China is already churning out Apple Watch clones

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An Apple Watch... or maybe not. Photo: Alibaba
An Apple Watch... or maybe not. Photo: Alibaba

Ahead of the Apple Watch going on sale April 24, the Chinese market is being flooded with fake versions of Apple’s wearable device — many of them bearing an uncanny likeness to Apple’s smartwatch, at a fraction of the cost.

Starting at less than $50, the “inspired by Apple” Apple Watch knockoffs are predominantly modelled on the cheaper Apple Watch Sport devices, but I’d be in no way surprised if we saw Apple Watch Edition replicas turn up at a later date, much as we routinely see fake Rolexes today.

Some of the devices claim to be genuine, while others are upfront about not being authentic — although there’s no doubt whose company’s products they’re being modelled on. In some cases, the knockoff devices run a version of Android, modified to look like the Apple Watch interface, but boasting about various advantages over Apple’s product, such as (allegedly) superior battery life.

You can see a couple of the Apple Watch-alikes below. Online retailer Alibaba is currently facing a government investigation surrounding its selling of counterfeit products. As a result, it is reportedly removing products advertised as “Apple Watches” at a rapid pace. We’ll see if it lasts.

Either way, this certainly isn’t the last we’ll hear about fake Apple Watches, particularly if the market turns out to be as big as some are predicting. Having previously railed against cheap Apple knockoffs, Jony Ive can’t be too happy about this.

This "smart bracelet" from DFYou comes in the full range of Apple Watch Sport colors, and retails at $48. It claims to have a 168-hour battery life.
This “smart bracelet” from DFYou comes in the full range of Apple Watch Sport colors, and retails at $48. It claims to have a 168-hour battery life.
Taiwan Master D-watches will set you back just $46. They claim to be “more powerful than the Apple watch.”
Taiwan Master D-watches will set you back just $46. They claim to be “more powerful than the Apple watch.”
Photo: Financial Times
More fake Apple Watches. Photo: Financial Times

Via: Quartz

 

  • Paul Buckley

    The only peeps that would want a knock-off apple watch are ppl too cheap to spend $350 and don’t see a problem in wearing a $50 version. Either that or they’re from a very specific country that has a problem translating “copyright” into their language…not pointing any fingers.

  • Kevin Kuo

    Not surprised.

  • Masterdingo

    You guys should test a couple of these against the apple watch and see if there are any that are actually comparable.

  • Yaagul

    I geting the real Apple watch becuese I am not a cheap jew.

    • Noel Blackman

      Jew should be capitalized….

  • Noel Blackman

    I love how they start knocking off smart watches after Apple finally releases one… I guess no one wants a fake Samsung Gear.

  • Giovanni Cardona

    buyers beware… my order get “lost” and they don’t want to resolve any issue = lost money

  • Publicsax

    It will go great with the Galaxy S6!

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