Boy, is Apple’s newest iPhone design enticing or what? If it didn’t impress you, then you should know that it managed to thrill even respectable OEMs like Lenovo. Or, maybe a better word is – threaten? Leaving this small debate aside, you may remember that back in November, last year, the Chinese company launched the S90 smartphone, a scandalous iPhone 6 ripoff.
Given the adulation that the Chinese market is known to have for Apple’s products (Apple now ranks as China’s most desirable luxury brand and even Tim Cook believes it’s going to be the company’s biggest market), the company’s move made sense, for domestic buyers. But now it seems that the company is pushing it beyond its homeland, as the handset gets silently launched for Indian customers, as well.
The smartphone launched in China at a price of $327 (RMB 1,999) and it’s now available in India for Rs.19,990 ($325). Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom is claiming the exclusivity on sales, it would seem. There has been no official announcement by Lenovo India and the smartphone is not yet listed on major e-commerce sites in India.
What’s funny though, is that the device will be competing with its own Vibe X2. Also, ironically, that handset is priced similarly and is known for its unique one-of-its-kind design. So, will someone enlighten us, what is Lenovo trying to achieve? Be creative and unique with some of its products but in the same time, dull and hungry for profit with others? Clearly, somebody form their company has a pretty fuzzy strategy.
This mid-ranger is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 129g. The Lenovo Sisley S90 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, accompanied by an Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. You have 32GB of non-expandable internal memory at your disposal and a 2,300mAh battery. There’s a 13MP rear shooter and an 8MP front snapper with an LED flash and a BSI sensor.
But this is definitely not the only iPhone 6 copycat out there, as we’ve reported in the past about the ZTE Blade S6 and the Meizu MX4. Now this all makes me wonder – is it really that hard to come up with a decent, original design?
And anyway, is this temptation of stealing somebody’s else design really worth it? I mean, even iconic brands such as Nokia have done it, so is money all that matters? I’ll just leave this floating in the air until someone enlightens me.