Samsung and Xiaomi are amongst the most popular smartphone OEMs in the world. Samsung is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, and Xiaomi is also amongst the top 5 OEMs worldwide, and the number one smartphone manufacturer in China. That being said, a lot of China-based OEMs copy such successful OEMs and release smartphones which look very similar (sometimes almost identical) to the popular models, but they're lower quality and their specs are usually significantly lower-end. Well, it seems like AnTuTu found a way to register the knockoffs and has released a rather interesting report.
Samsung and Xiaomi are by far the most copied smartphone OEMs, these two companies account for 37.30% and 30.96% of the 'fake' market, and are followed by Huawei which is distant third and holds 3.97% of the market. The Xiaomi Mi Note is the most cloned device it seems, it accounts for 31.82% of the 'fake' market, and is followed by Redmi Note (12%, Xiaomi Mi 3 ($9.39), Galaxy Note 3 (8.82%) and Galaxy Note 4 ($7.01%)… and so on.
Chinese smartphone market is the biggest market in the world, and the competition is really fierce over there. We've seen a number of Chinese OEMs announce some really impressive smartphones lately, but there are always those who are trying to clone popular devices and make money off of them. Interestingly enough, AnTuTu mentioned that the number of fake models is actually lower than it was in the previous year, which is somewhat encouraging, but such phones will always be a part of the market unfortunately.
It comes as no surprise that Samsung and Xiaomi are the two most copied smartphone OEMs in China, they are, after all, an extremely popular brands in that Asian country. it will certainly be interesting to see if a number of clones will decrease in the coming year. Chinese smartphone market is full of potential, and judging by some devices we've seen released by relatively unknown OEMs, things are about to get even more interesting in the future. It's also worth mentioning that Indian smartphone market is also growing incredibly fast, and there's still plenty of room for progress.