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Samsung Galaxy S4 Concept Shows Edge-to-Edge Display, Ultra-thin Body, and Ridiculous Laser Keyboard

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Since the Samsung will likely attempt to make the Galaxy S4 the best kept secret and least leaked phone in the history of tech, we are left with concept ideas to fuel the hypebeast engine. In this spot, put together by Rozetked, we get to see a vision of what Samsung’s next best device could turn out to be.

In the video, the Galaxy S4 is presented as the GT-i9500, which makes logical sense, since the Galaxy S3 was the GT-i9300 (internationally). This depiction also shows off a device that is incredibly thin, looks a lot like the Galaxy S3, sports a 1080p AMOLED edge-to-edge display, 2.0GHz quad-core processor, 13MP camera, physical home button, and runs Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie). It’s not completely out of this world or outlandish. 

All of that – or at least bits and pieces of it – could show up in the next Galaxy. But there is one feature which we know will most definitely not be making the cut and that’s the gesture-activated laser keyboard (1:00 mark). No, sir. In fact, we saw something similarly ridiculous in an iPhone concept commercial, one that a Fox News outlet thought was actually a feature of the iPhone 5. It’s a nifty idea, but it’s not happening.

What do you think about the rest of this vision?


Via:  Business Insider

  • Damon

    It would be so cool to see the next Galaxy look and perform like this. Who knows what Samsung will put in the next one? A DISH coworker and I have the Galaxy SIII and we love how it works. One app that I will always have on my phone will be the DISH Remote Access app. It lets me stream live and recorded TV through the Sling Adapter that I have connected to my receiver at home. I’m sure it would look great on a 1080p screen like the one that supposedly going on the next one.

  • Jimmy Mac

    The mozilla concept phone had that same keyboard

  • Phones are thin enough as it is. This obsession of being of being thinner than the last model, especially when it is only a few millimeters that it is barely noticeable No need to go any thinner at this point, especially when it is generally the battery that suffers for it.

  • zurginator

    It is completely outlandish. Bezels exist for a reason. Mark my words there will be between 2mm and 3mm of bezel on each side of the screen of the S4.

    If they move the speaker to a crack up top (a la LG), we might see a centered camera. Otherwise we won’t, because there isn’t enough bezel up top.

    As for thinness, I doubt it’ll be thinner than the iP5, due to the removable back/battery (assuming they keep it). This will easily add ~1mm in thickness, making it not feasible.

    And I doubt we’ll see a 1080p display, although that’s not completely impossible. Samsung will very likely keep the GS line under 5″ to keep it separate from the Note line. As it currently stands, that kind of PPI would be unfeasible.

    I’d say there is also a 50/50 chance at this point of them switching to on-screen buttons.

  • I’m sure anyone who received a new GS3 3 days ago would be pissed to see this ad

  • tip tucker

    Most want more memory. More barttery. More camera. Okay if it’s thicker, make it thick w/ ergonomics.

  • possomcrast1

    Go away stupid laser keyboard that has been tossed around for years.

  • nightscout13

    Laser Keyboard = stupid. Google Now does a better job. Thinness? WTF is this, a runway model competition? We don’t care about thinness, we want BATTERIES!

  • Jack of All, Master of None

    Other than some comments about the grammar in the video this looks like a nice replacement for the Galaxy Nexus. The laser keyboard has actually been around for a number of years but it looks like they finally found a good use for it. I would love to leave my phone in a dock and just tap away on the table to answer texts or send an email. So overall I think this phone is going to be a keeper, of course that’s assuming they have fixed the major power issue they will have with the increased process speed and 4 cores.

  • CapnShiner

    The Galaxy S 4 will be an evolutionary step up from the GS3, not a revolutionary new device. It will most likely have a more powerful CPU, possibly more RAM, and maybe a lower price. There is not much more that can currently be done to improve upon the GS3. They could give it a bigger battery, maybe a 1080p screen. An edge-to-edge screen would be nice. An upgraded camera would be nice but would not be that big of a deal, considering that the GS3 has a pretty good camera. All in all, I think the GS4 will be a GS3 with spec bumps, nothing more.

