It is of no doubt that smartphones have become an indispensable part of our life. With each passing year, the number of smartphone manufacturers is increasing in this world and so are the users. Hence in these current times it is becoming an important task to distinguish the genuineness of a smartphone. Even though you purchase a smartphone from an online seller or an offline store, the chances of getting deceived through a counterfeit device in place of original cannot be avoided.
However, one does not need to be a technical expert on smartphones to check whether your smartphone is an original device or a counterfeit one. Following some simple steps can prove that whether the device you used is an original one or not.
Compare your smartphone with the same model
If you think that the smartphone which you are using is a counterfeit one, you can compare it with someone’s device that is same as yours. This preliminary check will let you know about the originality of your device. If you do not find someone, who does not have similar model as yours, you can visit the internet and check genuine pictures of the smartphone.
Cross check the specifications of the phone
A cross checking of the specifications of your smartphone can be done by reading the details of the manufacturer’s website. For example, if you are a Samsung user, the company’s website will mention the device screen size, number of mics, number of external buttons etc. If you find something missing, you can confirm that the device you use is counterfeit.
Checking the IMEI of the device
Every smartphone has a unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. You can find the IMEI number of your device by logging into the settings of the device. Alternatively you can dial *#06# on your keypad. If you have a single SIM device you have a single IMEI number. Similarly, dual SIM devices have two IMEI numbers. Once you have the IMEI number you can search in the internet and check the database.
If you have the smartphone box, then you can compare the IMEI number mentioned in it with you device’s IMEI number.
Installing a third party benchmarking app
Running a benchmarking app like the An Tu Tu can reveal much important information about the specification of your smartphone. If the device information is not as expected as mentioned on the company website, you device is probably a counterfeit. You can download the An Tu Tu app for free from Google Play Store.