Posts Tagged ‘clone’

$57 Samgle 3G 3310 3G Feature Phone Looks like Nokia 3310

October 9th, 2017 8 comments

Let’s say you have a product, and need to create a brand or company name… Just think about two world famous brands or companies such as Samsung and Google, and with clever string manipulation come up with your own original brand: Samgle!

Now you need a product name… Find a product from a third brand that’s similar to yours, for example Nokia 3310 3G phone, and you’ve got all your names sorted! Meet Samgle 3G 3310 feature phone with 2G and 3G connectivity.

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Samgle 3G 3310 specifications:

  • SoC – TBD
  • System Memory – 64MB RAM
  • Storage – 128MB flash, micro SD slot up to 32GB (or is it 64GB?)
  • Display – 2.4″ curved 320×240 display
  • Camera – 2.0M rear camera
  • Cellular connectivity
    • 2G GSM – 850/600/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G WCDMA – 900/2100 MHz
    • SIM Card Type – SIM + SIM/micro SD card; Dual SIM dual standby
  • Other Wireless  Connectivity – Bluetooth v3.0
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for charging
  • Audio – Built-in microphone and speaker, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery – 1,450 mAh Li Ion removable battery
  • Dimensions – 12.8 x 5.03 x 2.15 cm
  • Weight – 95 grams

Such device is suitable for people where 2G is not available (or soon won’t be), people who don’t want to get constantly tracked / monitored by companies like Google or Facebook, or people who find smartphones too complicated to use. The phone ships with the battery a power adapter, and a user manual in English.

Samgle 3G 3310 vs Nokia 3310 (2G)

Samgle 3G 3310 is sold on GearBest in four different colors for $56.81 including shipping. You’ll also find Samgle MIX on that GearBest page, that looks quite similar to Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 in appearance only. While I’m writing about copypcats, last month Goophone Phone X (iPhone X clone) is now joined by Meiigoo S8 copying – you’ve guessed it – Samsung Galaxy S8 for just $169.99 shipped.

Categories: Hardware Tags: 2g, 3G, clone, nokia, phone, samgle

Goophone Phone X is an iPhone X “Clone” with Fake 4G LTE, Fake Storage Capacity, and Fake Android Version

September 14th, 2017 7 comments

Apple recently released iPhone X, but at close to $1,000 it’s not for everybody. If you want the “social status” that comes with owning the thing, but have limited budget, and/or find spending $1,000 on a phone is ridiculous, Goophone has prepared Phone X smartphone for you that externally looks like an iPhone X, and only sells for around $105 and up. It just comes with 8 or 16 GB flash, and 2G/3G connectivity, but don’t you worry losing face in front of your friends, as it has a fake 4G LTE mode, and reports 64GB flash storage. Social life saved!

Goophone Phone X specifications:


  • SoC – Mediatek MT6580 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ up to 1.3 GHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 or 16GB  (shown as fake 64GB) + micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Display – 5.5 ” capacitive touch display with 1280×720 resolution
  • Audio – Real 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Camera – 8.0MP rear facing camera (with fake dual camera?) + 2.0MP front facing camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G WCDMA 900/2100MHz, and fake 4G LTE; micro SIM slot
  • USB – 1x mini USB port
  • Battery – 2,100 mAh
  • Dimensions – Just like iPhone X

The phone only runs Android 5.0, but the company really made every efforts to prevent any potential embarrassment, and it will show a fake Android 7.0 version instead. The “photo” above is just a render, but they’ll certainly manage to make something that looks to iPhone X close enough, as Goophone has years of experience in doing copycats.

Via Liliputing and Gizchina

GigaDevice GD32 is a Faster, Software and Pin-to-pin STM32 Compatible Cortex M3 MCU

December 21st, 2015 3 comments

Las month, Olimex discovered a Chinese company called GigaDevice has made an STM32 clone called GD32 and compatible with STM32F103, but with higher core frequency (108MHz). Olimex has now posted an update after receiving a letter from GigaDevice, and trying GD32F103RBT6 MCU on their own STM32F103 boards. The company explained that GD32 was their own implementation, and claimed rights on GD32 trademarks, while Olimex discovered than GD32 was working just fine on their board having passed “all functional tests without any modifications”, and with all the same development tools and software code running fine.


