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March 28, 2013

HDC Galaxy S4 N9500 - Specs Review: MT6589 Quad Core Galaxy SIV Clone

Here's the specs review on the latest HDC clone, the HDC Galaxy S4 or Galaxy SIV with MT6589 quad core processor. It is an obvious Samsung Galaxy SIV knock-off on the physical but just different internals to make its price tag unbelievably low at just $219!

HDC Galaxy S4 N9500  Review

The real Galaxy SIV has double quad-core Exynos chip, but this clone only have one quad-core MT6589 on board. Still, that doesnt makes this Chinese Android smartphone less. We know that this latest MTK6589 chipset is a really powerful processing chip. The cpu of this HDC Galaxy S4 is clocked at 1.2GHz.

The HDC Galaxy S4 is slated with a 4.99-inch screen, while the real Samsung Galaxy SIV has 5.0 inches. Not much of a difference, actually. The display has 1280x720 pixels in resolution, which gives an HD output and 294.31 ppi. You can expect here a very vivid and clear display with this IPS screen.

It runs on the latest Android 4.1.2 JellyBean OS out of the box which is paired with the 1GB RAM on board. Plus the very powerful quad core processor, expect buttery fast experience on this device.

The camera pair seems OP as well. The main snapper is a 8MP while the front shooter is a 5MP.

This device is a dual-SIM Android phone with support on 3G/HSDPA connectivity on almost all carriers in the world.

It is packed with a 2100mAh of battery, which is just nice and near the average of the common Android phones' batteries nowadays. As for me, anything above the 2000mAh mark is a lot of juice already based on my experiences.

This comes in Snow White and Cool Grey color variations.

HDC Galaxy S4 N9500 Specs and Features

Here's the complete list of the HDC Galaxy S4 N9500 features and specifications:

  • Manufacturer: HDC
  • Model: HDC Galaxy SIV N9500
  • Phone Style: Bar, multi-touch screen, 4.99 inch Capacitive touchscreen
  • Operating System: Android 4.2.1 OS
  • Processor: MTK6589 Quad Core 1.2GHz

  • Screen Size: 4.99 inch HD IPS touchscreen
  • Display reulotion: 1280*720 pixel
  • Color Support: 16 million colors
  • Screen Technology: Multi-touch screen

  • 8MP rear camera 
  • 5MP front camera
  • digital zoom

  • Connectivity Technology: GSM + WCDMA(Dual Simcard)
  • Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz + WCDMA 850/2100MHz
  • Data Technology: EDGE, GPRS
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WLan: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • GPS: GPS/A-GPS (Built-in GPS chipset)

  • Video Player: AVI/MP4/3GP/MOV/MKV/FLV
  • Audio Player: FLAC/APE/MP3/OGG/AMR/AAC
  • Image: JPG/PNG/BMP/GIF
  • Ringing Tones: Downloadable
  • Message: SMS, MMS, Email
  • Phone Book: 10000 contacts
  • Brower: HTML
  • Interface/Port:
  • Game: Downloadable
  • Radio: FM
  • G-sensor
  • Interface/Port: 3.5mm earphone jack / mini USB

  • Battery: Li-on battery (2100mAh)
  • Standby Time: 150-200 hours

  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB ROM

  • Dimensions: 140*72*9.2
  • Weight: 160

Package contents:
  • 1 * HDC Galaxy SIV N9500 Android phone
  • 1 * Travel Charger
  • 2 * Batteries
  • 1 * USB Data Cable
  • 1 * Headphone
  • 1 * Manual

For more photos and technical details on the HDC Galaxy S4 N9500, click here.

Pricing and Availability

I really recommend this SIV clone. With all the specs on it and price tag, you can never go wrong with this latest clone from HDC. The HDC Galaxy S4 N9500 is only available from Fastcardtech. They sell it for a really low low price of $219 and free shipping eligible! If you are interested on buying this, click here.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Eric, yes it can be rooted.

    2. according to fastcardtech comments, this phone cannot be rooted. Can you confirm that this is really not the case?

    3. it can be rooted. xda forums already are talking about methods on rooting mtk6589 devices running JB such as these

  2. Could you please post a link for the firmware of this phone.I Bricked mine but if i had the original firmware i can unbrick it.Thanks a lot.
    (The firmware can be extracted from phone using SP Flash Tools,internet has a lot of tutorials,if you need my help!).

    Thanks a lot.

  3. Hi,
    I have this phone,
    if you send me a tutorial, I can backup software for u.

  4. Thanks a lot dano here you go!.


    You must generate ALL files for flashing the phone with sp flash tools(the tutorial at end only extracts one,you must extrarct also files that are not IMG).

