SPOTING THE DIFF: Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Factory Original Vs. Cloned Fake


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics and was first shown publicly on March 14, 2013 at Samsung Mobile Unpacked in New York City. It is the successor to the Galaxy S III which maintains a similar design, but with upgraded hardware and an increased focus on software features that take advantage of its hardware capabilities – such as the ability to detect when a finger is hovered over the screen, and expanded eye tracking functionality.

Because of the craze for this piece of technology and the infiltration of the market with cloned fake version of the mobile phone, it has become imperative that we put up a detailed post in as regards the Samsung Galaxy S4, stating in clear terms between the two. To be candid, the fake Samsung Galaxy S4 sucks. You would even prefer a Nokia torch-light phone to it.

The issue of “cloned” phones in the Nigerian market is not only peculiar to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Previous versions of the Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S3 also face this challenge including the succeeding version, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Note series. Other phone brands such as the HTC, Nokia, Apple Iphone, Blackberry and others are not left out. Following this development, it is strongly advisable that you buy your phones from reputable companies or their authorised distributors, who will give you an authentic warranty for every product you purchase. But if you must buy from local merchants, then you should go with someone who has enough ideas when it comes to understanding and operating mobile devices. Take time to explore what you want to buy before you pay for it.


Now, the above picture shows the specifications for the original Galaxy S4 but in case you missed it, let’s list them for you:

Technology: GSM / HSPA

Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)

Operating System: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB

Internal Memory: 16/32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM

Primary Camera: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera: 2 MP, [email protected], dual video call

GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP3

Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, apt-X

Battery: Li-Ion 2600 mAh

But here is what you see as the phone specifications for the cloned version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 when you view it with the Antutu Tester App, and there is so much wrong with this.

Phone Model: Galaxy S4

Phone Brands: sprd

CPU Model: Dual-Core ARMv7 Processor rev 1 (v71)

CPU Frequency: 1024.00

CPU Manufacturers: MT6589

Internal Ram:(Available/Total) : 47/217MB

Internal ROM:(Available/Total) : 70/180MB

External SD Card:(Used/All) : 1398/1879MB

Android OS Version: 4.2.2

Version: MocorDroid4.4.4.W12.20_P20.01

Screen Resolution: 480 X 854

It is very necessary to check the specifications of an android phone before purchasing it. Make sure it is not different from the specifications posted online. The question now would be, “How do I check the specification of an android device? Its simple. Simply navigate to Settings > About device. Alternatively, you can simply download and install Antutu Tester App and that will give you more detailed information about the device.

Here are Outlined Differences

1. RAM Size: The cloned version of the Galaxy S4 has a total size of 217MB which is nothing compared to the original version which has a total RAM size of 2GB. The 217MB means the phone will not run more than two applications at a time. What nonsense! Depending on the size of the app you are running, you would always encounter an app error prompt, telling you to either force close or wait (indefinitely). And that’s just one side of the bad news. What about the frequent ‘hanging’, so annoying that you would be frustrated. All these will not happen with a RAM size of 2GB, as is the case of the original version.

2. Google Play Store App: Google Play Store App icon present in the fake Galaxy S4 is just a figure-head. It is launch-able but doesn’t really download anything. It is totally different from the Google Play Store interface that you and I know about. Just click on any of the file shown and choose to download. It will just be looking at you like a man watching an interesting football match and wouldn’t want any form of distraction. No download is going to commence. This is very unlike the original version. Google Play store will even request for log in details at first initialization but that doesn’t come up with the cloned version.

3. Samsung Apps: Virtually all Samsung Android phones comes with the Samsung market called Samsung Apps pre-installed on them. It is actually same for the fake cloned version except that upon launching the app, you’d see a different name called PlayApp and no longer Samsung Apps. You can actually download from the PlayApp application to your phone but no service update or log in details is required unlike the official Samsung Apps market app. This is a fraud!

4. Inbuilt Memory: Just like the original Galaxy S4 devices which comes in different storage capacity ranging from 16GB to 64GB, the fake cloned version comes with mostly 16GB. However, this shown inbuilt memory is just a farce. You cannot download nor store any file into the phone memory. Files can only be saved to a memory card which implies that a memory card must needs be in the phone at all times. You can check the storage capacity of a Samsung Phone by navigating to Settings > More > Storage. For an original Samsung phone, you’d see a break down on the amount of storage capacity a group file has used. For example, Pictures (1GB) Music (4GB), etc. But in the case of the fake cloned version, the storage capacity is not specified.

5. Functionality: Samsung will always be Samsung. There are some features of Samsung mobiles that cloned version can never have. Checking through the functionality on the cloned Galaxy S4, most of them are just there for sample. Tapping on them would not lead you anywhere. On original Samsung android phones, there’s a motion gesture that allows you swipe through your phone screen with the side of your palm to automatically take a screen shot but that cannot be seen on the clone.

6. Physical Appearance: This is the first part that deceived me. The appearance of the cloned Galaxy S4 is no different from that of the original. If physical appearance is what you are looking to judge by, I am afraid you will find none.

7. Touch Screen Functionality: We always believe that ‘China’ version of mobile phones are easy to spot out using their touch screen functionality but I am afraid it isn’t so with the cloned version of the Galaxy S4. The touch screen works very well that you won’t be able to spot any difference in both of them.