Basic Bear, a budget iPhone inspired Android phone or an impersonator?

Over the past few hours a number of sites have posted details of the alleged budget iPhone caught on camera, is it the real thing or viral marketing for a new Chinese Android phone?

If you haven’t already seen the numerous online reports then let us fill you in. Alleged photos and video of the budget iPhone have been posted giving us the best view of the alleged device this side of an official launch! But is this really the real thing?

Watch the leaked Budget iPhone hands on video

If you didn’t watch that was one very well edited video of the alleged budget iPhone, well at least the plastic rear shell and the screen. So is this the real budget iPhone or great advertisement for a Chinese Android phone which may (or may not look like the new iPhone)

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Basic Bear Android phone

At the end of the hands on we are treated to a brief look at the Android powered ‘Basic Bear’, an Android phone inspired by the look of the plastic iPhone but packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 8 mega-pixel camera and 2,300mAh battery.

Basic Bear specifications

  • 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 CPU.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • Android 4.2.1.
  • 4-inch IPS display (1136 x 640)
  • 8 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 2 mega-pixel front.
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Android 4.2.1 OS

Visiting the Chinese product page here, shows that the Basic Bear appears to be quite the steal at just 999 Yuan ($160), ‘Foreign’ customers are expected to pay $199 (1230 Yuan).

So what is going on here! Is the above video really a hands on the of budget iPhone, or are Chinese knock off makers attempting to go viral? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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  1. Cranky
    July 7, 2013

    These are the specs I expect from the iPhone 7(s). Well done to the guys who made this.

    On a side note, where are the reviews Andi?

  2. July 7, 2013

    I think it is a fan made concept video…

    • k86
      July 7, 2013

      Look until the end, the guy has the shell in his hand.

  3. John
    July 7, 2013

    Too bad it doesn’t support microSD cards (didn’t mention on their website at least). Also they have a pro modification with the SD card port and it looks exactly like HTC One. Oh, and price is $249.

  4. Ale
    July 7, 2013

    yeah really NOT beliavable when the audio comes from the old HTC Diamond, this sounds like bullshit

  5. July 7, 2013

    how do can buy this phone with 160$?

  6. Diego Guzman
    July 7, 2013

    bear website?

  7. Bharat Prasain
    July 7, 2013

    I really wanted to know about the gpu.. But i didn’t get that on the website.. Is it adreno 320 gpu? Has this processor inbuilt adreno 320?

  8. Robin Hood
    July 7, 2013

    Oh no! I just ordered one haha! What an amazing phone! Only downside is no SD card slot… Would have been so great 64GB of music on this beast of a phone… Pfff…

  9. Ashish kumar chaubey (@Ash71ish)
    July 7, 2013

    There is also a htc one inspired phone by the same company for $249 but will give a run for money to the original one.
    also andi please post about goophone mega.

  10. eugen
    July 7, 2013
    Bear Pro..unbelievable, i make pre-order

  11. Hidden
    July 7, 2013

    No dual-sim, shame :(.

  12. NecroW
    July 7, 2013

    Is this Techdy really trustable?

    • Mateus
      July 7, 2013

      It’s a website which was registered on 02/2013 and is expiring on 02/2014… and the information about the website owner is not available… it matches the description of a scam websites, but it also would match the description of a new enterprise, so it is not possible to be sure if they’re trusable or not.

      • NecroW
        July 7, 2013

        Than we cannot be entirely sure that this is legit, yet people are already pre-ordering from it? Dayum…

        • July 7, 2013

          You can pre-order without paying anything, that’s probably why people are pre-ordering. However, the site does look very well organized.

    • July 7, 2013

      Not likely

      • Abir
        July 8, 2013

        People are ready to pre order because they actually are letting you do so at no cost, on their site they say that 5000 people have already pre ordered

      • July 8, 2013

        Might sound funny but I’d give my money to them.

  13. CoolStorybro
    July 7, 2013

    Hmmmm I think it’s also strange because something seems suspicious to me as well!

    • CoolStorybro
      July 7, 2013

      Forgot to add my hint of sarcasm Check out their team if that’s the technical support guy i don’t know what the end result if os stability will be…….

  14. July 7, 2013

    Haha, that’s some creative plagiarism!

  15. Partha Pratim Dutta
    July 7, 2013

    It would not be unusual for Apple to release such a Phone with Android because with Apple IOS, the low cost phone may be a little embarrassing for Apple. To gain in popularity in Indian market, price is definitely a factor+ it will show the vulnerability and overpricing of other contenders in the Android Phone business of the famed companies in India.

    • AndyW
      July 9, 2013

      It would be *very* unusual for Apple to release a phone with Android, infact it won’t happen, period.

  16. July 7, 2013

    nice specs and price, but the apple logo on its back cover is a minus, 🙁

  17. Hidden
    July 7, 2013

    And… where are buttons? 😛

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  18. Dan
    July 7, 2013

    Give an apple to a bear and see what they produce!. :-;

  19. vasos
    July 8, 2013

    their logo looks like what a bear makes after eating an apple

  20. khan
    July 9, 2013

    Is this dual sim or single sim

  21. KoenL.
    July 24, 2013

    Hopefully this phone is not a scam, I’ve preordered one aswell, but I’m still a bit in doubt… Scam, or just a fresh started enterprise…??? Is there any way I can find out, or would I just have to wait?