A hitherto unseen image of what’s alleged to be the next flagship smartphone from Samsung has been uncovered on photo-sharing site Picasa.
The photo, which managed to avoid detection for almost a month, reveals a handset that looks suspiciously similar to the Galaxy Note 2, which, when compared to an image of the Galaxy S3, rocks a noticeably a thinner bezel, a taller display and corners that aren’t quite nearly as rounded.
The taller and slightly wider display tallies with recent leaks and rumours that the handset we’ve unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S4 will sport a 4.99-inch display with a full HD resolution. However, we can’t help but feel that what we’re looking at here is most likely a mislabelled – possibly deliberately - photo of the Note 2.
The chaps at Sam Mobile also reckon it’s a hoax, citing that the UI looks exactly the same as the current version of the TouchWiz Nature UX that features on the Galaxy S3 and that Samsung never displays the battery percentage in its mobile press shots.
Further destroying what ounce of credibility it had left, the photo was uploaded by a school kid from Hong Kong (according to his Google+ profile), who we don't imagine as the type who would be able to get his mitts on an actual image of the Galaxy S4.
This is of course not the first alleged snap of the S4. Earlier this month a very similar-looking device cropped up in what appeared to be an off-screen shot of a “leaked” press release, but was missing a home button (a physical one anyway).
That particular image was sourced by Sam Mobile, which described it as “really sharp” and “does not look fake at all”. Oh the irony.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide the authenticity of above. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Source: Picasa via Android Authority