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The smartphone labeled as "Lenovo S960S"

17 Aug 2014

On AliExpress a company sells these so called "Original Android 4.4 Phone Lenovo S960S"


Youtube video of unpacking the Lenovo S960S.

2014 aug 12 - I bought this smart phone too. As it stands, it looks like some Android benchmark apps (AnTuTu, CPU-Z) report incorrectly the processor as a "MT6592" (octo-core 1900 MHZ) while in reality it is a MT6582 (quad-core 1300 MHZ).

Strange XML

Then on the phone at the root directory of internal memory I found 3 suspicious looking files. There are called 323.xml.xml, 423.xml.xml and 523.xml.xml.xml. I list here the content of the file 523.xml.xml.xml :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>
<item name="package_name" value="qqfriends,pctvtv,antutu,zdevice,qihoo360,phonoalbumshoushou,benchmark,fen,smartbench,maofei,,com.dianxinos.toolbox.benchmark,com.qihoo360.mobilesafe,cn.opda.a.phonoalbumshoushou,com.ludashi.benchmark,,com.smartbench.eleven,cn.maofei.main,zausan.zdevicetest,com.cpuid.cpu_z"></item>
<item name="resolution" origin="540X960,540 X 960,540x960,540 x 960,540*960,540 * 960,960x540像素,960X720像素" changed="1920*1080"></item>
<item name="pixel_density" origin=":240 dpi:240 PPI:240ppi:240 ppi:240PPI:" changed="441PPI"></item>
<item name="cheat_point" origin="cheat_point" changed="13000"></item>
<item name="cpu_frequence" origin=":1300 MHZ:1300 Mhz:1.5G:598.0 ~ 1300.0 MHz:1.30 GHz:MediaTek MT6592 1.30 GHz:MediaTek MT65921.30 GHz:" changed="1.9G"></item>
<item name="cpu_model" origin=":Quad-Core ARMv7 Processor:ARMv7 Processor rev 3(v7l):ARMv7 Processor rev 3 (v7l):MT6582:" changed="MT6592"></item>
<item name="cpu_hardware" origin=":MT6589:MT6582:MTK6582:mt6582:mtk6582:" changed="MT6592"></item>
<item name="cpu_core" origin=":四核:Dual-core:agold_full_text=4:" changed=":八核:Dual Quad-Core:8:"></item>
<item name="asd" origin="4核" changed="8核"></item>
<item name="qwe" origin=":1.3G 四核:1.3G 八核:1.3G八核:" changed="1.9G 八核"></item>
<item name="zxc" origin="ALPS W-82" changed="LENOVO S960S"></item>
<item name="qaz" origin="1G" changed="2G"></item>
<item name="wsx" origin=":598 MHz-1.30 GHz:598MHz-1.30GHz:598 MHz - 1.30 GHz:598MHz - 1.30GHz:" changed="1945MHz"></item>
<item name="hjk" origin="cheat_point" changed="6000"></item>
<item name="rty" origin="3G" changed="2G"></item>
<item name="fgh" origin="4G" changed="8G"></item>
<item name="erg" origin="e2109v82_tg_t5qhd" changed="e2109v82_tg_t5fhd"></item>

It looks as if there is some software on the phone, thats is changing output of some benchmark programs. As you can see here there are values "origin" and "changed". Coincidently the processor speed reported by AnTuTu is 1900 MHz, while the reported processor speed of another benchmark is 1300 MHz. Strangely the name of AnTuTu also appears on the 3rd line. It looks like the results of a number of known benchmark / diagnostics software is hacked on the fly to change its values to other values.


Googling for "e2109v82_tg_t5qhd" i found a forum where a Czech engineer called it "agold_cheat_evaluating_software". It sounds just like it. I don't know how he gets this name.

As a matter of fact, there are a few apps running that refer to "agold": They are called "AgoldWallPaper" and "AgoldFactoryTest".

There is mention all over the internet about "agold_cheat_evaluating_software" in connection to fake specifications of smart phones.

Check you phone for fake specifications

The real product specifications

A number of known benchmarks give incorrect results! There are more differences between what the seller says and what some of the unknown benchmark / system diagnostics software is telling. I am carefull to not mention the name of the software I use, because it is very likely the chinese company will adapt there software so that other software will also report false values. Look at this Youtube video to find the names of a few seemingly trustworthy software, that give the right information.

So what are the values that are reported by listed software AND advertised by the seller?

PropertyReported by seller, AnTuTu, CPU-ZReported by Quadrant Standard,..
CPU frequency1900 MHz1300MHz
CPU cores84
Display resolution1920x1080 (hmm landscape?)540x960

There is also a property value of "e2109v82_tg_t5qhd" that seems to be changed to "e2109v82_tg_t5fhd". How's that, Google?

Also the primary camera seems to have 5 megapixels, not 13 MP.

Someone placed at pastebin almost exactly the same file ! So I placed this file at Pastebin also for everyone to view.

Real specifications

Main Features:

  • RAM: 1GB (972.45MB available)
  • ROM: 4GB (3.65GB available)
  • Gesture Sensing
  • Gravity/Light/Proximity Sensing System
  • FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/GPS Function Supported
  • Note: This phone will work with GSM+WCDMA networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz WCDMA 850/2100MHz
  • Unlocked for Worldwide use.


  • Type Phablet
  • OS Android 4.4
  • CPU MTK6582
  • Cores Quad Core, 1.3GHz, Cortex-A7
  • GPU Mali-400 MP
  • RAM 1GB
  • ROM 4GB
  • External memory TF card up to 32GB (not included)


  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
  • Network type GSM+WCDMA
  • Frequency GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz WCDMA 850/2100MHz
  • Support 3G Yes
  • GPS Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes


  • Screen type Capacitive (5-Points)
  • Screen size 5.0 inch
  • Screen resolution 960 x 540 (QHD)


  • Camera type Dual cameras (one front one back)
  • Back camera 8.0MP, with flash light and AF
  • Front camera 5.0 MP
  • Video recording Yes


  • SIM Card Slot Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • TF Card Slot Yes
  • Micro USB Slot Yes
  • Audio Out Port Yes (3.5mm audio out port)
  • Microphone Supported
  • Speaker Supported

Factory Test mode

When I boot the phone into Factory Test Mode (power off, then power on with "power" and "volume up" button pressed), go to Version , the phone identifies its CPU clearly with "MT6582".

Strangely it seems that the first characters on the screen are garbled. The second character is never the same between boots in factory test mode...


Apart from the specifications that the seller lied about, this phone seems rather decent. It is really a clone , not an original Lenovo:

  • All Lenovo phones have the brandname at front. This one doesn't.
  • The phone was packaged in a generic blue-green box labeled "Android"
  • A proper manual was missing.

So what is it then? It is just a unbranded chinese smart phone. Like they sell a lot of online. This phone is being sold as

  • Star W82 or Star W8205
  • Symphony Xplorer W82 (Maar ROM file bevat MT6572_Android_scatter_emmc.txt voor MT6572 DUS ONGESCHIKT!)
  • Delion D2 W82

Lets call it a "W82".

Equivalent phones

This is called a "china phone". Equivalent is everything with dual SIM, quad-core MT6582 or MTK-6582 processor/SOC, 1 GB RAM:

  • Elephone P7 Mini or Elephone G1
  • UMi X1 Pro
  • Zopo ZP700
  • Oppo R833t
  • iNew V3