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Apple’s budget iPhone 5C already being undercut by cheaper Chinese knockoff

Goophone 5C Release Date September

Apple may have trouble making headway into China with its budget iPhone as long as the knockoff artists at GooPhone are on the prowl. GizChina reports that GooPhone — which has already brought the world gems such as the GooPhone i5 and the GooPad mini — is planning to release a new budget device called the Goophone 5C in September that will sell for just $99.

GizChina claims that the budget GooPhone will feature a 4-inch QHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, which are pretty good specs for a $99 phone. If Apple succeeds in launching the iPhone 5C on carrier China Mobile it will be interesting to see whether GooPhone follows through with its long-threatened lawsuit against Apple for allegedly violating its patents for designs that it copied from leaked pictures of Apple devices.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.