Fake Galaxy S III hits the market, Samsung’s lawyers probably not far behind

If it exists, a Chinese knock-off copy of it does too. The latest proof of that statement is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which now has a weirdly similar looking “competitor” in the HDC Galaxy S3. The latter features a practically identical design, 4.7″ screen (though forget about AMOLED, and it’s probably not close to the same resolution either), 1GHz MTK MT6575 chip, 512MB of RAM, , 5 megapixel camera, and a TouchWize-looking version of Android 2.3. In other words, it looks like Samsung’s S III, but the internals are very far from it.

Despite being an obvious knockoff destined to be chased by Samsung lawyers, it isn’t a bad device for $200. Getting your hands on it might be difficult in this part of the world though, but you might be able to find it online.

What’s more important to shine a light on in this case is the potential this has for being used to scam people. It’s extremely easy for people looking for an S III without knowing too much about it to grab one of these off sites like eBay, either misreading the name or buying it from someone who has “accidentally” labeled it as a Samsung device. After all, you get a phone that looks exactly like what’s in all the ads, and it works, so it has the potential of tricking people into thinking they actually have a Samsung Galaxy S III, and that it’s simply not as great as the ads. In other words, be aware if you’re trying to score an S III off places like eBay.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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