The Cheaper Samsung Galaxy S5: China’s Knockoff Smartphones getting Smarter Day by Day

For years, China has been manufacturing knockoff smartphones utilizing existing technologies. The country has decided not to crack down on their manufacturing, presumably for profit considerations. The price tags are impressive and hard to balk at, but there are certainly reasons why buying one can be iffy at best.

S5 Knockoff

Still, none of the information provided denies the surprising functionality and tenacity of these stand-ins. For instance,there is already a knockoff on the market for the Galaxy S5! Priced at $299 unlocked, the phone is certainly a striking deal to the eye—and it’s out before the S5, which is scheduled for an April 11 release.

Talking specifics, the knockoff’s design is remarkably similar to that of the Galaxy S5. The screen on the knockoff differs slightly, measuring 5″ as opposed to the Galaxy S5’s 5.1″. Down to the dimpled back and 1920×1080 resolution, the stand-in is basically an exact replica of the eagerly-awaited Galaxy S5—or, at least, the S4 that came before it.

However, the waterproof and dustproof features, along with the built-in heart rate monitor, are unconfirmed with the knockoff version. That means the S Health functionalities won’t be active in the knockoff, nor will any of the health- and fitness-related apps utilizing the heart rate monitor technology. There’s also the newly revealed Milk Music radio service that’s available for Galaxy users only. The music service will give the ability to stream songs from various genres completely free without any ads. And in addition to all that, a notable difference between the two is their photographic capabilities.The Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 16-megapixel camera. As for the knockoff, well it sports a 13 megapixels—or what the Galaxy S4 actually offers.

Speaking to the processing power and storage, the Galaxy S5 will come equipped with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor running KitKat, a real leap from the knockoff’s current 2GHz MediaTek octa-core chip running JellyBean, and its storage weighs in at 32GB.

Biggest consideration: lack of Galaxy Gifts offering a lot of premium subscriptions and accounts. There is 50GB Dropbox storage, Evernote Premium account, Bloomberg Businessweek subscription, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness and more. It also has Near-Field Communication support, which is missing in the knockoff.

Still, if what you see seems like a good deal, you’re hardly wrong. The tech available to these knockoffs match those of flagship phones available from as early as two years ago to one year ago. Also, considering the knockoff is available without the Galaxy S5 even hitting the shelves, it’s obvious that these stand-ins are indeed getting more intelligent, though may not have all the features of the flagship.