HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9002 Review – more?

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hdc galaxy note 3 n9002Another awesome Galaxy Note 3 knock off from HDC, The N9002  is another string of the long line of clones popping out recently. Does this offer the same performance as with its true self? How does it fair from its predecessor the N9000t? Find out more

HIGHLIGHTS

CPU: MT6589T @ 1.5 GHz
GRAPHICS: PowerVR SGX544 @ 387mhz
MEMORY: 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 32 GB Storage
ANTUTU: 14912 points
EXTENDED STORAGE: Support up to 32 GB Maximum
OS: Android 4.3.1 (multiple languages)
DISPLAY: 5.7 inch IPS FHD @ 1920 x 1080 pixels
DISPLAY PROTECTION: None
CAMERA: 13.3 mp rear camera with LED Flash / 8 mp front facing camera
CAMERA FEATURES: Autofocus, Digital Zoom, Panoramic, Flashlight, audio and video recording
SIM SUPPORT: Dual Sim  (Normal +  Micro Sim)
2G NETWORK: GSM 850/900/1800/1900mhz
3G NETWORK: WCDMA 850/2100mhz (area support? click here)
DATA: EDGE, GPRS, HSPA, HSPA+
SENSORS: Light Sensor, Gesture/motion control,
OTHER FEATURES: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g, mini USB 2.0, GPS/A-GPS, OTG
MOTION SUPPORT: Gesture Support
BATTERY: Removable Li-on @ 3200mAh
DIMENSIONS: 157.1 x 82.4 x 8.6 mm (172g)
MATERIAL: Plastic (color: Cool Black, Snow White, Sakura Pink)

PROS:

Gorgeous FHD Display
Comes with 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 32 GB Internal Storage
Massive 3200mAh Battery
Gesture Support
Comes with Android 4.3 Out of the Box

CONS:

No 4G or LTE Support
A meager update from the N9000t model (click here to find out)
Lacks NFC Support (both models don’t support) and No Stylus built in

HARDWARE/PERFORMANCE:

Much like the previous N9000t model from HDC, the N9002 basically a slight upgrade. You can check the table below for the short comparison between the two models. The N9002 does come with MediaTek MT6589t turbo processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.5Ghz which is able to give out a respectable 14000 to 15000 points via Antutu Benchmark. More so, a much welcomed 2 GB DDR3 RAM and a whopping 32 GB Internal Space makes this device the much attractive of the bunch. You can expect the same performance with smartphones of the same league like that of the iOcean X7 Elite, Zopo ZP980 Plus, NEO N003T or it’s the HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9000 itself since it uses the same hardware underneath. Gaming is also made possible by a reliable PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 387mhz, you can check the video for the games test. As you can see, most light games ran without a hitch, but highly 3D intensive games suffer from a brief hiccup, but the game is certainly still playable.

To top it off, the N9002 runs Android 4.3 which is the latest Operating system from Android. Also offers features Gesture support and multitasking.

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DISPLAY:

The same with its predecessor, the N9002 also comes with a 5.7 inch Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with roughly about 441 pixels per inch. An IPS panel display translates for optimum viewing angle and a high pixel density means a vivid, high contrast display for a Smartphone.

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CAMERA:

The N9002 basically uses the same camera you find on the previous N9000, 13.3 megapixel rear cameras with Flash and a 8.0 megapixel front facing camera. Image quality is decent with good natural colors and acceptable noise especially on well lit situations. Although it does not fair to other 13 megapixel shooters of the same category, as we’ve known interpolation of pixels is a common practice. Additional features include burst, panoramic, a basic editing tool for pictures, audio and video recording up to 720p at 30 fps etc…

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CONNECTIVITY:

The usual connectivity is present, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, OTG Support, micro USB 2.0 Support, Wi-Fi b/g. The device also sports Dual Sim with Dual Standby Support, a Normal and a Micro Sim size, The N9002 offers Data Support for GSM 850/900/1800/1900mhz for 2G (calls and text, gprs, edge) and WCDMA 850/2100mhz for 3G Support (HSPA and HSPA+). If you want to determine 3G support for your area click here. Unfortunately, 4G or LTE is absent, which means blistering data speeds are not available. More so, 3G support is mainly available in China, Asia and other countries that work on the same frequencies.

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DIMENSIONS/BATTERY:

The device is a Galaxy Note 3 Clone, it looks and feels like one too, does come with three different colors Snow White, cool Black and Sakura Pink. Although dimensions differ slightly from the original version, dimensions reveal 157.1 x 82.4 x 8.6 mm and weighs roughly 172g. Sadly, the device does not feature a built in S pen Support. Battery however is massive, comes with a 3200mAh removable Li-on Battery which is able to last up to 2 days of continued mixed usage. This means light on games, internet and more on calls and text.

In front, on the top corner is the light sensor, indicator lights, and motion sensor. On the middle is a dedicated home button key; alongside are two touch sensitive menu keys. On top is a 3.5 mm earphone audio jack, on one side is the power or standby button, and on the adjacent side are the volume rocker keys. On the bottom is a mini USB 2.0 for charging and data cable ports. On the rear is the 13 megapixel camera with LED Flash and the Loudspeaker located on the bottom corner.

