We are just a little more than a month away from Samsung's official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S9, but the Galaxy S8-inspired copycats from China are still rolling in. I've tested four different S8 clones from small Shenzhen brands like Leagoo, Bluboo, and UmiDigi. But the overall best of the bunch is the Blackview S8.

Blackview -- which also released an ultra-rugged phone last year that took a dozen hard slams to the ground before breaking -- gave its S8 clone a 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 LCD screen with an octa-core MTK 6750 chipset. These are mid-tier hardware, so don't expect the phone to be as powerful as the actual Galaxy S8.

In terms of build quality the Blackview S8 is very solid and -- dare I say it -- premium feeling. The plastic back has received this coating which gives it a texture that doesn't feel too far off from the glass back on Samsung's phones. It feels more grippy than metal but is indeed a fingerprint magnet. The fingerprint reader, as mentioned, is fast for a budget phone, but still slow compared to any of the big name phones. At least it is accurate and registers my digit and unlocks more than 95% of the time.

In terms of in-hand feel, the Blackview S8 feels very comfortable in the hand, but not quite at the Blackview BV9000 Pro GOAT-level feel because Blackview's LCD display panel is completely flat (hence you can feel the edges of the screen when handling the phone, unlike a Galaxy flagship. This LCD display here may be lacking in resolution (it's a 720p panel) but it's surprisingly bright (completely usable in direct sunlight outdoors). Color accuracy tend to be on the warm side.

Not everyone in the world can afford a $1,000 phone. These Chinese smartphone gives them a phone that feels and looks similar at 1/8th the price.