Below, we will present few particular cases, showing the skills developed by the Chinese counterfeiters. Keep in mind - we do not try to show all fake phones, their number is enormous! We just show you a few cases, as others are very very similar.
We will start with Sony Ericsson W810 and its knockoff brother.
As you can see, there are very few differences in the design – the distance between the display and the speaker in the clone is slightly bigger. Another thing easier to notice is the altered brand name and even the "touch screen" inscription. Nevertheless, considering the fact that it’s a 2006 model, the copy is pretty good.
A significant advance in the knockoff industry was noted in 2007, and we will show you Sony Ericsson T650 and its clone as a particular example. In this case, the differences are not that easy to catch, which is pretty impressing. Aside from the name change, the fake one is missing the side buttons, but it still looks almost identical to the genuine T650.
Striking was the case with the cheeky fake Nokia N73, which only had the last letter changed - Nokir N73. The only visible differences from the original were, the larger display, the symbols added below it and the size of the numeric keypad buttons.
The most frequently cloned model is Apple’s iPhone, which until recently was offered only by the US carrier АT&T. That may have been the reason for the attention it gets, plus the fact that its unlocked version has only been available for a few months now and at a pretty high price on top of that. The Chinese counterfeiters didn’t need much more inspiration and very quickly, they managed to give birth to a quite successful look-alike of the device. Just take a look at the pictures and you’ll see what type of skills we are talking about. We are speechless!
The most interesting case of all though, is the one where the phone cloned is a concept model. Yep, we have the Nokia Aeon in mind. The Finnish company had to only release few images of what the future device might look like and it went on sale at EBay, which was quite strange. That of course is a clone that looks pretty good. However, the most striking is the Aeon knockoff, on which you can even see the name of the manufacturer and of the model on its back. It is very impressive that they have managed to make a real phone by just looking at three official images and we can only guess what to expect from these guys in the future.
After we gave you an idea about the level of expertise the counterfeiters have achieved, it wouldn't be surprising if knockoffs start coming out before the genuine phones. You never know, maybe in time the manufacturers will become the counterfeiters…