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Exclusive: First Look at the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4

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For whatever reason, Verizon has remained uncharacteristically silent since we saw Samsung stand on stage and announce the new Galaxy S4. While T-Mobile, AT&T, and US Cellular have either announced pre-order dates or scheduled launch times, Big Red hasn’t even acknowledged that the device exists. Thankfully, we saw their version of the device cruise through the FCC at the end of last week, so we know it is indeed on the way. And today, courtesy of a long time and trustworthy DL source that dropped some goodies into our inbox, we now at least know what the device will look like once it does arrive.

What you are looking at are the official press renders for Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S4. Yes, you are looking at the evolution of the 2013 and beyond vision of Verizon’s marketing department. Clearly, the branding of the home button on the Galaxy Note 2 was only the beginning.

With the Galaxy S4, we’re seeing “4G LTE” logos diagonally tiled along the entire backside. All I can say, is that I hopeΒ the logos don’t fully wrap themselves around the sides, as this painful sight could easily be removed with a new battery cover. While that will obviously cost you extra in order to rid yourselves of this eye-sore, it will be worth the extra $15 or so.

Oh but wait, it gets worse.

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If the tiled backside wasn’t enough to ruin your Galaxy S4 appetite, wait until you see the new physical home button on the front of the device. Over the last year, we have seen Samsung stick to a one size fits all approach to their phones, similarly to how Apple does it. However, with the GS4 we’re seeing Verizon flex back. We’re now understanding why we have yet to hear about the phone from Big Red – the modification to this new and extremely large home button is clearly going to take longer to produce. We’ve seen delays of devices like the HTC One due to their new UltraPixel camera, a situation that appears to be repeating itself here with Verizon’s Galaxy S4.

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The last we heard from sources suggested that we wouldn’t see the device until mid-to-late May. If these modifications in hardware are anything to go by, I may start to wonder if it won’t be later.

Dying to hear your thoughts.

Update: Β If you are just now finding this post, yes, it was an April Fools’ joke. Look at the date.

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  • Danny J

    Where can I get one of these???

  • Alexis Crute

    Ok you fooled me. But I do hope Verizon doesn’t f of the phone.

  • AC

    yikes … I was about to throw up after seeing the verizon phone. Then I realized that it was posted on 1st April. Well played πŸ˜€

  • Nicole Strunk

    Wow, I am almost willing to leave Verizon to get a not so ugly S4. The back cover can be replaced or covered, but that button is hideous!

  • the back of the phone doesn’t matter since it will be in a protective case.

  • Mick

    time to switch carriers if they take that long just to brand it. or just go by version outright

  • John

    This is hilarious

  • Mid to late May? Well crap. My bionic is limping along due to gravity storms and it might not make it until May.

  • OneSon

    I don’t know about that button….I might just keep my SGIII

  • Rex_D

    Initially my heart dropped into my stomach, then I was going to leave some nasty comments about the ignorant reporting and how this could NOT be true and that the writer should do some real research before posting stories like this…. HA, got me!!! Wasn’t until I scrolled through the comments I caught on!! Nice work!

  • Could careless with the home button. I just wanted to know if Verizon will the phone to quad band as it originally made or remove all the bands and make only a single band which really sucks. I just don’t know why Apple could keep their quad band receiver and not others manufacturer. I think Verizon and Apple is responsible for this the phone should be cheaper since they take off this feature.

  • Doobsky

    you almost had me there for a second!

  • Jeff McLean

    Ironically, given VZW shenanigans, I totally thought it was real all day (because my phone cut off the home key, couldn’t see it, that gives it away). I literally LOL’ed after that. Well played indeed.

    Reminded me of why this is the one day of the year where I don’t even bother reading the tech news….lol.

  • Sally

    Stupid home button I’m switching carriers now!:(

  • chris125

    Touche droid-life, had me until I saw the home button

  • Brandon

    I am an idiot… I was reading other April Fools posts but for some reason I thought this was real at first. Nice work!

  • mattu

    I bet Verizon is keeping quiet about the S4 because they want to keep on selling the S3 at a higher sales point for longer. Also, not to discourage people from the S3 when they still need to meet their sales quota for S3’s over the next month and a half!

