Knockoff phones in China imitate Samsung the most: Report

Despite Samsung losing ground in smartphone sales in China, its high-end models are being favored by unscrupulous handset makers who sell through unauthorized channels, according to a report.

Antutu, a mobile security app firm in China, said 43.6 percent of counterfeited phones in China were disguised as Samsung phones, with Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung W2017, and Samsung W2016 being the copied most in the market.

Antutu scanned 6.96 million handsets in the first six months of this year, among which knockoff models accounted for 2.96 percent — slightly lower than the same period last year, said the report.

Samsung’s W series are dual-screen clamshell models specially targeting business groups in China, priced over $ 1,000 per unit.

iPhone knockoffs accounted for 10 percent of the total counterfeited products, while fake Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei phones were 7.8 percent, 6 percent, and 5.5 percent, respectively.