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

Alleged Image of Samsung Galaxy S IV was up on Picasa for nearly a month
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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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
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  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

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.

17. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

48. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

73. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 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...

82. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

91. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

93. SudoHalt

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

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

69. MeoCao unregistered

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

83. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

46. cheetah2k

Posts: 2323; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

62. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

80. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

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

88. zhiae unregistered

i hate that f**ken fraimmmmmmmmm

92. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

And that too forged steel with xenon flash

4. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

and Note II was better than S III in drop test

42. Fruitpoop

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 27, 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?

74. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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).

81. daftastic

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

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

72. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

77. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 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

78. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 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)

79. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 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

86. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

85. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

90. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

2. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

come to papa my boy ^-^

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. :)

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

29. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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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