In China, Knockoff Cellphones Are a Hit 山寨機在中國熱賣


The phone’s sleek lines and touch-screen keyboard are unmistakably familiar. So is the logo on the back. But a sales clerk at a sprawling electronic goods market in the Chinese coastal city SHENZHEN admits what is clear upon closer inspection:this is not the Apple iPhone; this is the Hi-Phone.


“But it’s just as good,” the clerk says.


Nearby, dozens of other vendors are selling counterfeit Nokia, Motorola and Samsung phones — as well as cheap look-alikes that make no bones about being knockoffs.


Technological advances have allowed hundreds of small Chinese companies to churn out what are known here as shanzhai cellphones, often for as little as $20 apiece.


Although shanzhai phones have only been around a few years, they already account for more than 20 percent of sales in China, which is the world’s biggest mobile phone market, according to the research firm Gartner.



knockoff: 名詞,(名牌、高價品)的低價翻製、仿製品。例句:Can you tell me how to determine the Hermes Birkin is authentic or just a cheap knockoff?(你能告訴我如何分辨這個愛瑪仕柏金包是正牌還是只是便宜的仿製品?)

make no bones about:片語,直截了當、毫不掩飾的。例句:He makes no bones about his dissatisfaction with the food of the restaurant.(他毫不掩飾對這家餐廳菜色的不滿意。)

churn out:片語,大量生產出某物。例句:Our factories are ready to churn out the bag by thousands a day.(我們的工廠準備以一天數千件的數量大量生產這款包包。)

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