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What’s included in the package

HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9002
1x Travel Charger
2x Batteries (3200mAh)
1x USB Data Connector Cable
1x Headphone

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If you want a comparison between the N9000t and the N9002, you can check out the table below, list a brief comparison between the specifications of both phones.

Specifications
HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9000T
HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9002
PROCESSORMT6589T @ 1.5 GHzMT6589T @ 1.5 GHz
GPUPowerVR SGX544 @ 387mhzPowerVR SGX544 @ 387mhz
RAM1 GB DDR3 RAM2 GB DDR3 RAM
ROM16 GB internal Storage32 GB Internal Storage
OSAndroid 4.2.1 JellybeanAndroid 4.3
DISPLAY5.7 inch FHD5.7 inch FHD
CAMERA13 mp rear / 5.0 mp front13.3 mp rear / 8.0 mp front
SIM SUPPORTDual Sim (Normal + Micro)Dual Sim (Normal + Micro)
GSM (2G)850/900/1800/1900mhz850/900/1800/1900mhz
WCDMA (3G)850/2100mhz850/2100mhz
Other FeaturesBluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g, mini USB 2.0Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g, OTG, mini USB 2.0, GESTURE SUPPORT,
S pen SupportNONENONE
BATTERY3200mAh3200mAh
PRICE$229 (promotional)$245

OVERALL:

The HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9002 is a very good Note 3 Knock off that hits its mark with impressive features such as superb performance, top notch display, massive battery, android 4.3 etc… Comparing it with the previous N9000t, we can say that it is only a minor update, but a memory boost, a much larger internal storage is still a very much welcome addition. Although this model does cost a bit more than the N9000t version, it still offers the best value.

Just to let you know, the original Note 3 sports Snapdragon 800, currently the fastest processor in the market, so the N9002 is only considered a mid range device when compared the original one.

If you want to read about our previous articles. A comparison between the Galaxy Note 3 Clones click here

Where you can get the phone? The phone is available at the following reseller below.

The HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9002 currently retails around $245. Click here
Flip case as well as other add-ons are also available but is taken separately.

7 Comments

Avi on November 13, 2013 at 7:25 am.

Interesting, compared with the older HDC Galaxy Note N9000T, the Antutu number actually dropped on this newer model.
N9000T=15440
N9002=14912

Any thoughts regarding why?
Thanks!

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Vincent on November 13, 2013 at 10:47 am.

Hello Avi,

the antutu test actually is theoretical, which means that the scores varies with each test. Factors such as available memory, running apps in the background actually affect the results. For example, my iOcean X7 elite from my first test was 15700, on my 2nd test after running various apps on it, scored only 15200. Anyway, the MT6589T scores between 14000 to 15000 on FHD displays and 16000 and up on 720p display. The regular MT6589 @ 1.2 Ghz score a respectable 12 to 13000 points on 720p device and a bit lower for FHD displays.The processor, Display (pixels/resolution), memory, SD card Speed, optimization of Android Operating System, Android version (4.0 to 4.3), etc… are all factors affecting benchmark test.

Hope this will clear things up.

Best Regards,
Vince

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Vincent on November 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm.

Hello Avi,

Thank you very much for your comment, and i really appreciate it. The Note 3 Clones are popping like pop corns as of late (pun). Usually when it comes to MediaTek especially MT6589T you already get a picture of how it performs especially if it is paired with a FHD or 1080p display. Previous FHD capable smartphones like that of iOcean X7, NEO, Zopo C2, etc… and other phones of similar specifications perform close or almost the same. And they use a bare bones version of Android 4.2, 4.3 which means that performance really is not yet to its full potential, optimization is still shaky and needs further fine tuning until you can get the performance you want. But in terms of sheer horsepower, clearly there is no shortage on that. Some Note 3 knock offs have built in stylus support like that of HDC Galaxy Note 3 N9000 link here http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/hdc-galaxy-note-3-n9000/ and others don’t have stylus support. And in terms of optimization to stylus operation? still to be decided as the device really wasn’t design for stylus use and optimization (im talking on knock offs only)

Best Regards,
Vince

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Richard Franco on November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Hi, actually there are two more con’s on this model, first it has no OGS screen and second it´s not exactly the same size as the original, that makes it difficult to shop for accessories for it.
Great job, keep up the excellent work.
Richard

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Vincent on November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm.

Hello Franco

thank you for the insight, usually clones are a bit thicker and heavier than the original, and the home button seems to feel plastic. And yes it doesnt have OGS display.

Best Regards,
Vince

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Avi on November 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm.

http://www.fastcardtech.com/HDC-Galaxys-Note-3-Sunny

Have you seen this phone? In your opinion, is it worth the extra cost over the HDC n9002?

Thanks

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Vincent on November 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm.

Hello Avi,

i think not, its much more expensive and considering there is only minor differences between the two devices, it only differs in terms of software capabilities like that of Hall function and suspension window.

Best Regards,
Vince

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