Images purporting to show the Samsung Galaxy S4 have leaked online, ahead of the planet-straddling smartphone’s official debut later this week.
Posted on Chinese forum bbs.52samsung.com and brought to us in the West by Sam Mobile, the snaps show a smartphone that doesn’t deviate too much from the standard touchscreen-toting slab-shape that’s been de rigeur for high-end handsets since the iPhone dropped.
However, that’s not to say that photos aren’t illuminating to those of us who are hungry for S4-related scraps.
It’s noticeable, for instance, that the device appears to retain a physical home button, contrary to some reports that Samsung would ditch the feature to make room for a larger five-inch screen.
And you don’t have to be especially sharp-eyed to note that the device in the snaps is black. That tallies with reports that the phone will land in white and black colour options, with Samsung moving away from the ‘pebble blue’ colourway that helped mark out the Galaxy S3 amid the welter of me-too mobiles on shop shelves.
Interestingly, the ‘About Phone’ screens snapped by our Chinese chums appear to indicate that the S4 is running Android 4.1.2 rather than the newer 4.2.2 version.
However, given that we don't know when the photos were taken, it’s quite possible that Samsung will have got its flagship up to speed in the OS stakes by Thursday, when the Galaxy S4 will be unveiled at a press call in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Alongside a five-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen, the handset’s spec sheet is rumoured to take in an eight-core Exynos Octa 5410 processor and a Samsung Orb camera for 360-degree panoramic shots.