The Shanzhai developers in Shenzhen are known for creating some pretty excellent looking HTC knockoffs, but Windows Phone 7 has never gotten any love. Well with this latest HTC HD7 knockoff they’ve created a Windows Phone 7 look-a-like UI for the Windows 6.5 operating system it actually runs on. It may only look like a WP7 phone, but under the hood it sure is built like one.
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A little while ago we introduced you to the Apanda A100, a 4.3-inch Android device from the heart of Shenzhen. We’ve been hard pressed to find any other decent 4.3-inch Shanzhai smartphones, until now. Introducing the BEON TS007, a 4.3-inch smarthphone bears absolutely no resemblance to an iPhone, THANK GOD!
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China Unicom, one of the largest telecommunications providers in China (and my provider), have announced that they plan to release an in house brand of phones running on an operating system also developed in house. The operating system is know as “WoPhone”, and just to clarify for those of you who speak/read Chinese, it’s 沃 (Wo in the 4th tone, meaning fertile or rich), not 我 (Wo in the 3rd tone, which means Me or I). Obviously, were it the latter the direct translation would have been “I”Phone, proving the sad lack of creativity had by the designers.
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Some mad genius in China has come up with the coolest do-it-yourself gadget I’ve seen in a long while. Everyone knows the lightcycle from TRON right? *sidetrack* If not, go see TRON: Legacy in 3D right now! It was one of the most visually satisfying movies I’ve ever seen, and was pure awesomeness. I digress. Basically this mad genius super geek figured out a way to create a lighter-cycle.
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It seems that the iPhone 4 and HTC’s aren’t the only phones with a fan base here in the Gadgets Republic. Samsung has begun to make it’s mark as well, and that kind of popularity comes with certain…terms. One of those of course being that a knockoff must be made. Introducing the i9000 mini, a 3.5″ knockoff of Samsung’s original i9000. With a capacitive touchscreen, a 5.0 mega-pixel camera, Android 2.1, and seemingly decent hardware, it wouldn’t be a bad piece of hardware to pick up. That is of course if when released the price is just as mini.
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It’s become obvious that HTC’s popularity has begun to grow in China with the release of some of their latest smartphones on to the market here. This has been reflected in the amount of knockoff HTC phones we’re starting to see. Like with the iPhone 4, in China the more popular the product, the more clones Shanzhai manufacturers try to make. The HOT HD9 — a new HTC HD2 knockoff — is a perfect example of this trend. If the rumored specs are true, it packs a serious punch too.
We thought that the battle between Apple and Meizu had long been over after the blow Apple struck about a month ago. We were wrong. A Shanghai based company, Luoen Network Information, is actually suing Apple and the Chinese Patent Bureau on the basis that Apple’s iPhone design patents are in fact invalid.
It seems that the developers in Shenzhen have already figure out a way to get Windows Phone 7 running on their Shanzhai phones. This phone specifically is a knock-off HTC HD2 and seems to running the OS decently. Unfortunately there’s no way to truly verify that this is actually WP7, but compared to other videos of seen of phones running the OS it’s seems genuine. Take a look a the Video and judge for yourself.
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