Amid rumors that the highly anticipated Apple Watch would be released in March, a Chinese company was spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas selling fake versions of the new Apple smartwatch.
According to Karissa Bell of Mashable, a Shenzhen-based company named Hyperdon was showing off Apple Watch knockoffs called “Smart Watch” at the CES 2015. Bell, who bought one for $27, said that the device looked very much like the real deal at first glance. According to Bell, the watch features several icons that are identical to those found on a genuine Apple Watch. The watch was also connected to an original iPhone 6, allowing Bell to make phone calls and play music through the watch.
“It even vibrates when I get a call,” Bell wrote.
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The Smart Watch also has other features, such as a pedometer, stopwatch and an alarm. The device also comes with a feature called “Anti lost,” which likely sends an alert when the user goes out of Bluetooth range, Bell wrote, citing “a fellow reporter.”
The device also comes with a feature that provides notifications from WeChat and other applications. The watch, which includes a battery that is claimed to last for more than 180 hours, can be charged with a USB cable, according to Bell.
9to5Mac reported earlier this week that Apple is completing work on software for the Apple Watch and plans to release the device in March. The company had previously said that the smartwatch would ship in “early 2015.”