The Galaxy S IV should be unveiled in roughly 2.5 days, and, as we expected, the leaks just keep on coming. Of course, the problem with Samsung's flagship Galaxy device launches is it's pretty much impossible to figure out whether what we're seeing is the real design or not due to multiple prototypes and a veil of secrecy that I daresay tops even Apple's.

Today, we have a video of the very same alleged Chinese dual-SIM variant of the SGS IV GT-i9502 that we saw yesterday when it posed for a surprisingly high-quality photoshoot (I guess the blurrycam was broken). The device looks like a hybrid of the Note II and the Galaxy S III, with the addition of aluminum around the perimeter. Yes, it doesn't differ much from the current generation, but it's definitely a plausible design Samsung could have picked for the real deal.

The video goes on to show the alleged prototype from every angle, inside and out, all while playing a carefully selected tongue-in-cheek Apple ad in the background. Clever. We also see the modernized China Unicom boot animation (which SamMobile yesterday hilariously called "China Unicorn") and some of the software, such as the launcher, camera, Settings, and About screen.

And then there's the matter of this official tweet from Samsung Mobile US, which teased a render of what is supposed to be the real S IV. I'm saying "render" because it's missing all sensors, the speaker grill, and the front-facing camera, so unless Samsung has stuffed bone conduction technology into it and managed to hide everything else, we're looking at a simulated image. Keeping that in mind, the shape actually matches the Chinese leak quite well. Don't you agree?

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It's pretty much pointless to argue about the legitimacy of what we're seeing at this point, as even Samsung employees wouldn't be able to tell you what the final design is. And those who could are somewhere deep in a secret bunker 30 feet underground, with strict orders to keep their collective mouths shut.

Thursday, 4pm Pacific, you can't be here soon enough.

Source: YouTube via SamMobile

Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://profiles.google.com/jastonas Iasonas Matsoukas

    So fat !!!

  • Bariman43

    Yes! It's not a bland, dull rectangle like the overwhelming numbers of fake leaks suggested! Good job Samsung.

    EDIT: Oh, it might be different from this. I seriously hope it's not going to be a rectangle.

  • monoik

    I'd guess it's a variant of the Duos series for China. S4 can still look different! **crosses fingers**

    It's the same source as yesterday, so no extra credibility here.

    • hyperbolic

      I hope the international version will have the innovation design I was looking for.

  • John_Merritt

    I don't get all these, is it or isn't it, "news". It's 2.5 days away, not 2.5 months away so why not just WAIT for those 2.5 days ? Seriously, it's going to be just another bland Android phone, in a market flooded with devices from companies all out to out-spec each other with some Snapdragon variant, stupid amount of ram, Stupid size, and Android 4.2 - if your lucky.

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

      I bet you're a hit at parties.

      • Tomi Golob


      • John_Merritt

        When it's a slow news day AP just post stupid unconfirmed trash to make it look like you have something to do. As for parties, I don't do parties, I am beyond that silly childish age.

        • Abhigyan

          Unless you're blind, you'll know that the amount of content coming in from the AP RSS feed is way, way lesser than some of the other blogs out there. Android Central and Phandroid tend to just flood feeds with even more circumstantial crap than AP do. I, for one, enjoy the rumors thrown about just as much as actual device launches, and I don't think I'll be alone in saying that.

        • stoney1973

          Admit it, no one invites you because you're way too sour and embittered to be fun around people. Also mommy won't let you out of the basement at night.

          • John_Merritt

            I bet your mommy is around a lot of people, especially at night when shes out whoring her fat self for cash. Did she make anything last night ? Or did she get her kicks from your tiny cock ?

          • Ivan Myring

            You have made my day with that post!

          • Tomi Golob

            ...Jesus, how old are you? that's pathetic :)

        • Tomi Golob

          Haha this is fucking priceless... Also, I'm laughing AT you

        • closeto2G

          Look! He's up-voting his own comments! What a LOOOOOSER.

    • stoney1973

      You sound like one of those WP malcontents..Ask mommy to buy you a REAL Smartphone...not a bargain bucket special.

      • John_Merritt

        Oooh , the "ask mommy" reply that pops up on forums when the knobsack poster has nothing constructive to say. I too can play that game. I bet you are one of those poncy little shits that has to have to biggest, fastest, stupidest phone every month one pops up. Enjoy your silly quad-core phone knowing it will never be properly used, and your ridiculous battery life that saps away the minute you answer the phone, thats assuming you have any friends that actually fucking use the phone to PHONE you. Dipshit,

        • stoney1973

          Sorry bout that, I obviously touched a nerve. People that work CAN afford the latest and greatest. Obviously you cant afford it, else you wouldn't have the bargain bucket special(though that could just be a statement about you in general).
          Remember, if you ask Mommy nicely, she will change your diaper for you, from your attitude one can ascertain that you are suffering from severe diaper rash.
          Also, ask her for some soap so you can wash your mouth out.
          You would be amazed what people can do with these new-fangled 'biggest,fastest,stupidest' phones.