    This process wont harm anyways your phone,because is a read only operation and DOES NOT REQUIRE TO BE ROOTED.

    When you got it please,upload to MEGA,if you can,or to other download service.

    Thanks a lot Dano,you have saved me if you make this.





    ROOT(if you want it,for rooting your phone,plugin in with debugging enabled,and click in run.bat,phone will reboot,the enter supersu and update su binaries,done ^^)


    1. I forgot,to install the VCOM driver,phone must be TURNED OFF with BATTERY PULLED OUT.

      Open the Device Manager in your PC,Press Volumen Down button and withount unpressing it,plug into your PC,THEN FAST press in the device manager in the MTK65XX whith the exclamation,right click,update driver and select the one i posted here.

      This must be done this way cause the phone stays in that mode for 3 seconds,then it leaves VCOM mode if a flash/read is not started.This is important in reading rom also,you must be on alert on reading,or you will have to unplug and plug it again the same way.

      Then changes in sp flash tools are made with phone unpluged and when its all ready,you start the process and sp flash tools waits for phone for some minutes,this is the moment for plugging the phone like second paragraph way.

  6. Hi,
    I will try to do the backup asap.

    By the way, I found this on internet,
    Can you first try to use this ROM ?
    It is newer, if it will work, let me know, I will use it too.

  7. Must be the same,i tried others but back button and menu button are inverted(menu button goes back and back button goes menu) and the menu(inverted one) doesnt work in those(the other things do,but i need the menu button).

    The one i bought whas from fastcardtech if it helps.

  8. Ok, mine was bought from them as well.
    I am trying to do the backup, but I use WinXP, and I am stuck on the firmware.info file.
    I am not able to export it :-(
    Trying again and again....

  9. Whats the problem?.info not generated or you dont find it.you must download The app for loading it from the tutorial page mtk65xx ROM estudio.

  10. Im at work now.later i will connect and maybe i could help you.;)

  11. I am not able to export it correctly, there is no information in the shell, after entering cat /proc/mtd I get dev: size erasesize name , and that is all.
    File does not have any other info as it is described in the tutorial...

  12. Try using this one daniel.It will do almost all work.


    If you are spanish we can talk in to spanish please contact me in borjachi@gmail.com because we are flooding this post.


  13. Although you must root your device,using one click method on my root package.Plug phone and press RUN.bat and reboot.Open supersu and download su binaries.You are done.!


    Daniel Try with "cat /proc/dumchar_info".MTK chips are diferent.


  15. Hi,

    possible to get CWM for this model?
    I can not find it :-(

  16. Yeah..........need a CWM/ TWRP if anybody please can!!

  17. Hi,
    i used this phone about 3 weeks ago , i like it , but now i found a problem with camera ... at skype connection not working video call i try all setting at skype ... but nothing , i seen my call partner , my side not working the both cam ... any idea ?

    1. Same with me.... i tried flash... update 4.2.2... but still same my front camera not working....

  18. Thank you very much! I've rooted my HDC Galaxy S4!! :)

  19. Leonardo could you make me a favor.If i post here the clockworkmod(i think you now what is CWM),could you flash that recovery.img(it wont affect your rom,you wont lost anything(IF YOU DONT CLEAR CACHE AND USER DATA IN THE RECOVERY LATER XD)) and then make a backup of your rom clean for me? I need it ^^.

    I tried flashing clockworkmod and works.But my original rom was flash before with another one and i couldnt make that backup.

    Can you? thanks a lot!

  20. 1º Download this zip:CONTAINS FLASHTOOLS AND CWM


    2º Go to Flashtools folder

    3º Open exe.

    4º Select Sccater Loading file(or something like that)

    5º Go to CWM Folder and select "MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt"

    6ºOnly Recovery would be selected.


    8º Press Download Icon on Flashtools and confirm the dialog box.

    9º Press Volume down and HOLD IT(dont unhold),plug device to computer and wait(you must have drivers installed,if need them they are some posts above).

    10º Process Will Start,when GREEN CIRCLE appear,unplug phone.

    11ºPut battery on phone,and HOLD UP VOLUME+ WITHOUT unholding,press POWER ON button UNTIL CWM appears.

    12º Go to backup/restore using volume buttons and select using power button.

    13º Press backup and wait.It will make a zip in your sdcard.

    14º Upload that zip and post the link PLEASE XD.

    15º THANKS for your time :D

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  21. I meant the "TAR" file generated in step 13 and 14º,not "ZIP"(i think its tar).


    P.D:Anyone with original rom can do this steps to help me ^^.

