As the Galaxy S4 release date nears, photos and images of the next-generation Android smartphone are surfacing around the Internet. There's a large batch of leaked Galaxy S4 photos and images that have surfaced on forums around the Internet, but now, there's an even better indication of what fans can expect at March 14 launch party.
"The countdown for #TheNextBigThing has begun. Who's ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14?pic.twitter.com/yi8VSDFxUe," tweeted Samsung Mobile US. Attached to the tweeted is a photo of the outline of a Samsung product, which is presumably the Galaxy S4.
Other Galaxy S4 photos floating around the web are posted in forums and on gossip sites that aren't nearly as reliable as the Samsung Mobile US Twitter account. Still, it wouldn't be the first time that a large-scale release was ruined by leaked photos of the device prior to the official announcement. Devices are leaked all the time, and sometimes they're even left behind at bars.
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) March 12, 2013
Galaxy S4 specs have practically been determined prior to the release date: It's likely to have a 4.9-inch screen, extremely high pixel-density display, Exynos 5 Octa processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. The hardware will likely become some of the best available on the market. It's still unclear whether Samsung will launch a new version of its Android user-interface, TouchWiz, or come preloaded with standard Android 4.2.1. The Galaxy S4 design appears to be strongly rooted in the Galaxy S3 concept according to Samsung Mobile US Twitter's leaked photo and Galaxy S4 photos from blogs. The Galaxy S4 appears to have been built using the same major overall concepts of the Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S4 and S3 have rounded edges and, if our pre-judgement is correct, are made of plastic and glass. Although we can't say with certainty, there's a strong chance that the Galaxy S4 will look very similar to the Galaxy S3. The Samsung product design team that build the Galaxy S3 was heavily influence by natural formations. "We aimed to create a simple, user-friendly design that stay true to the Galaxy SIII's design framework 'Minimal Organic," said one member of the Samsung product design team in an interview. In the promotional video, Samsung team members describe being inspired by natural and organic images in the world.
"When designing a new product, Samsung designers often travel the world to look for inspiration," said Hangil Song, product designer at Samsung. "At the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, I was amazed at the harmony of the sky, the cityscape and the water. It was a marvelous breathtaking view. I wanted to express the amazing aspect of the water that is about to overflow from the Galaxy SIII's window." It's unclear whether the Galaxy S3 product design team members were retained through to the Galaxy S4 design, but given the similarity of the devices, it appears so. We had no major complaints about the Galaxy S3 design, so we wouldn't mind seeing a refined version of the same design in the Galaxy S4. We're especially interested in how the new hardware affected the build of the phone during product development. Here's what we know about Galaxy S4 specs: The Galaxy S4 is likely to feature a high pixel-density display, 4.9-inch screen, run Android 4.2.1, feature the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor, cost about $199 with a two-year contract. Other suspected rumors include TouchWiz UI, microSD card slot, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, Titanium Gray and Saphire Black casing options, S-Voice command capabilities, 2600 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB or internal storage.