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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!

  • Nobody else notice the dual-sim ?? Guess thats overlooked ..

    • Bill

      Yes, it was noticed in the leaked photos earlier this week. It’s a chinese version with dual-sim.

  • Why does it say iPhone in the picture? Where the chinese text is?

  • Russell Sprague

    Damn hardware keys, why wont you die!

    • Austin Warren

      They’re useful.

      • EC8CH

        for me to poop on

  • Hatyrei


  • Tim242

    I like the str8 edges, and the more squared look. The metal band will go a long way in making it feel more premium…as long as you don’t throw a case on it. I need to step down a notch from the huge Note II. Not sure if the S4 will be that phone, but we shall see.

  • Anan

    Anyone notice those sensors on the bottom on the left and the right of the home button? Any idea what they are for?

    • Tim242

      Maybe gesture area? That would be nice.

    • truk

      There is also some around the top right next to the camera. I wonder if it has to do with the eye scrolling?

      • Anan

        almost every modern phone has those on them currently, its usually one for the camera sensor, and 1 or 2 for ambient lighting to auto dim or auto adjust your screen brightness.. the ones at the bottom are interesting though. They seem to be the ones that might be for eye scrolling and for pausing videos when you look away from your phone. Also the battery on the back says NFC so thats a given as well.

        • truk

          I am talking about the ones that are to the very top right of the phone that look identical to the ones on the bottom not the proximity sensors. It might be harder to see in the pics posted on here cause that red logo kind of covers them.

          • NexusPhan69

            I think I see 4 holes. 1 for auto brightness, 1 for camera and 2 for the range sensor that shuts off the screen when your face is close to it. Same as most phones out there. Maybe not tho.

    • Those are security identifiers – there’s four sets at the bottom (two on each side above & below the back & menu buttons) and two at the top on each corner of the phone. They put these on all their pre-release devices to identify the source of any leaks.

  • Austin Warren

    So am I the only here surprised about how many people love it now? I guess the definition of a fanboy is liking a phone that will be the greatest phone on the market for months. Guess people can’t handle the truth.

    • Tech Pro

      The definition of fanboy.
      “IPhone looks like last generation. It’s bad and no innovation from Apple”
      “Galaxy looks like last generation. It’s great and Samsung is innovative”

      • Austin Warren

        Apple could make a time machine and I wouldn’t even care.

        • Tech Pro

          Exact definition of fan. Samsung is lucky to have you as their fan.

          • Austin Warren

            Fan yes, Fanboy, no. Glad you got it right.

          • Tech Pro

            I say 90% fan, 10% fanboy. There is always a boy inside a man.

  • Akashshr

    Really predictable from Same-sung

    • Guest

      Cough HTC cough

      • Tabs

        I’m confused. Are you trying to say they copied Apple, HTC or themselves with last year’s model. You trolls should be a little more specific so we know which part you’re wrong about.

        • Austin Warren

          They neither copied Apple or HTC. You’re complaining about using the same design as previous models, HTC does the same.

          • Justin Winker

            Not as far as the One goes… The only noticable similarity that I can see is from the HTC 8X and the pyramid-like design (the pillow-shape). Everything else is new, save the lines on the back that seem to be taken from the iP*one, IMO.

  • Anan

    Galaxy S4

    (140.1mm x 71.8mm x 7.7mm)

    Galaxy S3

    (136.6mm x 70.6mm x 8.6mm)

    Iphone 5

    (123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm

  • Bill

    I actually like the design, it looks like a more natural Galaxy S3 design with normal colors, black and white, and straighter corners. The nature design taken away, which I hated, and it now has a sleeker design. If this is it, I’ll buy it, but it better have some innovation. Quite honestly people expect a different design every year, but if the design was already good, and it only needs a little tweaking,then whats wrong with that? I actually like the design.

    • Austin Warren

      People also expect new hardware for innovation. Which isn’t the case, at all.

