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Summary:

Leaked images of what are allegedly the Samsung Galaxy S 4 show very little change in the smartphone’s design from prior models. That’s not bad because the design works: Software and improved components are driving Samsung’s sales.

Galaxy S 4 leak

A Chinese forum released nearly a dozen pictures of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which is expected to officially launch this Thursday. If the images, noted by Sammy Hub, are legitimate, you can expect another Samsung handset made of plastics with a design similar to the company’s current Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 models. People may be expecting more, but I don’t think it will hurt sales if these pictures are the real deal.

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While many complain about the “plasticy” feel of Samsung’s Galaxy phone lineup, the company is still the top seller of Android phones in the world. The materials used also allow Samsung to make large devices that feel lighter than you’d expect. My Galaxy Note 2 with 5.5-inch display would be much more noticeable in a pocket if it were made with a metal frame.

I noted over the weekend that the new Galaxy S 4 is expected to have a 5-inch, 1080p display, and the leaked images do indeed show a 1920 x 1080 resolution in a settings page on the phone. The alleged device is also shown to run Android 4.2.1., have 2 GB of memory, and a quad-core 1.8 GHz chip although that may vary by market. Here in the U.S., I expect a quad-core chip from Qualcomm inside the Galaxy S4 while it’s possible that other versions could use Samsung’s octo-core Exynos silicon.

Would we all like to see Samsung push the envelope more in terms of design? Probably. And it’s still possible that it has with the Galaxy S 4; there’s no guarantee these leaked images represent what Samsung will introduce later this week. But as long as the company keeps pushing better internal components in the Galaxy line, as well as improves the software experience, it can get away with what some think are bland rehashes of old, yet proven, designs.

  1. John S. Wilson Monday, March 11, 2013

    I just think it’s fascinating they make stick with roughly the same design of the past two versions, when folks are complaining about Apple’s “lack of innovation.” Those detractors shouldn’t be able to have it both ways.

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    1. Great point, John. Let’s see what happens later this week: both with the phone introduction and the reactions to design.

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    2. John, I think it’s fascinating that you aren’t acknowledging the possibility that the detractors are deploring both companies’ lack of innovation. There is no requirement to pick a side in this – it’s OK to find fault with any or all vendors.

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  2. Are they missing the boat by not going bigger? How can they expect to generate the same interest with a phone that is essentially the same as the last model whose biggest selling point was that it was bigger than iPhone? When phones keep getting bigger, and without any new technology to put in it, they only have one way to go and that is go BIG. They are going to blow it this time.

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    1. The GS4 is expected to be 5-inches at 1920×1080 resolution; bigger and higher pixel density than the GS3, which is 4.8-inches with 1280×720 resolution.

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  3. Bet: Samsung’s lack of innovation will be headlined as an innovation.

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  4. The pictures show a carbon fiber body. If this is true, will be amazing and the first in one smartphone if I’m not wrong.

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  5. Robert Andrews Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    If that second picture is accurate, its duel sim as well.

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  6. in my opinion i wish phones would stay a normal size.. lol so it dosent consume the whole side of your face.. might as well get a tablet if you want a bigger screen ..
    i myself have the nexus 4 which still has that ” big screen” but its comfortable ..

    i was hoping that the look would be like the pictures that have been popping up before this release

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  7. Its a fake cellphone..cant u see the built quality..its a mock up with a screen showing hardware details..dnt expect a flagship cellphone with dual sim in five years..
    i wish the original s4 to be more innovative in design..hmm.. :-)

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