Convincing Samsung Galaxy S4 clone emerges for $200

One of the first of many clones of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has emerged online. The HDC Galaxy S4 may not be as powerful or well-specced as Samsung’s top-of-the-range handset, but it is still a surprisingly good smartphone nonetheless. HDC also launched a clone of the Galaxy S3 in July 2012.

It does resemble the S4 very closely down to the screen size, shape and colour. Inside though it is a totally different beast. The SOC used is a Mediatek MT6589 which is based on the Cortex A7 architecture and is clocked at 1.2GHz. It is actually half of the Eyxnos Octa chip used in the Galaxy S4 (the missing bit being four Cortex-A15 cores).

It also uses one IT PowerVR SGX544 GPU core (compared to three for the Exynos 5 Octa), that should allow it to deliver the same raw processing power as the ARM- Mali-400 MP4 GPU found in the Samsung Galaxy S2.

The rest of the specification is on par or better than many mainstream handsets. The display has a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution, the Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, there’s a 12.6-megapixel rear camera and a front facing 4.9-megapixel front facing one.

Connectivity includes 3G (but no 4G), USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (b/g but no n or ac). Also notable is the amount of RAM (1GB) and ROM (4GB). Obviously, there is also a microSD card slot and the battery capacity stands at 2,600mAh. Note that an early benchmark shows that it reaches 12,950 points on Antutu compared to around 16,000 for the Galaxy S3.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the very beginning until the launch (and beyond), including the latest price plans, rumours, the rehashed reports, the disappointments and the expectations. You can also read our hands-on of the Galaxy S4 here.