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How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy S3 is fake

How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy S3 is fake

The Galaxy S3 is one of the most sold smartphones on the planet and as is the trend, fake versions of Samsung’s smartphone can be found on the black market, especially online. Even while holding a real and an imitation of the S3 side-by-side, it’s sometimes hard to recognize which one is the real deal…here are a few things to look out for when trying to tell if you have a fake Galaxy S3.

copie galaxy s3
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A contraband version of the Galaxy S3 can be found on the market for around 170 USD. The one in the image above is delivered with four ‘presents’: a car adaptor, bluetooth headphones, a stylus and a cover. This seems better than the original, right? Wrong! If the list of fake S3 tech specs seems good to you, here’s a little comparison get you thinking straight again:

  Real Galaxy S3 Fake Galaxy S3
Screen 4.8-inches, AMOLED 4.3-inches, (WVGA)
Dimensions 8.6 x 70 x 136.6 mm 10 x 70 x 130 mm
Camera 8 MP N/A
Internal storage 16 GB + microSD 256 MB + microSD
RAM 1 GB 512 MB
Connectivity HSPA, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB v2.0, USB OTG 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth
Processor Samsung Exynos 4, quad-core, 1.4 GHz (International version) / dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1.5 GHz (US) MTK 6515, dual-core, 1,0 GHz
Battery 2,100 mAh N/A
Interface TouchWiz TouchWiz imitation
OS Android 4.0.4 (updated to Android 4.3) Android 4.0 ICS

10 tips to recognize a fake Samsung Galaxy S3

Having analyzed the tech specs table above, it’s now evident that the fake S3 just doesn’t cut it. However, if you don’t complete this verification and all you do is hold the device in your hand, the two designs are quite similar, so here are 10 tips to avoid falling into a trap:

  • The fake S3 is heavier.
  • It’s less compact and its dimensions are different
  • The camera isn’t as good
  • It’s running on a mediocre version of Android 4.0
  • The display technology isn’t AMOLED or Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • It doesn’t permit geo-tagging, face recognition, smile detection, optical stabilisation images and video capturing in HD.
  • Its processor performance is worse.
  • It doesn’t offer any smart functions such as eye tracking or Smart Stay.
  • Its memory is smaller.
  • The lock screen doesn't have the ripple effect.

Last but not least, most S3 replicas don’t include the Play Store. So, did you manage not to get tricked?

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  • If my S3's internal storage is 32GB + a microSD slot, is this fake? The reason i'm asking is it does not being recognize from Samsung Kies.

  • The s3 has a dual core 1.5 gigahertz processor not a quad core 1.4 as in the article states

    • Hi Andrew, thanks for the heads-on! The one we mentioned is the international version GT I9300. We'll update it to add both.

  • Very expensive. I bought a fake S3 in Thailand for half that price. It really looked like the original and had playstore installed. I knew it was a copy, but I wanted to try it. The battery is the same like in the original. The screen appeared nice. But many apps wouldn't be installed (probably because of the low memory).
    Anyway, I inserted a micro simcard and it didn't work, because one of the connecting pins was broken.
    So next day I decided to go back to the shop where I bought it and replaced it by an original older model, which was still a lot cheaper than the newer version.
    I must say, I was stunned how good the copy looked. Long time ago I saw copies of the iPhone, but by far not so good like the original. I warned my collegues (I used to work for an airline) to be carefull when buying a phone in Bangkok, especially the S3.

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