HongMi / RedMi note · Fake or genuine?


May 28, 2014
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Hi everyone,
I'm writing from China. I bought a hongmi in a retailstore in Guangzhou for 1450RMB. But I don't know if it is real. I wonder, because I wanted to root it with a Developer ROM. But the installation process allways fails. And I don't have the MiRecovery. Also, I can't install the Google Play Store, the camera doesn't produce very good pictures and no smooth bokeh. No bokeh at all. And last strange thing is, on the phone was one picture taken by the camera, showing a snapshot from a scene in this or another retail store.

But the specs make it look real. All specs in CPU-Z are the same as in the original phone. The Antutu Benchmark gave the same results as the original. I installed both apps myself. They were not preinstalled.

This is either a very good fake, with a very bad camera and a fake OS or I just can't do what I want with this phone.

Please look at the pictures. Why does the box looks so bad inside? And why is the certificate tag not the same as the ones I saw in other unboxing-threads? Mine is quite small and has a "365" on it. And the print of the red sticker on the box has very thin strokes. The stroke width on the original packages is bigger. The battery is a little bit difficult to get in and out. It doesn't fit snuggly.
When I press Vol Up, Vol Down and Power I get a Chinese menu to check phone specs. Another thread said, this is a reason for unveiling it as a fake phone.

What do you say?

Unfortunately I can't weigh it. That should proof it.

The last picture is a sample picture I took recently. I scaled it to 78% in order to shrink the filesize to 1,9 MB. Bigger files can't be uploaded here. I guarantee that the bad image quality is also visible in the original file. No structue in the details, color noise, bad colors. I wonder how color noise can happen in bright daylight.
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Jun 21, 2012
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What does it show in Settings > About?

Have you tried verifying your phone IMEI/SN with MIUI and also verifying the code from the red scratch sticker?
The link to verify your IMEI/SN is : http://order.mi.com/service/imei
Insert your IMEI on top
SN on the second one
3rd box is a captcha.

After that you may google translate the text it shows. If it's valid you may try flashing a recovery from this subforum either using mobileuncle tools or using rashr
 
Jul 4, 2014
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What does it show in Settings > About?

Have you tried verifying your phone IMEI/SN with MIUI and also verifying the code from the red scratch sticker?
The link to verify your IMEI/SN is : http://order.mi.com/service/imei
Insert your IMEI on top
SN on the second one
3rd box is a captcha.

After that you may google translate the text it shows. If it's valid you may try flashing a recovery from this subforum either using mobileuncle tools or using rashr
I had the same question. I used the above link, and translated it using Google Translate. I couldn't understand the translation. It says:
This is a red rice Mobile Unicom version 4GB metallic gray Receiving Area: Guangzhou, Guangdong Order Time :2013-11-05 12:12:19 As described receiving information does not match with your personal information, please confirm whether the official channels of the purchase. IMEI, S / N number of what it means to be found in the information We provide some information for you to check phone orders, please confirm your order time and the receiving area Each IMEI, S / N number corresponds to a unique combination of a mobile phone, and only you have. If you buy this phone unofficial channels, and questioned its authenticity, it is recommended that you go to a local millet home or authorized repair outlets for secondary confirmation.
What does it look like to you? Real? Fake?
 
Aug 23, 2014
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I HAVE ONE FAKE PHONE.....
YOU CAN RUN CPU-Z
I POST IMAGE TO YOU
JUST ME USE APP TAKE SCREENSHOT
 

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Aug 26, 2014
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Hello! I have the same problem! On AliExpress ordered redmi note ... do not match the date of inspection and the date indicated on the box: IMEI - 863989020209953
S / N: 620900016950 (MTK6592M). The date on the box - 2014.06, and screening date: 27/05/2014 12:10:48.
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这 是 一 台 红 米 Note 联通 增强 版 8GB 白色

收货 地区: 山东 烟台 市
下 单 时间: 2014-05-27 12:10:48

如 上述 收货 信息 与 您 的 个人 信息 不符, 请 确认 是否 为 官方 渠道 所 购买.

