Sunday, October 28, 2012

HDC GALAXY S3 i9300 EX clone confirmed with 512mb RAM by Fastcardtech.

UPDATE: 1GB version now available here! Black and White available. (November 2012)

After struggling for the past 2 weeks with HDC, Fastcardtech has now confirmed the the new HDC Galaxy S3 EX or Extreme will currently have 512mb of RAM instead of the full 1gb first announced. The alternative brand Star B92M has also been downgraded to 512mb RAM. I already ordered this phone to review and have been exchanging emails with fastcardtech back and fourth for the past week. Here is the email from Fastcardtech explaining the shortage of 1gb memory modules due to the China and Japan fishing island conflict.

"Dear buyer,
 Thank you for ordering from FCT, It is our pleasure  But very sorry, We have a bad news again.
 At-first,ourTechnical support team checked new arrived HDC GALAXY EX version.We found factory sample phone is 1G RAM but here now the first 500pcs arrived in our stock all is black, and most importantly  what we got is only 512M RAM not 1G RAM.
And we rechecked with factory they told us Ex Version now only 512M not have 1 G RAM, 1G RAM just a design, This is a terrible error message

So this is a big mistake, (Online Our video showed clear that it is  1GRAM) Now all EX only 512M.

Factory told will give us 300pcs customs (customized) EX 1G version to FCT, The tension between the China and Japan, 1G RAM memory supply is out of control.
So this phone of 1GM RAM   cannot product out after confirmed with facotry.

We now really can not know how to tell our buyer this is not serious thing.

This is a big mistake We truly sorry for it. We really can not know how to tell our kindly buyer. But we have to face truth and give solution.

HDC Galaxy EX right now also the best dual core mtk6577 mobile phone with top camera and best Scores for testing.

Here is a compensate offer from us for this   mistake.

1.All orders we give free root tools + free 1G game (all huge 3d game need money down from google APP store)+Free screen guard

2. And meanwhile you can select A or B below
Select a. We will give a free 16gb TF card cost 25usd (HSDC TF card)
Select b. We will give 20usd refund to you (512M version we sell 194usd if we refund 20usd you will get low 10usd for it )

If you still was not satisfied for the above suggestions, we will give you a full refund.

We sincerely apologize to you again.

We eagerly look forward to your reply ASAP."

Here are the Specs of this phone:

Manufacturer: HDC
Model: HDC Galaxy S3 i9300 EX
Phone Style: Bar, multi-touch screen, 4.7 inch Capacitive touchscreen
Operating System: Android 4.0 OS
Processor: Dual-core MTK6577 1.2GHz

Screen Size: 4.7 touchscreen
Display reulotion: 1280*720 pixel HD
Color Support: 16 million colors
Screen Technology: Multi-touch screen

Camera Resulotion: 12MP rear camera + 1.3 MP front camera, digital zoom

Connectivity Technology: GSM + WCDMA(Dual Simcard)
Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz + WCDMA 850/2100MHz
Data Technology: EDGE, GPRS
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
WLan: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
USB: USB 2.0
GPS: GPS/A-GPS (Built-in GPS chipset)

Video Player: AVI、MP4、3GP、MOV、MKV、FLV
Ringing Tones: Downloadable
Message: SMS, MMS, Email
Phone Book: 10000 contacts
Brower: HTML
Game: Downloadable
Radio: FM
Interface/Port: 3.5mm earphone jack / mini USB

Battery: Li-on battery 2000mAh
Standby Time: 150-200 hours

Built-in Memory: 512mb RAM,
Memory Card: Support microSD/microSDHC memory card, up to 32GB

Dimensions: 135.2 * 68.3 * 9.1
Weight: 152

What is in package
1 * HDC Galaxy S3 i9300 EX Android Phone
1 * Travel Charger
1 * USB Data Cable
1 * Headphone
2 * Batteries(2000mAh)
1 * Manual

This phone is also known as the Star B92M as well as the HDC Galaxy S3 EX and even if it does not have the 1gb of RAM, it is still a great phone because it does have a great 720 x 1280 HD IPS screen and a 12mp Camera (interpolated) and two 2000mAh batteries for a nice low price of only $192 and free shipping if you can wait.

This phone has a thread on the XDA forum and developers working on custom ROMs so rooting and clockwork mod recovery is available. I have been using my favourite HDC Galaxy note 2 with 512mb of ram without any slowdowns or problems. (Check my review on youtube)

There is a new HDC Galaxy Note 2 Pro with a 1gb option but that is only for pre-order. It looks like the the 1gb version will also not be showing up anytime soon. I would recommend this HDC Galaxy Note 2 as I have already tested it and using it for a month and it is close to a perfect large green phone. It also has support because it is identical to the Zoppo ZP900 Lite which promises Jelly Bean update.
Please use my link to browse the fastcardtech site so I can continue to get discounts and give you guys more reviews.

UPDATE: 1GB version now available here! Black and White available.


  1. greg did you root you HDC sIII ex? also does it has google play (android market)? I wonder if you have saw this video that one click root the post

    1. Not rooted as I have still not decided to keep or sell this phone. I know about the rooting method by bin4ry. They sent me a 1gb version as they got some stock now.

  2. Hi Greg, thank you for answering my questions on youtube. And appreciate your presence or I wouldn't be confident enough to considering purchasing this phone.

    Almost about to go ahead with purchase leaving me with the question of hard reset and where to locate the factory rom image in case I need to reset to factory.

    Realize that there is not a single smartphone I have had that did not needed me to hard reset or re-flash firmware to factory at one time or another.

    And since warranty is to send phone back overseas, hard reset and factory ROM image becomes more important.

    I have read quite a big part of your blog but did not come across this 2 topics yet.

    Again, appreciate your blog or I would not be able to own this phone....


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