It took just two days after the launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 for the first rip-off (or look-alike from a different perspective) to be announced – the Goophone S5.
Goophone is a manufacturer that thrives in creating knock-offs, but with pretty good specs if their new S5 is anything to judge their abilities by. The company has been copying popular devices in the market for a couple of years and the new Galaxy S5 knock off is testament that these guys are perfecting their techniques. Look at the pictures above, without manufacturer names, would you tell which is the original? The maker did not even try to disguise the Goophone S5 design and build – press images of the device released show uncanny similarities between the two devices including the device wallpaper.
The good thing about the knock-offs though is that they are cheap, even when their specs could pass for ‘decent’ in the market. The Goophone S5 is a 5 inch Android smartphone with a 1080P FHD 1920 x 1080 pixels display according to the official specs sheet and comes with a 2 GHz MTK MT6592 octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB onboard memory. The company’s official Goophone S5 specs sheet page interestingly has all kinds of mistakes including listing internal storage as 32 GB RAM. The 2800 mAh battery is also like that of the Galaxy S5.
Goophone put a 13 megapixels camera on their version of the S5 but the device does not have LTE on-board, just 3G and an older version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It also supports dual SIM and comes with most of the standard features of an Android phone like GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and accelerometer etc. Besides the Goophone S5, the company has plans to duplicate a number of other Samsung Galaxy and other devices to churn products like Goophone i5S and Goophone i5C, Goophone N3 and Goophone Smart Watch (sound familiar?)
If you want to buy the Goophone S5, whatever your reasons, you have a choice of four colors – white, Black, Blue and Gold, just like Samsung’s S5. It’s a good thing it retails for just $300 and you can buy it online on the manufacturer site via Paypal. I didn’t see anything to do with fingerprint or swipe to pay though, you will have to key in your details even in the future when you are a proud owner of an S5. Check it out here.