Palm Pre Clone Spotted Overseas

Palm Pre Clone China You haven't truly arrived until you've been shanzai'd. This interesting set of pics of a Chinese Palm Pre clone comes to us from via engadget.

This franken Palm/Apple hybrid knockoff of sorts is said to be similar to the Pre's physical dimensions and sports a nearly identical slide out qwerty keyboard. In addition to being an unlocked GSM device, this one even packs in a touchscreen OS (said to be the linux based oPhone OS), analog TV receiver and a FM radio for good measure. Of course for the later two functions, this unit is equipped with a large telescopic antenna for maximum reception. Look for it now on the streets in China for around 600 yuan or $88 US.

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not a clone

neuron @ 10/9/2009 6:50:22 PM # Q
That's pretty normal in China. Most cell phones are nice and cheap. People change cell phones very often. They are happy to spend a lot of money in cell phones.

Just to be fair, this phone does not really look like Palm pre. I saw this form factor or similar phones a few years before palm pre was released. They took advantage of Palm pre for ad purpose, but it is not palm pre clone.

RE: not a clone
RobertoV6 @ 10/9/2009 8:16:30 PM # Q
Yup!... You're right it is not a palm pre clone, they did try to clone the keyboard but it doesn't look like a pre.

RE: not a clone
CFreymarc @ 10/9/2009 8:36:55 PM # Q
Would not be surprised if this was a Pre concept and someone ran with it after Palm went with another design.
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CDMA iPhone to ship November 2009 in Canada. Pre is toast.

Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 10/10/2009 6:46:53 AM # Q
RE: CDMA iPhone to ship November 2009 in Canada. Pre is toast.
Tim Carroll @ 10/10/2009 2:56:00 PM # Q
Pffft. Not everyone wants a virtual keyboard... or an Apple logo for that matter.
NOT CDMA iPhones
rsc1000 @ 10/10/2009 3:35:52 PM # Q
These aren't CDMA iPhones being released on Bell / Telus - they are the same phones that Rogers has. Bell and Telus are launching their own HSDPA networks (i.e the same 3G technology that Rogers, AT&T - and increasingly - much of the planet uses). Note that there will be no EDGE / GPRS fallback for their networks, thus you wont be able to use any legacy GSM phones (AKA no Blackberry Curvy, 1st gen iPhone, etc).
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I'll be watching on Ebay

Tuckermaclain @ 10/12/2009 6:54:19 AM # Q
My kids love their i-clones. One of their favorites is the KA08 mini iclone.

I'll be watching ebay to snag one of these just to play with. Maybe a Palm emulator can be put onto it.

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