The market for cheap knock-offs of very successful phones is thriving over in Asia, with Apple and Samsung being the most often copied brands. We’ve just seen an iPhone 5 lookalike in China, which might prove to be more than that after a very unusual turn of events, and now two Sammy devices have gotten doppelgangers.
The Galaxy Note and Nexus clones come from Taiwan-based Nextab, who has shown off the duo at the COMEX 2012 tech bazaar. We don’t know much about Nextab (in fact it’s the first time we’re hearing about the company), but these two gadgets don’t look half bad – for their prices.
First up, it’s the Nextab Grande, a “phablet” that looks a lot like the original Galaxy Note, although it isn’t exactly a fully-fledged clone. The Grande (Italian for “big”) might start a new trend, sporting a huge 6-inch screen. That’s right, even the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 will look like a featherweight next to this “monster”, but the interesting thing is that, as you can see from the photo above, it can be held in one hand even by representatives of the “weaker sex”.
The 6-incher might leave the GNote 2 trailing in terms of display diagonal size, but as far as hardware goes there’s absolutely no competition between the two phablets. Nextab’s Grande only comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 2.5GB of on-board memory (say whaaaat?). The display is also more than disappointing, coming with a meager 800 x 600 pixels resolution.
MicroSD support and Android 4.0 ICS are two upsides of the Grande’s spec sheet, while the biggest surprise is by far the dual SIM function. And of course the S$279 (US$225) off-contract price, which is well below what Samsung charges for the Note and Note 2.
Is 6-inch not your favorite form factor? Don’t worry, because Nextab has thought about that too and has released the Nexus 2. The phone has nothing to do with Samsung’s first-edition Galaxy Nexus or with Google, which begs the obvious question – why in God’s name did Nextab choose this branding? Are they asking for a lawsuit? Or are they hoping to garner some public attention, while remain an insignificant enough global smartphone player for Google trials to be financially unfeasible?
In any case, the Taiwanese Nexus 2 is itself not a “true” clone of the Galaxy Nexus, taking some design cues here and there from Samsung, but not quite blatantly copying the original phone’s look. It also sports a much larger 5-inch display, while having pretty much the same tech specs as the Nextab Grande. Oddly enough, it’s priced exactly the same as its sibling (the Grande, not the GNex), going for S$279 (US$225).
Anyone here excited about these knockoffs? Would you buy any of the two if you had the chance? And would you do it for their looks and spec sheets or to brag around to your friends that you got a “GNote” or “Nexus 2” for 200 bucks?