Not content just cranking out an endless stream of ridiculous iPhone clones or even copying the occasional car design, the brilliant knockoff artists in China decided to lay it all on the line and rip off… Disneyland. As in, the themepark. The whole thing. Park officials deny having any connection with the official characters, claiming everything in the park is an original design, but something tells us they’re not being, um, completely honest. Check the read link for some more incredibly hilarious photos, including a Minnie doppelganger the park owners claim “is not a mouse” but instead “a cat with very large ears.” Looks like the Meizu PR team has been working a little overtime, eh?
Meizu CEO: we only kind of knocked off the iPhone
Funny, we rarely, if ever see a company producing Chinese knocks of high profile devices start defending themselves, but it sounds like Meizu wants to (partly) shed the bad light cast on its M8, er, miniOne non-iPhone. According to some posts in their forums by someone who appears to be Meizu’s CEO, J.Wong, the original M8 design for a massive-touchscreen cellphone debuted four days before Macworld — however, the design was still undergoing changes, and when Apple launched their product, so Meizu reworked the aesthetic, added some metal, slimmed it down, and voila, M8 cum miniOne. We recognize that’s some serious gray area for Meizu to be treading — kind of the design equivalent of double-checking your answers with your neighbors’ before turning in your test — but let’s face it, a phone like that coming out of China, it would have been pegged an iPhone knock either way. Plus, they were still ahead of the game with that insane 720 x 480 res screen they’ve apparently spent $1m US ordering in bulk. So take this one for what you will, but we think Meizu’s among the first to keep it somewhat real while still managing to keep it real fake.
[Via Engadget Chinese, thanks Kevin]