      • Bill

        If the design is already good, and a little tweaking helps, then why change it completely? Im not saying that change is bad, but I think the phone in those pictures looks stunning, especially the PHOLED 1080p screen.

        • Austin Warren

          It does, I agree with you.

  • Austin Warren

    Looks big, I like it. Way better then that of the HTC One. and a bigger battery 😉

    • Tim242

      I guess trolls never sleep.

      • Austin Warren

        Yeah, get to bed Tim

        • Tim242

          I just woke up an hour ago.

          • Austin Warren

            Sounds like a good nap. Need some warm milk?

          • John Ippolito

            LOUD NOISES!

          • Tim242

            Nah, maybe a cocktail though : )

          • Austin Warren

            shaken or stirred?

          • Tim242

            Stirred. Crown and Vanilla Pepsi. That wouldn’t shake well. Would be fun to watch though.

          • Austin Warren

            Ah vanilla pepsi, I can never find it anywhere anymore. Disappointing.

          • Tim242

            I just buy Vanilla syrup and mix it in. I could just use Vanilla Coke, but I prefer the taste of Pepsi

  • If that really is it, I was hoping for something more unique like the Xperia ZL. I’ll probably still get the S4 though!

  • Korey Page

    Is it metal around the outside? Doesn’t look that much like the plastic they have been using on the sides.

  • This phone looks so professional! Not much of attention grabber as the HTC One (not a bad thing), but silently elegant. Samsung, you got my money again. Wrap this phone in a nice leather case. Just please tell me you removed those water drop sounds. Mad annoying.

    • Tim242

      You do realize that those sounds can easily be changed, or disabled, right?

      • Bill

        How hilarious would it be if someone didn’t buy a phone because they didn’t like the notification sounds it made haha

      • Yeah, I do. I just wish it is not the default sound

  • Austin Warren

    Here come the complaints about a button.

  • mr_taxi

    I really hope this is the rehashed S3 instead of the S4…

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I’m seriously curious about what those things on both sides of the home button are. I have a feeling it’s for some special surprise that Samsung’s saving for their event. Maybe it helps with eye-related features like scrolling?

    • Could be markings to identify the person who was given the device. We see devs units contain serial numbers and other markings all the time.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        That’s a possibility. To me it looks like sensors hiding beneath the surface of the phone, unless that’s to keep it from being stolen or something.

  • Mustang5Oh

    And so many people cried when the iP5 had very similar design as the 4/4S. I’m sure Samsung fanboys will say this isn’t the same thing though. Cue Austin Warren now……

    • Tim242

      You know he would defend it, even if it were the exact same phone.

    • Austin Warren

      It does look like the Note 2, but I couldn’t care less. At least it has better specs than other current phones. All they did with the iphone was make it taller.

  • Still leaning toward the One…The VZW’s One (with big if)

  • joejoe5709

    Despite the alleged “Samsung problem” I still dream of these specs trickling into a GNex2. 🙂

  • John Ippolito

    Lmao at this getting leaked immediately after the Droid-Life episode. Kellex, I’d love to here your opinion on this.

    • At this point, I think it would be tough to dispute that this is the phone. Thankfully, these pictures make it look a hell of a lot prettier than the previous leak.

      • Bill

        So do you think this is the phone or isn’t? I actually like the design, it looks a lot more sleeker and defined, without overdoing it.

  • Screen looks bigger. The space between the home button and screen looks smaller


  • jaybar

    While I wish the design were a little different, this is more likely than not, what we are going to see in about 18hrs….

    • jaybar

      I’d love to be proven wrong though

      • Bill

        How can you not like the design?

  • austin

    Not bad, still hope its a totally new design though

  • hdhdxh

    Damn Chinese they stole the show

    • Bill

      haha With such a popular phone, it was inevitable that the phone wouldn’t be kept a secret until unveiling.

  • Phil

    WTF, that textured or spotted look is just ugly as sin, give me a pebble blue GS3 anyday.

