Only a few days ago I wrote about how some clever Chinese programmers had launched an almost perfect clone of Facebook in Chinese, so I thought it would be good to continue the theme of intellectual property theft, this time focusing on the technology sector. So if I may, I’d like to introduce you all to the latest in hi tech gadgetry, ladies and gentlemen, I give you – the Chinese made, state of the art, 4G ready HiPhone (if you’re not sure how to pronounce it, the “H” is silent!). I bet those sneaky bastards at Apple will be copying this baby in no time, or maybe they already have!

There’s a YouTube video clip here for those of you who’d like to see it in action.

UPDATE : Thanks to Seraph for providing the website which is very well done I must say. The phone itself looks like a piece of junk but after seeing the website, I almost want one! The Apple-esque imagery is hilarious, or is it a tomato. Come to think of it, it could be a lychee which would be ironic!

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11 Responses to Happle

  1. Seraph says:

    Well, the Hiphone have an official website and a updated version now. check here: http://www.iorgane.com/ but i have to say, it really sucks.

  2. Woaizhongguo says:

    Seraph – Oh my God that’s a very very sleek website. Hilarious, thank you!

  3. gswafford says:

    If you make it, they will damn sure copy it. In a sense, I suppose this phenomena of IPR theft in China is somewhat similar to the Japanese “re-engineering” of products during the 70′s and 80′s, but at least the Japanese were making drastic improvements to the products they were redesigning.

  4. dingle says:

    I had a look at these in HK with Wiggy, they look fine face-on but when you walk round the display cabinet they’re about double the thickness of an iPhone. They can copy the look but they’re failing on the miniaturisation (or it’s too expensive)!

  5. Woaizhongguo says:

    GSWafford – Yes, exactly. Here they are making drastically inferior copies that don’t do half of what they’re supposed to. If they actually copied stuff and made it better, we’d be much more worried!

    Dingle – Surely it’s a total loss of face to walk around with a copy iPhone that is twice as thick as the one almost everyone else in Shanghai is carrying! I reckon they’re aiming more for the Beijing market.

  6. dingle says:

    exactly Woai, what’s more they take up too much valuable space in your murse.

  7. Woaizhongguo says:

    Dingle – I think you underestimate the size of my murses. Obviously I don’t just have the one murse. Surely EVERY man has a murse for every occasion!

  8. wisemanofasia says:

    WoAi – whats with the shameless Beijing bashing! Lets face it there’s plenty of shameless muppets in…say….HeBei that are probably jumping at the chance to buy a Chinese Made Hiphone!

  9. Woaizhongguo says:

    Wiseman – Not at all. You have totally misinterpreted my meaning. In Shanghai there are so many pretentious flashy knobs around showing off with the latests gadgets, but in Beijing I felt iPhones were far less prevalent and therefore, having an HiPhone would not be a loss of face but a patriotic honour. How’s THAT for an amazing escape!

  10. wisemanofasia says:

    Woai – sorry, it makes no difference buying a crappy chinese fake is always a loss of face, its just that Beijing-ers haven’t quite realised it yet. Feel free to have a go at Beijing, it deserves it! Just didn’t want you Shanghai-ers getting on your high horses haha

  11. Woaizhongguo says:

    Shanghai-ers on high horses thinking we were better than Beijingers? That would never happen!

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