          • John_Merritt

            Your childish obsession with the word "Mommy" is rather disturbing. Perhaps you like to FUCK your mommy, hence the obsession. Perhaps your "mommy" needs a real MAN unlike your father whom I'm guessing you don't know because you were born in a whore house. I also have a real job sunny boy, I don't see the need for stupid overpriced phones where the phone is used as a toy rather than a phone. Speaking of jobs, posting on here 24/7 is also a sign of unemployment, judging your your post history you appear to be just that.
            Now get back to fucking your whore mommy, she must be missing your tiny cock.

          • Ivan Myring

            Ahem... Freud

          • Tomi Golob

            Weren't you the one who mentioned some pathetic slurrs about someone else's mother? Also, do you see those red little numbers? See if you can count them all... Done already? Good boy! That's the mathematical sum of how much people don't like you. Bye!

          • closeto2G

            Uh...wow. There's a lot of personal anguish in this comment. I think John_Merritt might come from a broken home, guys.

        • Ashish

          Battery life challenge accepted. My note 2 vs iPhone 5, Windows 8 phone, or any other android phone. According to your comments I seriously doubt you have a Maxx HD so I'll call this a win for me. Plus it does everything + more than any of the phones I've listed.

    • Scott

      Please bitch on the internet more.

  • paco

    Is this is real, better to be a hardware beast, if not, samsung its starting to be lazy like HTC did some years ago, and that could cost them a lot of sales as the new ONE looks waaaay better than this, so if the hardware is not superior to the one, maybe this year we will have some competition.

    • Stylus_XL

      Yeah, right. Because Apple haven't been successful pedalling the same designs over several generations, have they?

      • PhillipCun

        Except Apple used good materials... Samsung uses plastic. Big difference there.

        • Tomi Golob

          Good materials? Hah, that's very subjective... BTW do you know an iPhone 5 is cheaper to produce than a Nexus 4? Also aluminum is very cheap and not as durable as polycarbonate plastic. I dont get any dents if I drop my phone or nudge it accidentaly on a hard surface. An iPhone 5 feels way lighter than my SGS3 does. My SGS3 feels very solid...at least that's true for the international version. I dont understand how anybody can say it's not solid.

        • Stylus_XL

          No one gave a fuck about plastic being used in consumer electronics until Apple's marketing department convinced everyone that brushed aluminium was the holy grail. And no one gave a fuck about the durability of plastic when Apple released the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Hmm, I wonder why?

          Ironically, even though everyone praises the iPhone's "build quality", most iPhone users seem deathly scared of using it without a protective case and/or screen guards. Interesting.

          I've owned an S3 since June of last year (used without a case), and I've dropped it about 4 times. Apart from a small ding on the the top of the back cover (which can be replaced fairly cheaply), it still looks brand new. Amazing, hey? Who would have thought it possible?!

          • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.smithopolis Patrick Smithopolis

            I dropped my S3 from my pocket and the screen went blank and I had
            to replace it for $200.

            There's a big difference between Apple
            and Android. Apple fans are devoted to Apple and will buy any new
            releases from them; they have no other choice. Android fans while
            loyal to Android are not loyal to any particular company. Right now,
            I have the S3 and a Nexus 4. Before that, I had the Motorola Razr.
            I have no problem with jumping ship and I may do that after the
            experience I had with my S3. If the S4 is not substantially
            better hardware and software-wise than the competition, there's no
            reason to choose it over a more aesthetically pleasing phone.

          • Stylus_XL

            "I dropped my S3 from my pocket and the screen went blank and I hadto replace it for $200."

            I dropped my first generation iPhone, and not only did the screen crack at the top but it then developed a row of dead pixels. There is no high end smartphone on the market that you can guarantee will withstand a drop.

            "Apple fans are devoted to Apple and will buy any new
            releases from them; they have no other choice"

            Not true. I have owned an iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. I bought an S3 last year because it offered more to me than Apple's flagship did at the time. I know other iPhone users who have suddenly been switching to Android phones in the past 12 months. iPhone users stayed put for so long because until very recently no competitor could sell them a compelling alternative. That's changing now.

            Phones go in and out of style. When I was growing up everyone wanted a Nokia. Then everyone wanted a Blackberry. Now everyone wants an iPhone. Will that change in the future? History would suggest that it easily could.

