Psst. Yeah, you. Wanna buy a new iPhone? No, the new iPhone, the one that’s not out yet. It’s not important how I got it, are you in or not?
Apple aficionados may have September 12 circled in their calendars, but those longing to turn some heads in the meantime may want to take a look at Goophone’s new ersatz iPhone. The so-called Goophone I5 takes the two-tone iPhone design that’s been… → Read More
Mmmm… that’s some tasty fakery! This iPad 1 clone from the Shanzhai markets has a resistive touch screen and SD card slot and looks just like the iPad 1 but with a special treat – it includes a wonky webcam! Don’t expect to may more than a $100 for this thing if you can find it and whatever version of Android this thing is running it’s not Honeycomb. → Read More
The first part of this video talked about the problem of counterfeiting in the Shanzhai markets. But not everything is fakey fakery – this is serious business.
The thing that’s most striking about this video is the fact that Shanzhai phones are made not in someone’s kitchen but in multi-story buildings by trained assemblers. It’s an industry and the same folks who make the iPhoney are probably… → Read More
It’s hard to believe, but 1 out of 5 phones in the world is counterfeit and the vast majority come from Shenzhen. This ten-minute video explores the Shanzhai phenomenon and the “mobile phoney” market, a wild west sort of world where counterfeit iPhone 4s are hard to tell apart from their real counterparts.
The Shanzhai market sees the sale of these phones as a sort of a system of liberation that… → Read More
There’s been rumors floating around about the existence of a Nokia C2, but there really hasn’t been any kind of reliable siting, and a phone with a rotatable screen just seems a bit off. That doesn’t stop the knockoffs from coming out of Shanzhai though, and they’ve already made a clone. No pricing or availability of course. [via Cloned In China] → Read More
The cellphone market in Shenzhen is like a flea market where everyone is selling the same thing. If it looks like an iPhone, it’s here. There are hundreds of models, hundreds of odd names, and hundreds of people arrayed along the inside of a huge room. There are four or five floors of this mess. This is the Shanzhai market. → Read More