  • CapnShiner

    I was thinking this could be a joke as soon as I saw the first image of the battery cover but I was ready to accept it as real until I saw the home button. Good one, Kellen. Personally, I think it would have been more believable if the home button was made bigger with the same proportions as the real one and a bigger bottom bezel. That would have allowed room for the capacitive buttons and the Verizon logo wouldn’t have to be stretched. Too late now, but maybe next year.

  • bikerbikk12

    Wow wtf ? Thats almost a deal killer I just hope theres covers for the EXTRA LARGE HOME BUTTON ! Lets hope it was zoomed in on or something , and why would you plaster 4g lte like that ? Its ruining rhe whole look of the device


    I saw the back side and believed it. Then scrolled down to the comments. I passed the VZW button which would have given it away. My stomach dropped.

  • baconslayer09

    It actually wouldn’t surprise me if Verizon did put a bunch of 4G LTE watermarks on the battery cover.

  • NICE ONE….Almost had me…lol

  • stevo

    that ugly ass home button should be enough reason NOT to buy this phone

  • Dylan Patel

    GOD DAMN IT! I had a heart attack when I first saw the home button!


    This is actually believable, given the fact that Verizon made the Note II look ugly with their logo.

  • Vince

    Why not just put VERIZON all over the screen too?

  • Batman

    It’s easy to mistake this for something serious. I wouldn’t put this past Big Red.

  • Prang

    April fools.

  • Kree Terry

    10/10 would bang

  • fanboy1974

    I believed that back until I saw the home button. You half way got me.

  • gstamp

    i hope this another april fools prank LMAO, but if its not im kicking Verizon out of my life.

  • William

    April fools to you guys too

  • RoadsterHD1

    It had me hook line and sinker. And I KNEW it was April fools today I just didn’t put 2 and 2 together. That’s it….. no more “not drinking” before bed-time!!

  • Trevor

    It’s sad that any of us would look at that backplate and actually believe it was true. That’s just about where we’re at with Verizon.

  • RoadsterHD1

    I wouldn’t put it past Samsung to do this though., or to at least allow this to happen……

  • I won’t lie. At first groggy glance this morning the back plate had me. Then I saw the terrible PS render of the home button and fully woke up and remembered what day it is.

  • Mike Collins

    April Fools!!

  • Lane252

    oh now i am not buying this. i cant believe verizon would strong arm so badly and make this beauty ugly

  • droidify

    This is why every time I launch chrome, DL is the first link I click.

  • RaptorOO7

    AF jokes aside, do you have any real information about the Verizon GS4 to announce? I was actually excited until I saw the images and knew they were an AF Joke.


    It’s got to be an April Fools joke… You got me. Right?

  • Jon




  • Marsg

    Looks fine to me lol

  • T4rd

    I didn’t even read anything, I just scrolled down and instantly lol’d at the back cover, then scrolled a little more and lol’d again at the button. Well done. I pretty much knew it was a joke when I saw “Exclusive” on the title. =p

  • and you know whats he best part? I can totally see that happening!

  • Havoc70

    LOL i Almost went off on a rant, then realized it was AF joke. Nice one DL

    • JMonkeYJ

      oops…mistaken reply

  • JohnakaRED Adams

    They make the home button a little bigger & I’m all over this phone! All day son, All day.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i really wish they would make the annoying screen smaller so they can have more room for the truly important thing: the home button…

  • Alexander Garcia

    Hahahahahahahaha!!! I would’ve believed the backplate mess… but the home button just screams “April Fools!” Good one guys =)

  • I was actually considering changing carriers until I saw comments. Well played DL.

  • Lmao good april fools joke

  • Jojo

    Surprisingly, it doesn’t look much worse than it already is even if Verizon actually did this.

  • flosserelli

    Now it just needs Verizon logos on all of those balloons.

  • Austin

    They sure know how to make you not want a phone, why can’t alterations be illegal for Verizon?

  • Piccler


  • Bionicman

    first thought in regards to the back, “well i’ll just use a case” then i saw the front button and was like oh…april fools to me!

  • Dominick_7

    Lol, sorry nice try, but I heard it’s a revolutionary next gen device that will only be a home button with their logo on it.

  • TimXer

    NO WAY, is that home button going to be that BIG!

  • paulsg63

    home button was a dead giveaway to the date! 4/1

  • yuppers

    i would love to HOPE HOPE HOPE this is real. I WANT TO SEE THEM FAIL. haha!

