We’ve all heard about Chinese clones of popular smartphones, with some clones even launching before their inspiration. Now, nascent brand UMIDIGI (formerly UMI) has taken to actually marketing their UMIDIGI G handset as an “$80 iPhone 7” clone.
In fact, the manufacturer has gone so far as to compare its Android Nougat handset to the iPhone 7 in press photos and a promotional video. Talk about being upfront…
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As you can see, the Apple-inspired stylings mean you get an iPhone 7 clone with a similar finish, antenna lines and camera housing. Heck, UMIDIGI is even calling their front-mounted fingerprint scanner a “Touch ID” sensor.
You shouldn’t expect much else for the price though. There’s a budget-minded quad-core A53 chip (MTK6737), 5-inch 720p screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage (via hybrid SIM) and a small 2000mAh battery. As for the camera experience, there aren’t any surprises here, with an 8MP main camera and a 2MP selfie snapper.
There is one upside in the hardware department though, and that’s the addition of a 3.5mm audio jack, right next to the microUSB port (no Type C jack here).