ioPhone (image 001)

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the ioPhone for Apple’s iPhone 5c. This Android-based knock-off handset features the same plastic shell as Apple’s device and is available in the same five bright colors: yellow, red, green, blue and white. Made by Japanese manufacturer Iosys, ioPhone is almost an exact replica of Apple’s handset, down to the curvature, the physical buttons and other detail.

The handset will go on sale in Japan tomorrow and we have the weirdest promotional video ever for your viewing pleasure, right after the break…

Check out the video.

That’s a catchy upbeat tune!

The ioPhone runs Android 4.2 and packs in a rather pedestrian 254ppi 480-by-854 pixel resolution display and a two-megapixel camera. It’s powered by a dual-core Mediatek chip with 512MB of RAM and has 4GB of built-in flash storage, as reported by CNET.

Hey, what did you expect for 15,490 yen (around $150)?

By comparison, the iPhone 5c has a 640-by-1,136 pixel resolution Retina display, an eight-megapixel iSight camera, at least 16GB of onboard storage and runs Apple’s dual-core A6 chip with 1GB of RAM.

ioPhone dimensions: 61.8×9×127.5mm versus 59.2×8.97×124.4 for Apple’s device.

I wasn’t aware Japanese do knock-off products.

It’s probably made in China, anyway…

  • mhchehade

    Why god why 🙁

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Oh.. This phone is beautifully and unapologetically plastic. Oh wait, it is not, cuz it wasn’t made by apple.

  • Anthony Lara

    I’m not surprised Asian markets do this all the time. Remember the polystation?

    • Brian Climaco

      Well, so was the Playstation.

    • I do remember the ‘AirPhone No.4’. it was funny as hell.

  • Tiffany

    Anyone who buys that rip off is moronic and cheap.

  • leart

    at least they are copying honestly

  • Jonathan

    I hope Apple destroys them..

  • ioPhone Fan

    Had so much fun with polystation years back. I don’t see what’s the problem. Can’t wait for the release!

    Too bad, Apple too ex, consider for me to just make phone call only anyway.

  • Matthew Cooper

    Good gag gift or maybe good for children. Theres a market for it even if it is lame

  • Gróf Attila

    hell is real…

  • Bob

    ewwwww lol

  • felixtaf

    Although the phone and video ad is crap, they showed the phone in almost every frame. Smartphone giants (who make 1 min ad and show their products for 5-10 sec) should watch n learn!

  • Rowan09

    Lol this is hilarious.

  • appl3h4ck3r

    Android…in an iPhone-like shell…I love it

    • Matt Dowdy

      I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this but if done officially then apple hardware with android software would be pretty much perfect (for me anyway)

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    You should see the ones on ebay, some of them even have apple logos and the official writing at the bottom.

  • immovableobject

    The perfect gift for your child who has been begging for an iPhone… if you don’t mind sleeping with one eye open for the rest of your life.

  • Eni

    why apple let them do that?

  • Rigs101

    Is the phone finished? those were just shells look at the camera and you can see through it

  • Liam Mulcahy

    do I smell a apple lawsuit?

  • Ryan James Christensen

    They’ve done knock offs for a while. There’s the android GooPhone that rips off the iPhone 4S and 5.

  • Qlobster

    They’re all making a call!! Who does that these days?!

  • thebudman

    wasn’t the iphone 5c a ripoff of the Nokia windows phones?

  • Paced98

    Well there is the GooPhone i5, i5S, and the i5C. sigh*, so many knockoffs…

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Seems like a nice colorful Android 4.2 phone. Perfect if you mostly just use your phone to call and send SMS from and price is reasonable.

    And to quote the article”
    “I wasn’t aware Japanese do knock-off products”.
    “It’s probably made in China, anyway”

    As far as I know, is also the Apple originals made in China.

    • Foxconn make quality iPhones, not just some cheap knock-offs.

  • Douglas Burke

    I will sell a ton of these ;o)

  • blastingbigairs

    Sum ting wong??

  • coowkeee

    id rather go to moto g..

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    they are holding only the back of the phone, there is only the empty shell, you can the there is nothing inside by looking at the camera hole hahha

    anyway, I’ve seen some iphone 5Cs knock offs here at the store, people brought it here bacause they were thinking that something was wrong with the phone but couldnt realize it was an imitation, it actually showed some quality those imitations, but they also ran on android, the ones I saw.