Cheap 'Apple smartwatch look-alikes' up for grabs on Alibaba day after launch

    Cheaper clones of Apple's much-awaited smartwatches are being advertised on China's most popular online shopping service, Alibaba, a day after launch. Alibaba's Taobao site listed devices branded the AW08 and the iWatch, reported the BBC.

    Both the models feature "digital crown" dials on their sides, similar-styled straps and user interface graphics that resemble Apple's upcoming wearable device. They however, run on Google's Android platform rather than Apple's Watch iOS.

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    Cheap 'Apple smartwatch look-alikes' up for grabs on Alibaba

    Other giveaways that the watches are not the iPhone's official "companion" include:

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    They are being offered for about 250 yuan ($40; £26.50) - a fraction of the 2,588 yuan that Apple will charge for its smartwatch in China when it goes on sale next month

    • They do not feature the same heart-monitoring sensors on their rear - although it is not clear.
    • They boast longer battery life.
    Cheap 'Apple smartwatch look-alikes' up for grabs on Alibaba

    One listing, which was highlighted by the Financial Times, even used the slogan: "Knockoff Apple watches have hit the market!" Taobao's owner said it did, however, remove deceptive ads.

    "Alibaba Group is dedicated to the fight against counterfeits," a spokeswoman for the company stated, once this issue arised.


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