It’s not only Chinese manufacturers that have a monopoly in the cloning business as a Japanese company has just recently its very own version of the iPhone 5C. Japanese mobile phone manufacturer iosys unveiled its latest product called the ioPhone5 (notice the added o between I and P) which is very much similar in design to the iPhone 5C.
In Japan today Apple is one of the hottest brands around and its market share is growing faster than in its home country the US. Reports indicate that Apple has a 37% smartphone market share in Japan compared to 36% in the US. Sales of the iPhone got a boost when Japan’s largest wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo began offering the iPhone to its more than 61 million customers.
Riding on the popularity of the iPhone 5C is the Japanese clone version called the ioPhone5. This clone looks very similar in design to the original however that’s where the similarities end. Inside the device is a different story.
The ioPhone5 has a 4 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels which is far less than that of the 5C which has 640 x 1136 pixels. Powering the device is a low cost dual core Mediatek MT6572 which is very much behind in terms of performance to the A5 chip used by the 5C. Other features of this device include a 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage space. It runs on Android 4.2 which surprisingly isn’t themed to look like iOS. This device even comes in 5 different colors which are White, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink, just like its Apple counterpart.
This model is expected to go on sale this December 20 in Japan and will have a retail price of 15,490 JPY or roughly $150.
It is uncommon for a Japanese company to make a cloned smartphone product as we are used to seeing this being done by Chinese companies. It looks like China will be getting competition in this category.