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Here’s a $159 iPhone X clone with a giant battery

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The iPhone X knockoffs keep coming. Chinese company Oukitel has unveiled the U18, which features a similar silhouette to Apple’s newest phone, complete with a notch. The back of the device looks nothing like Apple’s phone, although it does have dual, vertically-stacked cameras. It also includes gesture controls (so congrats to Dan), and face unlocking.

The phone ships with a large 4,000mAh battery, which is Oukitel’s signature spec, as you might remember from last year’s K10000 Pro phone, which shipped with a 10,000mAh battery. Here are some other specs, just for fun:

  • 5.85-inch, 21:9 display with 720P resolution
  • 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • USB-C
  • Android 7.0
  • A rear fingerprint sensor
  • 16-megapixel / 5-megapixel rear dual-camera system
  • 13-megapixel front camera
  • MediaTek MT6750T processor

Unlike another iPhone notch-knockoff, the Noa N10, Oukitel’s device appears to feature customized software that handles the notch somewhat well. It definitely doesn’t always look great, though, like here when a user is viewing a webpage:

Image: Oukitel

So yes, while users will get the coveted notch, they won’t have the best software experience. Even iOS apps are just now getting optimized and updated for the notch. Those apps are not going to come notch-ready to Android.