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We're four days ahead of Samsung's Galaxy S IV announcement event in NYC, and some alleged images of the device have made their way onto a Chinese forum. Before we even discuss the potential legitimacy, though, let's not forget that Samsung was able to keep the GSIII under wraps until the very day it was ready to show it off to the world. The company shared how it did that shortly after the GSIII's release, where it detailed the extreme security measures used to ensure the device remained a mystery. These tactics also included putting the handset into several different fake shells, so when the inevitable images showed up online, it was nearly impossible to discern the real thing from fake.

There's absolutely no reason to think that it would be any more lax with the SIV.

With that said, have a look at the purported Galaxy S IV:

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These images actually resemble a sleeker version of the Note II, as opposed to a new Galaxy S. Of course, with the Note's enormous popularity, it's possible Samsung could've taken some of its design queues for the SIV. However, there's also the question of the leaked cases that we've seen a few times before:

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These were supposedly leaked by a case maker that was given the GSIV's design – notice anything different here? The flash and rear speaker placement don't line up with the above images. That, of course, can mean one of two things: either the case designs are not from the GSIV, or today's leaked images are fake. It's a coin toss either way.

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The images do line up with suggested specs, however: 1080p display, 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.2.x.

So, where does this leave us? Nowhere new, really. It's possible – though definitely not probable – that this is indeed the Galaxy S IV. It's more likely, however, that this is just a prototype, a fake shell, or something similar.

At least we don't have much longer to wait to find out.

[via SammyHub]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://twitter.com/mcmadz Madz™

    They already started selling these in Malaysia.. its just a replica/fake Note II..

    • Alwin Crasto

      I dunno, the benchmarks make it look real. And if it was meant to be a replica of the Note 2, it is nowhere near it. Looks more handsome and very similar to the S3 in terms of design.

      • HellG

        Wait what? lets start with the home button which is the EXACT same, the speaker grill, Same one, If anything it will be a huge mistake if this is the real deal, The HTC one will absolutely rip this phone apart when it comes to build quality

        • ssj4Gogeta

          And you can tell that from looking at pictures?

          • HellG

            The plastic material is obvious, what are you talking about?

          • ssj4Gogeta

            I was talking about how you're so sure it's worse than HTC One in build quality.

          • shadowx360

            It's Samsung. You don't need pictures to know it's plastic.

          • John O’Connor

            Here, let me hold my note 2 up to the screen... hmm almost an exact replica with the major difference being the placement of the camera flash on the back and the faux carbon fiber finish

    • Myke Sorrel

      In the leaks, did the status bar show even though it was transparent?

  • el_puchungo

    i think it's just the note II

  • Sameer

    Images of phone are fake because i don't think s4 will have dual sim :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Could be a prototype. Samsung is known for trying different things before releasing the final model.

    • Tommy Thompson

      This is the version for China with dual sim.

  • HellG

    its just a Galaxy Note II with a bit off LED flash, My guess, a chinese copy of the Note II like all these clones out there, and that site is using it as a propaganda for more traffic

  • Sam Lee

    We are just 3 days away from the announcement date. All will be revealed then.

    • Matthew Fry

      BUT I CAN'T WAIT

  • Himmat Singh

    Just wondering, is the quad-core here A15 or the older A9?

    • Tommy Thompson

      I believe its the Octa, A15 and A7

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

    No big deal. I've already got an iFone 6, also from China.

  • RoshanKarki

    Thank god for "But Something Doesn't Add Up"

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691943709 Jonne Backhaus

    Theres actually a third option, the operator variants are back. The SGS and the SGSII had a lot of quircky looking variants around the globe, so the device in picture may really be the Chinese variant and the European will look more like the SGSII

  • Tommy Thompson

    Eldar seems to think its an S4 variant. https://twitter.com/eldarmurtazin/status/311104798005018624

    • fixxmyhead

      Wow u believe what that idiot says. This isn't even a variant.

      • Tommy Thompson

        I said HE seems to think it is. I never said I did genius.

        • fixxmyhead

          The fact that u even bring him up is pathetic. That guy is a joke. He just throws stuff out and sees what sticks

          • Tommy Thompson

            You are clearly upset...

          • fixxmyhead

            Nope

      • Floss

        You do realize you sound like a twat right?

        • fixxmyhead

          did i offend your daddy eldar or what?

  • chandradithya

    Dual sim on a flagship phone?

    Impossibru!

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Notice that it says GT-I9502 instead of GT-I9500. Maybe it's a dual-SIM variant?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, a dual-sim variant in countries where dual sims are common is perfectly normal.

    • RB

      They sold a dual-SIM version of the Note 2 in China, so it's possible.

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    The back doesn't have the premium speaker grill like the S3, the speaker grill here is more close to the ones on their cheaper phones.

    • mauric

      So is the way the backcover is attached.

    • Bleakvision

      Like the Note II?

  • DarkSi08

    I call fake - Notice the two SIM notifications, indicating it has two SIM trays.

    • Freak4Dell

      The horrendous fit and finish indications it actually is a Samsung device.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's supposed to be a dual-sim variant, which is perfectly plausible.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    Can we please get rid of the physical buttons already?

