Less than two days after Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Chinese device maker Goophone copied Samsung’s design and introduced the Goophone S5.
It’s a $300 handset that takes almost all of its design cues from Samsung… but it has slightly different hardware under the hood. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because on paper the Goophone S5 actually looks like a pretty good phone for the price.
The Goophone S5 features a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 2 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor with Mali 450 graphics, and 2GB of RAM.
It has 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and 5MP front-facing camera. The phone has a 2800mAh battery and supports dual SIM cards. It’s a carrier unlocked phone with support for GSM, HSDPA, and HSUPA and it’ll be available in black, white, gold or blue.
If there’s one major downside, it’s that the phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean instead of the newer Android 4.4 KitKat. MediaTek’s chip, while pretty powerful, also likely won’t be as fast as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip in the Galaxy S5.
But given that Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 on February 24th, it’s impressive that the Goophone S5 exists at all on February 26th (although I suspect it only exists as a spec sheet and drawing at this point… whether it’ll ship before Samsung’s phone hits the streets in April remains to be seen).