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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Exists, is Live on Samsung’s Site, and has No Branded Home Button

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Look, it’s the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S4! It exists! Not that we didn’t think it would at some point down the road, but we’ve gone weeks since its unveiling without a peep from Big Red on availability. Thankfully, Samsung eliminated all mystery by posting the device to their site this morning.

As one would expect, since Samsung releases one design everywhere, it’s exactly like other  variants of the Galaxy S4, comes in white frost and black myst, and matches up identically in specs. Oh, it also doesn’t have a branded home button. The 4G LTE logo on the back doesn’t even look to be all that intrusive. Good job, Samsung!  

We still have no idea when this phone will arrive, but a leaked Staples roadmap mentioned May 30.

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The rest of the U.S. Galaxy S4 variants are posted as well. They all look the same, with carrier logos in the middle of the back plate. The Sprint version, however, does not have any carrier branding.

Via:  Samsung [2]

Cheers Open1Your1Eyes0!

  • dsass600

    I like the fact that this news deserves an article lmfao

  • ace

    So your not reminded of the rediculous phone bill you pay everytime you look at it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.valdivieso.12 Erick Valdivieso

    Can I activate my 5th line and transfer this phone to my primary line so that I can keep my unlimited data? Does anyone know how much I would have to pay for that 5th line if I don’t have a phone listed to it?

  • Cory Larson

    The specs say 5″ but it’s really only 4.99″. Better sue them for false advertising! /s

  • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

    You lost me at “… home button …”

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.valdivieso.12 Erick Valdivieso

    Can I activate my 5th line and transfer this phone to my primary line so that I can keep my unlimited data? Does anyone know how much I would have to pay for that 5th line if I don’t have a phone listed to it?

  • John Jenness

    What’s weird is I just bought a white S3 and it only has the Verizon logo on the back…not on the button! It doesn’t even say Verizon on the front! Bought new through Amazon.

  • Cappa

    The most expensive carrier… you get what you pay for.

  • Bruce

    Did VZW actually listen?

  • RaptorOO7

    Great job, no Verizon logo on the home button, as if that is a good job to begin with. It shouldn’t be there and maybe they took notice of how many hated it on the GN2.

    Of course one item is missing from every specs page, the amount of “internal memory”, only the ability to support 64GB external memory is mentioned. This means we have no idea what any carrier is planning to offer.

    AT&T started pre-orders today, but, only for 16GB versions with 32GB versions “coming soon” which means what 1 month, 2 months, at launch, what does coming soon mean?

    • duff60901

      Where are the 64GB versions? Those are the ones I want. 16 is pathetic… 32 is tolerabe but don’t say 64 unless you actually plan on producing them.

  • Rodeojones000

    Logo or no logo, it’s still a physical button. No thanks.

  • Artune

    All i want is a new nexus phone on vzw. My gnex has seen better days

    • RaptorOO7

      Considering what Verizon did to the Galaxy Nexus, continues to do to Google regarding Google Wallet and the overall limitations set by Verizon you will never see another Nexus sold by Verizon and unless Google can sell unlocked Nexus LTE only devices without Verizon’s approval then definitely never.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

        no doubt. but, non nexus phones aside, if the One comes to Verizon (or even a DNA sequel that looks like the One just red and black) I’d strongly consider it. My gnex has seen better days as well :/

        Edit: or the X-Phone lol

      • Tim242

        This feud between Verizon and Google only exists on tech blogs.

        • rodney11ride

          YUP… blown way out. all hearsay

      • Tyler Cameron

        They can, actually. They don’t need Verizon’s approval. Verizon’s network is open. But google would have to pay extra licensing fee’s to Qualcomm for CDMA and LTE.

        • ceejw

          Verizon’s LTE network is open, their CDMA one is not.

          • Tyler Cameron

            It doesn’t matter. Their SIM cards handle both CDMA and LTE.
            And technically, Verizon has an Open Network policy for CDMA since I think 2008 but I could be wrong on the year. ALL the manufacturer has to do is make the phone compatible. Verizon DOES NOT have to approve it. Look at the Galaxy S3 dev edition, or the RAZR M and RAZR HD dev editions. Verizon didn’t approve of those devices being on the network. You put the Verizon SIM card in it and it just works because they support Verizon’s CDMA and LTE bands.

