BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress is the place for major smartphone makers such as Samsung to make their glamorous flagship announcements. But manufacturers based in Shenzhen, China also use the show to find buyers for their devices, which as you'll see look extremely familiar.
Sold in batches, usually above 1,000 units, these companies can easily customize the branding that will appear on their phones when they hit stores.
Seen here is an iPhone 4S clone, but running Android instead.
Smartwatches appeared to also be a popular device for copying -- you can easily make out the Samsung Galaxy Gear designs, and on the bottom right, an Apple Watch looking device but sporting a circular home button instead.
Since the switch to the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5 onwards, Shenzhen manufacturers have been releasing phones that feature a circle for the home button instead.
Sometimes, though, you'll find original devices, though not very good ones. This one shown here is a low-budget device and while the soft-touch plastic rear is good to hold, the LCD display isn't of a very good quality.
Most of the phones are laid out on display to attract potential buyers. If you look Chinese (I do), they'll try speaking to you in Mandarin first. But when they find out you're from the press, the staff sometimes refuse to let you take pictures.
One of the interesting phones that seemed to be getting a lot of attention from buyers from India and Eastern Europe was this Card Phone. It's a tiny 2G phone with its own SIM, and can be paired to your smartphone to make calls as well. According to the vendor, the phone will sell for just $10 (arond £6.50 or AU$13).