  • That home button looks a little small. And you can barely read the Verizon logo.

  • master94

    While this is clearly the DL’s April Fool Prank, I wouldnt put it past VZW to read this article and decide to do this to their model. Still surprised VZW employees don’t wear the logo on their foreheads.

  • Jason Kahn

    This goes high up on my list of great April Fools Jokes

  • imns

    This must be an April Fools joke..we all know the Verizon S4 will have the VZW logo etched into the glass…taking up the entire screen, of course.

  • WOW… That got me for a second!

  • ImJust Poetyk

    April fools?

  • disastrousrainbow

    It’sactually pretty sad state of affairs when an April Fool’s joke is not that far off from reality. That being said, GG, Droid-Life, GG.

  • Tim242

    What a lame April Fools. Why do people do this crap?

    • flosserelli

      ^^ What a lame comment. Why do people post this crap?

      • Tim242

        Because we can : )

        • flosserelli

          More like because you have nothing witty/interesting to say. If the article does not suit your sense of humor, why waste time commenting about it? Get a life.

          • Tim242

            And your reply was so witty and funny. If my comments don’t suit you, why waste time commenting about it? Two can play this game.

          • Liderc

            You know what’s lamer than a website doing an April fools joke? A loser who trolls said site’s comments every day. Your life must be the saddest thing on this planet – I actually pity your existence.

          • Tim242

            You need to learn what a troll is. I’m glad I don’t live in your existence where opinions are only allowed if you approve of them. You should click on my Disqus profile. It speaks for itself. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to reply : )

    • To easily upset people like you.

  • Andrew

    haha nicely done

  • noc007

    You guys had me going for a bit there. I even started writing a long winded rant until I realized the date.

  • pretty obvious. Try again guys. lol

  • regkilla

    That looks horrible. lmao

  • ineedthatpurse

    wow… best aprilfools ever! I think I threw up a little in my mouth!

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    Dangerous game DL… you may have given them an idea you’ll later regret… just like how I now fully expect a real Play-Doh 3D printer…….

    • CapnShiner

      But that’s the beauty of Think Geek- if one of the April Fools products is popular enough, they might actually make it. I’m not sure how they would do the Play Doh 3D printer, though. That would be a bit harder to produce than a can of unicorn meat or the iCade.

      • JolleyMan

        3D Printers exist for plastics, metal, wax, etc. The company I work for sells several different models. Printing with Play Doh would be quite easy.

  • JoshGroff

    Which carrier is this for again? I couldn’t tell.

  • Michael McGrade

    The sad part is I can see their marketing team eating this idea up…this will be a reality if VZW keeps going at the rate they are. I’m surprised it just has the 4G LTE logo…that was the give away…it should have been the Verizon logo with it. We know the button is going to be a for real thing with their logo at least…not the awful DL rendering. Prepare to buy your button stickers to cover that atrocious Big Red emblem.

    • JoshGroff

      Tbh, it wasn’t that bad for the few short weeks I had the Note 2. You don’t really notice it unless you are staring at the home button instead of that massive hulk of a screen.

  • MichaelFranz

    take this down, your going to give them ideas now….lol well played

    • Tim242


      • MichaelFranz

        grammar police

        • Tim242

          It just bugs me that adults that comment so publicly don’t know the difference between your and you’re. “Would of” for would’ve is the worst.

          • flosserelli

            Get over yourself. Seriously.

          • Tim242

            You do the same. Seriously : )

          • Richard Yarrell

            Typical Tim242 you must really think you are somebody special. Get a serious life things must be real pitiful in your world.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, abiut as typical as your posts about your favorite carrier of the quarter and how the rest suck. You are the one that thinks you are somebody special. Nobody cares about your crazy thoughts or the voices you hear in your head : )

          • squiddy20

            “you must really think you are somebody special.” And you must as well judging by how much you “knew” about what the S4 would/wouldn’t have, but were completely and totally wrong. What a hypocrite.

            “Get a serious life” As opposed to an unserious life? You must be really dumb to come up with this stuff…

          • Hilo Yang

            You would of been mad if I said your a grammar nazi again.

          • Tim242

            Nah, I would just wonder why 2nd grade grammar is so hard for some.

