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Samsung Galaxy S3 for £135: Real or fake?

We all love flagship devices, but sometimes that price tag weighs too heavily on our wallet, so the prospect of a Samsung Galaxy S3 for £135 off contract certainly sounds appealing. Things are as expected, too good to be true in this case, but this Chinese forgery certainly makes a convincing attempt at mimicking the Korean Android king.

Samsung’s official Galaxy S3 offers users an Exynos quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, the latest build of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a host of other features including wireless charging, NFC, a stunning 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen and a mammoth off-contract price of £499.99 (or around $650 in the US). By comparison the HDC Galaxy S3 from China is a meagre $209 but under the Samsung GS3 surface, sits hardware more fitting of its price point.

The HDC S3 does a good job on first impressions, but the hardware underneath specs closer to the original Samsung Galaxy over the S3. Phandroid state that the front plays host to a 4.7-inch TFT display underneath a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera module on the back, which in comparison the real S3 reverses the loudspeaker and LED flash placement.

Inside the HDC S3 uses a 1GHz MTK MT6575 processor with 512MB RAM and despite the OS’s facade, it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread underneath. Being a knock-off it’s unlikely that it’ll see an exchangeable ICS update from the manufacturer, but know doubt developers might be able to whip something up. Although the hardware reflects the price, the real world performance is clearly very smooth and apps such as Temple Run ran without lag. Aside from a little extra weight around the waist, this S3 clone would likely only be caught out by a true mobile connoisseur.

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