In the short time leading up to a new flagship device, the likelihood of a credible leak tends to skyrocket. With mere hours before the Samsung Galaxy S IV is unveiled, 19 high quality photos and 4 videos have made their way into the world. The pictures have excellent lighting, well chosen angles, and spec-rich text bubbles - there is no denying that they look like shots for the Chinese market. The videos, posted by istevencom on YouTube, clearly demonstrate features of the new handset. These new leaks corroborate some of the previously seen cases and pictures.

At this point, we should consider this a spoiler alert. If you want to save any surprises for the presentation, give up reading right now. Let's start with the images.






Here are the specs:

  • Exynos 5, 1.8 GHz 8-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Storage + MicroSD slot
  • 4.99" 1080P display
  • 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Dimensions: 140.1mm x 71.8mm x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Dual SIM card slots
  • Android 4.2.1

Of course, these images are targeted at the Chinese market and some details may change for the US, particularly the Dual SIM slots. The photos also give us a great view of the back and bezel design, which have taken on a kevlar-like appearance.

Now for the videos. Each one gives us a brief demonstration of some new features the S IV should be equipped with. The first two demos illustrate that the screen can detect a finger hovering at short range and that gestures above the screen can be used to control the web browser, albeit unreliably. The third delves into an addition to the eye-tracking technology which can now pause video when the user turns away. Finally, we are treated to a look at the new lockscreen, featuring another subtle use of the hover detection.

Obviously, all of this stuff could be a very elaborate prank, but it's hard to imagine why. The handset looks pretty great, with every feature and spec in line with other rumors for this year's flagship. The official announcement is only a few hours away, but who is ready to commit to buying this phone right now?

[via CNET 1, 2]

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    You had one fucking job, Jeremy.

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

      YOU'RE FIRED!!!!

      (damn, now I owe Donald Trump money)

    • Kenny O

      At least he didn't leave it in a bar.....on "accident"

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

      He fell for that girl....its always the girl

    • Fifth313ment

      Jeremy? You had one fucking job PingPang!

  • Kenny O

    I like the looks, but I'm just not a fan or the physical home key. I'd much rather have on screen keys. I'm most curious about the texture on the back and how it feels.

    • basteagow

      This. I refuse to buy another Samsung device until they quit being stubborn and drop the physical home button.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        you poor baby

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

      From the look of the pictures, I think it's still plastic, but just has the look of Kevlar beneath the surface.

      I'm with you on the home button though. I get that some people like it, but it really is the one thing I'm not sure I can get over.

      • mgamerz

        Verizon loves it too, can't wait for the verizon logo to appear on it

    • Sam Lee

      I love the onscreen button on the Nexus. But I have had many experience of pressing the home button accidentally when playing games. I wish the onscreen buttons will hide themselves when in game in future OS version.

      • Jaymoon

        But how would you ever close the game if it was so poorly written to not have an "exit"? (which most games still don't have)

        I don't mind how the buttons shrink down to the 3 dots, but it would be interesting to see a hack that when an app is full screen landscape, enable just one tiny button in the top right which toggles the full navigation bar. No more accidental Google Now openings!

        • nawa

          Paranoid Android to the rescue!

        • Guest

          Check out Paranoid Android + GloveBox. Full screen mode with Ubuntu style App Switch.

      • Guest

        Check out Paranoid Android (Get full screen mode) + GloveBox. (Ubuntu style App Switch)

    • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

      I am a fan of the physical home key, I wish Google would stop being so stubborn and abandon it. No one is buying the phones without them, that should tell them something..

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

        Nobody is buying phones without them? Maybe I was imagining it when so many people swarmed the Nexus 4...

    • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

      Well seeing as the bezel is the same size if not smaller on this device compared to the N4, you can just root and enable softkeys without wasting any extra space.

    • spydie

      After having 3 samsungs (Note, SGS3, Note 2) with home button, I'll never have anything else. I love it.

  • darksidekiller

    I don't know but I think the HTC One looks better

  • basteagow

    This thing has more cores than my computer. Overkill much?

    • http://www.facebook.com/RDJCook Rob Cook

      Yeah but I remember from a podcast I listened to that while there are 8 cores it's really two separate quad core processors, one operates at high speed the other at low speed. That's a gross oversimplification but it's not like you'll get 8 cores running at 1.8GHz all the time, your battery would just roll over and cry.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Neal/818455593 William Neal

      You must not be into tech much... not overkill at all. it could be faster. this will last a couple months tops and something better will come out. always has always will. BTW welcome to the internet.

      • basteagow

        No need to make cocky assumptions, William. I'm an engineer and am all for speed, yet I maintain that eight cores on an Android phone is overkill *today.*

        I find the mobile core race comparable to the megapixel race in the camera world, where increasing resolution beyond need is an easy way to earn the interest of naive consumers who don't realize that the extra megapixels not only rarely provide a real-world advantage, but also come with negative side effects.

        Increasing efficiency and performance while maintaining (or even reducing) the operating frequency and TDP is good; merely tossing in more cores is not.

