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This May Actually be the Samsung Galaxy S4, S Pen-like Finger Hover Feature Included


The purported pictures and video of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that leaked over the last week may be closer to the actual device than we had initially imagined. In a new set of pictures released by Chinese site it168, we get not only beautiful photos of a similar device, but beautiful photos of a device that might be the real deal. 

The phone in these pictures looks very similar to last year’s Galaxy S3, but there are subtle differences here and there that Samsung will likely push. You can see textured finishes, a more polished gem-like home button, one hell of a vibrant display (1080p Super AMOLED?), massive centered camera and flash (13MP?), lower speaker, and a silver band wrapping the sides.

The Chinese forum with the device is reporting that it’s running an Exynos 5410 Octa processor clocked at 1.8GHz with PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU. This is the GT-I9502 (same as previous leak), weighs 138g, measures 7.7mm thick, includes 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with a microSD slot and is powered by a 2600mAh battery.

But beyond specs, the device apparently has an S Pen-like feature that we have seen on the Galaxy Note 2, though it doesn’t require you to use an S Pen. It involves your finger hovering close to the display without actually touching it. In places like the gallery, Samsung will allow you to hover your finger ever-so-close to the display to see a pop-up preview of imagery. This identical feature is already in the Note 2, but again, requires the S Pen. This feature appears to work the same without a pen.

If this is indeed the Galaxy S4, we’d love to hear your final thoughts. We are less than 24 hours away from its unveiling, so give it to us!

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Via:  it168 | Engadget

Cheers Scott!

  • jjredfish

    Ugh. Just awful and… disappointing. This is really the best S3 follow up they could think of?… ?? I didn’t like it the first time but I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they would make something less… fugly this time. Erggh. Sigh. When does the S5 come out?

  • SilentSpring

    Only so many ways to draw a rectangle

  • Liderc

    I think we can all agree this is the phone. While it is a bit more polished than I thought the other one looked, it’s a bit of a shame to see it so closely resemble the S3, but it sold so well I imagine it was hard to give up the look.

    Overall a decent looking device, just sad that they’re still using plastic and the physical home button. I think had this phone been metal and no physical button it would be the best phone probably ever made after we see what features are available tonight. I believe in Samsung in the long run, I just want to see some higher quality build materials. Even if they have to bump up their prices, I think they need a premium device to get that “cheap plastic” idea out of people’s heads when we think of their devices.

    This is one area I think HTC has done well, they’ve improved their material quality a great deal, and I think everyone has responded well to the One, despite them being unable to actually release a phone on time.

  • duke69111

    This version looks a lot better than the ones we have seen so far.

  • Uriah Romero

    This feature sounds useful since the new Galaxy S4 isn’t supposed to come with an S-Pen. I’m really excited to get a look at the 1080p display that’s supposed to come on the S4. During the commute to and from work at DISH, I like to stream my live and recorded shows on my phone, since it takes some time getting there. I use the DISH Anywhere app to stream from my DVR wherever I go, and I’d like a higher resolution display to watch them on.

  • zurginator

    They tweaked the curvature (better), tweaked the home button (no longer looks terrible), tweaked the front sensors (better), changed the pattern (Worse), changed the back (I really liked the symmetry of the S3….), added a (real?) metal rim.

    Will I buy it? Hell no. Is it a solid upgrade? Yeah.

    Samsung will keep their plastic build until they stop having removable batteries. And you know how well that goes over with the same group that complain about plastic…

  • Looks a little better than the SIII….which isn’t saying a lot.

  • igotgame

    What’s up with the soft keys in the very last picture?? Why does it look like a sticker or something has been sitting where the soft keys are?

  • After owning the Gnex.. I will never buy another phone that has hardware buttons. The ability to change the software buttons to do whatever you want and have as many or as few as you want is unparalleled. The fact that Samsung was the maker of the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to incorporate this design protocol and ever since, they’ve strayed far away from it is baffling. Especially since Google has made it very clear that software buttons are the Android design standard.

