How to spot a fake Samsung S6, here’s my story and how I learned what to look for without even having to turn the phone on.
I have been wanting to start developing End Space VR for the Samsung Gear VR for a while now. Just before Christmas I was browsing E-Bay looking to find a deal on the Samsung S6. I found a auction that didn’t have a reserve price and bid on the phone. I won the auction for 180 euro! I was so excited to get such a expensive phone for so cheap not expecting what would come next. The phone came 2 weeks later, I hurriedly plugged it in to charge it too full. I turned it on and so far everything checked out, it looked great, the phone turned on. I think I got a deal!
Then I tried to use the phone, first I could use touch for the bottom 1/3rd of the screen. Well that seems odd, its used but that shouldn’t happen. Then I looked at the screen, I could see pixels, I had seen the phone in the store before I couldn’t see pixels like this before. Something was up… So I checked in to it a bit more and there was nothing about this phone that screamed quality, and nothing worked right. Turns out it’s a fake! A little research and realized this is a huge problem and there’s millions of these fake Samsung S6’s out there. I wanted to write a guide on how you can quickly find out if that used Samsung S6 you are buying is a fake.
How to spot a fake Samsung S6
If you are buying a used Samsung S6 and have it in hand and want to know if it’s fake, the easiest thing to do is Dial *#06#. This will display the IMEI number for the phone. If this number doesn’t match the number printed on the back it’s clearly a fake. If you don’t have the phone in hand or are looking at pictures of it online here is some more tips on what to look for:
- The button is really loose on the fake model. The real Samsung S6 is nicely fixed in place.
- The 2 sensors on the left side of the speaker are farther apart and larger is diameter on the real Samsung S6.
- The screen is 2 mm longer on the real model than on the fake.
- The back cover on the fake model is made of plastic, you can use your fingers nails and pry off the glued on cover. The real model has a glass back cover. Tap your nail on the cover. Sounds like plastic? It’s a fake.
- The camera on the fake model doesn’t take good pictures, they are noisy and not sharp. The real one has a amazing camera.
- Look on the real model, you can see the flash looks a lot different. The 2 sensors are farther apart on the real model.
- The Samsung branding on the bottom of the phone is really light and hard to read. The fake one has darker text.
- Take a look at the USB port. On the fake model it’s upside down.
- The microphone port is on the right on the real model. On this fake model you see it on the left.
- The fake Samsung S6 has a sharper edge in the middle, the real one is really smooth. You can see in the picture how diffuse the light is on the real model.
I hope this guide helps someone help and prevents them from buying a fake Samsung S6 like I did. Luckily buying through E-Bay I was able to get my money back thanks to the E-Bay money back gaurnetee. But it still cost me lost time and a huge hassle. If you know someone looking for a Samsung S6 share this article with them before they buy. If it sounds too good to be true… It’s probably a fake!