Sany Ericssan A8000i: no, not a spelling mistake

Some rip-offs are just brilliant, aren't they?

Sony Ericsson's lawyers must be in overdrive tonight after another top-quality knock off has emerged in the guise of the Sany Ericssan A8000i.

It packs 3G (we mean 2G), a touchscreen (well, not touchscreen) 2.8in display, Windows Mobile OS (actually, some obscure two-bit program) as well as an FM radio. That bit's true.

Dual SIM

It's actually got something the similar-but-not-quite-the-same Xperia X1 has got: a dual SIM function. In your face, Sony Ericsson.

And it's a TV phone, though we don't understand the VAIO branding on the back. Still, at least it's all-weather, something sadly lacking from today's phones (OK, that's a joke, we're just trying to pretend this isn't the strangest handset we've seen in a while.)

We see an 8MP stamp on the back as well, which is weird seeing as it only as a 1MP camera... hang on, do copyright forgers LIE?


Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.