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Alleged Image of Samsung Galaxy S IV was up on Picasa for nearly a month

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Alleged Image of Samsung Galaxy S IV was up on Picasa for nearly a month
Is this the Samsung Galaxy S IV?

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S IV?

Suppose we told you that a press image of the Samsung Galaxy S IV has been available for you to look at for nearly a month? Seems crazy, right? Back on December 27th 2012, a student from Hong Kong with absolutely no connection to Samsung, posted the image of what is alleged to be the Samsung Galaxy S IV. The picture shows a phone with some subtle changes from the Samsung Galaxy S III including a less rounded top and bottom, a thinner bezel, and a larger screen and home button. Even the information listed with the picture on Picasa has what appears to be the correct information, as it names the phone the "Galaxy S IV GT-I9500 Product Image".

Earlier on Tuesday we told you that J.K. Shin said that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will not appear at MWC, and speculation centers on a U.S. hosted Samsung Unpacked event on March 22nd as the date when the sequel to the hot selling Samsung Galaxy S III will be introduced with a launch to commence in the middle of the following month.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV is allegedly the GT-I9500 with Samsung skipping the GT-I9400 model designation since the number "4" is considered to be bad luck in Korea. The device is currently going by the code name of Altius (J), will supposedly have a 2600mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities. That goes with the expected 5 inch Super AMOLED FHD screen, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 13MP camera. Let the drooling commence.

source: Picasa, TuttoAndroid (translated) via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 22 Jan 2013, 11:48 5

1. bvalde09 (Posts: 182; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


it looks nice. Lets talk about a good battery life and good results on a drop test. If we have both I will most likely buy the device. I skip the s3 because drop test was horrible and Note 2 had better battery life.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 12:02 20

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


I hope not, this is the same as GS3, time for SS to step up and use metal for GS4, stainless steel please.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 13:04 7

17. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


but i thought NFC doesn't work through metals ??? hope i'm mistaken...

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 15:56 3

48. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You are correct.

An NFC tag on a metal surface won't work, let alone NFC through a metal case.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:41

73. SkOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 02 May 2012)


How do you explain the Evo 4g lte? The NFC chip is under the metal part of the phone and mine work just fine...

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 02:46

82. belovedson (Posts: 1000; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


are you sure about that. i owned an evo 4g lte and the metal on the phone was on the side, the kickstand and camera of the phone

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:45

91. SkOne (Posts: 95; Member since: 02 May 2012)


the whole phone is an aluminum unibody exept for the plastic up around the camere

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 07:07 1

93. SudoHalt (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


The Nokia C7 has NFC and the battery cover is metal.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:31

69. MeoCao (unregistered)


There will be plastics or glass, but should not be the dominant part of the body.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 04:01

83. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


yup NFC doesn't work through metal as good but SS can go in for a meaterial like the Surface tablets a magensum composite alloy which seems to have no problems whatsoever for phones and tabs alike!

Also if its polycarb / plastic then there should be a matte variant to the device as well instead of all glossy

But hey SS will always bring out a winner of a device that I am sure of!

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 15:42 7

46. cheetah2k (Posts: 1599; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


And please ditch the home button. I love the clean lines and buttonless styling of the Nexus 4 and Motorola Razr HD

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 17:50 3

62. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


what is it with this obsessional belief that metal is automatically better than plastic?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:32

80. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


if they use stainless steel and weight gose 150+ ... u gona complain again for more weight

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:09 2

88. zhiae (unregistered)


i hate that f**ken fraimmmmmmmmm

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:25

92. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


And that too forged steel with xenon flash

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 12:03 8

4. turk_az (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 May 2012)


and Note II was better than S III in drop test

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 15:22 13

42. Fruitpoop (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


You didn't buy a galaxy s3 because it didn't perform well in drop test? Is this really that hard to not drop your phone or buy a case?

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:53 2

74. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Not if you're an idiot or have a physical disability (or a spouse/significant other that causes you to throw your phone against the wall in fits of anger).

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:40

81. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Physical disabilities are a good excuse, any other reason than that is just plain stupid.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 19:36 2

72. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


This render is not the Galaxy S4 you can trust that. Samsung doesn't make these kinds of mistakes. We will see the Galaxy S4 when time comes probably 2 weeks before March 22nd.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 21:33 1

77. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I agree with you

Similarity from S series to Notes has become their design pattern
not from S to S

And FYI number '4' doesn't just mean bad luck
It sounds exactly same as a word of "Death"
not only in Korea but also in China and many Asian countries

So I'd say GT-i9500 instead of 9400 is very predictable

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 22:16 1

78. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


What I don't understand is that does the number "4" in Samsung Galaxy SIV not make it unlucky or whatever it means?

Tthe number in GT-i9400 is "9400", NOT 4. Galaxy S4 has the number "4".

This just sounds dumb.

Why change the number 9400 to 9500? Might as well call the next Samsung, The Galaxy SV (S5)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 22:47

79. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Don't take it that serious dude

They can't change S4 to S5
It will make people so confused and is just silly
But changing model name 9400 to 9500 is not that big a deal

Put it this way
If there are hotel rooms available number from 4,5,6,7,8...
I can pick 5 or something else instead of 4
But if there is only room number 4 availble
I am willing to pick 4 and don't wanna try other hotel
I am not really happy with that number but that doesn't mean I feel really bad

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:51

86. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


That's not the point. If it's unlucky or whatever, then why use S4 just because people will get confused? How about people in Asian countries won't buy a GT-i9500 S4 because it has an unlucky number somewhere.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:25

85. btbotimtim (Posts: 188; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I guess you have not been to Korea. buttons in elevators show "F (four)" instead of "4". Some buildings don't even have 4th floor. it just goes from 3rd to 5th. sounds silly but that is the truth.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:03

90. Levon (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I'm also think that they will call it S5 )))

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 11:54 13

2. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


come to papa my boy ^-^

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 12:10 10

5. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I know newer and bigger is always better, but..

I got the SGS3.

It's got a Quad Core A9 Exynos. That's gotta hold enough horsepower to suffice for a few good years.

It's got a 1GB of Ram - again - quite enough to run a lot of things simultaneously.

It's got a 720P 4.8" screen. Any bigger than that and it's borderline too large. And it's already >300 ppi so you don't really need anything more.

8MP instant shot camera. No real need for anything more for regular use.

NFC, Android beam, multi-window, LED light.

Do I really really need the 1080p Exynos octa 5" monster that the GS4 will be? I don't think so. :)

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 13:10 7

23. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, if that is really the S4 on the photo, you can see that, technically speaking, it won't be a bigger phone than the S3.
The bezel is greatly reduced

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 13:36 2

29. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


All your points are valid, but the Galaxy S3's screen leaves something to be desired, especially if it is next to a 720p LCD screen, it has a very visible crosshatch effect which bothers my sight a lot.

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