For those hipsters who want to impress their friends and colleagues with how they get cool gadgets before the crowd, the new iPhone 6 is available months before the official launch – in clone version.

iPhone 6 clone box

The faux iPhone, according to a review from Jonathan Morrison of TechFast, should be used for entertainment purposes as the performance and functionality is not up to par with the real product.

iPhone 6 imitation based on leaked product specifications

The imitation, manufactured and marketed by a Chinese company, does its best to pretend to be just like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as the design and features is based on leaked product specifications. Even the box and packaging says iPhone 6 on it, yet Morrison had difficulty opening the box.  Evidently the Chinese are good at copying the iPhone 6 but being able to design a box top and bottom to open easily is a technology they haven’t figured out how to steal.

While the iPhone clone looks like a Maserati race car on the outside, it’s strictly a Ford minivan underthe hood. When comparing speed and processing time, Morrison noted the product failed – badly.

While the core specifications may look similar to an iPhone – processor, motherboard and other internals all appear to replicate the genuine Apple product – the clone is really based on the Android open source code operating system.  And the performance?

iPhone 6 clone instructions

 

Fake iPhone 6’s distinct packaging

Not only does the phony iPhone 6 come with a clumsy to open box, but the distinct packaging also includes Apple’s trademark cleverly designed “Hello” welcome on the product description. But that’s where the similarity with a real Apple product ends.  The screen shots in the brochure show the old iOS 6 operating system, not even bothering to use the current iOS 7 standard.

The accessories all look like apple products, but Morrison notes, as expected, are fake.

The clone is designed to look like the new phone, and Morrison notes the screen size is a benefit, but has a problem with the camera popping out on the back.

Diving into the guts of the phone, Morrison notes that instead of getting the iconic Siri to verbally ask questions, the Android guts of this fake take you to Google’s version of the voice recognition system, which Morrison actually prefers.

Where does one purchase this truly counterfeit item? Morrison recommends a Chinese web site, where you might pay near $200.