  22. Hi i want to get the new rom 4.2.2 or 4.2.3 jellybean can i get that for This phone? how do i do that? pls help :D

  23. Hi Borja Alonso Garcia!, let me try that! ^^

  24. Ok I've done your steps Borja, a directory has been created into my SD card with the path: /clockworkmod/backup/2010-01-
    And this is the list of the files that have been generated into that directory:
    FILE ------------------ SIZE
    boot.img -------------- 6.144 KB
    cache.ext4.tar -------- 0 KB
    cache.ext4.tar.a ------ 55 KB
    data.ext4.tar --------- 0 KB
    data.ext4.tar.a ------- 306.579 KB
    nandroid.md5 ---------- 1 KB
    recovery.img ---------- 6.144 KB
    system.ext4.tar ------- 0 KB
    system.ext4.tar.a ----- 554.657 KB
    Which one do you need?

  25. i dont know "mega" per file limit.Could you pack all in a zip and upload to mega?

    Pack the files like this


    Get al file name that looks like thos names and place in correspondent zip.

    For example Data.ext4.tar and data.ext4.tar.a would go inside data.zip and so on...

    The nandroid.md5 upload it separately so you must have for upload this files:



    when you got the links,share them here.Then i would make clean ones and reupload for all.

    Thanks for your time Leonardo.

  26. I've pack them and I'm uploading it using Mega. Please be patient, in this part of the world the Upstream is terrible :( .

  27. No problem! i will wait whats needed.I will keep and eye here jeje .

    SPANISH:eres de argentina lo acabo de ver,yo de españa jeje.A ver si sube rapido que tengo ganas de descargarlo

    ENGLISH:i see you are from Angertina,im from Spain.Lets see if the upload go fast,i want to download it quick! XD.


  28. ENGLISH: You are welcome. Yes I'm from Argentina ^^. The uploading process would take more or less 4hs xD.
    Tell me, what was the experience with this phone?.

    SPANISH: No, fue nada. Si, soy de Argentina ^^. El proceso de carga va llevar masomenos unas 4 hs.
    Contame, como fue tu experiencia con este celular?.

  29. This phone is really impresive.In antutu takes same score as my nexus 7....OO(the quad core...nexus is dual core in processor,but in graphics is better).

    I will make a customized rom with this

    -Appearence like s4(launcher,phone boot up and so on)
    -Install minium apps

    Were did you bought this phone,from here?


  30. No, I've bought the phone from DHGate.com:

    I'll wait anxiously your ROM!.

    Have you seen the new version of this one but with Exynos 5410 and 2GB RAM?:

  31. Yes i have seen it T_T,if i waited i could bought this one(i didnt knew it would appear) jeje,but now late.Well this goes really fast so no problem ^^

  32. Whats app! it will almost be uploaded right now i think :P jeje.How much is remaining? ^^

  33. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAnd here we are, I had some issues with Mega, so I have uploaded to my google drive.

    Add me if you want too: leonard9500@gmail.com

    I'll wait for your rom!

  34. well i have tested it and we have a problem.The restoration was done correctly,but it happers like other roms,back button doesnt work and menu button becomes back button.

    I need some make same steps as leonardo buy with the one from fastcardtech.com version.

    Anyways i see restoration from CWM works ! ^^,thats a point

  35. Oh i forgot.cache and data are not necessary.You can take out from the md5 and from the rom

  36. Ok i MAnaged to get all working now.Got clockworkmod and everything.I will prepare the rom this week.Thanks for ALL :D.

    When i upload it i post it here and in needrom(there is alredy a rom there,but i will upload the update).

    thanks :D ^^

    1. Hola, muy buenos tus post en HDC S4 I9500 para hacer flash de rom, pero con el flash tool barra amarilla se me queda al 90% y dice "brom error: s_da_sdmmc_write_failed (3149)" que debo hacer? Ahora el celular se reinicia solo en pantalla negra, gracias.

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  38. Hi would the cwm that you put up work on my hdc galaxy s4? My model number is gt-h9500 but I believe they both have the same specs. I got mine from aliexpress. Please reply thanks.

    1. Are you sure? Because the person who sold it to me told me that it's actually called the feiting h9500... They look very similar. I'm not trying to sound annoying I just want to make sure that this will work. So you're sure it will work?.Thanks in advance

    2. Look this pics of my phone with CWM running:


      good luck!

  39. When this phone come to Indonesia.. ???

  40. Hello, just have a quick question, can this phone be used as hotspot?? Fastcardtech sells offers the option of rooting, so I wonder if this could be the way to go. Is the only thing that keeps me from getting one. Tks!!

  41. When I started my phone today,
    it only starts up to the Android logo and then freezes ...
    What can I do now?
    I have root it before!!
    And then i installed Acer Recovery?!?!

