Working in a mobile 'phone store, I've seen quite a few copycat handsets. Devices that at a glance can look similar to a well-known device. Sometimes, the customer has clearly been duped and believes that the device in their hand is truly a Samsung Galaxy Note II and hasn't noticed that Samsung has been spelled "Smasung." Against this, some of the copycat handsets are very good indeed. I've also seen plenty of iPhone copycat devices; most running a version of Android at or a little older than the current version and most preferential to the real deal! However, Oppo are having their own copycat difficulties and have reported that they've detected a number of fake versions of the Find 7 and new N3 device. The source reports that Oppo have 644 cases of counterfeit devices in just Malaysia and the business believes that the issue will be prevalent across the rest of the region.
The Oppo Find 7 and N3 handsets are not readily available here in the United Kingdom, it's easy to see why the Oppo handsets will be copied. The N3, especially, is a great piece of kit. 3.4 GHz, quad core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, motorized 16 MP camera, steel frame, 1080p 5.5-inch display and a 3,000 mAh. The only thing missing is a built-in coffee maker. The Find 7 is one of the first smartphones to ship with a QHD display (that is 1440p, or 2,560 by 1,440 pixel resolution) and it too carries a great camera. The Find 7 is joined by the less high-end 7a, which used a 1080p 5.5-inch screen and slightly reduced internal specification.
In at least some cases, the problem was only discovered when customers returned their device to Oppo for service or repair. OPPO are taking the matter very seriously; Regional Manager, Garry Gong, issued this statement: "This is one of the serious cases since OPPO came to Malaysia and we are truly concerned about the situation. OPPO have lived as part of the nation's family member, this issue not only rips off the consumer and provides shoddy products, and we truly cannot accept any cheating cases to our customers. We are devastated over the situation and it is our responsibility to take action upon the situations and shall take legal action once we found any unethical parties and counterfeiters." His advice is to only buy Oppo smartphones from authorized Oppo dealers. And if you have a fake device, Oppo recommend that you make a formal complaint to the authorities for further action.
Have you seen or worse experienced a copycat device? If you were misled, did you complain to the authorities and if so, what did they do about it? Or did you willingly buy the copycat device knowing that it wasn't the real deal but was significantly less expensive? Let us know in the comments below.