If the phone in the photo accompanying this story looks at all familiar to you then you're not alone, however you may be surprised to know that the Chinese company behind the iPhone look-alike is claiming its product has been around since before Apple's January announcement .

Meizu reckons it made its miniOne handset public several days before this year's MacWorld event, and that any similarities to the iPhone are coincidental.

Tribute or copy?

That - along with full specs for the Meizu device - remains to be seem, but the miniOne certainly sounds appealing, coming in at $200 (£103) for a 4GB model and $400 (£206) for an 8GB version, we're told.

Apart from the fact that the miniOne appears to be running a version of Windows Mobile, we're still in the dark about a release date and pretty much everything else, so we'll keep an open mind on the legitimacy or otherwise of Meizu's effort.