Russian-made iPhone 6 clone goes on sale for $199

Russian-made iPhone 6 clone goes on sale for $199
By Anna Karvchenko February 19, 2015

Russia's Alkotel producer of mobile devices has put its new smartphone on sale at just $199, with scant regard to any possible lawsuits over the clone model. 

Called the iX-maxi, the smartphone measures 4.7 inches diagonally, the same length as the iPhone 6. It also has the same volume buttons, thickness, home button and other visible features.

Alexei Ryazantsev, head of Alkotel’s GSM department, told news portal Russia Behind the Headlines that the company is not afraid of lawsuits. According to him, most smartphones “are similar to each other, including the hardware component."

However, iX-maxi’s and iPhone’s similarities don’t go beyond appearance. Whereas the iPhone 6 has a 1334 by 760 pixel resolution and 16 gigabytes of memory, the iX-maxi has only a 540 by 960 resolution and half the memory. And while Apple's iPhone runs the newest version of its homegrown software, the iX-maxi runs a Google Android setup from 2013.  

Still, the device is retailing from RUB12,500 ($199), considerably cheaper than Apple's newest smartphone. On the website of re:Store, one of Apple's official retailers in Russia, the iPhone 6's most basic model goes for RUB53,900 ($865).