Galaxy Note 7 aftermath: This is an ‘explosion-proof’ alternative from China
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no longer available in the market due to many “explosion” cases in the recent past, a Chinese company has brought its closest alternative. The new smartphone is touted to be “explosion-proof” and offers the same premium design that was debuted on the latest Galaxy series phablet earlier this year.
Called the Elephone S7, the Chinese Galaxy Note 7 substitute sports a unibody design with a mix of glass and metal and an explosion-proof TPU protection. It comes in two different variants — 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch. Also, the smartphone hosts curved edges to blow away the high-end offerings by the Korean giant.
Having said that, the new smartphone by Hong Kong-based Elephone is not likely to be as powerful as the Galaxy model. There is a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset with a deca-core CPU and Mali T880 GPU against an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor on the Note 7. The smartphone also has up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage.
The Elephone S7 has a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor on the rear with an LED flash and F2.2 lens and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor. Additionally, it comes with a multi-purpose fingerprint sensor that works on the company’s proprietary E-touch technology.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone features a custom interface. It has 4G connectivity and NFC support. Besides, there is a microSD card slot to expand the internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.
Elephone is taking pre-orders for the S7 through its partnership with GearBest at a starting price of $139.99 (approximately Rs. 9,300). However, the smartphone wouldn’t reach markets like India and the US sometime in the coming future.