Olimex STM32-P103 Board with GD32 MCU

GD32F103xx datasheet (PDF / English version) can be downloaded to find a few more details:

The GD32F103xx device incorporates the ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit processor core operating at 108 MHz frequency with Flash accesses zero wait states to obtain maximum efficiency. It provides up to 3 MB on-chip Flash memory and up to 96 KB SRAM memory. An extensive range of enhanced I/Os and peripherals connected to two APB buses. The devices offer up to three 12-bit ADCs, up to two 12-bit DACs, up to ten general-purpose 16-bit timers, two basic timers plus two PWM advanced-control timer, as well as standard and advanced communication interfaces: up to three SPIs, two I2Cs, three USARTs, two UARTs, two I2Ss, an USB 2.0 FS, a CAN and a SDIO.

The device operates from a 2.6 to 3.6 V power supply and available in –40 to +85 °C temperature range. Several power saving modes provide the flexibility for maximum optimization between wakeup latency and power consumption, an especially important consideration in low power applications.

Roger Clark also found out the board previously, and added support for GD32 to Arduino STM32. He also noticed that beside the fast clock speed, the zero wait state internal flash also provided performance improvements with GD32 delivering 64.41 VAX MIPS against 48.81 VAX  MIPS when both MCUs are clocked at the same 72 MHz frequency.

GD32 Board

GD32 Board

The tests were done on the GD32F103 board above, which can be purchased for 15 RMB (~$2.3 US) on Taobao. I also looked for GD32 board on Aliexpress, but the MCU does not appear to be very popular outside of China, and I only found one $12.75 GD32 + WiFi board. If you are based in China you have more more choice here and there with evaluation boards with LCD displays selling for 281 RMB (~$44 US) and up. You can also purchase various version of GD32 MCUs directly for $0.70 to $2.80 on Taobao.

Visit GigaDevice GD32 product page for some more details.

CX-S500 is a Xiaomi Mi Box Mini Clone with Amlogic S805 Processor and a USB Port

September 5th, 2015 6 comments

Earlier this year I reviewed Xiaomi Mi Box Mini, and so far this year it’s one of my most popular blog posts despite being basically usable for non Chinese speakers, and lacking a USB port. A Chinese company decided it might be a good idea to design an Android mini PC lookalike, but powered by Amlogic S805, while also adding a much needed USB port.


C-S500 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.5GHz with quad core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 GB NAND flash
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8723) , and Bluetooth
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Power Supply – Integrated into device. Probably 100-240V input (TBC)
  • Dimensions – TBD (Specs listed as 208 x 83.05 x 22 mm, but clearly wrong)
  • Weight – N/A

The company (Sunchip?) did not only copied the box design, but also the HDMI cable and remote control style.


The device runs Android 4.4, and the user interface looks similar to the one in other Amlogic S805 based TV boxes such as MXQ-S85, and available in English and other languages.

CX-S500 can be purchased for $45 and up (including shipping) on websites such as Geekbuying and Banggood.


Mr.NUC V3-J1900 is an Intel NUC Clone Based on Celeron J1900 Processor

March 25th, 2015 13 comments

Intel NUC (Next of Computing) are tiny and relatively low cost computers made by Intel. But in case you wondered if there were any clones available to save a few extra dollars, and/or gain a faster processor, a Chinese company is now selling Mr.NUC V3-J1900 barebone system with an Intel Celeron J1900 quad core processor for $169 + shipping, which adds over $40 since the mini PC only ships by courier. If you happen to live in the US, it’s probably not such as good deal, but in other countries maybe…

Mr_NUC_V3-J1900This mini PC is said to be based on a custom designed motherboard made by Gigabyte (MZBAYAP) for Realan, with the following technical specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron J1900 Quad core processor  @ 2.0 GHz (base) / 2.41 GHz (Burst) with Intel Gen 7 HD graphics (10W TDP)
  • System Memory –  DDR3L 1333/1666 MHz SO-DIMM slot
  • Storage – 2.5″ SATA hard drive or SSD
  • Video Output – HDMI + VGA
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5 mm jack for headphone or S/PDIF?
  • Connectivity – Realtek RTL8111 Gigabit Ethernet, optional Wi-Fi via mPCIe module
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 port.
  • Misc – Power button, power LED, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – TBD
  • Dimensions –  113 x 115 x 5.7 mm
  • Weight – 700 grams
The mini PC comes with a power adapter and cord, a VESA mount with screws, an installation manual, and a warranty card.

Intel_NUC_Clone Shenzhen Realan does not sell complete kits with Wi-Fi , RAM and hard drive, so you’d also have to purchase an Intel NUC compatible wireless module, a 2.5″ hard drive or SSD, as well as a SO-DIMM DDR3L module to have a fully functional computer. You’d also need to install your preferred operating system be it Windows or a Linux distribution by yourself. Some other alternatives like CSQ CSW9, X29-J1900, or even an original Intel NUC might be a better deal depending on where you live.

