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Shanzhai ji gallery: Fake phones from China

Our erstwhile Shanghai correspondent Brendon Chase wanders into a Shanghai tech market to sort the fake from the real and to see how the fake iPhones stack up to the real thing.

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Our erstwhile Shanghai correspondent Brendon Chase wanders into a Shanghai tech market to sort the fake from the real and to see how the fake iPhones stack up to the real thing.

For more information on Shanzhai phones — how they're made, drawbacks, how to identify one and so forth — check out our behind-the-scenes look at the Shanzhai phone market.

A range of Apple branded flip phones, including an iPhone Air.

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No, no, it's not a fake! It's a Nokig for crying out loud.

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Presuming that Apple made the world's slimmest flip phone, we guess there's a chance it would be christened the iPhone Air. The silver phone on the left is presumably a knock-off of a knock-off because it's the Ipone Air.

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The same make and model coming in different shapes and sizes is a big hint that they're not genuine.

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Lots of colours and sizes are available!

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A rather cool-looking Shanzai Spider-Man phone. Let's call Tobey Maguire now to let him know.

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Hello Moto! The attention to detail with some of these Shanzhai phones is amazing.

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Maybe this is where the camera for the iPod rumours began.

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Sometimes genuine phones are sold next to Shanzhai phones, making it difficult for consumers to know what they're getting.

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Phones in all shapes and sizes, sometimes even the same phone in all shapes and sizes. And is that orange contraption in the top right corner a Shanzhai camera?

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One of the more sophisticated clones, the CiPhone.

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Some market vendors will display authentic model cases of phones before swapping them for Shanzhai units at purchase.

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If we didn't know better, some of these might actually be the real deal.

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The long-awaited Apple flip phone. OK, flip phones with Apple logos plastered on them.

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The i9-S is one of thousands of Shanzhai iPhone clones. Even the box has been mercilessly copied.

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Think the real iPhone is too big? Well maybe a Shanzhai iPhone Mini might be more your cup of tea. It's pictured here next to a real Sony Ericsson W880i.

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More fake, flippy iPhones! There's even an Ipod Water (second from left).

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Each Shanzhai iPhone is subtly different and in every photo you will almost always be looking at a different Shanzhai iPhone, so it is important that you pay attention to this photo gallery.

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A Louis Vuitton phone (left) near a phone with an apple as its five-way controller.

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The mind just goes into meltdown trying to figure out which one is real and which one isn't.

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Outside a typical tech market in Shanghai.

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This Giororq Arnani phone is at least one tenth the price of an original Armani device.

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Typically vendors at tech markets both sell phones and offer repairs.

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A Souy Ericssou and the Nckia N87.

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A Suny Mobile, along with a fake, pink Sony Ericsson with enough Apple goodness to make an apple pie jealous.

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Many Shanzhai phones offer dual-SIM card slots, which is a handy feature we'd like to see more of in the mainstream market.

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The pull-out keyboard on this Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 clone is quite impressive.

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While passable, the iPhone Mini's touchscreen and software not only looks chunky but is clunky to use.

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A Sumsang phone — like a Samsung but different.

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Memo to Steve Jobs: a removable battery on the real iPhone would be nice.

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The iPhone Mini's interface looks like the real thing, but with more Chinese and less pizzazz.

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A full-size Shanzhai iPhone next to its Mini-Me.

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Uncle Sam wants you to buy a Windows Mobile BlockBerry, just like the one that President Obama uses.

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No prizes for picking the real Nokia E71.

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