Knock-off Galaxy S8 phone found in China and it looks as funky as you might expect

Knock-off Galaxy S8 phone found in China and it looks as funky as you might expect
Knockoff phones are nothing new. It's a well-known practice — a model becomes big and desirable, but is too expensive; no-name manufacturers make phones that look just like said models and sell them for far less. Some don't try to scam the buyer, while others go to great lengths to imitate the logo and presentation of the target product, attempting to attract the more gullible customers.

So, the Galaxy S8 is already a highly-anticipated product, with its futuristic look, promising hardware, and Sammy's non-stop reiteration of how much work it put into making the device solid and secure. Should we really be surprised to see a knockoff device already in the making?

Well, we kind of are. It took major phone manufacturers years to get to the thin bezels that the LG G6 has and that the Galaxy S8 will apparently sport. Yet a very obvious fake S8 device has popped up in a few pictures and a video, and it has a very similar, extremely impressive screen-to-body ratio.

Now, the device in question is not exactly pretty to look at — with the alignment of its front sensors and selfie camera looking a tad off, its main camera module looking comically big, and symmetry pretty much being a foreign concept to whoever built this.
Knock-off Galaxy S8 phone found in China and it looks as funky as you might expect
The shadows that can be seen underneath the front glass panel make us believe that it's extremely thick. In case you are thinking this might still be a genuine Galaxy S8 — notice that there is a button missing (the rumored Bixby button) on its left side and that the fingerprint scanner is on the opposite side of the camera, when compared to absolutely every other leak we've gotten thus far.

In all honesty, we'd love to get our hands on such a knockoff and see how it holds up in terms of performance or camera. But we generally advise against spending money on such mystery devices, unless you are an extremely adventurous tech fan.

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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38 Comments

2. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well...I can't see much difference to the real phone leaks. I think Samsung will have a major dud this year, design-wise.

3. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm afraid you need your eyes checked.

9. kumar1234 unregistered

S8 is a major 'meh' this year. Fugly design, worst position for fingerprint scanner, Big weird screen yet small battery life. A total disgrace of a smartphone.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What's up with the comments section? Its not replying to the right person!

35. martin.s

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

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36. martin.s

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

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27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet everyone even Samsung is predicting otherwise? The S8 potentially is going to outsell every S they have ever made. The S4 has the record at over 70M in a single year. I personally don't see the S8 selling 70M in one year, I do see it happening over 18 months. Here is a bet. Samsung phones sales for Q2/3 for 2017 will be higher than any other OEM. PERIOD! Oh and with the S7 prices dropping because of the new model, the S7 will go on to sell well over 50M easy. They sold an easy 10M +after the Note 7 was pulled, for a phone that already sold 30~40M. I honestly don't think Samsung cares how many they sell of any single model. After all they make how many models? They sell over 300M phone per year and have been since 2011. NO matter how many get sold, all the money goes to them. Which is why arguing sells is always dumb. But the fact is, when Samsung sells 300M+ phone again this year, the Note and S always combine for roughly 1/3 of their sales. Even with the Note 7 fiasco, they still sold 300M phones and made a decent profit for a company that already has high overhead.

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Honestly I dont know about this S8... I cant say I love the way it looks. Maybe I'll hold out till the Note 8...

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Clearly your reading and comprehension skills don't work. The title of the article says, its a "Knock-Off S8". ITS RIGHT IN THE TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In such a hurry to post, you diodn't even read. I actually think the biggest majority of people where dont have an education above 6th grade. Because your own posts show you can't read, you can't comprehend and appears you only look at the pictures...lol

16. afjmd

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

HOPEFULLY THIS IS FAKE, fingerprint scanner will be right to the camera Not left.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they clearly state "Knock-off" in the title.. so, obviously it's a fake phone

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Curious as to why Apple and Samsung or anyone else, doesn't sue those companies out of business. After all, knock-off actually hurt sales.

37. Foxgabanna

Posts: 579; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

lol you guys believe everything this site tells you. That's an actual unit. Still not impress though

38. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"That's an actual unit" Care to provide evidence? It's clearly a fake S8.

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