6 Smartphone Brands That Couldn’t Stop Themselves From Copying Apple

iPhone copycats

The world’s Technology field has passed the level of technology brands copying designs and ideas from each other, we all need companies that will go to their design and planning tables and come up with unique, amazing designs and technology that will WOW the whole world.

It feels so frustrating hearing that a new phone has been announced; rushing to take a look at the phone only to realize that it looks like a phone you’ve seen trending somewhere else in the smartphone market.

In this post, I want to draw up a comprehensive and detailed list of 6 Android producing smartphone brands that couldn’t withstand copycat natures from copying Apple.


  • Huawei

This company seemed to be ripping Apple off bit by bit by copying them mercilessly. Take a look at the photo below.


The picture above is not two iPhones stacked up on each other, that’s actually an iPhone on the new Huawei p9. It is so pathetic how Huawei copied iPhone down to the last screw.


Though they tried to differ in a way by migrating the fingerprint sensor and eliminating the mechanical home button, the two phones share the same styling and finishing.

Again, the company also copied Apple back in 2015 when they first released their Huawei mate S. They launched it with a feature called force touch.

The force torch was first released by Apple on their Apple watch and will later be seen on iPhone 6S as 3D touch.

Huawei’s force touch has the same functionality as the one from Apple which allows screens to detect different levels of pressure.


  • Oppo

While Oppo’s name is still yet to become a household name in the West, they’ve built an empire in the east to the extent they knocked out Apple and Samsung to take over the Chinese smartphone market.

Maybe it is because the Chinese technology market is really a place where nobody gives a heck where you copied your phone design from. Oppo has achieved a great feat even with its incessant copy of iPhone designs.

Take a look at Oppo’s R9 and it will remind you of how talented Apple designers could be.

Oppo R9 and R9 Plus officially unveiled: the most blatant, shameless iPhone clones we've ever seen

Also look at the new Oppo F1 plus

It’s good to know that the company has been dishing out good phones with good specs and there marketing strategy in China is second to none. But they should know that they cannot conquer the western world with this type of copycat strategy.


  • Lenovo

Back in 2014, Lenovo joined the leagues of iPhone copycats when they released their S90 Sisley. The phone has the same rounded metal edges and overall design as the iPhone 6. The speaker placement is exactly the same.

Although Lenovo is the fourth-largest smartphone vendor in China and they have shown off their prowess on this phone by making it superb in its level of smartphoness, the phone still falls into the class of iPhone look-alikes.

Compare the Lenovo S90 Sisley with the iPhone 6 below.

lenovo S90 Sisley


iPhone 6

The S90 Sisley came with a 13-megapixel camera while iPhone 6 came with an 8-megapixel camera. Lenovo’s phone was a lower resolution 720p screen compared to Apple’s phone. The display is also slightly larger at 5-inches as opposed to the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch screen.

Lenovo’s phone appears to be just as slim as Apple’s, but it comes with a much more larger 2,300 mAh battery compared to the iPhone 6’s 1,810 mAh battery.


  • OnePlus 

How can I talk about iPhone copycats without including the latest dude that just joined up? The OnePlus 5 was released few days ago and it looked exactly like iPhone 7 plus. The similarities can be seen more from the back around the dual camera area.

OnePlus 5 Specs

Looking at the two phones from the front too, you can still see some similarities popping out.

From the front, the OnePlus 5 (right) also looks strikingly similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Although the OnePlus 5 looks like an iPhone, the company put in so much effort into this one to make sure that the smartphone stood out from other iPhone look-alikes and can be able to fend for itself in the smartphone market without the influence of its iPhone look alike design. The features are impressive and it is worthy to be called a flagship phone.

Read: Scratched, Bent and Burned: OnePlus 5 Passes Through The Dreaded Digital Drill Test

So, if you love the design of the iPhone 7 but you prefer Android to iOS, consider the new OnePlus 5.


  • Xiaomi

Xaiomi is a Chinese company that started 5 years ago. After producing ROMs for the Android freaks, they decided to dive into smartphone production.

Their phones are good, powerful and a force to reckon with in the Chinese and Indian market, but some of their smartphones and even their UI looks similar to that of Apple’s iPhone.

Right from the start, Xiaomi’s smartphone designs have been influenced by iPhone but that’s to an extent. I want to draw your attention to Xiaomi’s UI and how it’s very similar to that of iOS.


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To the left is Xiaomi’s compass and to the right is an iPhone’s compass.


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  • Samsung

Apple’s biggest rivalry in the smartphone world. Samsung won’t copy iPhone’s design like the others do and expect to go scot free. Samsung will steal not only design but ideas from iPhone and include them on their phones. An obvious example of Samsung stealing from Apple is the iPhone 4’s glass back panel which Samsung used on their Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge also features a similar glass back panels.

Some new Samsung phones come with an all-glass back just like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Also, the original galaxy s phone even looks like an iPhone.

It is just obvious Samsung copied a lot of ideas from Apple on its way up to become a Smartphone giant.

Samsung loves to copy Apple and being a big rival, they’ve been hunted so many times because of that. It’s about 5 years now since they concluded with the last case of patent infringement lawsuits for of Samsung copying the overall look and feel of the iPhone. Samsung agreed to pay the to pay Apple $548 million in damages for infringing on a number of iPhone and iPad patents. While Samsung is still owing around $149 million, the remaining $399 million balance has been wiped out but will certainly be recalculated in the lower courts.


Apple hires the best designers in the world, and they produce the best designs for the Apple smartphones and that is why they are at the top in the tech industry and 9th largest company worldwide according to Forbes.

The fact is, so many young smartphone companies are taking inspiration from iPhone. They want to start from what’s already working in the smartphone industry, implement their own technology at least have a say in this ever growing industry. But while everywhere seemed calm and anybody brand can pop up, copy and do smartphone design malpractice on another brand and still make sales, will this always be the same every year in this industry?

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