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How do you know when you have a hit smartphone on your hands? When the clones, replicas and all-out fakes start showing up in droves!

The HTC One already has a number of cheap knock-offs, but most of these are easily distinguishable from the real deal with nothing more than a casual glance. Today we bring you news of a nearly-perfect One clone, discovered by the Engadget team while in Huaqiangbei.


We say nearly perfect, because a closer look reveals subtle differences like the hole sizes in the speaker grille, a painted-on HTC logo, and a cheaper plastic chassis. As expected, there’s also a considerable difference when it comes to internal specs.

The HDC One clone has a 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 CPU, just 1GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 720p display instead of full HD. It also has a weaker front/back camera. Also missing is HTC Sense, NFC, and an IR Blaster.

Still, this is certainly one of the best looking clones we’ve ever seen.

Morale of the story: If you spot the HTC One being offered at amazing sub-$250 price (outright), you might want to do a bit of homework before picking it up and taking it home.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.