Samsung Galaxy S5 — How to spot a fake Galaxy S5

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Jun 18, 2014 12:42:25 PM via Website

If you're a world traveler or bargain hunter you may end up finding yourself confronted with a ''too good to be true'' price on a ''genuine'' Galaxy S5. There are some crazy fast teardown and rebuild shysters out there, and they can pull off some pretty impressive fakes.

If you're in the market and think something might be a little dodgy, check out our quick list below, or read our article on how to tell if a Samsung Galaxy S5 is a fake.

  • Check the boot animation and recovery screens. If they are in a foreign language that's a dead giveaway (to check the recovery, turn the device off, then press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power until you see the triangle screen and then hit Volume Up to go to recovery)

  • Check out the camera - is it the right MP count (16 MP for the S5) and does the interface look like what you were expecting? Shoot a couple of quick snaps? Is it auto-focusing in the blink of an eye?

  • Try out the heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner. More obvious giveaways if it's a fake.

  • Pop off the battery cover - does it have an original Samsung battery with 2,800 mAh?

  • Look for KitKat-specific features like cloud printing or transparent system bars in the settings. Go to settings and About Phone to see what version of Android the phone is running. It should be Android 4.4.2.

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