Three days ahead of Samsung’s unveiling of its next flagship smartphone, a Chinese forum has leaked photos of what is allegedly the Galaxy S IV.
The company was able to keep the Galaxy S III under wraps before the device’s May 2012 launch, so skepticism remains high as to whether these images are the real deal or simply seat fillers until the actual phone is unwrapped on Thursday.
The photos show a Samsung-branded GT-i9502 model, with a 5-inch, 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera, running on Android 4.2.1 all of which fit neatly into former spec reports. The forum posting also claims the device is a dual-SIM version set for release from carrier China Unicom; Engadget pointed out that a mono-SIM version is available on model number GT-i9500.
Doubt has been cast about the leaked images, though, in part because of the device’s casing, which tips the typical Samsung Galaxy rounded-off edges, instead of the rumored square design.
The Galaxy S IV rumor mill began running early this month, with reports of six different Galaxy S IV variants – black and white color options, as well as three different size capacities 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
Additionally, the new flagship phone could include eye-tracking tech that allows for hands-free scrolling. Samsung in January filed for an “Eye Scroll” trademark in Europe, and last month filed for the “Samsung Eye Scroll” trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, though there is no word yet on whether the feature will be available on the Galaxy S IV or is being held for use in future devices.
Samsung is staying mum about its new smartphone ahead of its March 14 release, offering only a teaser video, part two of which (below) was posted today and tipped new colors.
Those who didn’t get an invite to Thursday’s event at Radio City Music Hall can watch the unveiling via the livestream; it will also be broadcast live from Times Square, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.
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