You can also check out the manufacturer’s page. which also claims support for an extra mSATA SSD just line in an Intel NUC.


Arduino UNO R3 Clones Now Cost Less than $5

December 8th, 2014 8 comments

An original Arduino UNO R3 costs about nearly $25, and I remember clones would cost about $10 on Aliexpress, but today I’ve been informed about VISduino, an Arduino UNO R3 clone, with some cost optimizations such as cheaper components and connectors, which sells for just 15.50 CNY (~$2.50 US) on Taobao, and $4.90 on Electrodragon. But double checking on Aliexpress, I could find another popular Arduino UNO R3 clone for $4.58 including shipping, but no USB cable.


VISduino Arduino Board Clone

Both boards cut costs by replacing ATmega16U2 by CH340 USB to serial chip, and replacing the ATMEGA328P-PU MCU (DIP) by an SMT version of the Atmel MCU such as ATMEGA328P-AU (QFP).

Other changes on VISduino include:

  • Replaced USB B-type connector by a micro USB port
  • Added extra through holes side-by-side with the Arduino headers for easier debugging.
  • Extra 2×4 pin holes with TX, RX, VCC, GND, and I2C pins

You may have to install extra drivers for CH340.

Thanks to Benjamin (Zoobab) for the tip.

Categories: Atmel AVR, Hardware Tags: arduino, clone, visduino

$80 Zebble WaterProof Smartwatch Features an E-Paper Display, Just like the Pebble…

May 30th, 2014 7 comments

The Zebble smartwatch does not look exactly like the Pebble, but it still share lots of the features found in the original watch including a 1.2″ e-paper display with 144×168 resolution, Bluetooth connectivity, similar buttons placements, and sells for nearly half the price of the original Pebble at $79.99 on Chinavasion.

Zebble_SmartwatchZebble specifications provided on Chinavasion:

Charging Cable for your Pebble Zebble

Charging Cable for your Pebble Zebble

  • MCU – Unknown @ 48 MHz
  • Display – 1.26″ e-Paper display @ 144×168 with touchscreen
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0
  • Misc – Built in Vibrator
  • IP ratings – IP67 Waterproof and dustproof
  • Battery – 240mAh Li-on. Standby Time: 10 Days.
  • Dimensions – 40x222x13 mm (L x W x D)
  • Weight – 49g
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -10 to +60 Degrees Celsius;  Battery charging temperature: 0 to +45 Degrees Celsius

The watch is said to support Android 4.0 and above, without mention of iOS support. It can be used for smartphone sync for texting, or answering a call, for music control, camera control, to get weather information, and it also has fitness functions letting you know your number of steps, the calories you burnt, and distance walked or run.  If you lost your phone, you can use your watch to make it ring and find it back.

The device is sold with a USB charging cable and user’s manual. There’s supposed to be an Android app, but it could not find links, and I could not find this Pebble clone on any other website.

Thanks to onebir for the tip.

Categories: Android, Hardware Tags: clone, pebble, smartwatch

Hello Klick is a Pressy Android Button Clone that Sells for as low as $2

May 16th, 2014 11 comments

Last year, Pressy launched a Kickstarter campaign for a physical button that fits into the audio jack of your Android mobile devices, and was sold for $17 in their extra successful campaign. Now you can pre-order a Pressy button for about $27, or a bit less if you order in quantities. Last month, Xiaomi showed a blatant clone of Pressy with their Mi Click that they sell for 4.9 RMB (~0.80 USD) in China. Some sellers are even re-selling the items on Aliexpress for nearly $10. It turns out there appears to be quite a few clones of the Pressy button, including Hello Klick which you can buy for $4 to $5, as even as low as $2 per piece if you order 10 Klicks. And these prices include international shipping. It’s also on Taobao starting at 4.99 RMB.

Hello_KlickIt seems some models come with a stereo jack, whereas others come with a mono jack. I have no idea if it matters, I’d guess not. Nevertheless, they all work the same way:

  1. Insert the 3.5mm jack in your headphone jack
  2. Download and install Klick app. The website is in Chinese, but just click on the large red button to download and install the apk.
  3. Assign codes to tasks. For example: One click -> Home Screen, Two clicks -> Camera, Long press -> flash light, etc…

I don’t own the Klick, but I’ve installed the app, and all text is in English.

Hello_Klick_AppIf you can read Chinese, further details about this accessories are available on

RMB 4.9, which is $0.80

Read more: Xiaomi rips off a Kickstarter project to give your smartphone an extra, configurable button

Categories: Android, Hardware Tags: Android, clone, pressy