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

Cheers ___!


    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 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.

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  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. Gotta love April Fool’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I laughed at the super-sized home button. Nice touch, or should I say press? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 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. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • 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.