There have been so many reports about fake Galaxy S4 units being circulated online and in some stores worldwide. So, how can you tell if the phone that you are looking is fake or not? This was a question sent to us via The Droid Guy Mailbag.
How to Tell a Fake Galaxy S4 from a Real Galaxy S4
Here are some tips that will help you tell a genuine from a fake Galaxy S4:
A. Do Your Research
Before buying a Samsung Galaxy S4, or any Smartphone for that matter, familiarize yourself on its specifications first. There are many reliable sites online that you can use to study the technical specifications of the phone that you are after. Take note of its the key features and its suggested retail price in your location.
B. The Price of the Product is too Good to be True
If the price of the Galaxy S4 that you are looking to buy is a lot lesser than the prevailing market price of the device in your area, there is a possibility that the phone may be fake or it might have been smuggled in your location. Buying a used phone is an exemption of this, of course.
C. The Device Appears Inferior
Check if the device you are looking at offers the features that you have learned from your research. If it appears inferior, beware because you might be looking at a fake Galaxy S4.
Here are some factors that should raise a red flag when buying a Galaxy S4:
1. The accessories such as the micro USB cable and the earphones appear to be of low quality.
2. The charger looks very ordinary and its output is very low.
3. The finishing is rough, the casing is not glossy enough or the paint job shows poor workmanship.
4. The display is smaller than 5 inches (measured diagonally). Then, the bezels surrounding it are very thick. Note that an authentic Galaxy S4 has very thin bezels surrounding the display.
This genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 shows a very thin bezel surrounding the display.
5. The size and weight are not within the standard. A real one should exactly be 5.38 inches in height, 2.75 inches in width, 0.31 inches thick and 4.6-ounce in weight.
6. The IR blaster, located on the right part of the phone’s top portion (if the screen is facing you), is non-functional or it simply shows a hole punched right through the phone’s casing.
The fake Galaxy S4 (on the right) shows the lack of an IR blaster. It looks like a hole was just drilled in its place.
7. The display has very low resolution. A real Galaxy S4 should have 1920 x 1080 resolution with 441 ppi.
8. The front camera’s resolution is lower than two megapixels while the rear part has below 13 megapixels. You will notice too that a clone has a blurry camera and it lacks the normal or special functions that Samsung offer.
9. When disassembled, a fake one will reveal another brand or substandard parts. For example, the processor is neither a Qualcomm Snapdragon or Exynos—be reminded that the processor depends on the model of the phone.
10. The distinguishing marks or prints in the phone are misspelled, missing or poorly printed.
11. The touchscreen of the phone is very sluggish.
12. The stock apps are very laggy, non-functional or some of the standard preinstalled apps of Samsung are missing. Fake apps may also show different system requirements or different type of developers. Note that this pertains to an unrooted version of the phone though.
13. The storage is much lower than 16GB. The system should only use around 8GB of memory if unrooted.
There are many other elements that would give away a fake Galaxy S4 from an authentic one. The flaws vary depending on the manufacturer of the replicated ones.
How Not to be a Victim of a Fake Galaxy S4
First, take time to familiarize yourself with the product and its key features before buying. Then, test the Galaxy S4 before purchasing it. The most recommended way to avoid fakes is to buy your unit only from a reputable carrier or vendor.