This Chinese iPhone 13 Clone Is Dirt Cheap This Chinese iPhone 13 Clone Is Dirt Cheap

The iPhone 13 is the latest Apple smartphone to have its design cloned, and the manufacturer is none other than the Chinese brand, Gionee. Apple products being copied is nothing new. For example, the company's AirPods are one of the most cloned products in general, and there are several brands that have copied the design of the MacBook and Apple Watch.

Gionee might not be a household name in North America but the brand has existed for years, although it has not been without its issues. The company's current product lineup includes smartphones, smartwatches, earbuds, and power banks which are primarily sold in China, India, and parts of Africa.


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Gionee's new phone is called the Gionee G13 Pro, and while it copies the iPhone 13's flat frame design, notched display, and diagonally arranged rear camera, it is not a 1:1 clone. The first major difference is the bright red power button on the right side of the frame. Also, although the back is covered in glass, the frame appears to be made of plastic as there are no antenna lines which are usually present on a phone with a metal frame. The front-facing camera is also centered in the notch and the camera seems to be the only component housed there, so don't expect Face ID-level security even though Gionee says there is support for face unlock. The phone is also bigger and heavier than the iPhone 13 thanks to a larger screen and a bigger battery. This Chinese iPhone 13 Clone Is Dirt Cheap

Entry-Level Specs And A Dirt Cheap Price

The Gionee G13 Pro and iPhone 13 share a lot of similarities in appearance, but they are very different in terms of the specs. Unlike the Super Retina OLED display on the iPhone 13, the Gionee phone packs a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen with an HD+ resolution. Under the hood is a Unisoc T310 chipset, a quad-core processor with a single Cortex-A75 core and three Cortex-A55 cores. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The G13 Pro features a 5MP front-facing camera and a 13MP primary rear camera paired with a 2MP sensor. The main rear camera is missing features like OIS, but does support HDR. There is also a 3,500 mAh capacity battery inside the phone and it charges via a USB-C port. Gionee doesn't mention if it has support for fast charging, and there is no audio jack available. On the software side, the phone runs HarmonyOS with Huawei Mobile Services which means it doesn't have Google Play Store pre-installed. It does come with a dedicated mode for the elderly, however, which simplifies the UI with large fonts and icons.

Of course, the biggest difference between the iPhone 13 and the Gionee G13 Pro is the price. Gionee is charging just ¥529 which converts to about $83. The phone is exclusive to China and is available in blue, gold, purple, and black. In contrast, Apple's iPhone 13 starts at $799 for the base configuration with 128GB of storage

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