As speculation continues to swirl regarding whether or not Apple may be positioning itself to introduce a cheaper and ‘more affordable’ version of its iPhone, online retailer Techdy has this week unveiled a new Android OS handset called the Bear Pro, which – it says – is “inspired by the next iPhone.”
With a Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 @ 1.7GHz processor that runs Google’s stock Android operating system for an “always-up-to-date OS” (which is also hacker-friendly), the Bear Pro certainly seems like a capable device. The mobile handset features a full-HD 8-megapixel rear camera, (complete with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera), and a large 2,300mAh battery which the firm says will make for “long talk and stand-by times.” Of course, we’ll be reserving our full opinions until such time as the device is actually out in the wild.
The handset would also appear to feature a highly-polish ‘chamfered’ edging, similar to the edging production technique Apple detailed to the public with the official introduction of the iPhone 5, last October. That’s really, though, where the visual comparisons with the iPhone should stop.
This is clearly an Android device, through-and-through.
And stating that the handset is in any way based on the “next iPhone” would (at least, initially) appear to be a clever marketing tactic deployed by the firm, as on the reservation detail page the company also states that the Bear Pro is: “Inspired by the design of HTC.”
The first production run of the slim and lightweight ‘Bear Pro’ will begin on July 31, 2013, is set to be available in “limited quantities,” and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservation of the Bear Pro handset is FREE, according to the company’s official website, with “no payment required” upfront. When payment is required, though, the Bear Pro will set you back $249.
You can find out more about the Bear Pro, today – at techdy.com. Reservations have already begun and require “no payment,” according to the company.
As Engadget sums it up:
“[... Is] this just a collection of design cues put together in order to sell the “Bear” brand Android imitation [...] or could it be the real iPhone housing? – At the moment we’re buying neither [...]”
We’re with them.
It’s unlikely techdy.com has any prior knowledge of the design or function of Apple’s “next iPhone.” Looks like this might just be a move to further solidify the “Bear” brand.