Apple is expected to hold a launch event today where the Watch Series 6 and iPad 4 Air are expected to be unveiled. The iPhone 12 isn’t likely to be launched until October but Chinese phone maker Goophone has teased the GooPhone 12 Pro, a clone of Apple’s next-gen flagship smartphone.
The brand is notorious for releasing counterfeit clones of popular high-end smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S series. The phones are usually equipped with off-the-shelf chipsets from MediaTek. They also run on the Android operating system with customizations to the user interfaces who tends to make it resemble those of the devices they imitate.
The Goophone 12 Pro is no different. It has a quad-camera setup at the rear housed in a square-shaped module similar to what the iPhone 12 is expected to come with. The four sensors include a 48MP main camera teaming up with a 13MP, 5MP and 2MP sensor array.
The device is expected to feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED FHD+ display but the design doesn’t look like the iPhone 12. While the iPhone 12 Pro is expected to retain the notch design due to the 3D face unlock, this model features a punch-hole design. The punch-hole is located at he top left corner of the display panel and houses a 13MP selfie shooter.
On the internals, the iPhone 12 Pro clone is expected to be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor paired with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB UFS 3.0 storage. Here comes the twist, this hardware lineup places the phone in the flagship category. But traditionally, Goophone clones are cheap devices. For instance, the iPhone X clone dubbed Goophone Phone X was released in 2017. The device, which had significantly inferior hardware, was sold for around £80/$105 while the iPhone X retailed for $999. The same scenario played out for the iPhone XS Max. So, we are not so sure if the model will pack a Dimensity 1000+ chipset. The phone has to be cheap to make an headway in the market.
However, the pricing and availability details are yet to be announced. The company has indicated that the model will be officially released soon, in China of course.
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