It is often advised that customers looking to buy new phones should turn to legit channels as this reduces the chance of you purchasing a fake product. Of course not everyone listens as MalcomSex on Reddit had recently found out when he bought a Samsung Galaxy S6 for cheaper than advertised, only to find out it was just a very impressive-looking clone.
According to him, “Bought on craigslist from a dude claiming it was a G920i bought off ebay, which did’t [sic] work on CDMA. I met him in a public space 20 minutes from my house, and popped in my AT&T SIM in so I could verify that it was in fact unlocked. I asked him for his number so I could call him, but he didn’t have it memorized as it was temporary (huge red flag). The phone worked, and the hardware looked legit, so I paid him just under $500 and proceeded to drive away without recording his license #.”
That being said while we might be quick to admonish him for not going through the proper channels, we could have easily been fooled ourselves because if you were to look at the photos of the device, it looks pretty damn close to the real thing. In fact if we didn’t think too much about it, we could have thought it was an actual Galaxy S6.
However when put through its paces, it turns out that the handset’s specs was a far cry from that of the actual Galaxy S6. Turns out the phone was powered by a MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. Its display only featured a resolution of 1280×720 and based on those specs, it seems that it fared very, very much below handsets like the Google Nexus 5, a handset from last year. Hopefully this will serve as a warning to us all for future purchases.