    The idea of a laser keyboard in a small dock is just stupid. If you’re going to have to dock the phone you might as well use an actual physical keyboard. A laser-projected keyboard would only be useful if it was integrated with the device and even then it would not be useful enough to justify building it.

    I think the next big revolutions in smartphones will be VoLTE and maybe flexible displays later down the road. Everything else is an improvement on existing technology.

  • Hatyrei

    Verizon logo on physical home button. for sure! 😛

  • Honestly, the annoying, unrelated Noel song made it unbearable.

  • jaybar

    the most thinnest one

  • Andrew Remmers

    Is the laser keyboard some kind of concept designers wet dream? We’ve seen this idea of laser or holographic keyboards on phone predictions so many times already. Make it become a reality, or just leave it be. Personally I’m fine with touch interface, I’d be lost on a laser keyboard.

  • cooksta32676

    Maybe if it does this…


  • Randy Luna

    wish it was out rite now (:

  • C-Law

    “Since the Samsung”

  • h_f_m

    Who is the person/company that owns the patent for the laser projection keyboard that keeps trying to hype it? 🙂

  • Trueblue711

    An edge to edge screen is one of those things that sounds good at first, but think about it.
    Would people really want it? How would a phone case work? I like how cases hug the phone and provide protection if you drop it face down.

  • Anybody notice the MacBook sitting on the desk in the background? LOL!

  • bogy25


  • It’s a freakin’ “laser.”

    • Sirx

      Excuse you! It’s a “frickin laser”. And all Sammy would need to do is attach it to the heads of sharks, and they’re all set!

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      I wonder if it has an internal project name of “The Alan Parsons Project”…

  • I once got the most busiest in a BurgerKing bathroom ~~~Humpty

  • There’s really nothing so far fetched about a laser keyboard accessory like the one shown. There are a few that connect via Bluetooth that aren’t much bigger than the concept and one that connects via usb would probably be more reliable and better on battery life than Bluetooth.

    • calculatorwatch

      Yeah I remember seeing concepts of these like 3 or 4 years ago. It’s surprising to me that they haven’t found their way onto our phones yet. It must be because they’re either not very accurate or they require too much hardware and battery power. Being part of a docking station would solve the last two though.

  • Rodeojones000

    You lost me at physical home button.

    • Fatty Bunter


  • cooksta32676

    Well since virtually all of the S3 rumors were wrong, I won’t even bother.

  • joejoe5709

    Nice! I appreciate the time they took for this video! But it’s not going to be anything like that and I’m only interested in the next Nexus anyway.

  • I don’t even know why I read this article or watched that video….

    I need to get a life, but maybe not as badly as the person/people who wasted a part of their lives making this…

  • Brent Cooper

    With a phone that thin, am I the only one thinking of battery life? They are making phones smaller and more powerful but I am not aware of any battery tech allowing smalller, more powerful batteries.

    • LionStone

      The DNA is very efficient for thin form factor, smallish battery, killer 1080p screen…5 hrs screen time and 13.5% battery used!

  • John Burke

    Hopefully the news thinks this one is real too

  • Droidzilla

    Is for great new nicest! I think thinnest most is full exciting.

  • Thomas

    I think I already have this phone, Galaxy Note 2 right ? 😉

  • woobaker

    battery life??

  • ddevito

    Laser Keyboards are good for tablets not phones, silly wabbit

  • Ibrick

    Does it have wireless charging from 4ft away like the S3?

  • J. Gilbertson

    CTRL and ALT. Because all DEL keys miss these two buttons. Oh wait, android doesn’t even have DEL, just backspace. Sorry Android for confusing you with Windows.

  • Evil-D

    The laser keyboard is a function of the included dock not the phone itself.

  • Nope

    Absolutely fake. Samsung does NOT have access to the 5.x branch. No one does except el ‘Goog currently.

    • U realize its a concept right?

      • Nope

        It’s a concept claiming to be running an operating system that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist yet. No where do they mention “will be released with” or “will be upgraded to”. They straight up try to give the impression that the prototype in the video is already running 5.0, which is about as likely as a dinosaur still being alive in Manhattan.

