There’s an entire clone smartphone industry based in China. Unnamed manufacturers make clones of some of the most popular smartphones on the market. Some of the clones are very cheap and easily distinguishable from the real deal but some clones really strive to be as close to the original as possible. While these manufacturers rip off devices of many major companies, it appears that Samsung devices are their most favorite subjects to copy.
Benchmarking service AnTuTu has released a new report detailing that 2.64 percent of the 17,424,726 smartphones that were benchmarked using its software were clones. 36.23 percent of the fake devices were fake Galaxy handsets masquerading as a Samsung device. Fake iPhones came in second place with 7.72 percent of the lot.
The device on the top of this list is a fake of the European variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It alone accounted for five percent of all fakes tested on AnTuTu. The Chinese variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge came in second place with the Galaxy S7 in third.
Even fakes of Samsung’s flip phones have proven to be quite popular. The iPhone 7 Plus was the most common fake on AnTuTu with 2.67 percent while handsets from OnePlus and Xiaomi made it on the list as well.
As high-end smartphones continue to get more expensive, one can see why this cottage industry has been on the rise. We’re already seeing clones of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ surface even though both devices haven’t been officially announced yet. It’s clear that this industry isn’t going away anytime soon.