Chinese clone makers are starting to clone Chinese smartphones. Meet the No.1 M3, a Xiaomi MI3 clone
You know you’ve made it in the mobile world and are a successful company when an obscure Chinese smartphone maker or two start cloning your wares. This has been happening to the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC for years, and you may have already gotten used to reading about the latest clones out of China.
This time, however, things are a bit different. See, who would have expected a Chinese clone maker to clone a Chinese smartphone? Yet that’s exactly what has happened to the Xiaomi MI3, that company’s latest flagship offering. Xiaomi has become pretty much a phenomenon in China in its short history, and the phone maker that calls itself No.1 has taken notice.
Hence, the No.1 M3. This is a Xiaomi MI3 clone, and it’s due to be available soon. It’s priced at $199.99, which is around $127 less than the original. Obviously though, aside from the uncanny similarities in terms of looks, you’re getting a different device altogether.
The No.1 M3 comes with a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, FM radio, HSPA, dual-SIM support, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 135x69x8 mm, and it supposedly weighs just 91 grams (though that’s probably a typo). It will be offered in black or yellow.
The specs here aren’t half bad, especially for a clone and for that price. But make no mistake – this is no Xiaomi MI3.