The rumor mill surrounding Apple’s iPhone 5 seems to be working overtime lately, and here we are with word that China is now offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5, at least on China’s largest e-commerce platform known as Taobao. The pre-order page also comes complete with mock-up pictures, not to mention the purported technical specifications. There are whispers that the iPhone 5 will roll out on August 7th later next month, although Apple has naturally kept the release date a secret. Other sources claim that the next generation iPhone will come with a larger display compared to its predecessors, not to mention a souped up version of Siri.

Sellers on Taobao, which is part of the Alibaba Group, do ask for a deposit of 1,000 yuan ($160) for the new handset, with one seller known as Dahai9988 prefers to play it safe – asking for a full payment right from the get go. I do wonder who is desperate enough to pony up 6,999 yuan ($1,100) first though, as this is not a small amount that we are talking about here. These sellers want to pick up the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong or in the US before sending them over to mainland China.

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Key SpecsiPhone 5
Status Released
Resolution 1136x640
Display Diagonal 4"
Processor/Soc Name A6, 2-core, 1.3 GHz
Max. Total Storage Capacity 64 GB
Megapixels 8 MP
Battery Capacity (mAh) 1440 mAh
Street Price $549
Complete product data Apple iPhone 5 Full specs
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