HDC Galaxy S3 fake is not real Samsung model

The Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) is the smartphone of the moment and after a release in May in other regions has also finally been released in the U.S. The popularity of this phone has been phenomenal and it’s yet another hit for Samsung but what would Samsung think of the HDC Galaxy S3? We have to tell you that it would be easy to be fooled by the HDC Galaxy S3 but it is a fake and not the real Samsung model.

Nevertheless it’s certainly interesting to see just how close a knock-off can appear to be the genuine article and the HDC Galaxy S3 is pretty convincing at first glance. The counterfeit white Galaxy S3 comes from China, as is so often the way with decent dupes, and Chinese retailer Android-Sale got a hands-on look at the phone. On closer inspection the HDC Galaxy S3 is thicker than the real one and looking inside the specs don’t anywhere near match those of the genuine Galaxy S3.

Specs and features of the HDC Galaxy S3 include a 1GHz processor, 4.7-inch TFT display with resolution of 800 x 480, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera so a long way from the spec heights of the genuine Galaxy S3. It also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather then 4.0 ICS. However a report on Phandroid shows a video of the phone being used and it turned out to have a surprisingly good performance. What’s more the price of the HDC Galaxy S3 is only US $209 outright and it can also support dual SIM cards.

You can see full details of the HDC Galaxy S3 i9300 at Android-Sale here. Dimensions are 138mm x 70mm x 9.2mm and it weighs in at 160g. Would you ever be tempted to purchase a fake Galaxy S 3 phone? Let us have your comments.


14 thoughts on “HDC Galaxy S3 fake is not real Samsung model”

  1. Reply
    gab says:

    There is a new version of this HDC with 1.2 GHz dual core CPU and Android 4.0.4. 4.8 TFT 4GB RAM (which is duble as Samsung’s RAM). It’s pretty close to the original (in the US Samsung sells the S3 phone with dual core 1.5GHz, not the quad core).
    And of course the dual SIM is also a big advantage.

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    Relence says:

    I got one. It was cheap but I got what I paid for. Wifi is flaky even at 3 bars. Keeps cutting out while my iPhone, PC and Asus tablet didn’t. Battery life is horrible. The 2 batteries that it came with are 2000 mAh. I wish it was 2400 o more. I got 5.7k on Antutu benchmark which isn’t even as powerful as Samsung Galaxy S2 (around 6k). Definitely not comparable to the real S3 at 13K.

    On the plus side, it’s cheap and pretty to look at. It feels good in your hand. The plastic looks shiny; however I’m a bit concern that one day, I’m going to break the back cover because the plastic is so flimsy.

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    spqwaw says:

    I have bought China made work-alike before, a handphone, a video camera, an electric bicycle (cheap one) a MP3 player and a tablet. The tablet and the bicycle broke before 6 months. All except the MP3 player did not work properly or were less functional. Only the MP3 player lasted for a year. After that, it became intermittent. And of course, all documentations are horrible.

    I have now come to the conclusion, pay more for the real thing. It comes with a warranty and it functions as a what the specs said. Of course, there may be exceptions but a warranty helps.
    If you buy a work-alike, and if fails, there is nothing you can do about it.

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    fake S3 says:

    My friend brought one “GT-I9300” in Hong Kong for HKD 6xx (under USD 90). I played with it for a few minutes. Settings -> About Phone hardware info is obviously fake S3. WiFi and BT MAC IDs are 58:12:43:xx:xx:xx (OUI = AcSiP Technology Corp., Taiwan, not Samsung). There are 2 SIM slots, 1 regular and 1 mini (I think). Front camera is 5MP and takes OK pictures. It runs ICS 4.0 and Google Maps smoothly. Screen appears to be 800×480 and bright and clear.

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    Speedy says:

    I ordered a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 24 August from Amazon, I understood this would be dispatched from UK (where I live) but the delivery date is 2 November so I think its coming from outside the UK, the supplier is “Chang_Jiang” I think they are in China but I can find little about them apart from they sell Samsung look alikes. I suspect this is a fake from China, but as it has not arrived yet I can’t be sure. Would Amazon allow fakes to be sold? How can I check it, could I send the serial number to Samsung?

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