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Meizu's iPhone clone to cost less than iPhone

updated 12:00 pm EST, Fri March 2, 2007

iPhone clone pricing

Meizu's miniOne will borrow even more directly from Apple's iPhone interface than expected, even as the company trims its pricing. The handset is to feature a contact list and text messaging virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone, including elements such as the side column of letters for faster navigation. Meizu unveiled the MiniOne in mid-February, which at the time was described one one MacNN reader as a "visual carbon copy" of Apple's iPhone. The company claims it has established pricing well below the iPhone: a standard edition with a camera and 4GB of storage will cost as little as $310, with an 8GB variant costing $400 (vs. Apple's $499 4GB model and top-end $599 8GB version). A basic version of the MiniOne without the camera will retail for even less -- $195 and $285 for 4GB and 8GB, respectively. Meizu said it may unveil an external camera attachment for the basic version, and the phone is due to ship by the end of the year.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What?????

    You mean a clone will cost less than the original item it copied? OMG! This has to be a first!

  1. chas_m

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    non-story

    This phone will NEVER see the light of the marketplace. Apple will sue, and will have been out for six months by then anyway. Not gonna happen.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: what?????

    I was thinking the exact same thing!! lol!!

  1. hardcat1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    that fast?

    didn't Steve Jobs in order to get FCC approval, one must wait for couple of months? How come this guy copied that fast and when is going to be on the market?

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Knock-offs always help...

    ...the original. Look at the iPod, and how often the 'try-pods' pop up. They fade eventually, and not necessarily because of Apple's legal pressure.

    As long as there is a Louis Vuitton, there will be a street vendor selling knock-offs.

  1. appleusr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just remember...

    It may look like the iphone, does not mean it will perform like the iphone. Besides looks like it running some sort of MS OS that can't be good. :)

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doesn't look that good

    This doesn't look that good to me. Not only that but it will be missing a key component which they can't copy, iPod player. As it is they are on the very edge of a lawsuit from Apple who holds over 200 patents on the iPhone as it is. Cheap is as cheap does which means you will be better off paying the higher price for the iPhone.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    fud

    Its a artist rendering of a phone design for the chinese market in production 2008, no Wifi and not on sale here for a long long time.

    Much to do about nothing.

  1. mmintler

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    looks like but...

    I installed the "mac osx" theme on my blackberry to make it more attractive. I soon removed it.. It gets frustrating because you start hoping it will actually act like a mac when clicking on the mail icon...lol.

    So.. to mirror other posts. it may "look" similar but it won't act similiar.

    Its like comparing the zune to the ipod.

  1. appleusr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Its like comparing

    Its like comparing the zune to the ipod.

    or

    Apple to Oranges?

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