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This fake Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus almost looks like the real one

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With the arrival of the S20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is no longer Samsung's flagship smartphone. However, the older device has a feature that makes it particularly useful for businesses: a smart pen or stylus that can be used, amongst other things, for presentations.

The success of the Note 10 Plus among businesses has inspired an imitator - the first we’ve seen in the wild. Head over to popular Chinese online retailer Aliexpress to check out the Kimtien Note 10+.

It looks remarkably like Samsung's device, with the same name and color scheme, but don’t expect it to perform anywhere near as well as its alter ego.

At just over $166 (roughly £130) at the time of writing, it is about a fifth of the price of the real thing.

According to the specifications, the phone features a 10-core CPU (not from Qualcomm or Samsung, but Mediatek) coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage.

There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket, a 4800mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a massive 6.8-inch Incell display, and 13-megapixel and 23-megapixel cameras on the front and rear respectively. The spec sheet also adds that the device runs on Android 9.1 and offers dual SIM capabilities, and of course, there is also a stylus.

Tens of thousands of units are currently available, which suggests this is a well run operation. We’re certain Samsung will want to hold the manufacturers to account over the glaring similarities in design and form factor, but beware, this is surely a case of too good to be true.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.