Samsung Galaxy S5 imitators are already out and about


You might mistake the phone in the image below for a Samsung Galaxy S5 at a first, quick glance, but boy would you be fooled. That isn’t a Samsung Galaxy S5 at all (this is), but it damn sure looks like one. It’s actually the Goophone S5, the latest from a company that seems to take pride in completely ripping off other companies’ products. The company is even bold enough to call this “the next big thing.”

goophone s5

The GooPhone S5 actually houses specs that come close to what the Galaxy S5 offers, though the use of a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek processor probably doesn’t excite you as much as an Exynos Octa-Core or Snapdragon 801 kit. Everything else reads off quite similarly, though:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 4.2

Of course, it’s not all about the hard numbers. That 13 megapixel camera might be worse than some 8 megapixel cameras. The 5-inch 1080p display likely doesn’t have the same punch that an AMOLED panel does. It doesn’t come with a fingerprint scanner. And we doubt the fact that it houses Android 4.2 sits well with anyone.

The one number that does matter — price — might pique your interest, though. It can be yours for $300, and you won’t have to be tethered to a contract to get it for that amount.

Of course, you don’t get all the things that come with buying the actual real deal such as build quality, unique Samsung-crafted features, and the backing of a major electronics company that will go out of their way to support the device for its lifetime. But if you want to fake it until you make it, the Goophone S5 could be a decent investment. Take the plunge at their website if you’re feeling a little spunky today.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. how the heck they get it out so fast, only just a few days after GS5 announced. They must have a very good insider tips on GS5 looks & feel design. Wondering why they don’t leak it out.

    1. Another party is making the S5 for Samsung so it might be someone there that is leaking (or simply being paid).

      1. Source? Not entirely doubting, but….

      2. What other party? Please explain.

    2. They could of just taken an S5 render and slap their logo on the back and will now be able to engineer the Goophone S5 to look identical to it.

      1. Why don’t people do that? Buy a render from an artist and sell that?

    3. I have always read they use “spare” or replacement parts to start with and then reverse engineer from there.

      I’ve personally seen one of their other models and was impressed on the near identical styling to the model it was mimicking. There are of course subtle differences, but from a casual glance you would never notice. I will also go on to say that same phone I saw had a battery/charging issue from it’s arrival and ended up being returned back to it’s motherland.

  2. These phones don’t support 4G/LTE so you would have to care less about download speed.

  3. Those specs are decent for a budget phone. All it needs is lte and it would be again to go toe to toe with the international GS5 since the Exynos CPU lost to the Mediatek in bench marks.Yes I know Benchmarks don’t equal real world but it’s still a good thing to check.

  4. “the backing of a major electronics company that will go out of their way to support the device for its LIFETIME” Rea-a-a-a-ally?!?!?!?!?!?! Don’t make me laugh!!! Cause if you get a firmware update on a Samsung device a year after it’s been announced you should consider it a miracle!!!!!!And even if you do the “new” firmware is probably outdated.

    1. You, sir, either haven’t owned a flagship Samsung, or you are on Verizon. I’ve owned the original Galaxy S Series and the SGSIII. My mom has own the SGSII and now has the SGSIV. We’re both on T-Mo, and let me tell you, support is fairly strong for all of them. My OG SGS went from 2.1 to 4.0 (it was the international version), and my current phone is scheduled for the 4.4 update, and it’s almost two years old. Ditto for my mom’s phones, except that hers were always newer. Compare that track record with pretty much any other manufacturer, and THEY are the ones falling short.

  5. This belongs in the same place as iPhone, the garbage.

  6. Goo Phone? Really? O.o

    1. They have an iPhone one as well, except it’s running Android. It’s this highly customized skin.

      1. What’s the iPhone knockoff called? the OozePhone?

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