The clone army is always ahead: counterfeit Galaxy Note 9 units already out in the wild

The clone army is always ahead: counterfeit Galaxy Note 9 units already out in the wild
Who doesn't love the underground counterfeit culture? Whenever a hot phone hits the market, a bunch of underground companies launch devices that try to copy it to different levels of success... or hilarity.

In recent years, bootleg device slingers have had the audacity to build and launch their counterfeit smartphone models even before the handset they are copying gets its official announcement. So, it's no surprise that we now get the treat of a fake Galaxy Note 9 pop up in real life photos.

The device can be seen in the three color options that we expect the actual Note 9 to launch in — black, blue, and gold. The frontal pictures reveal that the Samsung Experience UI has been copied quite convincingly, though, the wallpaper does look more like something from the Note 8 era.



But the bezels... oh wow, do they give it away or what! From all sides, the phone's frame is thicker than the one even on last year's Note 8 and the Samsung-signature Edge design curve is much, much less pronounced. It looks more like a malformed Pixel 2 XL. Also, there seems to be something off with the camera module on the back. The spot that should hold a lens in the middle there doesn't seem to hold a camera at all.

We are quite sure that, as time progresses, much more accurate copies of the Galaxy Note 9 will pop out of the woodworks. So, let this be a reminder — be careful what and where you buy, guys.

source: Zyad Atef

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. nodes

Posts: 1119; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

hey at least it runs the same OS.

6. Papa_Ji

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

still it is more feature rich than any iPhone available.

10. nodes

Posts: 1119; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

wow Apple fans are everywhere.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 1782; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yep the counterfeit Note will have lag and bloatware features just like the real Note.

2. adecvat

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No one see the difference because Samsung = Chinese phones.

3. Nostromo79

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

"out in the wild" and "daily driver"; I never tire of seeing these phrases.

4. paul.k

Posts: 280; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

What's your daily driver when out in the wild? Personally, I always call James. His jeep handling skills are A+.

5. Nostromo79

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Typically I'd defer to my butler, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, and allow him to indulge himself.

9. Nostromo79

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

"in the flesh" is another charming phrase which is bandied about at times.

7. ram64GB

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

usb-c?

8. Nostromo79

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

It'd better be. I believe it's assured.

12. Fellwalker

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I prefer the flatter screen, and if the thickness gives a bigger battery and the bezels give it strength. But who knows what chipset it might have or how that "stylus" might work.

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