Global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 left hundreds of thousands of users heartbroken. Especially suffering are those who already had their precious phablet, could enjoy its awesome features but had to return it to store. Unfortunately, what prompted the recall wasn’t just a cosmetic defect that you could simply ignore. The device posed serious danger to users’ health or even life so there was really no question as to whether it could be kept. If, in that short period of time, you fell in love with the phone so much that you can’t imagine not having a handset that looks just like the Note 7, we have some good news for you. Coming our way from China is a Galaxy Note 7 clone which is not as boombastic as the original and costs only $139.99.
The Elephone S7 looks just like the Galaxy Note 7 but features anti-explosion protection and is way cheaper, though obviously not as premium.
Called, Elephone S7, the device bears so much resemblance to the Note 7 that if you were looking from a distance, you might get fooled into thinking that it’s Samsung’s unfortunate offering you are seeing. Obviously, up close you can clearly see a number of differences, but it doesn’t change the fact that the design is pretty attractive and appears to be solid. The phone has a metal frame sandwiched between two slabs of glass with the front panel curved to look just like the Note 7. As for the size, there are two variants – the smaller model packs a 5-inch display while the larger one sports a 5.5-inch screen. Both versions offer 1080p resolution – not bad at all but it’s a far cry from Note 7’s QHD screen.
Specs and features
As far as other features are concerned, you should be prepared for a more modest experience that what the Note 7 offered. Powering the device is a Helio X20 chip with as many as ten cores and ARM Mali T880 GPU is taking care of graphics. You can choose from three RAM/storage variants – the most basic model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, then there’s a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory and the most demanding users can opt for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Other key features include 13-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel selfie shooter, microSD slot, NFC, dual-SIM support, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Speaking of the battery, it’s apparently what sets the Elephone S7 apart from the Note 7, or any other phone for that matter, since it features a three-layer anti-explosion protection. First, there’s the battery itself which was tested inside out to make sure that it wouldn’t explode right in your face. In case something goes wrong and the battery explodes, there’s an explosion-proof membrane and an explosion-proof TPU shell, whatever that is. Most likely, there’s not much more to it than just a fancy name, but it does sound kind of impressive.
Pricing and availability
As we already mentioned, the Elephone S7 will be available in three RAM/storage versions, each offered in several color options. What’s really weird, though, is that price depends not only on how much RAM or memory a certain model has but also on its color. The cheapest version with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage can be had only in gold and it costs $139.99. A variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage starts at $169.99 for gold, but you can also opt for midnight blue ($189.99), black ($199.99) and green ($209.99). Finally, if you go for 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, it will set you back $199.99, $239.99, $249.99 or $299.99 for gold, black, green and blue, respectively. The Elephone S7 is already available for pre-order.
The Elephone S7 may look like the Note 7, but spec-wise it’s not on par with Samsung’s offering. It does, however, appear to be a decent device, so if you are in the market for a phone that resembles your beloved Note 7 and you can accept more modest hardware, it could be an interesting alternative.
source: Elephone Store