IMEI, S / N 号 查到 的 信息 意味着 什么

我们 提供 部分 手机 订单 信息 供 您 核对, 请 确认 您 的 下 单 时间 以及 收货 地区
每个 IMEI, S / N 号码 组合 唯一 对应 一 台 手机, 且 仅为 您 拥有.
若您在非官方渠道购买的此手机且质疑其真伪,建议您去当地小米之家或授权维修网点进行二次确认。

What can I do to refund the money or this product? After all, I had already closed the order and put the rating.
 
May 28, 2014
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My sorrows are gone. I made sure that mine is genuine. I was in doubt until I weighted it. Exactly the same weight as the original phne.

My CPU-Z shows the correct ARM Cortex A7 1,66 GHz.

And after some month of use I really like the phone. Long battery life, regular system updates, camera is better than expected, nice big screen with good color rendition. The GPS is fast in finding a connection. The Gorilla Glas screen is a joy to touch. 2 GB of RAM is still enough. No problems at all, just one. The Note has no supported for developer ROMs. So it's not rooted. Because with every software update the rooting is reseted. OK, I needed it once to set internal system language but never again. It's safer anyway without root.
 
Aug 23, 2014
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Hello! I have the same problem! On AliExpress ordered redmi note ... do not match the date of inspection and the date indicated on the box: IMEI - 863989020209953
S / N: 620900016950 (MTK6592M). The date on the box - 2014.06, and screening date: 27/05/2014 12:10:48.
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这 是 一 台 红 米 Note 联通 增强 版 8GB 白色

收货 地区: 山东 烟台 市
下 单 时间: 2014-05-27 12:10:48

如 上述 收货 信息 与 您 的 个人 信息 不符, 请 确认 是否 为 官方 渠道 所 购买.

IMEI, S / N 号 查到 的 信息 意味着 什么

我们 提供 部分 手机 订单 信息 供 您 核对, 请 确认 您 的 下 单 时间 以及 收货 地区
每个 IMEI, S / N 号码 组合 唯一 对应 一 台 手机, 且 仅为 您 拥有.
若您在非官方渠道购买的此手机且质疑其真伪,建议您去当地小米之家或授权维修网点进行二次确认。

What can I do to refund the money or this product? After all, I had already closed the order and put the rating.
you mean this imei/sn?
i show you picture
if you have the same imei and sn num
how do you prove you phone is real

can't
i don't know how to refund the money or this product
if i know i will do it
because i am Victims too
IMG_20140827_003230_調整大小.jpg
 
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Aug 23, 2014
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My sorrows are gone. I made sure that mine is genuine. I was in doubt until I weighted it. Exactly the same weight as the original phne.

My CPU-Z shows the correct ARM Cortex A7 1,66 GHz.

And after some month of use I really like the phone. Long battery life, regular system updates, camera is better than expected, nice big screen with good color rendition. The GPS is fast in finding a connection. The Gorilla Glas screen is a joy to touch. 2 GB of RAM is still enough. No problems at all, just one. The Note has no supported for developer ROMs. So it's not rooted. Because with every software update the rooting is reseted. OK, I needed it once to set internal system language but never again. It's safer anyway without root.
congratulations

sorry
i see you're pictuer
is real phone like the Engineer tell me
 
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Aug 16, 2014
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Hello! I have the same problem! On AliExpress ordered redmi note ... do not match the date of inspection and the date indicated on the box: IMEI - 863989020209953
S / N: 620900016950 (MTK6592M). The date on the box - 2014.06, and screening date: 27/05/2014 12:10:48.
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这 是 一 台 红 米 Note 联通 增强 版 8GB 白色

收货 地区: 山东 烟台 市
下 单 时间: 2014-05-27 12:10:48

如 上述 收货 信息 与 您 的 个人 信息 不符, 请 确认 是否 为 官方 渠道 所 购买.

IMEI, S / N 号 查到 的 信息 意味着 什么

我们 提供 部分 手机 订单 信息 供 您 核对, 请 确认 您 的 下 单 时间 以及 收货 地区
每个 IMEI, S / N 号码 组合 唯一 对应 一 台 手机, 且 仅为 您 拥有.
若您在非官方渠道购买的此手机且质疑其真伪,建议您去当地小米之家或授权维修网点进行二次确认。

What can I do to refund the money or this product? After all, I had already closed the order and put the rating.
Buy a phone on aliexpress is a mistake
 
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