          • ceejw

            If this was true Google would have been able to sell the Verizon/Sprint Galaxy Nexus in the play store and handle updates themselves without needing approval from Verizon. Obviously that wasn’t the case.

  • SouthernNicka

    Slowly this has become Galaxy-life.com and no longer Droid-life

    • EvanTheGamer

      You must be new here. That’s what happens when the BIGGEST smartphone this year is in the midst of being released. After the dust settles(after SGS4 launches everywhere), there won’t be that many articles of the SGS4 anymore. There will be some, but not like it is now.

      • SouthernNicka

        You must be the new one. Since the galaxy S3 Samapple has been the majority of posts.

        • EvanTheGamer

          I’ve been a Droid-Life frequenter since July 2010 thank you very much! But you definitely must be new here since I’ve never seen you around these parts before. :)

      • SouthernNicka

        Didn’t Kellex start a new site for this anyway an.droid-life.com to keep Droid related new on Droid-life

        • RaptorOO7

          If so that is an outdated site, with stories from May 2012.

        • will bartlett

          yeah, well how many droid phones come out a year? how many other phones are there? which ones are better phones? everything other than droids. other than the dna there hasnt really been a WOW droid phone in quite some time.

        • Tim242

          Where have you been? Under a rock? He has put all of his focus here. No reason to use two sites. No longer a reason to devote a site to Droids. Thatwould be a boring site. Get on, or Get out.

  • Adam88

    I’m sure I’m in the minority but I just do not like the look of the S4. The camera on the back, the home button on the front….eh, just doesn’t look appealing to me. But glad to see no logo on the button. Good for future S4 owners.

    • RaptorOO7

      I like it, and design is always a subjective thing. I think the HTC One is not good looking phone either and the 4.7″ screen is too small.

      • Tim242

        Agreed!

      • Adam88

        I agree with you on it being up to your taste. Not into big phones. And I don’t really care for the One either. Which is why I’m sticking to my GNex until something good comes along. But as I said, less branding the better. No need for VZW branding plastered all over.

  • MichaelFranz

    You forgot to add a big “YET” to the end of the post title..

  • disastrousrainbow

    How exciting! You the less Verizon talks about this phone the more excited everyone becomes with every bit of information.

  • Austin Warren

    We need a red mist. Shout out to Kick Ass

  • Qbancelli

    Now that I played with the HTC One, I can say that I rather own the S4 or my Nexus 4.
    I wasn’t impressed, the design makes the screen look smaller than it really is.

  • cns2007

    When I don’t see it, I’ll believe it.

  • NickA

    No VZW logo at all on the front? I’m sure that’s an oversight on whatever stock front photo was used. No way Verizon is releasing a phone without their name somewhere on the front of it.

    • disastrousrainbow

      You do realize the S3 had no branding on the front, right? Of course, if you’re being sarcastic, whatever, but yeah.

      • NickA

        I know. I just think they will pull a Note II thing and slap a big sticker on it somewhere.

        • Dave

          Stickers can be taken off at least.

        • disastrousrainbow

          Nah, I’m pretty sure we’re in the clear. I don’t Verizon has ever allowed press shots to differ from conception to release, at least not dramatically.

    • RaptorOO7

      The photo’s all are the same on the front anyways and Verizon never passes up a chance to put their logo on the front.

    • Tim242

      Yeah, like the stock photo they used for the back WITH VERIZON 4G PLASTERED ON IT.

  • MikeCiggy

    Think I can buy a Verizon logo for the home button somewhere?

  • TheWenger

    I was messing with my parent’s GS3 over the weekend and I can’t for the life of me figure out why Samsung would reverse the bottom buttons (put back on the right) and keep a legacy menu button. It makes the action bar in apps not work well with the overflow menu.

  • erneci

    you can easily replace the back cover with the international Samsung one and voila…F Verizon!!

