The “notch” or sensor housing on the iPhone X is undoubtedly the most polarizing design decision Apple made when creating its latest flagship. Not surprisingly, Chinese smartphone makers have flocked to reproduce this unique design feat and include it into their own products.
Well, the good news is that Chinese brand, Oukitel is gearing up to launch the first iPhone X lookalike on January 29. So in a few days, the smartphone, dubbed U18 will go on pre-sale globally. The phone will be sold for around $180, but during the flash, sale period customers will be able to get it with a discount.
What can we expect the Oukitel U18 to bring forth aside from the highly sought-after notch? Well, the phone will ship out with a bezel-less 5.85-inch display with HD+ resolution (1512 x 720 pixels) and a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor, backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB).
As can be seen on the official Oukitel U18 page, the phone will feature a 21:9 aspect ratio rather than 18:9 which translates into a longer looking display.
The U18 will also take advantage of a dual-camera setup on the back which pairs a Sony IMX135 16-megapixel sensor with a secondary 5-megapixel true-tone LED flashlight. On the front, users will find a 13-megapixel selfie snapper.
While the specs aren’t the most advanced we’ve seen out there, the appeal of the notch will probably be enough reason for most buyers to consider purchasing the U18. The phone also comes with a large 4,000 mAh battery, Face Unlock ID, not to mention it’s drastically cheaper than the phone it’s trying to copy.
The Oukitel U18 will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat, and we can only hope the company has plans to update the model to Android 8.0 Oreo at some point in the future.
Oukitel will offer the U18 in Black and Gold. However, at launch, only the Black version will be available, with the Gold version possibly coming by the end of February.
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