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Although China has struggled to remove that label in recent years, it remains the country of counterfeiting. In China you can find imitations of almost anything and one of the star products of this practice is smartphones. Earlier this year a Chinese app called Master Lu published a preliminary list of the most counterfeit smartphones, but now has done a review with new data.

Previously the Samsung Galaxy W2018 led the table as the most counterfeited smartphone of last year, but now the data has changed slightly. Apple's iPhone 8 has become the most counterfeited and cloned smartphone between March 2019 and March 2020.

The 10 most counterfeited smartphones in China

This application uses data from the devices to check their quality and detect if they are counterfeits. According to reports Gizmochina, the app has analyzed more than 6 million devices and almost 60,000 have turned out to be replicas of others. In addition the vast majority of them share characteristics like a 720p screen resolution, the MediaTek MT6589 processor and the Mali-400 MP GPU. In other words, almost all of them are identical inside with a different casing.

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In singing the ranking of the most counterfeited smartphones, Apple not only leads the way with the most counterfeit smartphone of all, but also leads the total percentage of most cloned devices. 29.54% of the fake registered phones have turned out to be iPhoneWhile Samsung is in second place representing 26.44%. For its part, Xiaomi is the third most falsified brand with 9.83% and Honor the fourth with 6.10%.

This is the top 10 complete with the most counterfeited phones in China in the last 12 months:

  1. iPhone 8
  2. Samsung W2018
  3. Samsung W2019
  4. iPhone XS Max
  5. Galaxy S10 +
  6. Honor 9
  7. Samsung Galaxy S8 +
  8. OnePlus 7 Pro.
  9. Xiaomi Mi 6
  10. Galaxy S8


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According to the app, China's technology centers of Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing It is where the three main factories are located where most of the fake smart phones in China are manufactured. Many of these devices are sold in the country itself, but many others are sold on numerous online pages posing as real.

It is a very questionable practice and one that several scams are known. A few months ago we told you the story of two Chinese students living in the United States who bought fake iPhone in China and returned it by pretending to be real, it is estimated that more than 800,000 dollars could have cheated Apple.

This story shows that counterfeits can look a lot like end devices, and it is very easy to fall into the trap. Our advice if you are going to buy an iPhone, and you have a slight suspicion that it may be fake, is to let it go, do not trust strange stores. Also remember that we have complete guides to know whether an iPhone is fake or if it is an iPad, there are various methods and they are infallible.