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These may be the First Real Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – or Just Another Dummy Box?

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Late last night, the first set of images of what may be our first look at the new Samsung Galaxy S4 surfaced through Chinese forum 52Samsung. The device certainly matches up in style to previous Samsung devices, with its rounded edges, speaker grill and camera designs, front home button placement, and materials. Then again, Samsung hid the Galaxy S3 in “dummy boxes” all of last year to help disguise the true look of the device leading up to launch. Is that the case here, again? 

First, let’s talk about the specs and overall design. According to this phone, we’re looking at the GT-I9502. The Galaxy S4 has long been rumored to be the GT-I9500, so 9502 could easily be a variant pegged to launch on a carrier, while the 9500 could simply be the international unlocked version. We’re seeing a quad-core processor (possibly the Exynos 5410 Octa), a 1080p screen resolution, Android 4.2.1, side lock and volume switches, physical home button, an almost edge-to-edge display, and an interesting texture applied to the removable back.

So what’s wrong? This person could either have insanely small hands or this device looks a bit thick when compared to say, the Galaxy S3. Also, if you take a look at the front camera, it appears to be be misaligned badly, as if there is some sort of plate or skin slapped across the top. The home button even looks to be slightly off set and not quite level.

There is a good chance still that there is a Galaxy S4 somewhere in these pictures, we’re just not sure that it isn’t dressed up in another device’s clothes.


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Via:  52Samsung | SammyHub

  • bombhills

    I am pretty sure that that is just a dummy shell around the real phone. Just look how plastic case seems to be like layer on top of the screen. Now look on your own phone, the front is almost always flat, and often glass covers the whole front of the phone. You can see that this plastic case sits on top of the screen.

    • bombhills

      Oh, and just pelase be something else than glossy plastic under that case!

  • feztheforeigner

    He has two SIM card errors. Multi-SIM card support anyone?

  • drinksprite

    seriously, why the home button still? i sold my S3 because of it

  • SagarPatel

    The front screen matches the dot pattern on the unpacked invite

  • Can you hear me

    Whats up with Samsung and the S#!TTY little speaker they use on the back ? They produce the most horrible sound. Looks just like the GNex speaker. GET WITH IT SAMMY ! Quit being so FN cheap !

  • Diablo81588

    More glossy plastic! I can’t wait!

  • picaso86

    Is that a Galaxy Note 2? it looks the same…

  • C-Law

    This phone will rock. My s3 already puts my gnex to shame. I do miss on screen buttons and 4.2 but the pros FAR outweigh the cons

  • Michael Toland

    The Big ugly red headed step sister of the S3, not impressed at all. Looks like I will be jumping ship to ATT, for the HTC one.

  • Pallav

    Get a hold of yourselves people. It’s a fake. Notice the dual sim notification?

    • LionStone

      Yep, the top left corner is all jacked up

  • Jigga_Z

    Worth noting, those leaked cases from a week ago or so have a totally different layout on the back for the flash and speakers. This is probably a dummy 😉

    • NexusPhan69

      Definitely a dummy. That’s precisely why the front camera doesn’t line up with the dummy opening. This is great news if you ask me. That means the dimensions can only be smaller that those of the dummy case. Edge to edge screen and hopefully not enough room left at the bottom for a physical home button. One can hope.

      • michael arazan

        Has to be a dummy, How hard would it have been to take a pic of the front?? Who just shoots the back and forgets to show the front and sides of any new phone? Samsung PR probably “leaked” this image to a site that anyone can join and post.

  • TheWenger

    Dare I ask for an X Phone rumor this week?

  • Butters619

    I know Samsung has done really well, but I wish they would drop the gloss plastic.

    • Liderc

      Please do, it’s terrible and that home button is just an eye sore.

    • Big_EZ

      And the cheap chrome plating that easily chips off my Note 2. I love my Note 2, but the plastic battery cover that pops off way to easy, and the finish that also comes off to easyLeave are my biggest gripes. Motorola build quality and Droid X finish on a Samsung phone would rule the world (or at least have me drooling)

  • Chuck Finley

    I dunno… For some strange reason there looks to be some type of separation around the trim of the front of the device, especially near the top and the top edge of the screen, like what’s sitting on top is slightly loose.

  • eckdawg5

    You’d think the finish would be better if that really was the S4. I see the Samsung resemblance but the front facing camera alignment and home button make the product look like a second tier knockoff…you sure this isn’t the Android Note 3 we saw at CES? Lol it is China after all.

    • eckdawg5

      And either the phone is bigger than projected dimensions OR this guy holding the phone has whopper hands

  • Austin Warren

    In b 4 people say that “no new hardware ” means no innovation.

  • Scott Martin

    here’s my problem with this phone. sure you get a 4.8″ screen or whatever but it doesn’t show you any more information on the home screen or apps than something with a 4″ or 3.5″ screen. you still have 4 icons across, they’re either bigger or further apart. these larger screens are pointless unless you’re going to do something with that extra viewing area like they did on the note. basically, this screen makes it the jitterbug of smartphones.

    • gokusimpson

      Get a better launcher with custom grid settings

      • jzwerlz43

        agreed lol i don’t know of a single non stock android device owner who has stayed with the stock oem launcher on their phones. all of my friends who have ICS and + use either nova or apex launchers on their devices

    • EndiSky

      You CAN look at other stuff besides your icons. I personally am a fan of the internet, email, text messaging, pictures, videos, gaming, and note taking. But, hey that’s just me.

