How much for an iPhone 5 hands on? $8000 in China!

It looks like Chinese media outlets have taken a leaf from Gizmodo’s book and are paying serious money to get an iPhone 5 hands on! How much are they paying? try $8000!

Like are high-class hooker, Chinese technology reporters have been taking the iPhone 5 home for the night for a cool $8000 which is around 50,000 Yuan in China (the same price as a budget car or 2 years apartment rent!).

Apparently the back case of the iPhone 5, which shows are rather nice glossy finish to the top and bottom areas, the mini dock connector and the locations of the power button and volume toggle, and headphone jack has been doing the rounds in Shenzhen and has passed from one phone case maker to the other for $8000!

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For the price you get to hire the next generation iPhone rear case for 24 hours, to do with as you please (we assume) which I’m sure will include a lot of measuring and feverish case designing ready for the 12th September iPhone 5 launch!

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According to the photos the news outlet NetEase it wasn’t easy to get hold of the iPhone 5 rear panel even when offering to pay the 50,000 Yuan rental fee!

This leaked new iPhone case has been spreading throughout the Shenzhen iPhone case industry for some time, and taking a peek at it will cost you money. If you want to take it away for 24 hours, it will cost you nearly 50,000 Chinese yuan,

So if you’re reading Gizmodo writers we suggest you offer a little extra to guarantee your 24 hour hands on!


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  1. Dexter
    August 21, 2012

    With these pictures, the phone lokks pretty ugly, at seast to me. What do u guys think?

    • August 21, 2012

      boring verging on ugly yup 🙁

  2. ivan
    August 21, 2012

    50,000 Yuan just to rent the back case? It doesn’t seem right actually. But anyway, IMHO, the iPhone 5, New iPhone or whatever it will be called, will sell well considering most of my friends still worships apple. But the question is will it sell as good as the previous generation? only time will tell.

    About the look, it looks solid, however also a little boring, iPhone’s knock-off like the previous article with a lot of color choice can be something apple consider, but o well, it might be just wishful thinking.

    • August 21, 2012

      I agree seriously boring but well made, I’m not sure about it as it doesn’t quite fit in to the current apple design style.

  3. Amby
    August 21, 2012

    Boring indeed. While iPhone itself is not an ugly looking phone, its looks haven’t changed since ever.. And iPhone 5 (some even speculate that Apple will drop the number-based naming convention for iPhone too – just like they did for iPad and might call it “The New iPhone”) looks nothing but like a stretched version of iPhone 4/4S. All the fancy things will be under the hood, but I dont think it’ll find any newer fan-base. Apart from die-hard apple fanatics, the world has wayyyyyy too many better options (both from big international brands as well as Chinese phone makers) in the market already and its just gonna get more interesting with Galaxy Note 2 and other interesting phones coming out in next couple of months.

  4. Francisco j Billoch
    August 26, 2012

    Where can You purchased the se clones? Thank You.

    • August 26, 2012

      Sorry which clones?