Cloning iPhones: causes and existing analogues

Posted by: 25.03.2018

The level of competition in the world’s mobile market is so high that numerous small and large manufacturers are not averse to frank plagiarism in relation to trend models. A vivid example of this is, though not the most massive, but certainly the most popular smartphone in the world - the Apple iPhone. Phones, similar to it visually and technically, appear with enviable consistency, and today we will try to consider the most popular ones.

Causes and features of cloning

To understand how tense and sometimes fierce the struggle in the mobile device market is, it’s enough to look at the page of any online electronics store. There are phones there, as well-known manufacturers (the same iPhone, Samsung, LG) and middle peasants / beginners (Fly, TeXet, ZTE and others). The interest of potential customers and owners of all these gadgets depends on the right combination of obvious factors:

  • First, the cost, since it is the financial opportunities of a wide audience that generate sufficient demand for a particular smartphone model;
  • Secondly, technical characteristics, innovations, which are eagerly awaited by users, both new and old (adherents of the same brand);
  • Thirdly, visual perception or, more simply, design;
  • Fourth, the quality of the advertising campaign, which forms a specific, necessary for the manufacturer image of the gadget and the company itself from the client audience.

Obviously, advertising is designed to bring together the first three indicators, each of which in its own way affects the relevance of the gadget. The one who can afford a sufficient level of campaign financing wins, or at least can successfully compete in this regard. This primarily relates to market leaders, for example, Apple with its iPhone. The rest has to somehow make a start from it, creating either an antagonist product with clear advantages, or a copy. And the latter, as world experience shows, is much easier to do. Do not disdain this, sometimes frank, plagiarism or little-known Chinese companies, or even direct competitors.

Objects of cloning are:

  • Design. This is logical, because Apple creates products that are easily recognizable in society, primarily due to its design features.
  • Characteristics. It is hardly possible to repeat all the technical specifications of the iPhone, nevertheless, to make the product as close as possible to it or even leading in certain positions is quite a task.
  • cost of. This is perhaps one of the main criteria why Apple’s potential customers pay attention to the “clones”. For example, the branded iPhone 6s in color rose gold on the market costs from 57 to 75 thousand rubles, depending on the amount of internal memory (this, by the way, is one of the drawbacks of apple smartphones, since it cannot be expanded). Even direct competitors are able to offer top models for a more reasonable price.

Since everything is now more or less clear with the peculiarities of the process, we will try to analyze the market for obvious and not very appropriate apple gadgets.

Chinese products

It is not a secret for anyone that China today is perhaps the main generator of copies not only on mobile phones, but also on everything that is possible, starting with clothes and ending with cars, industrial, military equipment and machinery. Given the mass production, the quality of this product is often lame in both legs, as they say, creating a characteristic negative image among the client audience. But in the last decade, high-tech companies, especially those dealing with electronics, have taken a huge step forward, creating high-quality products, technically advanced and, most importantly, more affordable.


We will start the review of clones with this model, not even a whole range, since these smartphones are often called Chinese iPhones because of the visual similarity, advanced technical characteristics, lower prices and popularity, especially in China.

First of all, I need to mention the Meizu MX-4 model, which resembles an iPhone 6 model. In production, even the usual colors for the North American brand were used (golden, light gray and dark). The smartphone is equipped with an excellent capacitive screen on the 5,3 ″, the maximum resolution of which is 1152 x1920 points. The bounding box is made particularly thin, which creates a feeling of lack of borders of the image and visual ease of the gadget.

Inside is a powerful processor MT6595 on 8 cores and 2 GB of RAM. By analogy with the iPhone, the tactics of expanding the model range at the expense of the built-in memory.

Considering that the minimum grade of the official Meizu MX-4 on the Russian market costs about 24 thousand rubles, he clearly wins from his “parent”, at least twice (recall, prices for iPhone 6s start from 57 thousand). There is also a more powerful battery on the 3100 mAh (for the Six, it has a capacity of 1810 and 2915 mAh).

