Nova N3 is a shameless Samsung Galaxy S3 clone with far inferior specs

by: AdrianNovember 2, 2012

If you’ve wanted for some time to get in on the Samsung Galaxy S3 craziness, but you couldn’t really afford the premium asked for the super-phone, Sammy might just take care of you soon with the Galaxy Premier.

But what about if you want the S3 and aren’t ready to cough up more than a couple hundred of bucks? You can still get the beast subsidized or… get a SIM-free Nova N3 and claim it’s a Samsung Galaxy S3. If you can keep your cool and tell a lie without blushing the very next second, you might even get away with it, because the N3 is one of the most shameless Android clones we’ve seen in a while.

Tempted? You probably are, although do keep in mind that such clones are not to be trusted when it comes to build quality and reliability. Not to mention that the Nova N3 will definitely be hard to procure, being available at this time only in Malaysia, for RM599 ($196). Or that it comes with a spec sheet far inferior to that of the original Galaxy S3.

An 8 MP rear-facing camera is the only thing to tie the Galaxy S3 with this copycat aside from the design and a sneaky i9300 model number. The Nova N3 has a 4.7-inch display with a modest WVGA resolution, a measly 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, and a laughable 512 MB of RAM.

The running of Android 4.0 ICS is also modest, but certainly not surprising, while S3’s LTE speeds are downgraded to just 3G here. No words on internal storage space (though we wouldn’t expect more than 8 GB), the front-facing camera is equipped with a 1.3 MP sensor, while connectivity options also include Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi and USB 2.0.

Still interested in this S3 lookalike? Well, don’t be. Just don’t. Irony and jokes aside, clones are never to be trusted. Not in sci-fi movies and definitely not in today’s technology market.

  • 8PAQ

    Now hopefully Samsung knows exactly how Apple feels.

  • Peter


    Do you really think Samsung cares? I’m almost certain they don’t. They may give the impression that they do on the outside, but on the inside, it’s irrelevant. Actually, it may even improve Samsung’s worldwide image. Here’s why …

    I’m a Caucasian Canadian of European descent. I say that because I don’t want people to think I’m automatically biased with regard to what I’m about to say.

    There’s an economic benefit for certain countries, specifically developing countries, to copy products. Although China is no longer a developing country, per se, they are often referred to as the Kings of Copying. Is this bad? No, actually, it’s not.

    Let’s stay on point, though.

    The fact remains that virtually all the people who buy the Nova N3 will never, ever be able to afford a real Samsung Galaxy S3. Therefore, on that fact alone,
    Samsung does not lose business. They would never get it in the first place.

    Second, people buying and using the N3 will simply improve/increase Samsung’s worldwide image/market share when it comes to its products, even if the figures are somewhat imaginary.

    It’s like the issue regarding conflict of interest. It really doesn’t matter if someone is in a conflict of interest in whatever. The only thing that matters is if people BELIEVE that person is/was in a conflict of interest. The facts don’t matter. It’s only what people believe that matters.

    Therefore, whether the phone in a person’s hand is a real S3 or a fake N3 is irrelevant. To others it will appear real when they glance at it. This will give people the impression that more and more people are buying/using Samsung devices. This will, in turn, improve Samsung’s image, which will, in turn, improve their sales, which will, in turn, increase their market share. And isn’t that what Samsung wants? Actually, isn’t that what any for-profit company wants?

    • leoingle

      Wow. Way too long and boring. I stopped reading about 10% through.

    • MasterMuffin

      This is not twitter/youtube, you need to press the reply button to reply to him…

  • MonGater

    I wanted to COPY Nokia phone… a lot of people say I Stupid… so i copy SIII and NOTE II. What to do??

  • Seriously… if I was that obsessed with appearances, I would have bought an iPhone.

    Copying is an integral part of the market. “Me-too” products have always been around, and always will be. Just look at all the iPod look-alikes that flooded the market in bygone years.

    As long as they are not trying to pass this off as a GS3, no harm no foul. Samsung are – and should be – working on improving the GS3 and planning the GS4, and leave the knock-off artists to do their thing.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along…