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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone

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Is a Galaxy S5 actually a Galaxy S5?

I just bought a x5 and everything seemed to be normal when setting the phone up all the Samsung stickers are where they r supposed to be and even when running the test code everything was successful however the camera is supposed to be one of the best on the market but my $140 Chinese Neken kills it for quality in a badly lit room and close flash shots, the picks come out very very pixelated and I just went on line a viewed a YouTube tutorial on the S5 camera and this camera has only a fraction of the settings that its supposed to have, I believe this is a fake

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Low quality pictures are a potential indicator of a fake device. You can try taking down the serial number of the device, which you should be able to find in the battery compartment, and then calling Samsung to get confirmation from them as to whether your phone is real or fake.

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Which Galaxy is this, the pictures I have aren't sufficient to help me recognize it?

My cousin's (she's 8) father gave her a Galaxy with a damaged screen, my aunt sent me pictures, so it looks like the S4 but the speaker on the back is on the bottom center not on the bottom, I can only see one sensor/camera on the front

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Keeps telling me I have low space yet most of my stuff is on the memory card?

What could be the cause this message I keep getting on my phone yet I have also deleted all chats and emails and some photos and music .

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There can be many reasons to cluttering the internal memory. All of the applications are installed, partially or fully, into the internal memory. Some people also suggest formatting your smartphone every now and then, as some applications leave traces that cannot be cleaned. Therefore, you basically have two options:

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Galaxy Grand prime, how can I know its original?

Today I bought Samsung Galaxy Grand prime 3G, is it original or a copy, how would I know

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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone

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I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 but I am worried is this mobile original or fake?

Help me about this mobile, how can I decide

There are number of ways to identify a genuine Samsung Galaxy S5 from a fake one. If you compare the original to a fake one, you'll notice that the fake Samsung Smartphone is made of cheap materials, and the buttons on a fake Galaxy are often not in the same spot as a genuine one. However, the best way to find out if your Galaxy S5 is original or not, is to use Samsung Kies. If you haven't used Samsung Kies previously, follow the steps below to download and install the program:

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    Open the web browser on your PC.
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    Click on the 'Kies3 Download' option.
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    Wait for the download to complete.
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    Once the file is downloaded, open and install it on your PC.
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    When the installation completes, open Kies.
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    Plug your Samsung Galaxy S5 into your PC.
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    If Samsung Kies identifies your phone, it's 100% original.
    If not, you probably have a clone.
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To learn more about identifying a fake Samsung S5 from an original one, read the main guide by clicking on the title of this Q&A page, or by clicking on the link below the article summary.

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I am going to buy from a seller with a good reputation, although I do feel somehow unsure about the transaction due to my lack of knowledge regarding Samsung phones. Any tips?

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Could I install original operating system to Samsung Galaxy Note3 Vietnam copy phone?

I have a phone Samsung Galaxy Note3 made by Vietnam, I want to change the operating system as original.

This can be problematic. If it is a clone smartphone, then ODIN, the Samsung flashing software, will certainly not work with it; and you will need third-party flashing programs as well as custom ROMs, not original, as original ROM will not interact with the hardware as needed. Here are some custom ROMs for you: custom Note 3 ROMs, which you may be able to flash with one of the flash programs listed here like SP Flash Tool. Do not forget to connect the smartphone without the battery to the computer first to get the right drivers installed. You may also use these drivers for the installation. Disconnect the smartphone. In the SP Flash Tool, for example, you need to click "Scatter file" and point to the "TXT" file from the downloaded ROM. Click "Download" and connect your smartphone without the battery to your computer again. Wait until it is recognized and reinsert the battery to start flashing the firmware.

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Hi, I'm in south Africa and about to buy a Samsung S5 at an Indian store but I'm not sure whether its a real one?

If the phone responds to a Samsung code, is it 100% a genuine one? Or can they also fake this? In this case the most important check seems to be this then

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I bought a 2nd hand Samsung phone. How can I check if it is original Android and software, it doesn't reboot?

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I am 100% positive I bought a fake Note4?

Galaxy Note4 should have never ran Jelly Bean correct?

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How to Unlock a T-Mobile USA Galaxy Note4?

How to Unlock a T-Mobile USA Galaxy Note4?

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I bought Galaxy S4 from Amazon India I need to check whether it is original or cloned one?

Galaxy S4 I doubted whether it is original or cloned

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I can't reset a Samsung 900 Chinese clone. Used the volume, power and home button. its not working?

The phone is freezing so trying to reset it to Factory Mode. Do not know the phone password.

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How can I check Note3 N9005R White?

I need Samsung Galaxy Note3 N9005R White all snapshot so that I can identify real and fake.

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Would a store such as Walmart carry fakes and sell me them?

Buying off Walmart and I am unsure due to a very low price if its fake, am I being too paranoid?

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