This is so bizarre and hilarious, we just had to share it. Apparently, India has a highly competitive lower-end market, (which is likely not surprising given the volume of poverty in that country). To that end, Samsung has released a new series of feature-phone devices in India called the REX series that indirectly compete with and mimic their own products. The above video is for the REX 90 which is effectively a fake Galaxy S III feature-phone. Yes. Feel free to read that again... a fake SGS3 feature-phone. It is designed to look like an SGS3 smartphone, but is actually just a very inexpensive "dumb-phone," although it does use a few java applications to mimic some of the features. Even the rest of the series copies their other phones. They range from an SGS2 knock-off to a Galaxy knock-off. One last thing... they all lack 3G support, and are designed to cost less than 100 Euros.
What's especially hilarious about this is that Samsung is doing it themselves. Certainly we have seen knock-offs of phones in China, India and Brazil, but those are usually small local manufacturers trying to cash in on copying someone else's device. When have we ever seen a company do that to itself? Priceless!
Lest you think this is a joke, here's an official press release from Samsung - Samsung Press Release.
Thanks for the tip, grenefroggie!