Samsung Galaxy S5 Fake appears in China
Samsung Galaxy S5 Fake appears in China – Wow, that was fast. Only two days after Samsung’s official announcement of the Galaxy S5, China’s GooPhone managed to clone it.
The end-result is actually pretty decent, though you should refrain from buying it at any cost. We can’t support this form of blatant IP infringements and you shouldn’t either.
Anyway, the newly unveiled GooPhone S5 is currently listed as out of stock, but we’re sure the new units will arrive soon. It comes with a 5-inch full HD screen, MediaTek’s 2Ghz octa-core MT6592 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 13-megapixel camera on the back, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, while Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running the show.
All in all, it’s not a bad phone per se, but again – you’re much better off buying something original. And no, we ain’t gonna give you the link to the page from where you can order the GooPhone S5.
How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy S5 is fake
Goophone produced a fake that could easily pass for the real deal if you look at it from afar, seeing as they also adopted the Band-Aid-like plastic on the back, and in fact, it isn’t that bad of a phone, though we don’t condone buying a fake S5, which is an IP infringement.
|Real Galaxy S5||Fake Galaxy S5|
|SCREEN||5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi||5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 1080p|
|DIMENSION / WEIGHT||142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g||TBC|
|CAMERA||16 MP (front), 2.0 MP (back)||13 MP (back), 5 MP (front)|
|INTERNAL STORAGE||16/32 GB User Memory + microSD slot (up to 128 GB)||32 GB + microSD|
|MEMORY||2 GB||2 GB|
|CONNECTIVITY||HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth®: 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB 3.0||GSM, WCDMA (HSUPA, HSDPA) 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|PROCESSOR||2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||2 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor|
|BATTERY||2,800 mAh||2,800 mAh, six hours of talk time and 48 hours of standby|
|OS / INTERFACE||TouchWiz/Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)||TouchWiz imitation/Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|OTHER||Download Booster (LTE + Wi-Fi simultaneous reception), IP67 certificated Dust & Water-Resistant, Emergency Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Fingerprint, Heart Rate Sensor||Dual-SIM card slots (Standard) / White / Black / Gold / Blue|
Another one has just appeared as well called the No.1 S7 made again by a Chinese manufacturer, this time under the name of GizChina. This fake model is waterproof, unlike the real S5 which is only water-resistant, but only has a 13 MP back-facing camera with autofocus and an octa-core MT6592 processor ticking at 1.7 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. On the other hand, it does come with USB 3.0 and a 5.1-inch Full HD display and microSD slot. It only comes with Android 4.2 OS though.
What to watch out for
If you aren’t able to take a look at the phone’s tech specs, but are holding a potentially fake device in your hands, then here are things to watch out for so you don’t end up buying a Galaxy S5 clone:
- Take a few pictures to see how well the camera fares. Also, some new S5 camera features such as real-time HDR or Selective Focus might be missing.
- There is no fingerprint scanner on the home button or heart-rate monitor under the LED flash on the back.
- There aren’t any typical Samsung smart features, such as Smart Stay or other gesture controls, which you can find by going into the settings.
- Careful, some fake versions may still have the Google Play Store installed. If it’s there, but you still aren’t sure, check to see if you can find any Samsung-specific apps, such as S Health, ChatOn, Samsung Wallet, SideSync 3.0 or Samsung Content Viewer.
- The USB is version 2.0 and not 3.0: the slot looks different. In the case of the v.3.0, it has two ports in one, while the v.2.0 only has one.
- The app names and settings might all be in Chinese.
- You are buying it before April 11th 2014, the official release date of the Galaxy S5.
The same goes for any other smartphone. It’s best to check its authenticity if buying from a third-party provider or another person.
What do you think about fake versions of popular devices? Is it wrong to buy one or do you care more about your wallet than respecting the brandname?