Thursday, July 3, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. S5 Clone (No.1 S7 quad core): Ultimate Battle

Today we are taking a look at one of the many clone devices available in the markets and distribution channels of China. The No.1 S7 smartphone is a clone of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and is available for less than a third of the S5’s asking price. Today we assess the No.1 S7 QUAD CORE and compare it directly to the original which inspired it.


Device Overview

Being a clone device, basically the No.1 S7 attempts to imitate the Samsung Galaxy S5 at every turn, but it does so using what are essentially cheaper and inferior components. The screen is lower resolution, the processor is probably half as powerful, the battery life is not even close and the cameras are of a very different caliber. This all sounds quite negative, but in fact the real beauty of this device is that it retails for a fraction of the price that the S5 commands.


Let’s also make one thing clear in terms of context; the Samsung Galaxy S5 can be regarded as the pinnacle of smartphone manufacturing right now in the world. It’s designed and built by the world’s bestselling and arguably most powerful Android phone vendor – how could a much smaller manufacturer in China possibly create a competing device? Then sell it for a third of the price? It would be impossible of course.

No.1 S7 (Samsung Galaxy S5 Clon):Specifications

• 5” 960 x 540 IPS LCD
• Mediatek MT6582 @1.3GHz Quad Core
• Mali 400 MP2 500GHz GPU
• 13MP Rear Camera
• 5MP Front Camera
• WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
• GPS, Bluetooth 4.0
• 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm
• 125 grams
• Android 4.2

Build Quality

In general design and build terms the hardware on the No.1 S7 is making every effort to be as similar to the Galaxy S5 as possible, and that means they have paid plenty of attention to detail. The device feels very similar to the Galaxy S5 in the hand, with almost identical weight and dimensions. The chassis appears to be made of very similar materials with the exception of the back panel which follows the S5 with a faux leather finish that doesn’t quite feel the same as the original – if anything it feels more like plastic, and slightly more slippery than Samsung’s slightly controversial and opinion dividing finish.

Opening up the device, we see near identical layouts in terms of positioning of the microSIM card slot, battery and microSD slot. The only real discernible difference is the total absence of water proofing on the No.1. If we turn our attention to the USB port on the bottom of the device we have the same flap with what appears to be a USB 3.0 slot (it isn’t, it’s USB 2.0), but in comparison to the Samsung it feels quite clumsy and even a little frail. Samsung clearly made the flap as robust as possible to ensure its capacity to repel water and dust. No such concerns from No.1 however which is in no way remotely IP67 certified.

The headphone jack, power button, volume rocker camera positioning and all other cosmetic details are identical to the Galaxy S5, although the home button does not support a fingerprint reader (but you knew that anyway, right?). It is actually credit to No.1 they have managed to really create something that looks and feels this close to the original in almost all respects.


The display on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the best on the market. It’s colors are bright and vibrant and the viewing angles on the Full HD AMOLED panel are exceptional. We really like the Samsung Galaxy S5 display, in fact you could say its one of its best features.

The No.1 S7 does not reach the dizzy heights of 1080p, instead you are getting a 960 x 540 resolution IPS LED screen that actually does a good job. At first glance there is not too much to complain about, only when you place it side by side with S5 do you see that it does not have anywhere near the brightness and pixel detail that the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers.

However, the screen for this price range is totally acceptable and performs reasonably well outdoors with decent color reproduction and viewing angles. One minor issue that we noticed is that the touch-screen was not quite as responsive as we would have liked, especially in multi-touch tasks like gaming (check the video for more on that). It just seemed inconsistent compared to high-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 packs the most powerful mobile processor on the market at the moment with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. The No1. S7 is kitted out with a MediaTek Quad-core MT6582, an ARM Cortex-A7 chip clocked at 1.3GHz integrating the Mali-400 MP2 graphics processor.

The MediaTek processor is adequate enough to keep the Android 4.2 OS running smoothly, and we noticed no issues at all with device navigation. Apps launched quickly and multi-tasking from app to app proved to be no problem at all. Benchmarks tell a different story however, with MediaTek proving to be way behind the Qualcomm offering. In AnTuTu we see scores of 17,123 points for the No.1 S7, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 weighs in with 35,144 points, more than doubling the score reached by its clone. This kind of scoring is consistent throughout our benchmark suite as you can see in the table below.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Clone: Benchmark Comparison

No.1 S7 QUAD CORE(Galaxy S5 Clone):Samsung Galaxy S5

GFX Bench T-Rex 3.5fps          27.1fps
Quadrant:  17913                  24046
AnTuTu: 17123 (NO.1 S7 QUAD CORE)                   35144
3DMark - Ice Storm: 2870         18373
Sunspider (lower is better): 762.4 665.2
Geekbench 3.0: 350                923
Geekbench Multi-Core 1111       2801

Above is about no.1 s7 quad core vs galaxy s5. NO.1 S7 have high version NO.1 S7 OCTA CORE,  more different about octa core and quad core is the cup and screen. one is mt6592 octa core 1.7GHz and 1280x720, quad core is mt6582 1.3GHz,960x540