  • dannyWHITE

    It’s da same damn phone!

    • Hey! Apple has been doing it for years…users are stupid.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I think it’s perfect the Galaxy S4 looks just like the Galaxy Note 2 great in my eyes.

  • I like how its more straight and I like the thickness. I like my phones hefty 😉

    • Tim242

      It’s 7.7 mom, the S3 is 8.6…

      • daaamn thats niceee. I think it just looks better than the s3 because the back is more flat

      • Bill

        iPhone fanboys are gaga over the iPhone’s 7.6 mm thickness, well guess not anymore! haha The HTC One thickness is 9.3 mm and the HTC One weighs 143 grams compared to the S4’s 138 grams and 7.7 mm thickness. Love this phone, the screen looks brilliant!

  • kevin

    I cant be the only one who thinks that they way the camera sticks out is so ugly. I have to say though that the screen looks vibrant.

    • dannyWHITE

      u cant have a slim design with a 13mp camera flush with back…the Optimus G is like that too

    • It’s like HTC’s nipple from the One X.

    • Bill

      If you want a good 13 MP camera with a big lens, but you also want a super thin phone, then it has to stick out a little. Otherwise, is would come out the front of the phone/screen

    • Joe

      I agree with you. Also, if the phone’s front is black, why is the back cream? Not liking that aspect of it.

  • Samvelavich

    LOL the phone is cracked in the pictures… doesnt seem that durable to me

    • Definitely cracked…not another Nexus 4 back all over again, please.

      • Justin Winker

        I don’t see it.. I see the part that looks like its cracked but I think that’s part of the hot air balloon.

        • Bill


        • jboogie1289

          I think they are referring to the back cover. You have to look really close to see it. It could also be a strand of hair as seeing this is a video from the Asian website. I’m just saying………….. Good eye though.

  • AhsanS

    Am I the only one who actually really likes the design?

    • John Ippolito

      Nope, I love it. That screen is what wet dreams are made of.

      • Neomastermind

        Seems painful…

      • hashtagtroll


    • Neomastermind

      It’s the S3 minus the hideous side curvature. Who’d have thought that such a minor tweak could make a phone beautiful.

    • dannyWHITE

      its 90% the same phone….

      • AhsanS

        That small change just really makes it look much better to me.

        • dannyWHITE

          To each thier own…I personally dont see anything that makes me want it over the N4

          • Joe

            Maybe the 1080 display?

          • blix247

            If its actually 1080p amoled, then yes, the display is amazing. Something about having the samsung logo stare me in the face every time I look at the phone takes it down a few notches though. That and knowing that it won’t reach the US carriers in its current form. They need to screw it up a bit first. Oh and they need to make us wait for another 3 to 6 months.

          • zurginator

            They can’t afford to do that anymore. Samsung can say “Take the phone as is, or you don’t get it”, and the carriers will agree because of the massive sales numbers associated with it. Kinda like Apple.

          • hyperbolee

            You’re living in a dream world buddy. Look at the Note 2, look at the Galaxy S3.

          • zurginator

            S3 was their first truly huge hit — and even then they (along with Apple) are the only company to have had a VZW phone without the VZW logo on the front. They were also the first Android manufacturer to force a unified phone on all the carriers. Heck they even beat Apple to an all around sweep. The Note line doesn’t sell anywhere near the Galaxy line. Plus the Note 1 was a relative flop in the US. The Note 2 did well, so Samsung might have more leverage with the Note 3.

            The S4 is going to be an absolutely massive seller, regardless of if it sucks. Will carriers get their logo on the back? Probably. They will get bloat (so 1-2 month delay tops). But I think as the Galaxy line continues to gain traction, Samsung will continue to push against the carriers. Soon you will see no carrier logos, no carrier bloat, and a simultaneous launch.

      • Chris Olson

        It could be 90% the same phone, but has 95% more changes than year over year iPhone iterations. (Assuming this is actually it.)

