SKK Chronos Era, an iPhone 7 Plus imitation

SKK Chronos Era is an unapologetic iPhone 7 Plus knockoff

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YOU know what the reality is: Smartphone companies get inspired by copy off each other’s design and ideas at times. But Philippine-based SKK Mobile takes the art of imitation to another level with what is said to be the SKK Chronos Era.

(Update: It’s confirmed: The phone is priced at P2,999 and doesn’t have dual-camera lens. Here are its specs: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5-inch HD display with 294ppi pixel density, 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6580 chipset, Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8GB ROM, microSD up to 64GB, 1GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash, 3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, dual SIM, and 2,500mAh removable battery.)

Today, the company posted a teaser for its upcoming device on its Facebook page. It looks a lot like the Apple’s promotional image for the iPhone 7 Plus. Even the copy — “This is chronos” — is a rip-off of the iPhone’s “This is 7.” If SKK Mobile were as huge a manufacturer as Samsung, the Cupertino-based tech giant would most likely be suing it now.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: King of big phones

Anyhow, we don’t know what the specs of the SKK Chronos Era are. Only two things are confirmed as of this time, if we are to base it on the Facebook post: 1) that it has a dual-camera system just like the iPhone 7 Plus; and 2) that it will also be available in shiny black pearl, a variant clearly inspired by Apple’s jet-black option for its latest and greatest.

However, our friend from GizGuide was able to obtain an alleged copy of the handset’s spec sheet.

The Chronos Era is supposed to feature a 5-inch HD screen (not 5.5 inches, as some have predicted), 13- and 5-megapixel cameras (dual cameras or not? Now, we’re confused), and a 2,500mAh battery. It is claimed to have a 1.3GHz quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 64GB. It is likewise said to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The SRP? P3,799, with what seems to be an introductory price of P2,999.

If this is true, then the SKK Chronos Era is clearly a budget phone. Don’t expect it to be remotely built like the iPhone 7 Plus or its dual-camera lens to work as well as Apple’s big-screen device. But at least, there’s a cheap option for those who can’t afford a smartphone that costs more than P40,000. We just wish SKK Mobile hadn’t blatantly copied the iPhone 7 Plus promo material.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 16 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.