        • andy_o

          As pointed out above, this is not an "8-core" per se, it's two quad-cores, one slow and low-power, and another one fast. They will work depending on the load.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          The core race seems more like the Megahertz Myth to me. What they should really be focusing on is using that thermal budget to increase single-threaded performance, like A9 -> A15. But that isn't as marketable as saying your phone has double the cores (unless you're doing it by increasing frequency, which is unlikely).
          Of course there are trade-offs. There will be more context switches if you run a heavily-threaded application on fewer, better performing cores, but lightly-threaded applications currently far outnumber heavily-threaded ones.

        • EH101

          As an engineer myself, I partially agree and disagree with you. The way it has been explained, the two cpu's have different purposes and far different power usage. The 4 A15 cores will be used when you are playing a game or performing a batch titanium back up, ie, resource intensive tasks. The far weaker and lower clocked A9(?) cores will be used in every day tasks, like when you are scrolling around on your home screen looking for an app to launch.

          It really does make sense, but I need to see how seamlessly the device can move between the processors before I can agree with the outcome. Also, I do think a customized single core A15 may have been a better choice in place of the quad core A9, but I guess we'll never know.

          • basteagow

            Yes, this does make sense assuming that it works as smoothly as portrayed. My post was a gut reaction to the unqualified "8-core" statement in the article.

          • EH101

            Ah, yes, the infamous gut reaction. I have found they are almost always bad for me. Lol.

            One more thing, I wonder of the complex architecture/engineering would make OS updates come later? What a disaster that would be.

          • ssj4Gogeta

            If I remember correctly, I read in some ARM document that the switch latency was less than 20,000 cycles. They're both ISA-compatible.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        you must be 12

  • ElfirBFG

    How come everyone was so careful to tout the T4 as a 4+1 core chip, but now everyone is just stating 8 core for this phone's SoC? Is it not big.LITTLE?

    • HellG

      Shhh,let the noobs live their dreams buddy ;)

  • Dazrin

    It looks like that case already has a crack in it.

  • Kenny Chung

    Hmm... Understanding that my extended family (all Chinese) tend to call same-brand items by a household name plus Iterative number (Nintendo 3ds = Gameboy 5), after looking at these videos, I really would not be surprised if these leaks turned out to be a heavily skinned Galaxy Note 2.

  • Brian Menius

    I like it. I think it's a very solid evolution of the S3. They had a stellar product in the S3- why take it back to a clean sheet and start over? They've done a fine job of updating the S3 form factor, IMO- that is, based on the photos here.

    ... if this is the S4 we'll see in eight hours' time.

  • nawa

    Eldar Murtazin says (he has some insider info) that this is cheap Chinese version of sgsIV and international version will look different. I really really really hope he is right.This piece of soap is ugly.

    • Brian Menius

      Interesting. Other than the cracked battery cover, I think this thing looks even more polished than the S3- so if this is "cheap," then the S3 is shoddy junk, comparatively speaking.

    • RajivSK

      I too, hope this isn't the final design. i never liked the look of the S3 that much and while this one does look better, I would have expected the S3 Plus to look something like this. Not the S4.

      Well we'll know soon enough I guess..

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange
  • József Király

    This is more like a re-thinked Galaxy Grand Duos (just released in a few countries).

  • TY

    There is already a review available from a Chinese site.


    • TY

      Some important points (note that this unit may not be final):
      -4+4 Exynos Octa
      -Plastic rim with metallic feel
      -Easy-to-crack battery cover
      -2600mAh battery
      -no wireless charger pre-installed
      -STILL PENTILE (of some sort)
      -flat screen
      -comparable benchmark scores with Snapdragon 600
      -IR blaster w/ TV remote
      -nice camera
      -not optimized enough, minor lags everywhere

    • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

      Its clearly a prototype. Probably 90% there, but not a final product. That 'review' is best ignored.

  • RenatoFontesTapia

    Why does it has to be so fucking huge? =(

    • RenatoFontesTapia

      Hope they make a better mini version this time.

    • Chris

      It should be bigger. I have a galaxy note 2 and while it definitely seemed too big at the time you get used to it. Can't imagine going back to anything smaller. I like the way they're moving with screen size.

  • Vg

    If we're lucky, it won't look like this. I think it's just hideous. Do not though, that the shadowed picture samsung released, there's no ear speaker. So again, if lucky, it'll look different.

  • thundercat

    The design looks to much like s3 .
    This could just be the s3 plus.
    I hope final design f s4 is better.

  • datafox

    Why do they use inches to measure the screens in countries that have no history of using the English measurement system?

    • adam

      It's a confusing world we live in.

  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    If this is really a 5 inch screen then is there any need for the Note which is only a little bigger? Yes it has a stylus that hardly anyone uses..

  • wideopn11

    Just waiting for the Google/Motorola X/Nexus/whoknowswhat to come out. At this point the whole front of the device should be screen. No need for a physical button or making the device bigger. Phones should be phone size and tablets should be tablet size. If you use a note as a phone I reserve the right to laugh at you Zach Morris style for holding that huge brick to your face.

  • patapongirl

    Until they've gotten rid of that ugly button in the middle, I doubt I will lay my hands on a Galaxy S phone.