          • Joey

            Grammar Police Untie! πŸ™‚

          • Ok mr proper grammer english teacher. The English language is based off the rich and how they talk, Because they have tons of money they are the models of society so everyone should be, act, and talk like them. The english language is changing. There are a hell lot more of us unwealthy then wealthy. So we over ride the wealthy. Who cares how something was spelled everyone else understood what they were meaning. Get unbrainwashed take some meds for the O.C.D and come join us in reality.

          • Tim242

            Wealth and basic grammar do not depend on each other. We’re talking about basic 2nd grade grammar. If you want to appear uneducated, don’t let me stand in your way.

  • jbegs


  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. Gotta love April Fool’s Day. πŸ™‚

    I laughed at the super-sized home button. Nice touch, or should I say press? πŸ˜€

  • The back of the device was almost believable due to the fact that this is not out of the norm for Big Red, but the home button solidified that this is most definitely an April fools joke

  • Asimoalex

    Oh lawd don’t give them ideas

  • Redsun

    As a longtime verizon customer, nothing cited above was enough to make me disbelieve, given their history of absurd decisions.

  • oh man this made me laugh

  • too funny

  • I would not hesitate to believe Verizon might do this crap. I’m waiting for them to convince an OEM to etch their logo right on the middle of the screen itself so you have no way to cover it up.

  • Dave


  • You forgot that the screen has a watermark. πŸ˜›

  • 4n1m4L

    Good one k.

  • Nice one! Had me until I saw the home button! But the pathetic thing for verizon is.. the back cover was actually Beleivable!!

  • yankeesusa

    Nice one. But don’t be surprised if big red did something like this.

  • Bryan


  • LOL I believed the backside but WOW thats a bigass button!

  • Masta Marc

    if any of these hardware modifications are true, i’ll get getting the iphone 5S or iphone 6. 1 reason i have an iphone now is that there is no verizon branding on the phone.. or ugly logos.. just 1 symbol for Apple. if Verizon had like a V or something i’d be cool with that, but all that LTE 4G ish is ugly.. and Verizon is too long a name.. ppl don’t need to know who I’m paying for cell service.

    • FelisLachesis

      Good Sir, please check today’s date on the calendar, and deduce what “holiday” this is.

  • Grant

    Leave it to Verizon to ruin a perfectly good phone. I am still rocking the Droid Incredible and was looking to upgrade to the S4, but that home button is so ugly there is no way I will buy that phone. No way I can look at that disproportionate button everyday for the next couple of years. Hopefully this is an April Fool’s joke, because this is really disappointing!

    • Tim242

      You are gilullible, my friend.

      • LionStone

        *gullible πŸ™‚

        • Tim242

          Yeah, I don’t know how I managed that one haha

          • LionStone

            Gotcha πŸ™‚

  • wolfedude88

    I am seriously disgusted with you Kellex, don’t you know how popular droid-life is now?

    Verizon is probably watching and now you gave them their next big idea.


  • I was about to cry until i realized it was april 1st, but Verizon would pull some BS like this.

  • Rodeojones000

    Thank you, fellow DL readers. If not for those of you posting comments regarding April Fool’s Day, I would have actually believed this (because Verizon doing something like this isn’t as much of a stretch as this joke implies it would be).

  • Christopher Riner

    Well at least I don’t have to check what day it is, lol.

  • erron

    lol @everyone who thought this was serious.

  • Detonation

    I was legitimately disgusted until about halfway through the article when I remembered what day it was….

  • Obvious April Fools Joke is Obvious


    FlossyCarter said that home button is a go!!

  • Nicktrance

    Seems legit… and I’m not even being completely sarcastic…

  • Drey

    Happy April fools day!

  • Best April Fools EVAR!

  • burkett375

    haha….nice April fools try! it just screams FAKE!!!

  • zepfloyd

    Check your calendars people…..

    LOL Kellex.

  • James_Kernicky

    April Fools Troll!

  • Benjamin Mackie

    I read the title and thought, yep, DL is doing an april fools joke

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Well played DL… Well played!

  • Austin Warren

    The amount of people who don’t realize it’s april fools amazes me.

    • rombobulance

      I saw the home button and was just like…”You were the chosen one!”

    • Tim242

      Some people just look for any reason to bash Verizon, regardless of how obvious their motive.

