How to check your Galaxy SIII (GT-I9300
) on originality, before purchase or firmware. 0.
Go to Settings->About device->Model number. Since you can write anything here, it only makes sense when another model is immediately written there. Further here is Settings->About device->Android version 4.x.x several times quickly
Click on this item until a picture appears showing the actual version of Android (for example, as in screenshot 4.1.2), as a rule, the versions do not match on the clones. 1.
Call the service of those. Samsung support by phone 8-800-555-55-55 (round-the-clock and free of charge) and ask to verify your IMEI, which can be recognized by the code * # 06 # by dialing it in the dialer. Since there were rumors that the Chinese craftsmen are stitching the original stolen IMEI on their crafts, it is better to be safe. 2.
By dialing code * # 0 * # to enter the service menu. (It can be disabled if you take it with your hands, it should always work out of the box). If everything works, then with high probability we can say that you have the original. Also in this menu you can check the performance of the main hardware of the phone, camera, sound, vibration, dead pixels, and so on.
Screenshots of the service menu - the main menu, the "Sensor" button, the "Touch" button.
Download and install a program showing the characteristics of the device, for example Android System Info
and check with information for example here
or on the Samsung website. Only software components of the OS version can differ, for example, Android 4.0.4 or 4.1.1 or 4.1.2 (4.0.3 or 4.1.9 should not be, this is China), all hardware specifications such as screen resolution, diagonal, processor (can defined as "ARMv7", "Quad-Qore ARMv7"), camera resolution, and so on. must match exactly.
Screenshot from the original GT-I9300
Visually inspect and compare with the original or with images from the official Samsung website or see the review on any video hosting service, the presence and location of the light sensor, camera, inscriptions, etc., as well as the internal arrangement of the elements should exactly match the image in the screenshot.
View of the original GT-I9300 without back cover and battery.
A few more clones with a description from tester99
1. The buttons on the left and right of the "Home" button are not touch sensitive.
2. The screen is significantly less native, resistive and faded.
3. An application with the APK extension (for example, Android System Info) cannot be started.
4. The menu "About the device" in the device settings is not.
1. The screen is significantly less native.
Check for Recovery mode (recovery mode), Download Mode (firmware mode). As a rule, on Chinese clones, you need to enter Recovery mode differently, so if you have a clone, it will either not enter or show something that does not coincide with the image in the screenshots. 5.1
In order to enter Recovery mode, it is necessary to simultaneously hold down the volume rocker to plus (Volume +), the central button (Home), and the power button (Power) on the switched off phone at the same time until it is turned on. To exit this mode, select the Reboot system now (selected by default) volume rocker, and press the Power button.
Screenshots of possible Recovery mode on the original GT-I9300
Stock Recovery mode - Factory, out of the box should always be
TWRP Recovery mode - custom, stitched separately, if we take it from hands
CWM Recovery mode - custom, stitched separately, if we take it from hands
One of the options "Recovery" on the clone.
In order to enter Download mode, it is necessary to simultaneously hold down the volume rocker to the minus (Volume-), central button (Home), and power button (Power) and hold it on until it is turned on, after downloading, you should see exactly as shown in the screenshot on the left, then you need to press the volume rocker on the plus (Volume +) and we will see what is on the screenshot on the right, in the upper left corner, the information we are interested in:
CUSTOM BINARY DOWNLOAD: NO (From the hands, then there may be a figure - the number of unofficial flashing)
CURRENT BINARY: Official (With the Hands and Custom, an unofficial firmware installed)
SYSTEM STATUS: Offical. (With the hands and custom change the official firmware, for example installing root rights and so on ...)
Exit the mode by holding the power button (Power). But you should not flatter yourself, in skillful hands all these counters are easily brought to factory condition - Custom binary Download: NO, Current Binary: Official, System Status: Official, well, it is in principle not scary.
Examples of Chinese clones in photos:Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III - Discussion (Post # 17894594)
If you have a clone readhere
.Do everything at your own peril and risk! If you do not have the original, it is not clear what the consequences may be, for example, item 5, maybe there is a HardReset))) Each item individually cannot guarantee you 100% certainty, but a combination of them at 99.9% will give you such confidence.
P.S. This is something like homework ...Post has been editedVetal`M - 24.04.17, 11:57
Reason for editing: added