Whenever a new top smartphone reaches the market, many parallel brands present their proposals, almost always integral copies and that even include elements of several of these phones.
Clones, as they are known, are a way of deceiving consumers or, simply, a way for them to have equipment similar to what they would like to have, but at a very small price. Of the many brands and models that were copied in the year 2017, some stood out, not necessarily by the positive.
As with other occasions and even in other contexts, the Antutu decided to create the list of smartphones most copied during the year 2017. This shows the interest of consumers in these equipment, which often leave before the originals are presented.
The data of the Antutu is based on the evaluation of 17,424,726 smartphones during 2017, of which 2.64% were clones, mostly from Chinese brands, which thus achieve an easy profit.
Samsung is at the top of the brands list
Samsung is the most copied brand and it has its cloned equipment. According to the information provided by Antutu, the Samsung accounted 36.23% of the total copies, followed by Apple with 7.72% and Xiaomi with 4.75%.
It is curious to see that the top 5 of the brands have seen their cloned equipment manage to pull more than 50% of this market.
Smartphones more often victims of cloning
In addition to the list of the most copied brands, Antutu also indicated which models of smartphones that had this cloning made. The Galaxy S7 Edge is at the top, both in the European version and in the Chinese and Samsung has many more models on this list. Apple only has its iPhone 7 Plus in fifth position.
Although they focus mainly on the models created for Europe, the Chinese brands that are dedicated to copying and cloning phones end up having their highest percentage of business in their home country.
The use of these phones poses a danger to users at various levels. There is no guarantee of its correct construction or that the industry standards have been followed. The issue of data security also arises, since not all software present can be controlled and evaluated.