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This $300 iPhone X clone helps Android fans conquer notch envy

If you’re in love with the design of £1,000/$1,000 iPhone X, but the price-tag is out of range for either bank balance or principles, one manufacturer may have a solution.

The Leagoo S9, from the little known Chinese firm of the same name, has created an iPhone X clone running Android, for under $300 (around £250).

It’s got the edge-to-edge display, trademark ‘notch’, glass and aluminium casing and a vertically-aligned camera module. Almost enough to fool an inexperienced mobile observer.

However, beyond that the similarities are a little less pronounced.

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There’s a mid-range MediaTek P40 processor and a 5.85-inch AMOLD panel, compared to the OLED tech Apple is using for the iPhone X.

Cameras are 16-megapixels on both sides and there’s a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, in lieu of the Face ID tech. There’s 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage too.

Leagoo S9

The name, of course, should also ring a few bells among Android fans.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is likely to arrive early in the new year and it’d be a surprise if the firm didn’t have that name heavily protected.

There’s no news yet on when the Leagoo S9 will actually go on sale, because it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

The Verge says it received the photos and spec sheet from the company directly via its news tip line, which is an odd way of doing things.

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