iPhone 8 leads the Top 10 Most-faked smartphones in China
Chinese benchmarking app Master Lu has released the names of the top 10 most-cloned smartphones in China. The outfit had first released a chart around January showing the number of fake smartphones that were run through the app in 2019. The chart had the Galaxy W2018 as the most-faked smartphone last year. The data has changed slightly as the Apple iPhone 8 has now emerged as the most-faked smartphone between March 2019 and March 2020.
The iPhone 8 is followed by the Samsung W2018 in the second place while the W2019 is ranked third. The iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S10+ are ranked fourth and fifth respectively. At the sixth place is the Honor 9, seventh – Samsung Galaxy S8+, eighth – OnePlus 7 Pro. The Xiaomi Mi 6 and Galaxy S8 complete the top 10 list.
In terms of percentage spread, Apple smartphones accounted for 29.54% of the fake phones recorded while Samsung accounted for 26.44%. Xiaomi accounted for 9.83% and Honor accounted for 6.10%.
A few things that are common with the cloned smartphones is the presence of a 720p display resolution, as well as MediaTek MT6589 processor bundled with a Mali-400 MP GPU onboard. Although the components are not necessarily fake, they are starkly different from what the OEM included in the original version. Interestingly, China’s tech hubs of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Beijing ranked among the top three cities where most of the fake smartphones are used in China.