        Equally as unlikely is that this thing actually will launch with 5.0. Samsung is always 6 months behind. 4.2 has been out for quite awhile now, but……….

        • Dr_Buttballs
        • cooksta32676

          You mean how the Note2 was the first phone with out of the box JB?

          • Nope

            4.1 has been out since July. That’s not saying anything positive about Samsung whatsoever. Let me know if the Note 2 or S3 get 4.2 before 5.0 is already released to AOSP, or if they ever get 5.x period.

          • cooksta32676

            When they don’t then I’ll probably run a ROM. But for now the performance and battery life is near untouchable out of the box. I’ve gotten to the point where unless OS updates are major and deliver necessary features or more than trivial performance boosts, it’s not the end of the world to me.

          • Nope

            Spoken like a true Verizon customer(/sheep)!

          • cooksta32676

            Or someone who doesn’t vest their life 100% in the world of mobile.

        • athom07

          “It’s a concept claiming to be running an operating system that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist yet.” — It’s a concept. I don’t think you fully understand what a concept is.

        • Seriously, dude. We all know this phone isn’t a real thing. The fact you’re ranting about a concept/fake video is a bit sad. No one’s taking this seriously but you it seems.

          Also, if Google releases 5.0 a month or two before the S4 here to hit, then it’d easily be plausible the S4 would have it, too.

      • Nope

        Samsung would need to have 5.0 already released NOW to release this phone in 2013 running it. Period. They take forever.

        • cooksta32676

          Note 2 was the first with JB….

          • PhoenixPath

            Shh…the dud’es ranting about the how unrealistic a forward-looking concept video is and doesn’t have the slightest clue as to why that’s just flipping bonkers.

            You think he gives a whit about who released what/when? Reality is not even a blip on this guy’s radar…

          • cooksta32676

            I remember a year ago the s3 was supposed to be 5″ zero bezel 1080p quad core etc….these videos are pretty stupid…

          • PhoenixPath

            granted…but let the dreamers dream, aye?

  • In 2013 Coming?! That cannot coming too soon.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    Sexy design… Wish it was legit!

  • Ryan Frankenstein

    if that isn’t a must have i don’t know what is

  • bob

    That laser keyboard is identical to Magic Cube’s keyboard: http://www.blog37.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/magic_cube-5.jpg

  • Nexus_FrEak

    “The Most Thinnest One”

  • Physical home key and touchwiz. They can keep it.

    • cooksta32676

      If they can match the Notes battery life, 7-9 hours screen time for me, it will be an easy sell.

      • Tim Buchanan

        Same. Battery life will play a huge factor in my next device selection.

        • nightscout13

          Exactly. Most consumers want their phones in their hand, or in pocket, not plugged in to the wall at McDonalds…..

          • cizzlen

            Story of my Galaxy Nexus

    • Sqube

      Touchwiz will be replaced easily enough when the custom ROMs come down. If the device even feels halfway decent in the hand, I could see myself replacing my GNex with it.

      • Nicholassss

        Even without roms, a nice 3rd party launcher goes a long way. I just hope they dont have a physical buttons. Plz.

        • Sqube

          All the major players seem to still be really excited about buttons. It gives an easy way to visually differentiate and it’s much less effort.

          When a phone with no buttons is off, only us nerds will really be able to tell which is which. But with hardware buttons, you can tell HTC from Moto from Samsung pretty easily. Since everybody is desperate to differentiate, I expect to see that the buttons are going to remain for quite a while if it’s not a member of the Nexus program.

    • Fatty Bunter

      The physical home button allows you to get a bigger screen per device size. Why are you that averse to it?

    • cizzlen

      Instead of having an actual hardware button they could just have a capacitive home screen icon that you’d just tap on rather than having to press.

  • jeesung


  • They aren’t actually going to release an accessory for a cell phone, are they?

  • Well, the broken English on screen text snippets are at least amusing.

    • Heh, indeed they are.

    • bingo

      For lucky best wash, use Mr Sparkle!

      • Tim Buchanan

        Fish bulb.

      • geocab

        All your base are belong to us!

  • zaggs

    Just shut up and take me money already Samsung.