There are iPhones, and then there are “iPhones.” A product as unique and successful as Apple’s flagship is bound to inspire mimicry and imitation. But, in some cases, its popularity attracts outright forgeries and clones.

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While a number of Chinese brands have made a name for themselves with their own designs, a considerable number still choose to make straight-up imitations.

That being said, some of the iPhone clones available today are pretty impressive. Of course, since iOS isn’t open-source like Android, these devices aren’t iPhones since they can only run Android. And, to be clear, we aren’t suggesting that you buy any of these devices since their quality is probably lacking and their listed specifications are likely inaccurate. 

The iPhone X rebooted the design language for iPhones. It’s got an 18:9 aspect ratio, its bezels were the thinnest an iPhone had ever seen, and it jettisoned the iPhone’s iconic home button. It also had what is now infamously known as “The Notch.” From the top edge, a small black bar jutted out with diagonal sides tapering towards the bottom.

Check out these copycats below. They’ll hardly perform like an iPhone, but they, at least they have The Notch and some iPhone-like features.

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Impressive iPhone Clones Straight Out Of China

★ Doogee V
The Verge reports that the China-made phone will be officially unveiled on February 27, and will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen will reportedly be 6.2 inches.

Doogee V Smartphone Full Specification
— Processor (Clock): 4 x 2.0GHz ARM Cortex A73, 4 x 2.0GHz ARM Cortex A53
— Memory: 6GB, LPDDR4x, 1866 MHz
— Internal Storage: 128GB
— Screen (Size & Type): 6.2 inches FHD+ AMOLED Display
— Camera Overview: 21MP+21MP / 16MP+16MP
— OS Version: Android 8.0 Oreo

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★ HDCPlayer Tech iPhone 7 Plus
We certainly don’t condone buying fake iPhone devices, or supporting the companies that produce them, but there are times where the results are noteworthy. Enter this fake iPhone 7 Plus produced by a Chinese firm called HDCPlayer Tech. Granted, the iPhone 7 is easier to fake than, say, an iPhone X, but this clone is so good that it managed to fool the experts.

Its only telling points were the shoddy Android-based iOS copy and its internals. In fact, when torn down, this iPhone looks nothing like the real deal — and doesn’t perform like it either. Still, the fact that a Chinese firm was able to produce a smartphone that can fool trained eyes at a glance is pretty impressive.

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★ Leagoo S9

On the subject of obviously-iPhone X-inspired devices, a small Chinese company called Leagoo debuted their own Android-based smartphone back in December. Again, this is another device that isn’t trying to pass itself off as an actual Apple product, but is obviously inspired by one. That’s equal parts commendable and amusing.

The device sports the signature notch, albeit with a slightly different design, as well as a glass and metal construction (but obviously not TrueDepth). Instead of an Apple logo on the back, the Leagoo S9 has a fingerprint sensor. The device isn’t great, by any means, but still sports an AMOLED display, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and a pair of 16MP camera sensors. Not bad for the “under $300” price range. This is the type of clone that sells well in China, though the company does sell its devices worldwide.”

It’s cheap but it’s made to look like an expensive device – an appealing proposition for class-conscious China.

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★ Owwo X

Owwo’s version of the X will also have face unlock technology, and will reportedly cost $239, according to a blog called GizmoChina.

Key Spec For Owwo X
— 5.7-inch FHD (1920 x 1080p) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9Octa-core 
— 64-bit processor clocked at 2.5GHz
— 3GB of RAM
— 32GB of storage
—16MP + 5MP dual rear camera with Sony sensors
— Android 7.0 Nougat
— 3,180 mAh battery
— Face unlock that can identify over 128 different facial features
— Colour Variants: White, Black and Blue
— Price: $239

★ GooPhone X

When a new iPhone launches, China-based GooPhone is usually the first firm to start producing knockoffs. The iPhone X was no exception, and GooPhone’s resulting clone actually doesn’t look all that bad. But, of course, with a design as complex and refined as Apple’s latest and greatest, it’s nearly impossible to mimic perfectly.

The most obvious thing is the lack of an actual edge-to-edge display. The GooPhone X V6 has a rather large top and bottom bezel, and a slim bezel around the sides. Rather than “wrap” the display around the top camera sensor, GooPhone went for a rather obtrusive, software-based fake bezel. Still, without access to Apple’s tech, this is about as good as a full-on clone can get.

★ Dakele 3

This device is pretty old, but it’s still notable for one reason alone. When it launched ahead of the iPhone 6 in 2015, it actually boasted better specifications than that device — at least on paper. And though it’s three years old, you can still pick one up for about $100.

Apparently, the company that produces the Dakele 3 claims that it has a sapphire screen and an eight-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor. It sports a decent set of cameras and 3GB of RAM, as well as a reportedly fast-charging 2,500mAh battery. All said, those are overall higher specs than the iPhone 6 it copied. But, of course, since it is an Android device, real-life performance is probably different (and not as good).

★ Hotwav Symbol 3
Moving on to less obvious clones, the Howav Symbol 3 isn’t trying to pass itself off as an actual iPhone X — but it does borrow heavily from that flagship’s design. That includes a fake notch on some models, which is actually just the same bezel material in a different color. Reportedly, the device is available with or without the fake notch.

While the design and even the marketing material — echoes the iPhone X, the specifications certainly don’t. It runs Android 8.0, and only packs 16GB of internal storage and a meager 2GB of memory. But with a reported retail price of about $200, you could theoretically buy 5 of these devices for the price of one iPhone X.
★ Oukitel U18

With an aspect ratio of 21:9, its screen is even wider than the iPhone X’s (18:9). As The Verge notes, it comes with a big 4,000 mAh battery.

Oukitel, also a Chinese brand, is known for packing a big battery into their phones, including a model with a 10,000 mAh unit.

★ Vinovo K1

Spotted by Revü, the K1 may be the cheapest X clone at the moment, with a price of P2,999.

★ Bluboo X

Compared to most of the budget clones listed here, rumored specs of the Bluboo X from Android Headlines sound pretty good: facial recognition tech, dual 21-megapixel cameras, a 5,500 mAh battery, and a full HD AMOLED display.

★ iLA X

According to Forbes, iLA is the renamed iteration of Xiaolajiao, which once produced a phone with a breathalyzer.

The brand is gearing up for global expansion, which is why they renamed. Forbes has a quick review of the device, wherein they said that “it’s not terrible if you factor in its dirt-cheap price,” and informed readers that the second camera on its back is fake and completely decorative.

★ Boway Notch

The maker, Boway, specializes in making printers and cutting machines, and has been in the business since 1996, according to Forbes. The Notch is the company’s first smartphone, and will be packing budget specs, and a budget price like most of the devices here.

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