  • http://twitter.com/belogical2 Be Logical

    Finally something at least…

  • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

    They have graduated to a constant watermark on every screen showing the logo. Which they edited out of these pics.

  • Bionic

    LMAO

    • rodney11ride

      BIONIC!!!!!!

  • Ian

    I’m glad that at least one other manufacturer besides Apple can now tell carriers what they can and can’t do.

  • Hatyrei

    no home button logo…just the back with bigger logo . rofl.

    • JoshGroff

      Buy a replacement cover from the global unlocked version, or you can just paint over it.

      • Hatyrei

        i noticed it doesn’t look like the original S4, with carbon fiber look.

        • RaptorOO7

          Or just put a case on it like most everyone will. Voila no logo.

          • rodney11ride

            Case? Everyone? No thank you.. yeah im gonna buy a phone designed to be thin and slim and slap a fat ass case on it. I think there is alot of users out there that don’t use a case. IMO. especailly those that use accessories alot. car mount desk charger.. etc..

            edit* just saw your “MOST”… sorry lol

  • Dave

    Oh thank goodness.

    • Diablo81588

      Goodness.

  • James

    But it still has a home button…. :)

  • eli

    Yes it worked! the power of christ compels you verizon!!!! not home button logo!

    • JoshGroff

      I found this moderately funny, take a free upvote.

      • eli

        neat

  • Brandon

    I have a feeling in the extra month Verizon takes to put this out, they’ll find a way to add some branding to the button.

    • Austin Warren

      Nope.

      • RaptorOO7

        Yup.

    • Tim242

      Stop already. It is not funny. It is not there. Move on.

  • sc0rch3d

    Love the home button, main reason I switched from GNEX to S3. would gladly lose it if they could take use of the sensors to turn on the phone with a tap or double tap on the screen at any time. dropped my phone way to many times trying to hold in one hand and press the power button.

    • Detonation

      The home button also turns the screen on

    • T4rd

      There was/is a mod for the Gnex that allows you to wake the phone by pressing the screen. Not sure how well it worked, but I remember it coming out when I had the Gnex, but since I didn’t care for that feature, I never tried it.

  • chris125

    Seems only the note gets the home button branding. Cue the angry fanboys complaining about the home button… Or buttons for that matter. Not to mention you can buy a replacement back cover and boom all branding gone….

    • EC8CH

      you rang?

      • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

        this made me lol. have an upvote!

    • jboogie1289

      I guess to each their own. I don’t see how having a branded button makes that big of a deal. It’s not like that’s what I look at when I’m using the phone, reading emails or surfing the Web. I hardly use it to wake up the device so I guess I just don’t get it.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

    No home button logo! He has risen!!

    • EC8CH

      Good, now just get rid of the button altogether and you’d have something ;-)

    • Jonathan Bunch

      now if we could just get rid of the button all together!

      • EvanTheGamer

        It’s really not a big deal. All the many pros of the SGS4 completely outweigh this one specific con.

        • Rodeojones000

          What pros of the SGS4? I’ve yet to see any.

          • RaptorOO7

            Design, software, screen, processor, LTE/HSDPA+, etc.

          • Rodeojones000

            Design? Nope, not with a nearly identical look to its predecessor and a physical home button. Software? No again. Just a bunch of useless S gimmicks. Screen? Perhaps. Resolution will be good, but it’s too big. Processor? A matter of opinion, and one where mine is that it isn’t that big a jump from current devices to warrant A) upgrading with subsidized pricing and losing unlimited data, or B) paying full retail to keep unlimited data. LTE, etc? A moot point. That should be standard nowadays anyway and is barely a feature worth mentioning.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

            I’ll agree with you in the design department. especially with magnificent pieces of hardware like the One out there. I think it’s ugly and too cluttered, but TouchWiz offers more functionality than most. for all the useless junk, wifi toggles, multi view, and the assorted pop up apps are something I absolutely love. Screen size is subjective, processor is one of the best available, and battery life will be better than most. I’m not saying the GS4 is the phone to beat (I don’t think that for a second personally) but it’s straight nonsense to say the GS4 has no pros. If you really believe that, you are in a very small minority

          • Tim242

            The One looks very odd in person. The speakers make the screen look small and boxed in. Not as cute as the fanboys would have you to believe.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

            I’ve seen the One in person (only for about a minute) and i was too busy being mesmerized by the display and the sound to really notice. the button placement bothered me though

          • Tim242

            Screen too big? The screen is bigger than that of the S3, while the S4 is smaller. How do you figure? I’ll be glad for some of the software advances. I hate having to pu out the pen on my Note 2 for the hover feature.

