Did you know: this is the most shameless Samsung TouchWiz clone we've seen so far

Did you know: this is the most shameless Samsung TouchWiz clone we've seen so far

After the legal war between Samsung and Apple subsided, one might think that the copy-cat situation in the smartphone world has improved, but this latest phone from the glorious nation of China dismantles all our illusions.

We’re talking about a brand that you've probably never heard of, but that has done an outstanding job copying Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface at a mind-boggling scale and precision. The name is Elephone, and the phone that caught our attention is the Elephone P5000, an otherwise promising device packing probably the largest battery ever put on a 5-inch phone: a massive, 5350mAh cell. At that, the phone is not terribly chubby (around 0.35” thick), packs a fingerprint scanner, the MT6582 MediaTek system chip similar in performance to the Snapdragon 400, and lots of other otherwise venerable features.

The user interface? Not so venerable. As far as we can tell, this is a refreshed interface version over previous Elephone UIs (which seem closer to stock Android), but with this new update it has all gone in the direction of ‘paying tribute’ to Samsung.

First, the icon style is fairly generic, but just go into the settings menu, try registering your fingerprint, or fire up the camera! Those similarities are so daring that even to the casual observer they just scream for legal action.

We've captured a few screenshots from an early look at the Elephone P5000 (the phone is not officially on sale in the Western world yet), and we leave up to you to decide how bad Elephone is copying. What do you think?

source: Antelife

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40 Comments

1. jessicahogan38

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

what an original looking phone!

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have seem unbranded OEM Note running the original touchwiz rom with working s health app. The pen is normal non wacom type so its suck big time. I also seen a Netbook style iPad running the latest iOS during its time. Both are much cheaper than the original devices. So this is no big deal.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sweet battery!!!!! Only part worth acknowledging.

5. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Do you trust the capacity of a Chinese battery?

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Versus?

30. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

the chemistry and cells can often be of low quality chemistry which is why many high capacity batteries can go for such low prices. Reliability is usually hit or miss. Same exact situation with chinese capacitors vs elsewhere.

34. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hit an miss in anything, even off same production line. Every now an then, an Apple bakes somewhere. If these were old style prior to stabilizations added from cobalt/manganese, I'd be worried. I have cement battery safes for them in my garage. Though these are not an are mostly safe just either it works or it don't. Much ado over nought, these are not poorly built capacitors that Asus used to love.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why not? Most laptop and smartphone batteries are made in China. DUH! The iPhone is assembled in China and the battery is likely made by a Chinese manufacturer. The battery in my laptop was made in China.

3. maddy996

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Chinese will be Chinese ! :-D

4. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Shamesung beaten in their own game...

7. xsoft7

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

DID the copy the LAGs too?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They wanted to, but they got a Note 4 and couldn't find any.

16. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Love to see what magical note 4 that is :)

23. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The one in my hand, for instance. The hands down best big phone you can get. Google it.

22. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

+1!!!!

32. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ic3shpfP0 peep the lag on Note 4 and read comments from other owners, never say couldnt find any, you have to be fully unbiased to notice

33. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Peep the comments on various forums about iPhone 6 lag. Every computer device has occasional lag. The Note 4 had no more than any other device. Then, check out all the reviews online. The overwhelming majority rate it as the best phablet sized phone there is, including the iPhone 6+.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My Note 4 doesn't do that because I turned off all animations.

15. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

It may copy all features of TouchWiz that you have been dreaming of, but you will never get them, I think.

8. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Why would you ever want to copy the worse skin?

20. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Come on dude you should have said in my opinion ! I looooooove touchwiz i find it most pleasing to me in terms of looks , i like its coulorful look and it is unmatched in features and functionality by any other skin , dual window, download booster, u.power saving mode, complet integeration with s pen , simply the best imho

36. kira_s unregistered

worse skin try again search 'phonearena android lollipop vs touchwiz vs sense' you fool

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean second best UI skin?

9. GeekMovement unregistered

Yuck lol.

10. Bustami

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Touchwiz fan detected.

11. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

I said it once, i'll say it again...Chinese are the mostl blatant shameless copycats in the world. Although that wont stop me loving my Xiaomi mi3.

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It's Chinese, what do you expect.....

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Well an iPhone.

17. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Samsung's Touch wiz looks very ordinary and ugly... These Chinese guys are not copying anything, they are just being lazy just like Samsung. When you are lazy, the result is something that looks like touch wiz.

18. TerryTerius unregistered

By that logic, all auto makers in the world would wind up with the same car when they invest a similar amount of effort, time, and money. Copying is copying. I get you don't like Android, Samsung or Google and that's perfectly fine. Everyone is entitled to their own preferences and no one should ever be ridiculed for that. However, there's very little need to be so ugly about competitors to a product you like. Same goes for anyone being unnecessarily vitriolic against Apple. Hate helps nothing and no one regardless as to who it's coming from.

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