    Every phone that has released since the Gnex that has physical hardware buttons I consider and instant fail. No matter how beautiful the screen or the specs.. FAIL.

  • Ben Modica

    The one thing I don’t like is the physical home button. Dammit Samsung.

  • Rodeojones000

    Still not interested. Physical home button kills it for me. It just looks ugly. And that metal-ish band around the edge looks way to iPhone for me. I’ll gladly keep my Galaxy Nexus for a few more months and see what’s released in the second half of the year.

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  • JuiceDaNinja

    another awesome phone that Samsung releases.
    too bad that when they come over to US, they reduce the abilities of what they can do.
    much better getting Korean version phones.

    • Richard Yarrell

      That reduction your speaking of ONLY EXIST on any and all Verizon models. Everyone already knows that Verizon doesn’t want any brand blowing the doors of their famed Droid brand. So what do they do they strip out features from the handset. And even go as far as to cosmetically change the overall appearance to make it ugly compared to it’s crappy Droid brand. At least NO OTHER CARRIER DOES THAT.

  • eli

    still dont understand why the capacitive buttons look like they’re covered up by something

  • eli

    still dont understand why the capacitive buttons look like they’re covered up by something

  • EC8CH

    Looks nice… just ditch the home button.

  • Octotron

    I dunno.. the other photos / videos made it look like a knockoff. My Note 2 has been shattered since Christmas. It dropped 1 foot. If this is indeed the S4, and the build quality is the same, I may just have to get something else.

    I love the Note 2… best phone I have ever had, functionally, but I don’t know if I want to take a risk on another cheapy build quality.

  • mec

    Two days ago: THIS IS FAKE AS HELL. FAKE. FAKE.


    what a joke. nice back peddling DL

    • Octotron

      Looked fake to me. Still might be. I sure don’t think this is a major step forward at any rate. I was expecting something more.

  • zaggs

    Just shut up and take my money. I liked the look of the S3 so thats fine, just give me a good improvement in hardware and good battery life.

  • Alix8821


    All the whiners out there, “Boo hoo looks the same. Boo hoo home button”. Take a class on business. Learn about building a brand… Apparently enough pple look past that and love the performance and reliability Samsung has brought to Android…. Like me

    • bombhills

      Sure, I really think this will sell well and samsung has done a good job of giving android a name. But as I see it almost every other manufacturer: Sony with xperia Z, Oppo with Find 5, Htc with One (dare I say it apple, haha) etc. takes design seriously, I mean when it comes to materials. Samsung knows that their plastic looks cheap and people don’t like it, they also know that they are the one company that can afford not to take design and new materials in consideration because they will sell anyway…
      The things is that I and seemingly many of the other commenters really would want this phone to be good in anyway possible, thats why i’m really hoping that that silver frame is actually real metal!

      • Alix8821

        I agree. Metal/carbon fiber and wateva the hell HTC used on their lines are better than “plastic”. But At the same time, the plastic is a lot more reliable than iPhone glass. Maybe Sammy is aiming more at durability?

        I get the build quality argument. And agree. BUT, its a top tier phone, who cares?! I’d kill for this to be Razr build quality, or ONE quality. BUT, at the same time, my S3 has gone thru hell and back and the “plastic” is still in championship condition.

        At the end of the day, isn’t performance and reliability more important than how it looks or “feels”??

        Who knows. Maybe Sammy is putting off the metal stuff, daring other companies to catch them before they reach for the dagger. Hahaha

        • bombhills

          I think you’re right about the durability aspect, my s2 is great in that way. I guess I’m after that perfect phone and for me the feel of it really matters, but as you say it’s absolutely not everything. But I care to that extent that I’m actually considering the Find 5 that have quite good specs and great build quality. Still haven’t seen the S4 though, so I’m open to be mind-blown in an hour. I would very much like to see that dagger some day!

