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Expansys Posts Up What It Believes to be Official Galaxy S4 Specs, Looks Questionable (Updated)

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Unlocked phone reseller, Expansys, has created its own Samsung Galaxy S4 landing page ahead of launch with a set of renders and specs, most of which all seem just a bit fishy. If you jump below, you’ll quickly realize that the pictures used are the same pictures we saw in a purported leak late last night. We called them questionable then and aren’t going to back away from that now. Think about it for a second – an online retailer that makes a living selling unlocked phones, creates a landing page early for the device that will likely be the top seller in the world this year. Not a bad move if you are looking to get in the search engine rankings early, right? 

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So here is where I have some issues. First, the phone itself has no physical home or hardware buttons. Samsung, with all their resources and different models of phones, have continued to stick with a physical home button, followed by soft keys for both back and menu. Even with the Android team trying to push on-screen keys, Samsung has stuck to their layout as its customers have become familiar with the setup. We also have reports of them not changing up the look much with the Galaxy S4 coming straight out of Korea. These renders, go completely against that notion.

Second, the font used on the render of the Galaxy S4 is not even close to the font that we have seen used time and time again by this company. It really just looks like it was placed there, just to be placed there. Shouldn’t the display be showing off TouchWiz just like all of the renders behind it are?

Third, where is the Samsung logo on the device?

Fourth, why does the side angle of the device look like the jankiest render we have ever seen? Look at the rigidity of the top of the angled phone and its bottom left corner. Did a PhotoShop 101 student make this?

Fifth, all of the promo materials and press invites for the Galaxy S4 have used the number “4” rather than the Roman numeral of “IV.” This is mostly speculation on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung ditch the Roman numerals this time around.

Sixth, let’s talk about specs for a second. All of the specs listed by Expansys are what all of the random rumors from the last 6-8 months have reported. It talks about an Octa processor, 13MP camera, storage, version of Android, and the display type as being 5-inches and 1080p Super AMOLED. The problem is, in the two lines that would actually represent a confirmation on these being official – battery life and dimensions – we have empty sections. Hell, I could have compiled this list in about two minutes time.

Look, I’m all for this render being real and these specs being legit, but I just have a hard time buying into what we’re seeing here. If the device ends up being fully edge-to-edge, semi-square, and without physical navigation buttons, I may be the happiest man on Earth. For now, I’m not ready to fully commit, especially after Samsung trolled us all leading up to the unveiling of the Galaxy S3 by pushing out devices in dummy boxes all over the world. For all we know, these could be placeholder renders that Samsung is sending out to retailers.

But hey, if anything, at least Expansys just got a link back to their Galaxy S4 page. So at least their rankings for the page should be all juiced up and ready for when the real phone is actually unveiled next Thursday in New York.

Update:  As users have pointed out, the bottom of the site reads “Careful: these are not official characteristics and are subject to change after the official device announcement.” So there you go, nothing to see here.

Update 2:  Expansys has actually come out and admitted that these were nothing more than a mock-up that one of their designers made as a placeholder. In fact, they actually said that @evleaks “stole” them.

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Via:  Expansys

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  • Mark

    Anyone expecting this on Verizon?

  • Ian Sawyer

    Expansys have said on their twitter page that their web designer created the render to use as a placeholder and then evLeaks got hold of it and posted it with their logo as if it is something legit.

    This has been going around the web on a number of sites.

    • michael arazan

      Basically making Trolling official, Posting official Trolling Specs to confuse consumers uninformed about technology would be bad PR, Surprised Samsung wouldn’t issue a cease and desist unless they want or like all the free publicity they can get

  • Jeff C

    This looks like a supposed leaked version of the new iphone i saw at redmondpie. i call shenanigans

  • http://www.facebook.com/minh43 Minh Ly

    I could see this being the next Note, but not a Galaxy S. I can’t imagine Samsung would mix the two together since both sell so well.

  • ceejw

    Here’s a better render of this “leaked” design http://i.imgur.com/SIQ9XkP.jpg

    • LionStone

      There ya go…but it kind of goes against their nature theme with the pebble shape? Something that’s very identifiable with the S3. We shall see…

    • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

      Dont like the LG-ish boxie look but like the on screen buttons and no physical home button.

  • Detonation

    I actually don’t mind how it looks, but I’ll be kind of annoyed if its bigger than the S3. S3 was big enough…if you want a huge phone, there is the Note 2.

  • Total_telecom

    Speculation

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    If this is what the GS4 looks like, I will be putting all my hope into a great X-Phone. Then when that isn’t what everyone wants, I will be struggling to find a suitable upgrade for my GNex.

    • LionStone

      HTC Nexus :-)

  • MichaelFranz

    seriously, we haven’t seen much if anything about it and its less then 2 weeks away. I mean even though we all know what the next iphone will look like, they are usually best kept under wraps until like a week or 2, i wonder if samsung might be able to hide it in that box with the kid until then

  • http://twitter.com/Metshatrocker Metshatrocker

    didnt he get the htc one right??

  • Capt. Crunch

    I honestly still don’t think the render is accurate. It wouldn’t be a Samsung phone without the physical home button. Plus it’s missing the front branding.

  • sc0rch3d

    I’m surprised Mr. Blurrycam hasn’t found the S4 (yet)

    • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

      Not true :)
      http://www.newlaunches.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/galaxy-s-iv1.jpg

      There’s another one floating about that’s even blurrier.

      • Tommy Thompson

        The font isn’t the correct font. If it was the device. They would have no reason to hide it completely like they are.

        • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

          Samsung have stopped using the above splash screen anyway, all their devices use a simple Samsung logo splash screen now.

          • Tommy Thompson

            Well that’s not true. My S3 still displays a similar screen when booting.

          • mikey

            burrrnnnnnnnnnnnn

          • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

            Hahahah. Actually you’re completely correct, I was thinking of the Samsung logo that comes up after the S screen. Fail on my behalf.

  • S9779

    Kind of a useless post. Wait nine days then talk a out the phone. I really don’t see anything about this phone that is going to make me want one. My s3 is fine till I can find something not made by Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/Metshatrocker Metshatrocker

    dude is usually right. now he is lying.

  • Warwick

    From their site on the very bottom: Careful: the information here is not official and is subject to change after the official release of the device.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah, updated.

  • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

    but what about those Galaxy S4 cases that leaked a week or so ago….those resemble the square-ish look of this phone. while i think this is not the final version by any means, it may be closer than you might think.

    • Tommy Thompson

      Because fake cases have never leaked out before right?

      • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

        i wasn’t saying this is the real deal…but something to think about. 2 separate souces leaking a similar shape of a product is pretty good evidence. again, i dont think this is a final design, but i wouldn’t be surprised to see the more squared off corners and the “Chode” like aspect ratio seen here.

  • http://twitter.com/MattDiGiacomo Matt DiGiacomo

    “Careful: these are not official characteristics and are subject to change after the official device announcement.” Says that at the bottom of the page. LOL.

    • Warwick

      read my mind lol. i just posted that

  • http://twitter.com/MattDiGiacomo Matt DiGiacomo

    Ouch, nice shot at Expansys! But I agree, it looks completely fake.