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Yota-MAX4G – hands on with an HTC Max 4G clone


Two years after the HTC MAX 4G was announced, a factory in Shenzhen, China debuts its own clone version called the Yota MAX4G .  Instead of the HTC brand name the logo says Yota, the Russian telecom services provider, which is rather strange I think.


The similarities between the clone and the original are easy to spot. The Yota MAX 4G comes with the same type of gorgeous 3.8 inch WVGA-screen with a resolution of 800X480 pixels and a fairly powerful 528 MHz processor. There is also a 5 megapixel camera included, although no flash unfortunately.


However there are also differences. For one thing, the phone only comes with 128MB RAM (the HTC MAX 4G has 256MB). Also its built-in memory is less – 256MB compared to 288 in the original, though you can expand its storage with the micro-SD card slot provided. Additionally, Yota MAX4G uses Windows Mobile 6.5 system which is more up to date than the original (HTC Windows Mobile 6.1). The clone also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS on board, but importantly there is no 3G, just EDGE.


The Huawei Hi-Silicon K3 processor features full hardware based video graphics acceleration and audio processor, which means you get nice smooth and clear video playback. Watch the video below to take a more detailed look. Notice the bright and crisp screen display, although I found that sometimes you had to press the screen a few times to get it to work properly.

Boot up time into Windows Mobile is rather slow, but once again take a look at the great screen, especially in the satellite navigation program which comes with the phone. The handset is priced at $250.00 unlocked.

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