Meet Plum Might, the sub-$200 Galaxy Note clone

May 23, 2012
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Electronista

For some people, the Samsung Galaxy Note isn’t only unwieldy in size, but the price of the phablet is also a little out of reach. What if we told you that you can get a device that looks similar to the Galaxy Note, at a fraction of the cost? Plum, a Miami-based mobile manufacturer whose name may not ring a bell to anyone’s ears, is releasing its own take of the phablet phenomenon. Dubbed the Plum Might (interesting combination here), the look of the device is sadly where the similarity to Samsung’s Note ends.

The Plum Might is a 5-inch Android device that will have people easily mistaken it for the “real thing”. But the specs of the device, as expected, are nowhere near the level of the Galaxy Note. The clone is powered by a 1GHz Mediatek processor, and boasts a 480 x 800 pixels screen, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera. Don’t expect any Ice Cream Sandwich treat here, since the Plum Might will only serve the less than scrumptious Gingerbread. While it won’t come with a stylus, Might owners can brag about the phablet’s larger 2,800mAh battery and dual-SIM capability.

Full specs:

  • Dual-sim GSM/HSDPA
  • 147.2 x 79.5 x 9.7 mm, 180 g
  • 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches display
  • microSD, up to 32 GB
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2, A-GPS
  • 5MP camera
  • MTK 6573, 1GHz processor

Electronista

The Plum Might is just one of the string of phones and tablets that the manufacturer has been and will be churning out this year. Despite its rather low profile in the US, Plum is apparently well known in Latin America for years, where it has been providing affordable Android devices for those who don’t need the latest and greatest of everything. While the ho hum specs of many of its gadgets might not tingle the tech enthusiasts in the right places, they are often good enough for regular folks.

Other Android offerings by the company include the Plum Capacity with its 3.5-inch screen, 320 x 480 resolution, the same 650MHz Mediatek processor, and 3.2MP rear camera. The Plum Debut, meanwhile, is a more traditional 7-inch tablet that is equipped with an 800MHz processor, 5MP rear camera, and a 4,250mAh battery. Sadly, both devices ship with Android 2.2 Froyo.

What do you make of this guys? Would you spend $200 for Plum’s phablet?

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emil-Johansson/1428147693 Emil Johansson

    How would that weak CPU be able to shuffle all those pixels in a 5 inch phone? Does not sound like a good recipe..

  • Spruittxcix

    Root that sucka up and you might have somethin

  • http://www.garysims.co.uk garysims

    You can get 4 inch 1GHz ARM A9 3G phones from China for only $190… so these don’t look that good!

  • Guest

    Pros:
    Larger battery.
    Lower price.
    No stylus. (Yes, that’s a “pro”. I certainly wouldn’t use it anyway.)

    Cons:
    No ICS. (But 95%+ of other devices don’t have it either. So that “con” is a “con” for nearly everyone)

    Unknowns:
    Lower CPU. (But how well/poorly is the “skin” on this device? Skinless might still produce a responsive UI.)
    You don’t measure picture *QUALITY* by “how many pixels is the camera?”

    AndroidAuthority “accidentally” left off details (again) like “screen resolution”…. and “the Plum web address”

    A search of the plum-mobile website for the words “plum might” doesn’t show any existing or planned device at all.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Updated.

  • Jacob Sien

    The company is actually called the Blu Studio and the phone they are talking about is the Blu 5.3 with dual sim card slots and android 2.3.5 installed on the device. I have read elsewhere where people that bought the device speak very well about it. It usually sell around $239.99 269.99. I’ll love to find out where you can buy this phone for less than $200, really. I’ve been planning to buy it for a while

  • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

    800×480 resolution? Why do I need that at 5″? That resolution is plenty usable at 4″ (og Galaxy S) If there’s a bigger screen, I want proportionately more pixels, please. qHD is still too small, since that’s proportional for 4.3″.

    How about 1024×600 at 5″? Should be cheaper than 720p like the Note.

    • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

      For the price, I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, but I still wouldn’t buy this device.

      There are several 4.7-5″ 1024×600 LCD modules on Alibaba: http://www.alibaba.com/products/lcd_5%2522_1024x600/–400401.html

      Probably raise the price by about $50 or so, but then we’d be talking about a product that actually sounds useful.

      • Ro Osswald

        Dell streak has the same resolution on 5″ display as well, and it has increased dpi by default, so actually more data fits on its display than on smaller screens at the same resolution, and it works well. Of course, that can’t be compared to note’s screen, but near in mind that 10″ netbooks have a mere 1024×600, and most common screen on 15.4″ laptops is 1366×768, an that’s considered normal. As a former Streak user (and now Note), I can tell you that the sheer size and amount of data that fits on it works great even at that resolution, so at those prices we can have entry-level phablets, for which definitely there is a market. I’m glad things are moving in that direction, because since I got Dell Streak, I’ve sworn to never ever get a phone with a screen smaller than 5 inches :)

        • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

          Good point that resolution is not all there is to usable screen space.

          Still, I would really prefer more pixels. More of a web page fits, and everything looks a lot smoother.

          1366×768 15″ LCDs are terrible. :( I have that on my 11.6″ laptop.

  • fomoruto

    Those specs are very close to the ones for WG-1103 from Zoho.
    This one is longer, narrower and lighter though.
    I have one and it generally delivers, except for internal storage which is virtually NIL!
    I’ve been wondering whether it could run ICS ;)