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Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III

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Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III
This past week, we saw a mystery Samsung device that had a decidedly different design than we are used to seeing from Samsung. The early rumors said that the device could be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III, but now SamMobile is saying that is not the case and has identified what the device actually is.

According to SamMobile, the device in the picture is not a new design idea for the Note III, but a failed prototype design for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The info comes from a developer who actually still has the prototype design, and sent in a picture of the device as proof. The device pictured looks the same as the mystery device we saw, so it seems believable. As you can see below, the pic on the left is the original evleaks image, and the one on the right is the pic submitted by the developer to SamMobile.

There are still rumors that Samsung will be changing up its design strategy for the Note III by using a metal body, but we'll just have to wait and see about that.

source: SamMobile via pocketnow

Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III
Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III


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posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:25 1

1. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


i know it

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:00 4

11. jcarrigan (unregistered)


please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please make the note 3 out of some type of metal :) I love Samsung phones but making a metal one will give it a whole new look, surely samsung doesnt want to make the iPhone mistake and pretty much stick to the same general design on a new phone year after year.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 14:22 5

22. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Samsung Galaxy devices do have metal on them between the screen and black plate. The reason the back is made of plastic is because metal causes problems with the wireless chip, wifi and NFC. HTC was able to fix it first so they got the first full metal phone, it is believed they fixed it by making the things go around the camera area, Look at the metal black plates 3rd party makes, they completely break NFC and severe your wifi/ wireless connection. Trust me, if Samsung had figured out how to fix the metal issues they would of used metal.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 15:11

27. jcarrigan (unregistered)


well the least they could do until they make a FULL metal one is to go back to the sliding back plates. the way the back plates come off now just feels like one day im going to break.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 15:11

28. jcarrigan (unregistered)


and i dont count having metal on the side as it being a metal phone.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 03:19 1

36. yahoo29 (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Your right that's why sammy doest make metal back because of that problems.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 15:26

39. JEverettnow (Posts: 196; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Yeah, I tried to transfer a file via NFC to an HTC one and it didn't work, hmmmm

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:07 4

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


Failed prototype? But that looks good to me. May be Samsung should think over design change now! People love the hardware and chip a new design will win the hearts of critics for design.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:10 1

13. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Reminds you of Sony Xperia smartphones right? They have rectangular design too, same as this failed prototype! :)

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 19:10 2

33. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Same as GSII, Omnia M, Omnia W, Wave M, Optimus G etc..
Try harder next time.. =]

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:26

37. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Maybe bcoz the it has sharp edges like Xperia Z that is uncom4tble to hold. Xz feels bigger than my note2

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:52 2

19. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Probably a Tizen phone might follow this kind of design language in future - my guess.
We all know Note 3 will be a bigger S4 with the same plastic unless Samsung wants to break that tradition. Note 2 was a bigger S3 and the first Note was a bigger S2.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:26 3

2. _VipeR_ (Posts: 46; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Can't wait for the design renders to start hitting on the Note 3. Hoping that the rumored metal body is brought to fruition.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:26 2

3. shy2papa (Posts: 206; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


About time

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:28 2

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


k bring on the note 3 rumors and leaks and fakes lol

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:36 3

5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Phew! I know Samsung won't make the Note 3's design like this!

(Takes deep breath) Ahhh......I'm feeling better right now! :)

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 15:06 3

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3476; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Looks like Xperia Z to me........!!!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 23:04

34. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Huh?!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:44

6. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Looks like it may be one of their WP devices.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:46 5

8. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


ckoch125, read the article properly, it said "a failed prototype design for the Samsung Galaxy S4." :)

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 14:23 2

23. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Samsung isn't making windows phones, they are against windows 8.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 02:35

41. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Then why did they make Ativ S?

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:46 2

7. ItsMyChoice (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Again Copy.... Sigh

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:57 5

10. MultiYouTroll (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)


what does it look like now? does it look like a phone? a rectangular one? with a home button? with volume rockers? with android in it?

hurrr durrr.. everything they do is a copy.. hurrrrrr...

What would you expect a smartphone should look like? wavy sides with uneven bezels? People complain too much about manufacturers copying each other..

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:48 4

16. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 832; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Now a plain rectangle shape is copying?

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 12:52

9. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


oh no not another huge screen with low specs phone, or it could be the galaxy s4 mini im so haaapy

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:15

14. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Won't this just make the Note 3 heavier. I vote for a nicer, non-glossy plastic with an ACTUAL aluminum side band along the boarder. I've had metal phones before and they tend to show scratches, dents, and scuffs a lot more than a good plastic.
I've held the S4 in my hand. It's very hard to say that it feels and looks cheap. Just wait, you'll be surprised with how much better "plastic" can feel.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:53 1

20. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 832; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This, for the Note which is a big device using metal would bring the weight to about 200g which could be a tad heavy for some users, and despite liking the HTC One's design more than the Samsung's i actually find the Galaxy S IV quite good looking with the aluminium sides. (I don't like the S3 because of the faux metal look.)

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 14:22

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


Its not like only metal or glass is beautiful. A unibody look polycarbonate like one we find in Lumia can be a good choice too.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 14:33 2

24. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Well it looks better than the present S4 :s
Geeez!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 14:42

25. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


for nobody liking the plastic galaxies, they sure sell a lot of them. to me, for one.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 15:35 4

29. legend1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


xperia z ??

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 17:58

30. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 53; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


for those who dislike me when i tell the truth, where are you?
Just joking :D

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 18:17

31. mydi.maus (unregistered)


just a old sammy prototype.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 18:35

32. imkyle (Posts: 989; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


It looks an early prototype of a Galaxy model, but never saw the light of day. They should use this design for the S5

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 00:45 2

35. Andrewtst (Posts: 317; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


To bad this is not final S4. Haizz!

Overall look ok except the center menu button.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:56

38. McLTE (Posts: 700; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I am perfectly fine with the current design using plastic.. HOWEVER.. for the love of all that is holy.. STOP using glossy plastic! Give it a rubberized coating and I will forever be happy!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 00:10

40. Xolar (Posts: 57; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


for me, it looks much better than the current S4 design

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 04:10

42. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


I like this design better. It reminds me of the S2. Wish Samsung would give more design options to the customer, instead of repeating that same S3 type of boring design on all phones.

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