This HTC One knock-off is stunningly deceiving

We’ve seen lots of knock-offs of popular smartphones over the years. From iPhone clones to Samsung Galaxy S wannabes, these smartphones have almost always tried to fool those with thin pockets into buying them. Most of these smartphones tend to run Android due to its open source nature, so it’s even easier for a company to try and emulate the real deal.

Never have we seen a knock-off as convincing as this one. It’s called the Cubot One, which — in case you haven’t noticed — is an HTC One clone. No, really, it’s damn near identical to the real thing. The curves, the placement of buttons and everything else are lifted right from the HTC One. Even the trademarked logos are shamelessly plastered on the front and back of the thing.

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Of course, the Cubot One is not totally equal to the device it stole borrowed its identity from. It’s built out of plastic, and the mold-injected strips featured on the HTC One are represented by painted-on lines. Finally, the front-facing speakers aren’t actually front-facing speakers — it’s one, lone front-facing speaker sitting on the top. The bottom grill isn’t a speaker, but that’s where you’ll find the microphone.

Still, this thing could fool anyone from a distance. It also doesn’t match up under the hood, with this device sporting a quad-core MediaTek processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a 720p display, and more.

It doesn’t have NFC or an infrared port, we’re not sure how much RAMĀ it has, and its battery is a good deal smaller than the HTC One’s. It runs Android 4.2.1, and tries to fool folks with a bunch of wallpapers and other tweaks to make it look more like it came straight out of the Taiwanese company’s plants.

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Of course, the price tag is also another big discrepancy between the two. The Cubot One costs $200, while the HTC One is upwards of $600. It’s not a bad device for that price, but I don’t think I’d pay even $50 for a decent knock-off (no matter how great it looked). Have a look above, and let us know if this is something you’d buy just for the fun of it in the comments section below!

[via TechnoBlimp]

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TAGS: Cubot One , HTC One

  • Steve

    I’m offended. Terribly offended. (-_-)

  • roberthenderson

    I don’t buy knock offs. Whoever gets one of these will be looking crazy when the pain starts wearing off.

    • HeatFan305


    • Aztec713

      No one aims to buy a knock off. most people won’t know it is.

    • endinyal

      Samsung being the biggest knockoff maker around…

  • Jim

    I already have a 5 inch Galaxy S4 phablet so I don’t need a slightly larger dedicated tablet. It seems like the full sized 10 inch tablets make much more sense than these.

    • themuffinman75

      Wait what?

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        I think he thinks he’s commenting on a tablet about the Nexus 7?

    • Steve

      What the F are you talking about…………..?

    • Jordan Caviness

      i know jim i agree with you 100%…..(what tha fuuu@@ck is he on?)

      • OptimusKLP

        Well whatever it is i want some! :)

    • IronHorse01


    • TheJunkie

      So this is what you have to do to get some people to reply to your comment?
      Next time, I’m going to post about my cat.

    • kimLJT

      Oh yeah it’s a blackhat tool automating posts/comments. Just kidding, maybe he was commenting on wrong post.

  • Jason Farrell

    There’s only one good thing about this knock-off: it’s made of plastic.

  • real0325

    Its still quad-core, hd, 4.7inches, front speaker, 200 is a great start for those less fortunate .

    • kimLJT

      not even worth that high price given that it’s a disposable phone :3

  • Jordan Caviness

    screw yall im buying one of these bad boys!

  • The Phatastic PhatmanXXL

    I was looking at Chinese knock off tablets yesterday, I found some decent good spec’d 10” ones for around $250. I don’t know if they’re worth it.

    • No_Nickname90

      I wouldn’t buy it. I bought a Nokia Bluetooth Headset from China once. It had the insignia and everything. After about a 2 months it started falling apart. All I wore it for was online gaming. =.S

  • TheJunkie

    HTC should be flattered. They now join the ranks of Gucci, Louise Vuitton and NIKE:-D
    I’m going to venture a guess that the clone buyers are just not going to pay for the real thing anyway, this should be a boost to the image without any negative effect to HTC’s bottom line.

  • PooPooTron

    The only knockoff I’d every buy is the Goophone (just for the lulz)

  • David J Dunmore

    NO, I’d never knowingly buy a knockoff. But I would by a Chinese S3/S4 clone IF it was unbranded.

  • Steve

    Ok, so here is the Cubot One…………FOR REAL!!!!

  • Taieb Khouni

    Please stop posting crap, the photos above are of the Real HTC One,

    and this is the Cubot One you speaking about:

    It doesn’t look like the HTC One, and we can’t in any case go wrong on that !!

    • No_Nickname90

      Okay. I was like how can they even make and sell that? That’s straight up copyright infringement, using someone else’s insignia.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      lmao at Quentyn !! so much for doing a little research !!

    • presidentwalter

      The phone above is in fact the Cubot One. Although selling a phone that’s much like another company’s is already on the sketchy side of the law, selling an outright knockoff of it (one with an HTC logo, beats branding, packaging, etc) is bound to attract unwanted attention. That’s why most Chinese phones will advertise a phone that looks like the official one (sans branding), but will ship one that looks exactly like the phone it copies.

    • yati

      Quentyn Kennemer is an idiot!

  • No_Nickname90

    So… does it not have beats? =.3

    • Jason Yuen

      Yes it does. It just goes by the name “equalizer”

      • No_Nickname90

        ViperAudio MOD. One of THE BEST equalizers I’ve ever used.

  • giancarlo

    Id buy it . For 200bucks if my phone broke seems like a solid replacement

  • AlphaRayz

    This article is embarrassing.

  • Luisito Mercado

    I’d buy it to make a video review of it, but unfortunately I don’t have the money to do so…

  • jd_from_da_80s

    It has expandable memory & a removable battery o.O

  • eilegz

    seems to be better than htc one mini…. seriously the mid range part of htc and samsung really need to step the game up…

  • Eqsu Seme

    ‘We are not sure how much RAM it has…’ You mean to say there are actually more than one fool of you who didn’t do research and feed us this garbage? You know very well this is not the cubot. I won’t even post the url. Go research it yourselves…

  • snowglyder

    Anyone see the Basic Pro? They have an HTC One knockoff as well, for $249. Internals look more legit. I showed a friend and he bought the Basic Bear (iPhone rip). Doesn’t ship until the 29th but I’m anxious to see how it works.

  • Mastermind

    My friends, that right there is the epitome of fail journalism.