Shocker: The Chinese Galaxy S21 Ultra knockoffs are terrible

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All those copies of Samsung flagships floating around on eBay and Amazon don’t seem to be getting any better. Namely, they’re still designed to fool the most tech-inept among us but don’t seem to offer much in the way of… anything, really.

As per a new report from XDA, some of the still-peddled Galaxy S21 Ultra copies can be bought for as little as $100. Straight out of Hong Kong, with a fake, entirely useless and non-responsive Bixby screen to boot. The wallpapers and some of the app icons seem to be lifted straight from One UI, as well. Also, the phone kind of, sort of looks like the Galaxy S21 Ultra from the back. Assuming you’re five feet away, that is.

Who keeps buying these things for them to keep surfacing, year after year?

One look at the front, however, and the illusion falls apart fairly quickly. The knockoff in question – peddled as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, mind you – lacks a curved screen and features thick, unseemly bezels. Yet the exterior is top-notch compared to what’s actually inside; the MediaTek MT6782, 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM and a whopping 2GB of storage. Just enough to cache half of the latest Google Play Services update and crash the phone while trying to install it.

To say this thing is an outright scam even without accounting for the trademark infringement would be an understatement. Regardless, someone has to still be buying these things for them to keep surfacing, year after year. Just who do you think that is?

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