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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I ended up buying an S3 on Craigslist. and after further examining it I think its fake. this is supposed to be the international unlocked version but its stuck on 4.1.1 and its not upgrading. there are no samsung apps on the phone but some random apps did come preinstalled. the notification light bleeds through the plastic(not sure if its supposed to do that). here are some pics what do you guys think?

What are some methods that I could try to confirm 100% authenticity?

*edit* the the boot animation also flashes welcome a bunch of times.

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post a picture of the back with the cover off
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That doesn't look right to me. The first thing is that it says it's on 4.1.1 yet the build number ( which I've never heard of before) says it's ics. A quick Google search of the build number produced a few links about cloned gs3's. There's also the baseband. I've never heard of it and from my experience all the gs3 basebands start with i9300.

I'd also edit out your imei number from the battery and repost that picture as it's not wise to display your imei online.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Am I the only one that finds the upside down battery to be a bit odd?

No "Samsung" logo on the front nor "Galaxy S III" on the back either.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Am I the only one that finds the upside down battery to be a bit odd?
Yeah I did think that. The connections are in the same place though although aren't visible on mine unless I take the battery out.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It clearly is fake, the baseband, the kernel and the build do not seem original. Also, look at the WiFi icon, the stock TW icon isn't like that at all.
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They've done a really good job but I can see some subtle differences on the shape of the moulded plastic.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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At the very least it looks to be rooted.
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These are the true copycats who lure people into buying products that aren't what they are presented as. These companies should be sued for what they do, rather than suing companies like Samsung, etc.
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how thick is it? does the screen seem hd? its obviously a fake phone just want to get an idea on a few things
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That's definitely a fake. It's a Chinese knock off. I saw hundreds of them while I was overseas. Play with it for a few minutes and you will see it is NOT a legit S3. It costs about $30 over there. It does not have a real quad core processor. Or 2GB of RAM.

The biggest reason to know it is fake is because of the sticker. Samsung doesn't put that on their phones. It is a clear plastic screen protector with a few instructions, not specs. I hope you didn't pay more than $50 for it. It could be a unique play toy, but not a daily phone.
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Mine did actually have a very similar screen protector on it when I got mine, but the font is different, as is the battery font on OPs picture. Definitely fake, but quite an impressive fake to be honest
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Old February 25th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Mine did actually have a very similar screen protector on it when I got mine, but the font is different, as is the battery font on OPs picture. Definitely fake, but quite an impressive fake to be honest

So did mine.
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Mine also had a similar screen protector on it when I took it out of the box.
Also noticed someone saying it doesn't have Galaxy S3 on the back of the phone. Mine doesn't either so that means nothing.
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. It does not have a real quad core processor. Or 2GB of RAM.
Mine doesn't have 2 GB of RAM either, only 1 GB. Mines definitely not a fake though.
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Maybe the US version does not have that screen protector, because my I9300 had that sticker on. Well, mine was bought from Three, can't be fake, can it?
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My friend, this does not look good if you were hoping to get more than a half-a** knock off. As was stated before, I wouldn't use it as my primary or daily phone.

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I stand corrected. Apparently the international version does have that screen protector. The US ones don't, and after seeing all of the Chinese fakes with it, I assumed that was the case.

However, I stand by it being a fake. They take pride in their knock-offs, so the appearance is usually perfect at first. Turning it on changes things. It is near impossible to use because of lag.
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I stand corrected. Apparently the international version does have that screen protector. The US ones don't, and after seeing all of the Chinese fakes with it, I assumed that was the case.

However, I stand by it being a fake. They take pride in their knock-offs, so the appearance is usually perfect at first. Turning it on changes things. It is near impossible to use because of lag.

No doubt about it. It's a clone. I wonder how much the OP payed for it?
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No doubt about it. It's a clone. I wonder how much the OP payed for it?
I don't know, but this is why I don't do Craigslist. I know me, and right now I'd be having someone track the seller down. Afterwards........


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If it doesn't say Samsun Galaxy S3 on the back or have some kind of logo on the back it's probably fake.
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I mean mine says "Samsung Galaxy S3" on the back, so I'm not too entirely sure mate.
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Welll is this the answer here ? Android 4.1.1 Mobile Phone Galaxi S3 I9300 Mtk6577 - Buy Galaxi S3,Galaxi S3,Galaxi S3 Product on Alibaba.com
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I read somewhere that Alibaba is a scam
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Terrible reputation for scamming.
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Id just run a benchmark or some kind of app with phone info that tells you number of cores etc. Also check how much internal memory it has
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From the back it looks almost identical to mine but there are minor differences. Also I would say the battery is definately a fake. Not only is the wording on it not the same as mine but it says fabrique encoree. Presumably that is meant to be French and it should say fabrique en Corée.
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Well, about the battery, not all of them are made in Korea, if I'm not mistaken, some are also made in China and Japan. BTW, that phone is clearly a fake, so the battery is no doubt a fake too.
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Fake look at the app drawer
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