Meizu MX-5 is another iPhone 6 clone that has a slightly enlarged 5,5 screen ″ compared to the previous model. In terms of design, everything is also as close as possible to the apple gadget: the colors are the same, even the stripes on the back wall are saved.

The Meizu M2 Note is generally a rather interesting model, as it combines the features of not only the iPhones of the same 6 series, but also the Samsung Galaxy S, as well as a number of local, Chinese gadgets.

Inside is traditionally powerful stuffing for the brand: 8-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 13-MP camera, capacious battery (3100 mAh). In addition, its price is about 16 thousand rubles, even lower than the MX-4.


Another Chinese corporation that has reached the international level. Among the models that have a clear resemblance to the iPhone, it should be noted S60 and S90 (Sisley).

The first - Lenovo S60 - looks like an iPhone 5. It has a bright design - the back cover is yellow. Supports the work of two SIM-cards. The screen has a resolution of 5,5 ″ (1280x720 points). There are two good cameras: front - 5 MP and rear - 13 MP. It is possible to expand the amount of memory through the slot.

Cloning iPhones: causes and existing analogues

Lenovo Sisley S90 visually very similar to the iPhone 6, although, if it is placed between the base and the “plus” versions, it will take an intermediate place in size. Also used are typical colors and a fixed amount of internal memory (16 and 32 GB), which cannot be increased.

As for the price, the minimum grade will cost 10-11 thousand rubles.

Huawei P6 / P7 / P8

Another representative of the People's Republic of China, outwardly very similar to the iPhone 5s, in passing, borrowed some elements of the case from the 6 th model. The color palette used is traditional for this generation of Apple. Specifications and prices are about the same as those previously described analogues of Chinese origin.

ZTE Blade X7 / S6

These are two models of another representative of the People's Republic of China, which have approximately equal characteristics and striking similarities with the iPhone 6. In S6, even the proprietary button was a replica, though not entirely successful. Prices for these models are within 10-12 thousand, which can not fail to please fans of Apple gadgets.

Cloning iPhones: causes and existing analogues

And now we will consider some more eminent clones.

Direct competitors

The fact that the PRC does not hesitate to openly plagiarize everyone knows, from young to old. But the "strong" mobile world is also far from ideal. An example is the following smartphone models, reminiscent of the legendary iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S

The story, to put it mildly, of the unfriendly relations between the industry’s flagships began precisely with this phone. Apple representatives in court have argued that there is plagiarism regarding the 3GS model, and I must say, there were plenty of reasons for this. Here and a similar exterior design, and a breakdown of the sensor grid, etc.

After several years of litigation, the court ruled in favor of Apple and ordered the plagiarist to pay about 1 billion in compensation dollars.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The story of the confrontation between the two companies at the patent level continued in this model, which, by the way, was released earlier than its intended “parent” iPhone 6. There is certainly some similarity, but only external and then for lovers of conspiracy.

Obvious copies

All previously mentioned smartphone models have partial similarities with the iPhone. But there are those who, as they say, can not be distinguished.

GooPhone i6

This is a representative of the PRC, which was released in 2014 year, ahead of its original source. This is one of those cases when everything is done in the best Chinese traditions. Everything is copied here literally, starting with the design of the case (and, identical to the iPhone 6) and ending with the name (as here you can’t recall Adidas replicas - Dadas, Adadis, etc.). Moreover, the operating system is almost exactly like iOS.

The price in terms of domestic currency is 7,5-16,5 thousand rubles, but obviously it will have to be ordered abroad - it is not focused on the domestic market.

Texet iX-maxi

Well, for a snack you can not forget about their own - the company teXet. Like the GooPhone, this model of the gadget just perfectly matches the outlines of the iPhone 6: the same rounding, camera and flash position, inserts on the back wall.

This sort of anti-crisis iPhone of a domestic spill, especially since it costs 12 thousand rubles - more than 3,5 times cheaper than the minimum configuration of the original.

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