The increasing trend and demand for large-screen and multi-core Android smartphones is causing a stir in the market. Most of these budget Androids are manufactured in China and are usually replicas of well-known brands. The Galaxy S3 and Note are well-known and successful models from Samsung, and many Chinese smartphone manufacturers are riding on this success to sell their replica models at cheaper prices. We have seen such models in the past and this time, we have the mNote from Magicon Impex Pvt Ltd. Let’s check out what this one features.
Replica of the Samsung Galaxy Note
Design and build
The Magicon mNote is an identical replica of the Samsung Galaxy Note, minus the capacitive stylus. The front panel has the large 5-inch display with a front facing camera, a physical Home button and capacitive buttons for Menu and Back. The matte-finished rear panel sports the rear camera with an LED flash, a speaker grille and the manufacturer’s logo. The top features the 3.5 mm audio jack while the volume rocker and the power/standby button take up the left and right side of the body. The build quality is firm and rugged. It has a dark bluish glossy trim around the body to give it a good look and feel. The bottom sports the microphone along with the micro USB PC interface and charging port. The unit is 10 mm thick and weighs 213 grams.
8MP rear shooter with LED flash
The Magicon mNote is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone. It is built using a dual-core 1GHz ARMv7 processor along with 512MB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX531 graphics processor. The display is a regular 5-inch LCD with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The rear camera is 8MP with an LED flash while the front camera is a standard VGA for video chats. The handset runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean v4.1 operating system and is powered by a 2000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS.
Dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone with Android JB 4.1
Immediately after charging the phone, we usually get down to casually using the phone for the first time. We note the quality of the display and audio, smoothness of the user interface, glitches in the operating system, video playback quality and many other areas where we can find the pros and cons. We noticed that the phone behaves well and user interface is pretty smooth and stable. The display quality is decent and audio is a bit low, but this is no different from others in the similar category. We did notice that the backlight for the capacitive Back and Menu buttons is far too dim and in daylight, the buttons are almost invisible. Though with time one shall get used to the placement and will not find the need to have this backlight on, a new user would definitely require a brighter backlight.
5-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, Dual-core 1GHz CPU
We also ran our benchmark apps to get a result of the true internal performance. AnTuTu scored 6909, Quadrant scored 2892 and NenaMark2 resulted in 26.9 fps. Linpack gave us scores of 40.18 MFLOPS and 63.916 MFLOPS in Single-thread and Multi-thread tests respectively. Comparing the scores with other budget dual-core handsets, the mNote’s performance seems almost similar.
Rugged build quality, 10 mm thick, 213 g in weight
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