The HDC One clones HTC One’s design to the letter, but compromises in the hardware department

March 29, 2013
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HDC One

Talk about commitment to a cause. Not a noble cause, but still. You have to give it up for the makers of the latest Chinese clone, which doesn’t only replicate the original’s design, but also its name. Almost to the letter.

The gadget pictured above is the HDC One, a pretty good knock-off of one of the hottest Android smartphones around – the HTC One. The funny thing is HDC doesn’t only make HTC lookalikes, but also clones for Samsung devices, so it’s almost like this is nothing more than an unfortunate name coincidence.

HDC One’s design is no coincidence though and the thing looks a lot closer to its inspiration than the first One clone that emerged back in February – the GooPhone One. We highly doubt HDC can afford to use aluminum for the clone’s frame, but the “plastic unibody” could fool anyone into thinking this is the real deal.

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Naturally, once you’ll get your hands on the HDC One, you’ll be able to tell the difference, especially performance-wise. The copycat only packs a 1.2 GHz quad-core MT6589 CPU and 1 GB of RAM beneath the hood, while the 4.7-inch display boasts a run-of-the-mill 720p resolution.

The battery is even worse, at just 1,700 mAh, but on the bright side the HDC One is to come with Android 4.2.1 and decent dual 8 MP/2 MP cameras. And the price point, if real, will definitely sweeten the deal – $160.

The release is supposedly slated for April 1 (hopefully, it’s no joke), but we can’t be sure about that just yet as we haven’t been able to track any listings on the websites that usually sell these replicas.

One thing is for sure though – HTC is starting to regain some of its lost mojo. How else can you explain the increasing number of knock-offs of the company’s phones?

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