Samsung’s smartphones are overwhelmingly more popular with counterfeiters than any other brand. At least when it comes to China. A report from mobile security app Antutu indicates that almost half of all discovered fakes claimed to be a high end Samsung of some sort.
The report indicates that 43.58 percent of phones scanned were disguised as Samsung devices. Curiously, a large number of these claimed to be the Samsung W2017 and W2016. Both of which happens to be dual screen clamshell devices sold in limited quantities to businesses. They happen to go for around $1000 (about RM4300) each.
iPhone surprisingly only comprised 10 percent of the counterfeits discovered. That said, the fact that the fake iPhone were running on Android would probably make them less attractive to potential buyers. It takes effort to find people that desperate for an iPhone.
Rounding out the top five counterfeited smartphone brands were Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei phones were 7.8 percent, 6 percent, and 5.5 percent, respectively.
This is not to say that counterfeit phones are a major problem in China. Antutu scanned some 6.96 million devices in the first six months of 2017, and only 2.96 percent of those were fakes. Which is extremely surprising considering China’s reputation for counterfeit goods.