If you want to be seen using an iPhone 14 Pro without forking out a fortune, China’s LeTV has just introduced the S1 Pro which is essentially a shameless clone of Cupertino’s latest and greatest smartphone. Currently available only in China, it costs almost one-tenth the price of the iPhone 14 Pro.
The LeTV S1 Pro 5G is already listed on LeMall online store for only CNY 899 (about RM577) and you can say it’s currently the cheapest phone with a “dynamic island“. While it looks uncannily similar to the iPhone 14 Pro, this is essentially a budget 5G smartphone.
Upfront, the S1 Pro gets a 6.5″ HD LCD display that pushes low 1600×720 pixels resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by a Unisoc Tiger T7510 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It does support 5G with both SA and NSA networks.
While the rear design features a triple-camera bump with a “LIDAR” sensor, the spec sheet strangely only mentions a single 13MP rear camera. It isn’t clear if the other two cameras are functioning low-resolution sensors or if they are just fake lenses to mimic the iPhone 14 Pro design. For selfies, the device comes with a basic 5MP camera. While you don’t expect any fancy Face ID feature, it does come with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button.
Keeping the lights on is a generous 5,000mAh battery and it is charged via a USB-C port. However, it only supports a measly 10W of charging, which is worse than some budget phones these days that could do at least 18W. What’s interesting is that the LeTV S1 Pro comes with Huawei Mobile Services which shouldn’t come as a surprise since this is a China-only device.
If you’re interested in the real deal, Jonathan has just published his iPhone 14 Pro Max review after 3 months of usage. The iPhone 14 Pro series in Malaysia is currently priced from RM5,299 for the 6.1″ model, and from RM5,799 for the 6.7″ Max variant.
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