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Samsung Galaxy S3 Replica, It looks real!

Friend of mine bought a fake/clone/replica Samsung Galaxy S3 from Shenzhen, China. The phone just cost him around RM 500 in Malaysian ringgit. At first glance, the phone looks like the actual one, especially the back panel, you’ll find difficult to differentiate it if the person making a phone call even from a near distance.


(Guess which is real)

As for the spec, unknown processor/speed, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1.9 (actually a Gingerbread as you can see in video below) and less than 1GB Memory storage (though it stated 16GB there). The washed-out narrow angle display seems like a 4.7″ instead of 4.8″ after compared it with HTC One X+. The touchscreen is not as responsive as compare to old single-core Xperia Arc.

Checkout photos below, for the last two pictures, Samsung Galaxy S3 on the left is the actual where right is the fake:

Samsung Galaxy S3 MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)

UMS (USB Mass Storage Mode) is not available on Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note (latest firmware). User have to use MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) to transfer file. According to reddit comments titled “Whoa, whoa. ICS doesn’t support USB mass storage?“, differences between UMS and MTP:

  • Not all the operating systems are compatible with the MTP
  • MTP mode allow user to access files on phone storage while connected to PC

  •   (Previous firmware)

      (Current firmware)

    Transfer files using MTP Mode

    This mode only works on my most recent Windows 7 laptop, it does not work on my Ubuntu PC and Windows XP Pc. After refer to “Ice Cream Sandwich explained: MTP – what is it, why use it, and how to set it up“,

  • For MAC users, install third party software: Android File Transfer
  • For Windows XP users, install Device(Install),USB Driver (Software) (ver.v1.4.6.0)
  • For Ubuntu users, refer “[How to] Connect your Android Ice Cream Sandwich Phone to Ubuntu for File Access“.
  • In addtion, i’ve tested on PC with Windows Media Player 9, but it only allows to limited file-type to transfer through Windows Media Player. After updated to Windows Media Player 11, it allows to transfer any file-type with Windows Explorer as image below:

    The reason for this are explained in article “MTP Function Driver“, “Media Transfer Protocol (commonly referred to as MTP) is part of the “Windows Media” framework and thus closely related to Windows Media Player. Support for Media Transfer Protocol in Windows XP requires the installation of Windows Media Player 10 or Windows Media Player 11.”

    Comparing Samsung Galaxy S3 with HTC One X

    Sister of mine just got a White Samsung Galaxy S3, immediately play with it and compare it with my HTC One X. After helping sister to set all the things up and using it for few days, these are some of the differences that i discover:

  • Display
    There are mixed comments with these two screen display. There are few display pre-set available on Galaxy S3 which you can’t find on One X, i chose “Dynamic” for Galaxy S3. Personally, i do find Multimedia enjoyment is better on Samsung Galaxy S3, especially watching high resolution video on the phone and playing games.

  • 3 dots menu
    The annoying 3 dots menu doesn’t exist in Galaxy S3, this helps to maximize the usage and advantage of large 4.8″ screen while playing games or using applications. For your info, 3 dots menu happened because of application developers din’t or yet to adapt Android Design Guide for ICS.

  • Phone Design
    Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with less weight but in exchange of flimsy, ultra-thin back cover that feels fragile and easily cracked. You really do need an extra casing to protect this pretty phone to avoid heart breaking incident happen. Unlike HTC One X which i don’t really care because of its tough and solid body (i’m using it for outdoor activity like hiking and running).

  • Front Camera
    The 1.9MP front camera on Galaxy S3 is impressive, smoked HTC One X 1.3MP front camera (bad ISO control, bad white balance and extreme noisy in low light). The reason it makes so much different between two is because of better sensor equipped on Galaxy S3. For HTC, i see what you did here, cutting build-cost by filling in aged and older sensor (which perform like year 2001, 2002 Nokia low cost 1.3MP back camera) for front camera.

  • Smart Features
    All these Smart Features really does it jobs well, especially the Smart Stay. It doesn’t fade to dark screen while your eyes on it. The direct call feature do make sense, speed up whole process of communication while in the case of hurry. As for S-Voice, got bored within few minutes since apple’s Siri already there, not much different here.

  • Others
    2,100mAh Battery doesn’t seems much of different here, since still need to charge it at least once a day and smart features does consume some juice. Responsiveness doesn’t make much different between these two phones. Sound quality on speaker sounds the same, just the HTC One x comes with Beats‘s pre-set that “help” your music sounds “nicer”.
  • DIGI Samsung GALAXY SIII Roadshow

    DIGI started taking Pre-Order for Samsung GALAXY SIII (same as Celcom, only Marble White unit available) from as low as RM 999, as below:

    Numbers of roadshow will be head at locations below:

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