    • JonJJon

      I had the GS3 for a few months before I finally decided I didn't want the physical buttons anymore or the touchwiz look, and sold it and got a nexus with the money. Still locked into a contract but now I don't have that underlying feeling of wishing I hadn't gone for a Samsung. It feels gooooood to have on screen buttons now with stock android.

      Now I just need to wait till the end of my contract (19 months :'( ) so I can kick the bastard Orange network and their unethical shifty contracts good bye forever.

      • Justin Swanson

        Best thing about a Nexus with on screen buttons? Using a custom ROM to make them disappear and use PIE! :P

        Actually, it's the customization ability of the on screen buttons that I love the best, I can use a hidden navbar, no navbar(with PIE) or just the normal on screen buttons.

        • JonJJon

          Haha true true.

  • Sere83

    Doesn't look like a Kirf, looks legit to me and as per usual the Samsung build is cheap looking and the design bland. No suprises. Lets hope the get rid of that awful faux polycarbonate finish for launch

    • Toss3

      Have you looked at the full res shots? There's a huge gap at the top between the metallic frame and the digitizer. Then there's also the problem of the front camera not really lining up with the hole. This could very well be a prototype, but this cannot be the final design unless Samsung has gone completely coocoo.

  • nsnsmj

    It could just be a dual-sim China variant of the GS4. Everything's made over there anyway, so I don't doubt something possibly leaked.

    Or it actually is a knock-off Note II like some other posters here are saying. That too is common in China. No offense to any Chinese people who may read this.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    If this is the Note II, like so many of you claim, wouldn't there be an S-Pen slot?

  • Ha

    Fake as hell!

  • rvichar

    Looks too similar to the s3 to be the real deal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      That's what I'm thinking and hoping. Considering I'll be using custom ROMs, there's nothing special about the way that phone looks for me to upgrade.

  • Thomas Gladdines

    FAKE, no need to think even a second about these images being real or fake... all major fast arm socs are single sim, this soc seems to support two sims which is really odd and means it;s a mediatek based clone....

    The galaxy S4 will never have dualsim simply because all major mobile networks are very unhappy with that and will do everything to prevent it to happen.

    Gimme a minute to see if I can find it on a local china reseller site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suhas.vemuri Suhas Vemuri

    This probably is the s4 check the background of the event invite.. and the event invite for s3.. they hint at the look of the device.. WATCH closely

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  • Tanmay Agrawal

    Wasn't S3 dual sim version launched at China recently?

  • Paul

    Anyone feel like we're moving into Apple territory here? I mean "Galaxy S4" super secretive launch and security measures, feel's "Apple". Removing the D-Pad and slide out keyboard and going to non-removable batteries and no microsd (HC) also feels Apple. It just feels like we're copying them now. The Note/Note 2 was the first recent Android phone where I felt there was something that truly set it aside from Apple's phone. Adding a stylus and huge display and multi-window etc. etc. was at least trying to be different. With Samsung being the biggest Android player out there now and they're doing "Apple-Like" things with security, it'll feel more and more like while I was trying to avoid Apple, the phone/manufacturer I now use and love is moving toward them. But at least Samsung keeps removable batteries and allows microsd. I swear if the Galaxy S4 takes away any of that... I just wish Sony/LG/HC/Motorola would knock Samsung down a peg or two, just to keep them humble.

    • John O’Connor

      being secretive and having high security measures to prevent leaks whether accidental or intentional is not something that Apple invented nor innovated.

  • JonJJon

    Fake or real I really don't like that texture on the front.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kingu.prima Kingu Prima

    Chinese Galaxy S3 has also a dual sim version
    http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/11/dual-sim-samsung-galaxy-s3-spotted-in-china/
    SamMobile confirmed the leaks as the Samsung Galaxy S4 DUO for chinese market
    http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/11/confirmed-samsung-to-bring-galaxy-s-iv-duos-gt-i9502/

  • Ashish

    As Suhas mentioned the texture does imitate the background on the invitation. Although at a closer look the front facing camera does not seem to be lining up at all with the shell.

  • Patrick Hermey

    i thought the pics had been leaked for the s3. been hunting all around the web to figure out why i thought that. right before the announcement last year. samsung released a teaser under a piece of red silk(?) on facebook. the outline matched the pics (diagrams) of the s3 usermanual sammobile got their hands on. it also matched the glass that was in the fake casing on the late april leak. that said... we knew what the s3 was going to look like. we just had no idea it would be 100% plastic.

    you cant go by pre-announcement casings either. i point in the direction of the teardrop iphone 5 when it comes to that.

    this leak looks nothing like the fake leaks we saw of the s3. this one looks complete and finished. all the way down to the carbon fiberish design in the bezels. the 1mm gap between the bezel and actual screen in order to trick you into thinking the bezel is thinner. and the back looks an aweful lot like the back of the phone shown in the jeremy videos. the cases show camera in middle and speaker/led on the sides. the one in the video looks like the pics above.

    while i would dearly love for the gs4 to have a better design than this... i do think we have seen it. i hope i have to eat my words. as they are a lot easier to eat than a shoe.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    That site also returns my Note II's IMEI as some old-ass Nokia phone, so I wouldn't trust it just yet.

  • chermax

    The touch keys beside the home button have a rectangle border. I dont think Samsung will make it look cheap like that. These are just mere clones..

  • Brady56