  • Jared Tau

    Are those notification lights at the bottom, or are those dots for the finger feature?

  • tiptoptommy

    Is that 2 sd slots?

  • turb0wned

    Amazing how you people can sit their for years making fun of Apple for making the same phone (3g, 3gs,4,4s) but when Samsung does it, you love it.

  • turb0wned

    Apple Galaxy S4S?

  • santy83

    T-mobile Galaxy S2 with home button.

  • Kevin Gallagher

    So happy I bought a N4 and didn’t wait for the S4

  • Destroythanet

    NIce Galaxy Note II Mini.

  • Look at that big ugly physical button….

    • Dan Churco

      I see it, and I love it.. Get over it…

  • KLP on Pi day anyone?

  • Owns 1 samsung galaxy S4 which is the dream of many people in this world and including i.thank you!

  • Andy Rubin’s left Testicle

    lol at all the Iphone bashers that routinely bash Apple for subtle changes every other year.

    • Tim242

      lol at the Samsung basher that routinely bashes a product before its release. This could be just a fake. Even if it is real, it will bring more features than any iPhone ever will.

      • Bewara2009

        Go sleep already!

        • Tim242

          You wanna come tuck me in?

  • Tim242
    • jboogie1289

      Fail IMO….. A truly desperate attempt to derail what’s coming. No hat tip here!!

  • Tech Pro

    This is probably the 5th 1080P phone to the market and many fans are still acts like it’s the 1st. That’s what $411M marketing money can buy. Act like you are way ahead even though you are way behind but people still believe.

  • Verizon’s Chief of Logos Everywhere probably can’t sleep because he’s making renderings of where VZW logos should be placed.

  • Knlegend1

    Samsung Galaxy S3s…Nice!

    • Tim242

      How many times are people going to say this? It’s not cute.
      to keep repeating the same thing

      • Knlegend1

        I could argue the same for them.

        • Austin Warren

          Except you did it 5 hours later.

          • Knlegend1

            I was actually referring to SAMEsung.

    • Bill

      If it was a Samsung Galaxy S3s, it would have very little change as far as hardware and specs.

  • 6ftjesus

    did anyone notice that there are 2 SIM card slot CDMA and GSM that something to talk about

  • Carsen Yates

    I’d just like to open with saying that Touchwiz sucks regardless. But I like the way Samsung is headed, I don’t think this is their phone, because Samsung likes to do a lot of changes, not just a little. They are not like Apple, they want to improve. This phone isn’t different enough. I could be wrong, and if I am, I still like it. But I really wish they would go with a more minimalistic design appealing to the younger generation.(me)

    • S2556

      I have been on aosp the majority of time on my GS3. That’s one good thing about Samsung. If you don’t like their software, then change it! I wish HTC still was like this

  • Reading these comments really proves how many sSheep are around these days. Forums were burning down when the iPhone 5 was unveiled and it looked similar to the iPhone 4. That was a complete redesign compared to how little Sammy changed here. Hypocrites.

    • Bill

      Go home, your drunk

    • Austin Warren

      Apple didn’t add a octa processor, 1080p,eye Scrolling, 13mp camera. Good try though.

  • rye

    Lose the buttons and give me on screen Nav buttons

  • Bill

    I love this design!!! The screen is breathtaking! There appears to be sensors down on each side of the home button, maybe for gestures or eye scroll/pause? Love the design of this phone

  • rohicks

    Looks nice, but get rid of that stupid ass iphone home button.

    • Eldorath

      Agreed. Wish I could hit like on this 100x.. so sick of physical buttons.

  • Piotr G.

    Whether its going to look like that or not, i like it!

  • Steven KC

    The back looks hideous, i still own a S2 and the textured back is enough for me to prefer it over the s3. Idk why samsung went with s3s glossy back again.

    • Bill

      If you look closely at the texture, it isn’t glossy, but it isn’t rough either.