Is the GT-i9500 the Samsung Galaxy S IV?

Is the GT-i9500 the Samsung Galaxy S IV?
The model number of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is GT-i9300. So when the model numbers of GT-i9500 and GT-i9505 recently leaked for the next Samsung high-end phone and its LTE flavored variant, it appeared that this could be the Samsung Galaxy S IV. But it isn't an open and shut case. It seems that Samsung is using the GT-i9500 number for its Samsung TIZEN developer phone. So the question is, which OS, wearing the GT-i9500 and GT-i9505 model numbers, is currently being tested for an upcoming release?

Some have pointed out that because the number "4" is considered unlucky in South Korea, the GT-i9500 could surely be the Samsung Galaxy S IV with the GT-i9505 used for the LTE enabled model. No Samsung high-end phone has ever had a model number with a "4" in it, according to SamMobile, making it seem logical that the company would skip using the GT-i9400 as a model number.

So to recap, it seems that the Korean based manufacturer is testing software for two handset models, the GT-i9500 and the GT-i9505 (possibly an LTE enabled version of the phone). With a South Korean company expected to skip over the GT-i9400 because of the bad luck regarding the number "4", it could very well be two variants of the Samsung Galaxy S IV undergoing software tests. On the other hand, the GT-i9500 number is already being used on Samsung's TIZEN developer phone which would seem to give the edge to that platform being involved in the software tests. Additionally, earlier this year there was speculation that the first Samsung TIZEN handset would be released in February. Hopefully, we will have this all cleared up even before CES 2013 next month.

source: SamMobile via AndroidAuthority

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47. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Can we please wait till NEXT SPRING for FULL PRESS UPDATES

37. stuyjcp

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

If 4 is unlucky, then would they still call it Galaxy S IV? Not that it matters, but the logic isn't necessarily good here.

31. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I keep telling people, android is all but dead. Even Google knows it, which is why they're working on the Motorola X-Phone (gee how original).

32. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

even the x phone is going to be running android only.... -.-

24. rustyimtiaz

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

then why the hell they will call it Galaxy S 4!!! if 4 is unlucky!! -_- lame !!!

40. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

They can adopt a new naming system like Apple did with the iPad. "Samsung is glad to present to you the new Galaxy S!"

16. chethan316

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 07, 2010

There's a pattern here, not sure if it makes any sense though. The original Galaxy S - I9000, the Galaxy S II - I9100. With the Galaxy S III they jumped two numbers - I9300. So it would only make sense to jump to I9500 or in this case I9600 as the former is already taken by the Tizen dev phone.

18. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

That was just because of the nexus device released in between

14. tyger11

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Because they consider 4 unlucky, I wonder if they'll just skip the S IV and go to the S V...

41. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

or the galaxy s 3 s

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not sure who rendered these but they're the best looking Galaxy S4 mock-ups I've seen. I'm hoping this is what it looks like.

13. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Aw. I hope not. I want the speakers not to be on the same side. To have them at the top and buttom sides will be better.

15. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I would DEFINITELY love that design! Speakers front are amazing... Samsung really doesn't have to be creative to create a great design! Just look at the mock ups...

26. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sad but true. So many renders out there look amazing but IMO, the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are just kinda plain. They have no edges, no curves, no lines. It's literally like a pebble which they nailed a little too well.

25. Igneel unregistered

Looks great! And totally loving the design! but knowing Samsung, it'll probably be all plasticky .....

52. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Can you imagine if they used quality materials? Uh, I might consider buying a Samsung.

35. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

Looks very cool, but i do notice similarity to the LG Optimus G, and the back should have the design from the SII with another material.

44. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Highly unlikely Samsung will drop their beloved physical home button, and they are into pebbles now, not edgy awesome look.

46. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Edgy awesome look wins every time in my book. Pebbles? They're for skipping.

7. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Hope fully Samsung will retouch TW.

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

everyone is saying the dna has the best screen in the market and then the one x and lumia 920..the reason why some are being sarcastic or a pri** is because even though the s3 is 6+ month older than the nexus 4 it is still very much up there spec wise,speed wise etc and actually has better camera,sd card slot etc so its more than likely that the s4 is going to be superior to the nexus 4 as its predessor the s3 is still seen by many as the best phone and it still matches or betters most phones so its very unlikely the s4 will be inferior spec or software wise to the s3.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Will it be better than the Nexus 4?

5. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

you are kidding right ? the GS3 is still a competition to the nexus 4...

6. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Yea and tbh the Nexus 4 is just a hype phone.

8. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

That's what I'm thinking too.

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you guys ride tooooo hard for samsung! has samsung EVER offered a phone such as the nexus (with top specs) FOR 300 DOLLARS!? Didnt think so

12. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

And what is the point of releasing a high end phone for $300 that even doesn't last one day in stock and more than a month never came back in stock. Nexus 4 is only hype. Samsung's phones are expensive but they sell them in reality not just to create hype

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

It is actually LG's fault. Huge sales according to LG is a million handsets in one month. Further their production capacity is NOT as strong as Samsung. Remember LG has celebrated the sales of 10-Million L-series handsets (mid tier and lower mid phones L7, L9, L3 etc) in few years. But OG Galaxy Note alone has sold more than 10-million in one year and 10-million Note2 was sold out in less than 100 days. LG don't have the capacity to meet the demand of Nexus4. Further I guess the conversation between LG and Google reg Nexus4 will be as below:- GOOGLE:- Congrats LG, we have selected you to make a Nexus phone this year. LG:- Thanks sir. How much I have to make? GOOGLE:- The product will sell well. So the quantity needed will be huge. It will be way bigger than GalaxyNexus sales. LG to itself:- WOW, Huge ORDER. We may atleast make TWO THOUSAND phones at launch. Though Google expects our phone will sell more than GalaxyNexus, I don't think so knowing our brand appeal to users. So a TenThousand is enough for one quarter this year. Google:- LG, start producing as much Nexus4 as you can, since we are going to sell it cheap across all PlayStores around globe. LG (again to itself) :- Oh Jesus. This is a very very huge order. We need to make FiftyThousand phones this year. --Later on the day before announcement, Google expects the delivery from LG via SHIPs. But they are getting just 2 mysterious Parcels via FedEx from LG saying "LG Nexus4 for sale on PlayStore-USA, similarly half-Parcels are sent to each PlayStore in other countries"... GOOGLE faints. But SANDY helped them from embarrasment---------- it is now heard that LG is working over night in all its factories to make atleast TwentyFive thousand Nexus4 every month...

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Did you really just bash a phone for selling too much that it can't be produced fast enough? The Nexus 4 has a high demand, it sold out in about 30 minutes on release day. A few subsequent stocks didn't last more than an hour. Now it doesn't last more than a day. No current Samsung phone stands up to the Nexus 4, in terms of both pure specs and value. The GS4 will change the specs deal, but Nexus 4 will still be the best value, and still have the edge over it in the pure Google experience with near instant updates. Nexus 4 > GS3 overall Nexus 4 = GS4 overall in my opinion. The GS4 might have more software features and better specs, but the Nexus 4 takes it in value and software support. Honestly, I'd rather be the first to have the update than have a few extra features. Now, if only there were Nexus 4 in stock so I could get one, along with the Nexus 10 since I plan on getting them at the same time.

23. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Nexus 4 is cheap because it is heavily subsidized by Google in US. Despite of project butter Galaxy SIII running ICS is still better than Vanilla Jelly Bean. SIII seriously outclasses Nexus 4. Oh, and are you really comparing Nexus 4 with a phone that has yet to be announced ? LOL.

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