Company selling Android handsets based on budget iPhone design

By , Jul 8, 2013

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Over the weekend, a small electronics company named Techdy posted several photos and high quality video of, what is believed to be, the shell of Apple’s long rumored budget iPhone. Similar to previous reports, it described the device as a cross between the iPhone 5 and first-gen iPod touch.

Interestingly enough, folks who want to see what the phone looks like for themselves can actually order it. Techdy has announced that it is now selling an Android smartphone, the ‘Basic Bear,’ for $199 that has a 4-inch Retina display and features a hardware design based on the the budget iPhone…

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Here’s Techdy’s announcement (via 9to5Google):

“Based on the design of Apple’s budget iPhone, we have made a budget Android smartphone called the Basic Bear. It rocks a 4 inch display (1136 x 640), 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel camera w/ 1080p HD video recording, built-in Qi wireless charging capabilities, 2300 mAh battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and much more. The best part? It costs just $199, and comes in 5 colors.”

For what it’s worth, the shell you see at the beginning of this video is to believed to be the real deal. It matches up with previous budget iPhone rear casing leaks we’ve seen, and Techdy has tacked on a logic board and 4-inch 1136 x 640 display (the same one the iPhone 5 uses) to give us the full effect.

In fact, these shells seem to be popping up everywhere these days, which is unsurprising considering the recent reports claiming that the production of Apple’s budget iPhone is in full swing. We’ve seen multiple leaks of these covers, in various colors, and some sites are already offering replacement parts.

The Cupertino company is widely expected to release the ‘budget’ handset this fall, alongside a new flagship smartphone and multiple tablet refreshes. And although it’s been described in reports as ‘not cheap,’ it’s believed Apple will price the device around $300—half the cost of an iPhone 5 at full retail.

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  • Boss

    Probably has better specs than the budget iPhone as well

    • Mkondrak

      exactly what i was thinking

    • Gathomblipoob

      Probably still laggy, though.

    • Albert

      i wonder how it runs though. the iPhone 5 knock off was super laggy…

      • Kevin Guzman

        Rumors indicate it will basically be an iPhone 4S with an elongated screen to better match the iPhone 5.

      • Martin

        And I think it will be without front facing camera (if cheaper iPod is an indication…)

    • onebyone_

      and cheaper too. ;)

    • http://macgeeky.no/ Robert Sørensen

      Specs alone doesn’t tell you much. My wife’s iPhone 4G is smoother than my HTC one actually…

    • Saeed Ghattas

      Probably doesn’t run asfast as the “budget iphone”. It has “android”!!

    • moon Luna

      It has better specs then the iPhone 5, on paper

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  • Martin

    It looks like is well matched and really nice. I bet “cheap iPhone” will be more expensive than this and with worse specs. If only this one could run iOS.. :)

  • aditya

    apple _/_ please dont enter in this cheap market ,and start making cheap phones.

    sincerely,
    apple fanboy

    • sivkai

      Ah, but that’s the thing…the budget iPhone isn’t aimed for “fanboys” like yourself, it’s meant for me people in the emerging markets (Brazil, India, China, etc). If they release a budget iPhone, they will tap into a MASSIVE market and at the same time, maintain their existing customer base (i.e fanboys).

      • Saeed Ghattas

        And it won’t be cheap as in material cheap for sure.
        I’m sure it will have quality materials but not aluminum.

  • Maxim∑

    Still don’t think this is real…

    • Kevin Guzman

      I don’t think its real either, but then again, I didn’t think the iPhone 5 leaked pictures were real either. The colors might end up changing, but the possibility of a plastic iPhone is very high. They’re just trying to cover their bases, provide devices for those who can’t afford a regular iPhone (and normally go to Samsung for a cheaper purchase).

  • nyangejr

    this is bad, ruining the suprise

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I smell A apple law suit

  • Fam

    Apple will capture indian market after releasing cheap iphone