      • Scott Martin

        it’s cute that you guys think you’re being witty but you either know i’m right or have just haven’t seen the light. emails, the gmail app, everything you see on one screen is the same regardless of how big the screen is. things are just bigger, same thing with text messages. you get the same number of lines of text with equivalent screen size. gaming, they don’t develop a separate app for resolution difference between a 4.3″ and 4.8″ screen so you don’t get any more, everything is just bigger. yes, you do get more for web pages but everything has an app now or a stupid “optimized for mobile” web site and those don’t give you any more info on a 4.8 than something smaller.

        i’m all for bigger screens, i love the note 2. i average 39 minutes a month so i don’t care how stupid you look with a 5.5″ screen against your face, not to mention bluetooth but whatever. i just wish that these bigger s4 screens would give you more information.

        • PhillipCun

          install paranoid and lower your DPI and enable tablet mode (dual panels) there you go.

        • do you ever click, “request desktop site”

    • Liderc

      uh, I think you’re confused. You can use the screen for tons of stuff, including icons if that’s what you’re concerned with. But more importantly for browsing the web, watching videos, looking at pictures, reading ect… The screen resolutions are increased, ergo more space is available for viewing.

  • JBartcaps

    I think it’s ugly

  • Please be fake. I really don’t want to use a home button ever again.

  • A.J.

    I hope the Moto Xphone is legit because otherwise I don’t see anything down the road worth gettting because of the stupid hardware buttons from all of these other companies.

    • Austin Warren

      Hope all you want. Won’t get you any closer to it.

      • A.J.

        Huh? What in the world does that mean? I’m simply saying that unless the Moto Xphone is legit (regardless of timing), I’m not planning on replacing my GNex with anything that’s coming out in the foreseeable future.

        • Austin Warren

          Meaning it’s not real so don’t wait for something that won’t ever come.

          • A.J.

            Wow, you are either not very sharp or you just choose not to understand my point. That was exactly my point. If it’s not real, then I won’t be replacing my Galaxy Nexus anytime soon unless these stupid companies get rid of the hardware buttons.

          • jzwerlz43

            dont even bother trying to explain it. he clearly doesnt understand your point lol

          • Austin Warren

            Feel bad for you then. Gnex blows

    • t3chi3

      The Sony Xperia Z looks promising.

      • ChrisI

        Yeah, except is it available in the US? We never get any of the truly cool $hit here.

        • Tony Allen

          Sure we do. Google Fiber.

          • Diablo81588

            No one lives in Kansas.

          • Tim242

            It’s Missouri…

          • Diablo81588

            You’re only half right. 😛


          • Tim242

            I figured it was in both cities, but KCK is quite small. KCM is the “big city.”. So many people don’t realize that KC is mostly a Missouri city.

          • I do, jerk.

      • Tim242

        The ZL is going to be sold by Sony with at&t LTE bands.

  • I have the GNEX now, and I think this is my next phone, but I am worried about the size. Anyone else?

    • Captain_Doug

      They really do need to re-release the Gnex with updated specs. It had pretty much the perfect body.

      • Nexus

        Gnex 2 would be awesome!!!

        • LucasMonroe

          GNex 2 with a massive battery and awesome camera would be the phone of all phones.

      • Liderc

        Totally agree. Better screen/radios/battery and this thing is ready to go for another 2 years.

        • Captain_Doug

          Serious. I’m thinking a 2200mah+ battery(still removable), Snapdragon 800, LCD screen from HTC One, and a microsd card. I must still be dreaming…

  • Octotron

    Looks legit.. and essentially a SGS Note 2 with some graphite texturing and a flattened metallic bezel. I hope the bezel is ACTUALLY metal, heh.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    When I first saw the S3 during the samsung event I thought ” meh… looks nice in the videos”…. Then I saw it inperson and thought “meh…looks better in person”…. Looking at this I’m like WTF this is ugly. I have the S3 right now and it’s not a bad looking device but I’m so done with this ridiculouis design…

  • Thomas

    Verizon here, our logo is going to look fabulous on that home button.

    • Austin Warren

      Won’t fit and it would be a waste. They’ll make a watermark on the camera with their logo.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Also not gonna happen. haha

    • EvanTheGamer

      Not gonna happen.

  • ChrisI

    The raised/elevated rear camera is a fail. I hated that about my old HTC Sensation. You set it down on the table, an it rocks back and forth when you touch the screen. Sort of irritating. Hope that’s not the case with the S4. And yeah, the home button is AGAIN wasted space.

  • Bowen9284

    I’m really hoping for a different material. I couldn’t stand holding my S3 without a case. It really does feel cheap.

  • chris125

    Will the real s4 please stand up? Lol

  • chris125

    Well we will find out in a few days

  • It’s dressed up in drag to avoid the paparazzi. Birdcage style.

  • That would be a Note 2 with the flash moved under the camera instead of to the side. It’s possible it is the GS4 inside though..

  • God, I hope this isn’t real. Looks just like SIII.

  • Well good morning DL! I see you all caught up with every other blog 🙂

    • Captain_Doug

      It’s only 8 in Portland. Not bad.

    • Come on, this was funny! So many down ranks 🙂

  • Captain_Doug

    It looks better than I thought it would but the home key still kills it.

    • Joe

      Seriously, shut up about the damn home button people.

      • Captain_Doug

        I’m just one person. Not people. Also, this is the internet, if you don’t want to read other peoples opinions, stay off.

        • Joe

          You should try saying something original instead of just regurgitating other people’s thoughts.

          • Captain_Doug

            Or is it that other people are regurgitating my thoughts? Is that original enough for thee my master? Chill out. I voiced an opinion. Deal with it.