          • Rodeojones000

            Just my opinion, but any screen over 4.3″ is just overkill. I’m not a fan of these huge screens.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Buy an iPhail and move along.

          • Tyler Cameron

            TouchWiz, the UI itself is just so fugly.

        • rodney11ride

          LOL. It could come with a 100$ bill strapped to the back and i still wouldn’t take it because of that damn button…

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Haha I would, and then return it saying I lost the $100 bill. :)

            I agree with you though, I couldn’t see myself going back to a device without on-screen navigation buttons.

          • michael arazan

            I can just see where the soft keys go a scroll message that flashes verizon every time you use the phone.

          • Tim242

            I didn’t like the idea of the button at first. I’ve grown to really like it.

        • Tyler Cameron

          The problem is that there’s STILL no recent apps key. Look at the Galaxy Steller. THAT is the perfect compromise for buttons. And what ever happened to consistency with design?

        • TheDrunkenClam

          So you acknowledge it’s a con.
          You’re settling

      • T4rd

        It has its pros and cons. I overall prefer on-screen keys like I had on the Gnex. But on my Note 2, it’s nice to be able to wake the phone with the home button instead of grabbing the sides. So if I put on-screen keys on the Note 2, it’s a win-win! =D (stfu about wasting screen space too, it disappears when it matters and on a phablet it doesn’t matter much =p)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Uzo-Ufondu/43604801 Uzo Ufondu

          How do you put on-screen keys in the note 2? I tried using PIE but I don’t really care for it. I just want it to look like it looks on the nexus devices or the Razr HD

          • T4rd

            Most AOSP ROMs for the Note 2 have soft key options. I’m not sure if there’s any TW ROMs that have it.

        • Tim242

          They don’t disappear “when it matters.”. I don’t need them taking my browsing space.

          • rodney11ride

            I guess it depends on what kind of user you are. I understand the space thing. But on a custom rom yes they can disappear… and do alot of things for that matter. BUT iknow not everyone goes that route..

          • Tim242

            My main reason for using AOKP on my Gnex was to shrink the buttons, or remove them : )

      • http://twitter.com/Rkahla Rob Kahla

        oh troll, how I love waking up to the same dribble every day reading these retarded comments. We know, we get it……. Nexus is the greatest phone in history, and home buttons suck……..except……well, The S3 and Note 2 sold better than every expert in the world expected, and then there’s that whole iphone thing, it sells pretty good too…….but the last nexus was a total flop…..but I’m sure your right, everyone hates that home button…

    • Thomas

      Keep in mind the early images of the Verizon Note 2 on the Samsung website didn’t have the logo either. So don’t go counting your chickens just yet ;)

      • RaptorOO7

        Well put, Verizon will do anything for branding purposes and to put a nice stamp on your backside.

      • Tim242

        Yes they did. It was even on the earliest of leaks. It was the images from the site that prompted Droid Life to post a confirmation article.

    • Austin Warren

      He is risen*

    • EvanTheGamer

      Did anyone really think that Verizon would have actually added a logo to the home button? Come on now, that’s just crazy talk!

      They didn’t for the SGS3 so it’s highly doubtful that they would have even considered doing that to the SGS4.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        While technically true, they did brand the home button on the Galaxy Note II, which came out after the GS3. So yes, people had every reason to fear they’d do it with the GS4. The precedent was already set. Nothing says “I’m Yo’ Daddy!” like having to stare at the Verizon logo every time you press the home button.

    • radiohead14

      vzw still has over a month to get their beautiful logo on that home button