            The majority of consumers are not loyal to brands - even if they kid themselves into believing they are. They are loyal to powerful marketing and changes in fashion.

          • fixxmyhead

            yea too many people are drinking that HTC and apple kool-aid. idk why people think phones need to be made out of metal. i personally dont give a fuck what phones are made of. i only care about performance

  • hyperbolic

    I was waiting for a new design like the new HTC one, great innovation there, too damn bad Samsung.

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

      Don't judge the design until it's final. It could be completely different in the end. Then again, it could be worse than the leaks, like last year.

      • John_Merritt

        then again YOU could actually post something useful rather than the fucking stupid leaked shit you keep posting. Keep up the "Good" work, AP, you'll soon be know as Android leak Police.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Honestly, I don't care about most leaks or rumors, either. I'm usually not interested until something is real and can be discussed without prefixing "if" to every theoretical aspect of the product.

          However, there are a lot of people who do like to follow this stuff and they do want it to be covered. Just because it's not interesting to you, it doesn't mean others don't want to see it. Given that you are so disinterested, why did you even click through and then take the time to leave 4 comments (up to this point)?

          • John_Merritt

            Cause I like to wind up DIPSHITS like you.

          • Ivan Myring

            I find you funny, but annoying. Please commit suicide

          • Tomi Golob

            There are specialized facilities that can help you overcome your problems, don't despair. However in your case I hope they use an overly thorough anal probe procedure

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

            Say hello to the ban hammer, douche.

          • Tomi Golob

            lol² ... Thank you

        • closeto2G

          Yes, because posting news of leaked phones and posting "something useful" are mutually exclusive. Oh, wait, they're not. AP posts interesting shit all the time, and you're a petulant little bitch.

  • Swapnil Chitnis

    Why the fuck is an Apple video running in the background?

    (Clearly you can hear the voices of Jonathan Ive and some other Apple employees)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jelqzko Jelqzko Atanasov

      I was about to ask the same. Jony Ive is talking again about their design...

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

        It could be a play on the whole Samsung is copying Apple ordeal. And Apple background story while showing a Samsung device. Or maybe I am just overthinking it.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      If you were holding the latest SGS4 and wanted to leak it, wouldn't you be compelled to troll just a little bit? It's particularly funny because of exactly what is being said during the parts where the guy shows off the phone. It seems like the guy intended for that timing to work out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

    that Jeremy.....

  • neonoafs

    This sure is a chinese copy, just because of that dual chip...

  • Tony Ross
  • IncCo

    obvious fake is obvious

  • jimmysmalia
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=234100036 Lars Pfau

    Russian announcement: looks way thinner than the one in the video! http://www.samsung.com/ru/promo/jteaser/index.html?pid=ru_home_thelatest_left1_jteaser_20130311

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=234100036 Lars Pfau

      okay wow, now the link is offline.. if that is no confirmation then I don't know what is!! expect the s4 to be at least half as thin as the prototype from this video!

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

        The link's working for me - it's showing a video talking about a 4-D smartphone. Is that what you were talking about?

  • andrew__des_moines

    That "veil of secrecy", like most veils, is worn in shame. Samsung needs to gut its industrial design department. In addition, this reveals the phone is not a true edge-to-edge display, something that is vital if they plan on releasing a mainstream five inch display phone. I love my Note 2, but its size is not for everyone.

  • RealityCheck2013

    i don't like the look of it at all :-/ The G2 looks the best still(out of the Galaxy range) or now the SONY Xperia Z looks SEXY!!! :P :P :P

  • Mushdagrt

    Hopefully its fake...wheres the edge to edge display..

  • http://www.facebook.com/timgee86 Tim Gueusquin

    Has some laggy touch response times if that is real...

    • Ivan Myring

      Omg... C&H

  • BlazeSeven

    Compare the two images, the S4 teaser pic doesn't have the little speaker grill above the Samsung logo, which the leaked image on the right seems to have. So the leak is a fake.

    • shadowx360

      If you read the article, it clearly states that. They just hid the grill in the render.

  • NicholasMicallef

    "a veil of secrecy that I daresay tops even Apple's" What veil of secrecy?? we've know about every device launched by Apple last year months before it was announced...

  • troph

    Why is it so slow?

  • spydie

    looks almost identical to my note 2

  • Ishan Mahendru

    Naa it's a fake. in the teaser picture, you can't see the speaker grill, while in the other picture, the speaker grill is visible. Then again I maybe wrong. :P

  • barjwoods

    I think this looks pretty good...nothing amazing but I'm happy with it overall.

  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    I actually want dual sim phone which is not sucks ... sadly it's only for china