Smart gadgets, knockoffs or not, will inevitably sell well in China.

JD.com, China’s leading online retailer and one of the largest smart hardware distributors, reported a total of 8.66 million units of smart hardware sold in 2014. Total orders saw a 280% year-over-year increase to 6.75 million.

Mi Band, a Fitbit Flex-like activity tracker developed by a Xiaomi-funded startup, announced shipment of 6 million units in June 2015, less than one year since its launch.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com