Replicant Assault – 11 Chinese smartphone clones that blew our minds!

Replicant Assault – 11 Chinese smartphone clones that blew our minds!
Among the countless curiosities of China and its vast technological market is the ability to start your own smartphone-making company from scratch, without the hassle of having to figure out a complex business strategy first. If you could care less about seeing your brand name in the Top 10 manufacturers, and your business's goal boils down to “sell boatloads of smartphones in a market that is set to ship $120 billion worth of them by 2017”, your plan is practically a no-brainer. Step one, you stock up on those cheap and trusty MediaTek processors like there's no tomorrow. Step two, you painstakingly replicate other people's hard work and give millions of customers “the latest flagship models” at one-third of their prices. Step three, you laugh all the way to the bank!

Тhe shameless practice of selling affordable replicas of red-hot foreign smartphones has become an awe-inspiring industry of its own. What used to be a gathering of poorly-manufactured, borderline grotesque imitations of sleek, expensive flagships, has evolved into a clone army that eats into the Chinese market share of big-game, premium devices. The latest MediaTek-powered replicas of Samsung's, Apple's, and HTC's heavyweights, for example, are virtually indistinguishable from their originals. Each detail of not only their construction, but their factory interfaces as well, is faithfully reproduced. Meanwhile, these knock-offs sport capable quad-core and even eight-core chipsets, and don't joke around in hardware terms. Although the experience of creaking plastic and paint-chipping will likely accompany your purchase.

Not only that, but it's not unusual to see some Chinese maker you've never heard of release a replica of an upcoming flagship smartphone before the original has been formally announced. Some brands, such as GooPhone, have even went as far as to patent the stolen design in their homeland, quicker than its rightful owners could utter “Lawsuit!”. That's completely outrageous, but also an impressive demonstration of the world's most potent manufacturing force. We could say the same words – outrageous and impressive, for almost each of the 11 Chinese replicas we've rounded up here. Alas, the fake Galaxy Note 4 or Nexus 6 are yet to be produced, but we assume it's only a matter of time plus a few leaked sketches and photos.

Now, let us show you what a saunter through the depths of China's wholesale shopping websites uncovered...

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22 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The iPnoho 6 is hilarious!! The iNew V3 looks at actually pretty hot!

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The iNew V3 looks extremely sexy... I'm drooling right now XD

20. coolicool

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

have you bought one already?

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i actually kinda want 3,9,10, and 11 they're crazy

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I like 9,10 and 11 as well. I looked into further... I would only be able to get 2G connectivity with those phones... Sad :( I was about to get the One Max (10) oh well :/ another day another adventure with my Nexus 4

19. coolicool

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

i can not agree more,the stock is not enough to sell at all.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I might actually get an OrientPhone One MAX... For that price, I wouldn't mind playing with it for a while.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol.......that Lumia 1020 clone XD.......'it has 2 MP camera that says 41 MP on the back'....OMG

16. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

at last I found a cheap 41 MP camera

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

That Lumia clone, lol. Says 41mp, actually 2mp. Seriously. And insanely big battery for those specs.

6. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

iNEW V3 Where can I get one?

21. s7yler

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I recommend that you get it from coolicool.com for $172.99 with free shipping. They ship really fast and you can pay with paypal and have buyers protection. I just got my order from them, took only 3 days.

7. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

The fact that china is overly populated, everyone just wants anything for a job, that's why they are willing to go as far as stealing others' designs. Search you tube and u will find fake eggs. Lol

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

More landfill.

9. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

loved this article. i think phonearena should do more of this

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I've tried the Galaxy Note 3 knockoff. Performance is actually not bad (AnTuTu score: ~13000), and the extent of which they theme it to look like Touchwiz is impressive, although the only thing they couldn't copy is the multi-window

14. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Chinese knock-off phones are getting more and more impressive. I know someone with a "Cubot p9" (Galaxy S3/4 knockoff) that she picked up for $100. Works extremely well for the price.

15. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

so many devices, yet I only saw one that didn't have a crappy mediatek or similar branded processors, do not want.

17. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

18. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

dat WinAmp!

22. light_tamer

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

CloudFones are made in China but designed in the Philippines.

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