation. Apparently the SoPhone has a bit more.