AH Primetime: Smartphones Clones; These Chinese Knock-Offs Look Just Like The Real Thing

January 24, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

China is still much of a mystery to some of us due to our political differences, however, the fact remains that China has the world’s largest population with over 1.35 billion people on a land mass that is the second largest by land area.  Since it started its economic reforms in 1978, that continue today, it has become one of the world’s fastest growing economies and as of 2013, it is the world’s second largest economy as well as the world’s largest importer and exporter of goods.

With all of that potential buying power, it is not a wonder that all the manufacturers of mobile devices want to sell to China – smartphones, like the Moto G are designed with this purpose in mind – a global device that everybody can afford. In a country where companies like Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, and Coolpad/Yulong are already established and many new upstart companies like Xiaomi and Oppo are joining the already crowded field, you would think that there are already enough manufacturers in the country.  However, many analysts in China think that their manufacturers need to start making higher-end devices to sell around the world, and especially the U.S., where we are willing to spend money for a flagship product.

As Spiderman’s uncle once stated, “With power, comes great responsibility,” and what we have happening in China are manufacturers, most we have never heard of, making cheap knock-off devices that hurt both China’s legitimate companies as well as other companies trying to sell their products in China. When confronted by a Samsung Galaxy S4 knock-off for one-fourth the price of the original, most Chinese and others that purchase from websites that sell the knock-offs, will choose the cheaper device.

Years ago these knock-offs were slight mirror images of there original counterparts, however, under the highly refined clones of today, the Samsung, HTC, and Apple high-end devices look virtually identical to the real devices. Using cheaper, but still good quality quad-core and even eight-core MediaTek processors, along with even the original factory-like software carefully replicated, they are almost a work of art themselves. When you actually pick one up, you can see and feel that the build quality is just not there – a little too much plastic and possibly the paint chipping may clue you to the fact it is a knock-off. Below are some of the knockoffs that our source article found that we will share with you so that you can see just how nice some of them look.

Clone Note 3

This the knockoff of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 made by HDC in the one color that Samsung failed to come out with – a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone, all for only $210. It is visually identical and even comes with the faux leather-stitched back!  This particular clone only has a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, 13.3MP main camera and an 8MP FFC, and a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.3.1, although with no S-Pen. This is certainly not the only Note 3 clone in the Chinese market – they have ones with octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM, S-Pens, and even Galaxy Gear compatibility.


Clone Sony 2

iNew V3 – a Sony Xperia knock-off with a 5-inch, 1080p display, MediaTek quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB Internal Storage, 8MP main camera and 5MP FFC, 1830mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 – all for $200.


Clone Nokia

Excite 502d – Inspired by Nokia, running Android.  Display is a 5-inch 480p resolution, dual-core Snapdragon, with 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage, and 13MP camera.


Clone Moto X

HDC X – The first Moto X clone.  It comes with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB Internal Storage, 8MP main camera, 2MP FFC, 1400mAh battery, and Android 4.2 all for $189.


Clone Apple

 iPnoho 6 and iPncne 7 – Apples by China, and yes, the spelling is correct.


Clone BB

Sinoteck H10 – The BlackBerry Z10 clone.  It has a 4-inch display with only 480 x 320 resolution, only 256MB of RAM and only 256MB of Internal Storage, 2MP main camera and .3MP FFC, and a 1800mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2.


Clone Lumia

Sinoteck N1020 – a Lumia knock-off running Android 4.1.  It has a 4.4-inch screen with a 480 x 800 resolution display, a SpreadTrum SC6820 clocked at 1GHz with 256MB RAM and Internal Storage, 2MP main camera and a .3MP FFC, and a 2800mAh battery.


Clone HTC One Max

OrientPhone One MAX – The HTC One Max Clone with a 5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek’s MTK6589T quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, paired with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 13MP main camera and 8PM FFC, a 2800mAH battery, and runs Android 4.2.1.


Clone Huawei

OrientPhone P6 Plus is a Huawei Ascend P6 clone with fairly good specs, shown above, as well as nice looking – all for $287.


Clone Sony

Star LT36H is a Sony Xperia Z clone for only $157 – it has a 5-inch 720p display, MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB RAM, 4GB Internal Storage, dual-sim, 9.4MP main camera and an 8MP FFC, a 2500mAh battery and runs Android 4.2.1.

Some of these clones are not bad, while others simply feel insulting. However, there are many of these devices being sold and taking away sales from the central manufacturers. Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you support these clone phones and believe that they have just as much right to sell these devices as the OEMs. Does it bother you that they steal the others’ designs or is a smartphone a smartphone.

Source/Photos: phonearena
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