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Hands on: Plum Mobile's Galaxy Note clone

updated 10:11 pm EDT, Wed May 9, 2012

Newcomer dives into Android arena

While wandering around the CTIA show floor this week, we noticed that a newcomer to the smartphone arena, Plum Mobile, brought along several intriguing devices. One of the new models, the Might, appears to be a cheap clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. We had a chance to try out the device and see how it stacks up against the competition.

Both the Might and the Note bring a five-inch display that makes them fit somewhere between the biggest smartphones and the smallest tablets. The feel of the Might is nearly the same as the Note, and a specs check shows that the weight is nearly identical.

The resemblance between both handsets is so uncanny, we would not be surprised if Samsung's legal department is already preparing an infringement lawsuit. Only several minor details are changed, such as moving the LED flash location to below the rear-facing camera, and swapping the Samsung logo for a generic "Android" tag.

Internally, there is quite a difference between the Note and the Might. The former is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, while the latter is equipped with a 650MHz chip that is slower than chips found in many entry-level devices. The Might also utilizes a standard LCD, which we found to be unimpressive, rather than an AMOLED or IPS panel. Further downgrades include a five-megapixel primary shooter and lack of a dedicated stylus, though the Might is claimed to add an extra 300mAh to the battery capacity.

The Android 2.3.6 experience on the Might clearly lags due to the slower processor, and we prefer Samsung's TouchWiz overlay for such a large display, though Plum's clone may prove popular in certain countries that tend to sell vast quantities of cheap hardware. A company representative suggested "sub-$200 price points" for a range of phones, without going into specifics.

by MacNN Staff



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