So you want to buy a new smartphone or have already bought one but you’re starting to doubt if it is really genuine? There is something about this phone that must have made you suspect its authenticity, whether it is an alleged Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Nokia, or whatever brand you are using.
Do you have a feeling that there is something off about this smartphone’s physical appearance? Is the phone too slow that it makes you want to pull your hair? Does the storage space run out even when you don’t download or save anything on the phone?
There is a number of signs that can help you spot a fake smartphone of whatever mobile brand if you’re unfamiliar with the genuine device. These may include the phone’s serial number, physical appearance, battery characteristics, speed, and storage data.
#1 – Check the appearance
The first thing that you should do to identify a fake smartphone is checking its appearance.
But how would you know if this smartphone is a fake version of a Samsung, iPhone, or Huawei smartphone, etc? It’s a no-brainer, you should do proper research beforehand on the brand and the appearance of its devices.
However, there are some obvious signs to watch out for:
● Fake smartphones have smaller screens compared to the original ones. A counterfeit phone’s screen is often too far from the edge and appears of lower quality, made of cheap glass and is not as bright as the original.
● Check if the brand logo on the device is not smoothed out and can easily be removed when rubbed, and verify if the Home button is located in the same spot as the genuine smartphone displayed at the brand’s website. If not, then you already got the answer.
#2 – Check the battery
You may have heard before that you can identify a fake battery by its surface but that can be a tricky one. So what you can do is make sure that the date of manufacture on the battery body is the same as the one printed one on its box. If the dates are different, then that is a surefire sign of a fake device.
If the phone is an alleged Samsung brand, tear down the paper covering the battery to uncover the NFC connector. Once you do, examine the NFC chip.
The NFC chip of a genuine battery is always wrapped well, meanwhile, a fake Samsung battery may not even have an NFC chip.
Spotting fake batteries is extremely important because they are more prone to exploding than genuine batteries, especially when overcharged.
#3 – Confirm the serial number (IMEI CODE)
Next, check for the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) serial number that every mobile phone should have. The IMEI is a 15-digit long code that is used to verify the legitimacy of a phone.
If a smartphone of any brand does not have the IMEI number which is usually printed on the back of the phone or on the package the phone came in, then the phone is 99% fake. Sometimes, however, black market phones have a fake IMEI.
So to be 100% sure that a smartphone is fake, call the brand, Apple or Samsung for instance, and see if they don’t have the code in their system.
#4 – Check the phone storage
When you access your phone storage data in the setting menu, you get a list of storage values that show the internal storage, usable storage, SD card storage, etc. Unfortunately, counterfeit smartphones may copy the exact same data as the original phone.
But, the fake phone’s true colors begin to show when you shoot videos or download files.
Do your research about the available storage that your phone should have with the pre-installed apps and compare it to your phone.
If your phone’s internal storage stands, for example, at 16GB and the usable storage on your phone is too low and you get “insufficient storage” when you have only saved a few photos or recorded a 2GB video, then the phone may be a clone!
#5 – Slow processing speed
Why would a new, unused phone be so slow that you feel the need to google the answer to that?! That is unless the phone is actually fake.
Fake smartphones use cheap chipsets and sometimes old ones that do not work with applications and software on the phone, slowing down processing and browsing.
Switch your phone off and switch it on again to see if it takes ages to boot. If yes, then the phone is probably fake.
And those were some of the ways that will help you identify fake smartphones of whatever brand. Make sure to share these tips with friends for fewer scam victims!