  42. Is it available in india? If yes then how much INR?

  43. Will Samsung Galaxy S4 covers, particularly the extended battery packs, fit on the back of this phone? the only thing stopping me from getting one is that.

  44. The battery on the phone began to give up in half a day and when the battery drained totally i kept the phone switched off and charged, but after a few hours of charging the phone never started... i tried the other battery that was sent with the phone but the only thing happens with the phone is a light blinks on the screen and the phone does not start up... is ther a solution to this

    1. Same problem with me but solved

      The problem just only drained battery very worse

      You should have a desktop charger/ external charger

      Then charge for 1 hour


      Say hello to boot animation hehe

  45. I already followed Borja Alonso Garcia instruction but I still cant access CWM recovery mode during boot. I boot my phone (HDC n9500) with the combination of Volume Up + Power but it boot normally. Please help me I really dunno what to do anymore D: I also dunno if my bootloader is locked or unlocked

  46. Hi its me again,full package for this phone version is avialable at mega from my account.

    Download as you wish and share it(credit for work please ^^) ! :D

    PD.Vossler.ORder of flashing:

    -Recovery (CWM)

    -Then it works


    1. Thank you for your reply! I didn't mean to reflash my phone but my phone have the launcher of Jellybean. I have downloaded touchwiz launcher like original S4. In order to install Touchwiz launcher, it must be installed through CWM and I can't access it D;

    2. do you have tutorial how to instal touchwiz thanxs

    3. el rom is original de ese modelo o mas nuevo

  47. does anyone know where I can purchase a case for this phone?I am a construction contractor and I need a sturdier case with belt clip for my phone.This phone is a great phone and roots very easily,I will be buying more in the future!Thnx for the case help

  48. helo Always make sure that you trust the sources of the ROM you download and know that it is meant for your phone. After flashing a wrong preloader, your phone will be completely dead (can’t be powered on, it will not charge and won’t be detected anymore by the computer) and there is no way to recover it.
    is there any way to recover the phone please help me thank you very much

  49. Just desire to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is simply excellent and I could assume you’re an expert on this subject.


  50. Cual es la manera de entrar en el modo download para rootear el dispositivo

  51. Has anyone tested the GPS in detail? A lot phones with MT cpus have a weak GPS, anyone?

  52. can anybody fix my HDC galaxy s4 i9500 ,my phone can turn on ,its bricked ,can't recovery mode ,my bootloader is formated and nand flash not detected ,HELP PLEASEEEEEEEEEE

    1. http://www.needrom.com/mobile/star-n9500-rom-stock-20130514/
      simply official rom STOCK FOR UNBRIK 20130514 VERSION
      this rom unbricked my hdc n9500

    2. but it cant be firmware upgrade ,always error because nand flash is not detected and my phone cant to boot up ,always blank but detected at flash tool

    3. you have to uninstall all drivers MTK AND TRY AGAIN

    4. How to uninstall mtk driver ? I don't know it ,but 2days ago i format my phone

    5. My phone in flash tool always Error : nand flash is not detected

  53. i hv a problem... after i installed a software z check device test (google play).. my front camera not working... but i hv rooted and flashed my phone... still same... what i need to do?

  54. I received mine in the mail today, after 10 min of playing with it the screen turned black.
    I have it at the charger now for 2 to 3 hours now but still no life. :'(

    Can someone please tell me what's wrong?
    How long does it take to charge the batteries?


  55. Guys the firmware has an option for usb storage mounting, but when i connect a usb using the otg cable it doesnt detect anu usb flash drives... can any one help???

    1. @Hooliganandroid: Could you please be a bit more specific about what do you mean?
      Phone has software support, but I could not get it to host any USB devices.

  56. Is there anyone have a test to change battery to original galaxy s4 battery

  57. hola, soy de argentina, hay alguna forma de poder comprar el movil?

  58. I have the s4 clone.Now the problem is i formatted it and now i think everything has been wiped off as it boots up with a blank screen and thn shuts off.For sp tools my laptop does not recognize it,tried a few drivers too.Please can any one help me flash a rom on my s4 clone.Please i really need help.thanks.reply asap!

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  60. I have a hdc galaxy s4. It was working fine. But now the display gets offed automatically. It's not completely offed but it becomes dark. What can be the reason for this?

  61. Hi where can i get the software fo rmy hdc s4 mt6589 becaure my original software was be broken

  62. hi,...i have a hdc galaxy s4 legend, and have the following problems:
    1) compass does not work(as if there is no magnetic sensor)
    2) gps works partly and slow
    3) wifi signal is weak

    does anyone know how to fix those problems?

  63. hello
    I have your phone from geekbuying
    it broken my sim card
    rebooted today and yesterday
    and when I was talking to my friend it cut of with full battery