    • I do not mind it after seeing these pictures. I like the subtle textures and two tone look.

    • New_Guy

      Nah… it’s definitely growing on me. I even like the fact that Samsung is keeping with the same dress. Based on sales volume they’ve undoubtedly found a winning formula and I’m not mad at the exterior. Sure as hell ain’t mad about the specs.

      • Dave

        When your company is drowning in piles of money from last year’s success, why chance it, keep it similar and don’t be stupid. It’s growing on me too, although I’m perfectly content with my GN2.

        • r0lct

          Yes, I think as long as the software is staying fresh they look can last a couple iterations.

          • New_Guy

            Most definitely.

        • New_Guy

          Oh, I’m still buying a Note 2. Likely this weekend. But I would absolutely not blame anyone for claiming this as their next phone.

    • snowblind64

      It looks nice, like an S3 with minor tweaks. Or a Chinese knock-off of the S3.

      What’s going on with the capacitive buttons though? They look odd. In the previous video leak they had a lot of light showing through around the edges. This appears to be the same device, or very similar.

      Dual SIMs? Seems a bit KIRFy to me. Not convinced this is the real S4 at this point. Time will tell.

      • r0lct

        Still there’s a chance it’s legit but the Chinese version. They also got a (slightly) different version of the S3 vs the International version.

      • jboogie1289

        I thought they were trying to hide the button, to keep it all secret like. At least that’s what I’m thinking. Could be wrong though…….

    • michael arazan

      It is a good design and keeping the same design offers product branding so people know what kind of phone it is than changing the design every year.

    • dangolds

      I don’t mind the design, but that’s because it looks a lot like the S3. It’s funny to me reading a lot of the comments and analysis below, some of which seem to generate a lot of excitement for this ph. On the hardware side, what’s really changed? Very similar body type as the previous model, improved screen quality to be more in line with competitor devices, slightly bigger battery, faster chip, unnecessarily larger camera and…..?

      When Apple does this kind of thing with the “S” phone releases every other year, they get mocked mercilesssly for essentially releasing the same phone and barely innovating. Not sure how this situation is much different. Unless there are new software features that can’t realistically be pushed to the S3 because the hardware will not be able to support them, then this phone is nothing more than a minor improvement/money grab, rather than The Next Big Thing. Not necessarily anything wrong with that, but maybe some of you guys should stop to think a bit more the next time you accuse Apple of not innovating further in the smart phone space.

      It’s possible that we’ve just reached a point in the smart phone life cycle where there’s not a ton more that will be done to radically change the look and feel of these devices. True innovation may need to come from a different type of device altogether (eg Google Glass).

      • r0lct

        Well I think the big difference is not only does Apple reuse the hardware but the software as well. iOS looks and works mostly the same as 3 years ago. JB is unique from ICS and night and day from GB. I think with the looming (rumored) Android ChromeOS merge it’ll be drastically different again in a year or two and iOS phones will still feel the same as they did in 2009.
        This obviously works for them as they sell millions, but this also what draws the type of criticism you’re talking about.

      • Jones

        I agree with everything said here however, I do believe Samsung could have easily given us an even slightly more futuristic design – building on what they did with the S3. I hate to say it but if this is the phone, Samsung is really no different than Apple. This is one of the specific reasons I don’t care for the iPhone. Both companies seem to now be following the model the auto industry operates in. Incremental design changes and complete redesign after a few yrs. I’ll be watching what they unveil later but as it stands now. HTC One is the phone thats got my attention

    • hashtagtroll


  • Ah yeah bring it babay!!! Edge to edge display basically, full HD screen among other specs. This phone is going to be the BOMB!!!! Quit ur bitchin..if you don’t like it, go get a sucky ass icrap then!!!!!

  • It looks… it looks…. like the same… damn… thing…

    • 559BDOG

      Go to sleep scrapa!… Go use your flip phone

  • droid1234

    Its similar to US T Mobile variant of Galaxy S2 code name Hercules.

