The latest is a $159 iPhone X clone from China that purports to be something of a clone because it has a Notch. Yeah, that Notch. The one that iPhone critics howled about has become a selling point among knock-off makers.
Of Clones And Copies
Yes, Apple has long been the tech gadget design mover and shaker. Windows PC notebooks and Chromebooks look like a MacBook. 21st century tablets look like iPads. Smartphones look like iPhones. Well, why shouldn’t all these devices look alike? They are alike?
Notebooks are flat slabs of glass with a keyboard, differentiated by operating system, materials and price. And price tag. Ditto for tablets and smartphones; especially smartphones. Flat, glass, case, rounded corners, buttons. They are all the same, right? Coming soon to no place near you is the Outkitel U18, a $159 Android-based iPhone X clone.
Here it is side-by-side with iPhone X.
Yes, that’s the iPhone X’s Notch at the top and the Samsung Galaxy chin at the bottom.
What do you get for $159? A cellphone, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 720p HD display, Face ID instant unlock, an Octa-core CPU, dual Sony cameras, a USB-C port, zinc-allow frame in gold or black, and a giant 4,000mAh battery, behind a 5.85 inch display. On the back is a vertial camera with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor. And, yes, it has the full array of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (but not 802.11 ac), sensors, SD card slot, and it runs Android 7 (Nougat), now the most popular of the Android litter.
So far, the only place you can buy the Oukitel U18 is online and pre-sale at that.
All the headlines call the U18 an iPhone X clone because the screen size is similar and it has a Notch. By that notion all smartphones are iPhone clones because most have rounded corners, glass, a display and case, run applications, and can be used as a cellphone.
Uh, no. But it makes for a good headline.
About the closest you can get to U18 and the $159 price tag is iPhone 6s Plus which features a better display, no Notch, and runs the latest– iOS 11. For $549.
But clone? Uh, no.
Now, compare the U18 and iPhone X with the Honor 7X for $200. This one is from Huawei, a big Chinese gadget maker, and has similar specifications, though a full 1080p HD display, and, fortunately, nobody is calling this one an iPhone clone.