Want a Samsung Galaxy Note knock-off that looks just like the real McCoy, actually has pretty decent specs, and is way cheaper (19,800 yen or US$248.52)? Then head on over to aPad specialist store in Akihabara, where Akiba PC Watch stumbled upon an Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a design flourish so similar to the Note's that Samsung would probably sue. Except they won't know who to take to court – this device is unbranded.
Called simply the N8000, this knock-off runs Android 4.0.3 on a dual-core MTK6575 processor at 1GHz, a PowerVR SGX531 250M GPU chip, and 512MB of RAM. The 5" capacitive touchscreen here has a resolution of 800×480, compared to the Note's 5.3", 1280×800 display.
Internal storage is rated at 4GB, expandable through an SDHC Micro SD card slot. And the whole shebang comes equipped with – oddly enough – a Russian GPS unit (GLONASS), a TV antenna that works in China (stowed away in the slot originally meant for the Note's S stylus; this doesn't come with a stylus), 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing, a 2500 mAh lithium ion battery, and two SIM slots – one for CDMA, the other GSM.
Dimensions are at 144x79x8.9mm. Although this is just slightly smaller than the Note's 146.9x83x9.7mm, Akiba PC Watch says that most people will not be able to tell the two apart at first glance. Or at first hold, for that matter; like the Note, the N8000 weighs approximately 178g.
Unless, of course, your first glance is from the back – a bold-faced logo that reads "Android" appears where it says "Samsung" on the Note's back cover. Why the makers didn't go all the way with spoofing the Note, we'll never know. Maybe they were proud of their handiwork and didn't really want to call it a Samsung.
One other key visual difference: the headphone jack here is at the top, instead of at the bottom for the Samsung smartphone.