- The Chinese smartphone maker Oukitel is selling an iPhone X clone called the Oukitel U18.
- The phone has the same design on the front as well as facial-recognition technology it calls Face ID, and it even has its own notch.
- But the phone costs $US160, compared with over $US1,000 for an iPhone X.
The Chinese smartphone maker Oukitel just launched a new smartphone that looks almost identical to the iPhone X but costs less than a quarter of the price of Apple’s premium phone.
Called the Oukitel U18, the phone looks almost exactly like the iPhone X from the front but costs just $US160. The iPhone X starts at $US1,000.
The U18 features a nearly edge-to-edge display and a technology called Face ID (the same name as Apple’s facial-recognition system), and it even has the same notch at the top of the screen to fit the camera and facial-recognition hardware.
In fact, the two phones look so similar that you can really only tell them apart when they’re side by side:
The U18 is a bit bigger, has a wider bottom bezel, and has all its buttons on the right side of the device. Otherwise, the two devices are practically twins.
The similarities end when you flip the U18 over, though.
The phone features a vertically oriented camera, but it’s situated in the center of the device rather than on the left side, where it is on the iPhone X.
The U18 also has a fingerprint scanner, which Apple did away with on the iPhone X. Plus, the U18 runs Android and has USB-C charging. The device comes in two colours: black and gold.
Here’s a look at the phone from the back:
The Oukitel U18 will cost $US160 until Wednesday, when it will go for $US180. But if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to act fast: Oukitel says on its website that, ironically enough, it will offer only 999 of the devices.