Android-powered BlackBerry Z10 knock-off hits eBay

BlackBerry Z10 clone
By Simon Sage on 24 Jul 2013 10:55 am EDT

It was only a matter of time before the BlackBerry Z10 clones started to come out of China. This one was found on eBay, running Android 4.0. As you might expect, the specs aren't exactly impressive: 1 GHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, 2 megapixel camera, and an 800 x 480 3.5-inch display. Quad-band GSM is supported for 850/900/1800/1900 MHz through twin SIM slots, plus Wi-Fi b/g/n. At least you get some earbuds with the thing.

Bidding sits at around $56 so far, and it's hard not to be tempted to bid out of sheer morbid curiosity. Exactly how badly could this thing run? How much like a real Z10 could this feel like? 

Now we've got to keep our eyes out for some Q10 and Q5 knock-offs... 

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Android-powered BlackBerry Z10 knock-off hits eBay


What's more tragic is these knock-offs soon enough will have BBM on board, meanwhile BlackBerry PlayBook...

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Whats even more tragic is that they stuck an outdated version of android on it. It's 2013, Put Android 4.3 on it.

it has three things missing. USB port, HDMI port and speaker at the bottom. Also has a button on the left side. according to this photo.

Made in China : Like most of electronic products from the shelves!
Failure : not sure, and you are always get what you pay for!

I was about to say the same thing. People don't make forgeries of something people don't want in the first place.

BlackBerry Z10 | Verizon |

Sorry folks! I can't see anything like our Z10. Take it easy.

the future is easy because it doesn't exist

Head to head tests reveal that this cheapo device crushes the Z10 in all major benchmarks [plus has far more apps]

You can try but that knock off might not even be able to crush peanuts maybe grapes (or maybe a "Jellybean")

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

The closed system of iPhone would be the end of iPhone and the open os system of android would be the end of Android. Smh.

Same thing I ask when people say they have a zed 10. It's Z10...

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It has the logo on the back! How does eBay or sellers get away with this?

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Only in China they get away ripping off other companies products bec they can't be original or be innovative enough to come up with their own!!!

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Very well. That proves the popularity of Z10. A phone won't be successful without a clone from China indeed.

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Lol... poor man's bbry z10... only for people who want a bbry z10 but can't afford it...

Sent by Bbry Z10

Now waiting for an imitation Q10.

It's pretty easy to make imitation phones in China as the hardware came as a standard kit, all they need is to make a casing for it.

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Because of iPhone's success before China made the iPhone's clone "Goophone". So right now they've made the clone of BlackBerry Z10.

Most of you are not seeing the bigger picture here:

This is one of the best pieces of news I have seen this quarter!
Isn't name recognition in China a current problem? Well, this will mitigate that! I hope it gets 'launched' in other countries as well. Forget the specs, name brand is what counts.

Go (BlackBerry?)!

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And when this thing turns out to be a malware riddled POS, BlackBerry should take the fall for it in the minds of the consumer foolish enough to buy this? I don't think so...

If I were part of BlackBerry management I'd be unleashing the lawyers, as well as the Canadian government, all over this. Sadly, with China's complete lack of IP laws, this kind of thing is possible.

And with the way patent laws work in China BlackBerry will have trouble getting it off the market.

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Aside from the general shape, this phone is really not like the Z10.
- All ports are either not there (HDMI, speaker) or not at the same location (USB)
- The camera is on the top bezel, not below it
- The speaker is not the same shape as the Z10
- The phone is thicker
- The BlackBerry logo has one more bit to it, so it's not the same
- Camera and flash are located at an uber-bad ans ugly place
- Specs are way lower, 2010-like

So yeah, it had been copied, whatever.

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Well, it runs more apps than my real z10 and that's the real tragedy here.

BB10 has BlackBerry Balance, why can't they find a way to dual boot bb10 and Android?

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The only use i could see for this thing is a way of getting at apk files...

(The issue i habe with bluestacks ist that it aitonatically loads at boot with no proper facility to switch it off)

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If you think that the NSA is bad for intercepting electronic data, this knock-off probably has a direct link to the Chinese intelligence service!

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I bet these are the specs BlackBerry wanted to release for the z10. Having 2gb of ram probably killed them "ah gawd we are at industry standard"

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Even though, we have on of the best uprising apps (BlackBerry 10), I Hope blackberry will come with 10.2 to wipe all our frustrations in sideloading apps.... #android

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Trade-mark and industrial design infringement suit incoming... Or maybe not, BlackBerry doesn't have a history of trying to beat the competition through litigation.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

You can buy clones of just about any phone in China. including the Iphone. In the past I saw a 9800 clone there. They sell these fakes to people who want the real deal but do not have enough money for them. The person uses the fakes until they can save enough to buy the real one. I saw many Iphones being smuggled in prior to the Iphone being sold in china. They were so hungry for the Iphone that they were buying fake copies to use. I doubt if BB will do anything because it will be nearly impossible to identify where these are being manufactured. It seems when you have inexpensive copies China seems to igonore it and figure if you are stupid enough to buy it then you deserve what you get. The really good fakes are the ones that they focus on stopping when they decide to actually do something.

At least it offer a dual SIM, thing that is impossible to get from the major Market players outside China and India.

It's made for poor Chinese consumers who can't afford the real thing, not for the rest of the world. I'm glad people still want to pretend to be using BlackBerry!

It's better to shifted to the clone one! So that atleast we can enjoy some apps which is cannot provide by blackberry. Honestly, I like the design of z10 but when it comes for apps? You have to improve your apps which is your clients everyday use.

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Hey China! Have you looked at the market here for Bridge to BB10? And BB10 for the Playbook? Throw some of that around and see if it will stick!

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Would you want a fake girl or a real girl? Real girl cuz she is a thing of beauty. Gotta love the Z.

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You think Obama and his ilk are spying on you just think what the commies will be downloading off of everyone of these crap phones they are making.

The China should never made a nock off of the blackberry Z10, Q10, Q5 what the blackberry should do start taking them to court like Apple did with Samsung

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Also, it's probably got a listening device inside it.


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WOW anything that looks like a Z10 running Android is an insult to BB10 and its genius OS design.