Fake Samsung phone? How to tell them from the camera

I came across a fake Samsung phone. It’s a Samsung S21 Ultra. It had a broken back that needed to be removed. After all the broken bits were taken away, I was able to take a close look at the inside of it. Almost at the same time, I was sure that it was a fake one and figured out the easiest way to tell a fake smart phone – from the camera.

Fake Samsung Camera

Before that, I could tell there was something weird about this phone from the resolution of the screen, the image quality when the camera was zoomed in. But I was not 100% sure it’s a fake one. Taking the camera cover off, I was astonished by the appearance under the camera lens. There was no camera under the lens at all! The fake Samsung phone cameras are not real ones! They are just camera-like glasses fixed on the camera plate.

real cameras missing under the cover

But how can we tell it without disassembling it? Because not everyone has professional tools. We can judge from the colour of the cameras. Most smartphones have multiple cameras, and cameras take big part of the cost of a smartphone. Fake smartphone makers always want to reduce the cost or don’t bother to make all of them real. So If all the cameras are real ones, the colour and light reflected by them are quite the same. If not, the fake ones will show different colour. Please see image below. Only the upper left is a real camera, with all the others show light-blue reflection.

colour is different from the fake cameras

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