  • William Peterson

    I’m just gonna wait till tomorrow to get excited or hold my breath for the Moto X. Happy as I can be with my S3 running AOKP though.

  • Sleek looking phone but I can see why many will say it looks like the previous model. Why change when they selling like hot cakes. I like it and may prefer this to the Note 2.

  • Tim

    Think it looks pretty nice. With the S3 selling so good i dont think its smart to come up with another new design. Great thing about android is you have choices.

  • Neomastermind

    It’s subtle, but I’m not as turned off by the design like I was with the S3. Maybe it’s that gorgeous screen that’s convinced me of its beauty.

  • Aleutia

    TouchWiz still…dear god why?!

    • Lol, did you honestly expect otherwise?

      • Justin Winker

        Not sure why anyone would expect otherwise… It’s been their signature since at least the original S.

  • herp

    Not much physical change

  • James097

    Same old shxxxxx!

  • dizzle

    I personally think we are gonna se something totally different. *fingers crossed

    • I’d hope so, but probably not. I love the specs but the design feels as if we’ve been there before…. would lessen the experience for me, even if it is superficial.

    • I know! If it looks the same, how will they know I upgraded?!

      • EC8CH

        so true

    • Bill

      This is it, and I LOVE it!

  • cizzlen

    Looks sturdy from the side. All in all though, Samsung really needs to start ditching the plastic and hop on the Aluminum bandwagon. Not totally blown away by the design.

  • Chimp98

    What S4?!?!? More like the Galaxy S3S!!!

    • Austin Warren

      Note 2*

    • Tom

      I wonder why Samsung won’t just go with a solid matte color.

      • Liderc

        Because plastic in solid colors looks more cheap, give it some texture or something extra and it makes it look a lot less like a shiny piece of plastic. It actually works well, but in the end it’s still plastic.

    • Larizard

      Looks like an S2 and an S3 had a baby.

      • Nicholassss

        looks like a note 2 mini to me.

        • Butters619

          Note 2 and Galaxy S3 got a little drunk 9 months ago and made some poor decisions……


  • Visual360

    Looks exactly like the S3.

    • Neomastermind

      Not exactly. I think what I hated about the design of the S3 was its more pebble-like design. Look at the sides of the phone. S4 is more straight while the S3 had that hideous outward curve.

      • S2556

        I agree the straight edges look much better than the S3

        • Larizard

          i agree. The shape of the S3 really bugged me for a while. It looks.. unresolved.

    • Austin Warren

      don’t think so

    • r0lct

      I think you need Glass-es

  • I’m starting to cry…

    • Neomastermind

      Are your tears happy-flavored or sad-flavored?

      • sad

        • Bill

          Click on the pictures and take in the design for a few seconds, and gaze at the brilliant screen. It will grow on you, don’t worry 😉

          • looks the same as the crap phone on my desk.

  • John Ippolito

    My nipples are hard.

    • Mmmhmm.

      • Thomas

        After The Droid Life Show my c..k is hard. How’s Rick’s ? Lol.

        • Larizard

          i saw the down vote turn from 2 to 4. lulz.

          • Thomas

            Thanks for the support

      • Travis Shepherd

        Moto puts an iDon’t band around its RAZR, and you said it’s ugly (DLS 3/13) Sammy does it and you;re drooling all over yourself?

    • John Ippolito

      This puppy is gonna look so good with a giant Verizon logo slapped on the front of it!

      • Austin Warren

        I’ll be heading to ebay to pay .02 cents for a new button.

        • AMPthe13th

          Point zero two cents? Is there are 50 unit minimum?

    • hashtagtroll


  • This..might..be…it!

  • Ryan Powell

    Are those front facing speakers on the left and right of the button just under the facing?

    • time_span

      Mostly likely sensors if all these gesture rumors are true

      • Ryan Powell

        Maybe so. Just seems like something is there. Almost looks like a reflection but its not since they show the same on a different angled shots.