Just last week I talked about the irritating trend of copying the iPhone X notch. It's a blatant and lazy attempt to cash in on the popularity of Apple's latest iPhone. Well the Oukitel U18 is here and not only is it the latest phone to copy the notch, but it looks like the iPhone X pretty much all around, save for a few minor details. At least it's got customized software that handles the notch better than most imitators, but it's still a notch-off (trademarked, copyright, patent pending, etc etc).

The Oukitel U18 boasts a 5.85-inch display, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, a rear fingerprint sensor, a 13-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel/5-megapixel rear dual-camera system, a MediaTek MT6750T processor, a USB-C port, hefty 4,000mAh battery, and Android 7.0. And the notch. We mustn't forget the notch.

The U18 is available now for a measly $159.99. After February 7th, it bumps up to a still-measly $179.99. For whatever reason, Oukitel is only selling 999 units, so jump on if you want one. It's hard to specifically recommend a knockoff, but it's a good design and iPhones don't come cheap, so this might be the sweet spot for a lot of people. On top of everything else, a smartphone is an accessory, so cosmetics do matter.


It's going to be a while before manufacturers stop pumping out iPhone X clones, and in the meantime those clones are going to handle the notch very poorly. Even iOS apps are still getting used to it. All we can do is weather the storm, get notch-off trending, and make sure I get credit for it. It's all we can do.

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