      • Dave

        Those people are awaiting an X phone tweet from Moto today.

      • Jeff McLean

        Tell that to those of us who own a Note 2…..haha.

        • Tim242

          I own a Note 2 on Verizon…

  • Don’t give them any ideas…

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Well played DL team… Well played

    • do you think it will come preinstalled with this ? http://www.google.com/landing/nose/

      • zepfloyd

        No. It come’s preinstalled with S-Nose instead.

        • TheWenger

          And VZWNose.

        • Brian Parkerson

          … and of course Gmail Blue!!

          • michael arazan

            April Fools!!!!!!!!!

            Seriously, hope verizon doesn’t get any ideas from this

    • Sirx

      Very well, indeed! If only the Verizon logo had not been skewed so badly to cover the entire button (maybe could’ve add more space between letters), I would’ve bought it hook, line, sinker.

    • Brandon Golway

      I didn’t know Dr. Sheldon Cooper was a DL member!

  • Tex

    And Happy April Fools day to you too good sirs

  • Jehu

    You guys dont seriously think this is real. Couldn’t be more of a joke.

  • Justin Barrett

    I started laughing half way down. Well done, DL.

  • zaggs

    Thanks for the home button, was about to cry before I saw that.

  • John Davids

    this has to be april fooly

  • Grasshopper09

    Hahahahahaha that would be so rich, if it were true. Those images are priceless, thanks for the laugh.

  • Nate


  • Steve Benson

    This is a diamond in the rough…

  • Tyler

    Yo dawg i heard you like logos

    so i put them all over the phone

  • Not a chance that I would buy this. Have been a lifelong Verizon customer due to coverage, but this may be the straw that breaks the camels back. Will wait to see more info on the mysterious Motorola X phone, and will be looking to jump to T-Mobile or AT&T (maybe monthly) after that. Absolutely HIDEOUS and over the top RIDICULOUS

    • Austin Warren


      • S&*t, didn’t even think about that. Bad part is that I could see Verizon doing this.

        • noc007

          Ditto. Even with the bad Pshop, I wouldn’t put it past VZW doing this.

  • EraserXIV

    lol nice one

  • Ryan

    Besides TouchWiz and the home button; this confirms my reasoning even more for not getting it.

    • Chris Batson

      I hope you’re April Foolsing and April Foolser…

      • Ryan

        oh fark. I totally got trolled.

      • rossguy

        You can’t triple stamp a a double stamp!

    • Tim242

      Oh, gullible boys…

  • Frank

    I don’t know about you guys but I like it.

    • minus all the Verizon branding and that huge home button I like it!

  • Nex__

    Had me till i saw the home button LOL .

    • jnt

      ditto – was skeptical, but lol’d at the home button

    • Big_EZ

      There’s no way that could be a Verizon battery door, it’s missing a Verizon logo. The battery door doesn’t look that bad, the actual one will look worse.

    • Xphone_or_GTFU

      Had me till i saw the “Well played DL team… Well played” comment above. LOL

    • Yep. Me too.

    • gnexreppin

      Had me until I read the comments. Had a mini heart attack.

  • The background is a live wallpaper, if you shake the phone the kid holding the balloons gets violently tossed around inside the frame of the picture. Realistic bone snapping sounds are customizable with screams or ohhh ahhh sounds. !!!

    • Kim Kennedy

      eeeerm ok yeah, sure. wish you could hear the sounds i was making at you right now. lmao

    • Brandon Golway


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  • triangle8

    Funny. Happy April Fools Day.

  • Tuna

    April Fools

  • WProcter

    ugggly. see ya later Big Red. your marketing department is a bunch of idiots.

    • Simon Belmont

      So are some of its customers, it seems. JUST KIDDING.

      Come on. It’s a joke.

  • LemurOfWrath

    You had me in a slight panic until I realized what today is…

    However, I wouldn’t put it past Verizon to wrap the battery cover with the 4G LTE logo.

  • you actually had me fooled until the terrible home button photoshop……almost, but not quite πŸ™‚


  • JetRanger

    Seriously? Fail indeed. :-/

  • Austin Warren

    This is perfect

  • Jonathan Bunch


  • boardjnky4

    april fools fail

    • Austin Warren

      way to not have a sense of humor