Galaxy S4 press image purportedly hiding in plain sight for almost a month on Picasa?

by: Chris SmithJanuary 22, 2013


Believe it or not, we have more Galaxy S4 rumors for you today. It’s either a strange coincidence, or someone somewhere is really pumping up the buzz around Samsung’s fourth-gen Galaxy S member.

This time around we’re looking at what could be the first leak of a Galaxy S4 press image. The image above shows us what the Galaxy S4 could look like, and you’ll certainly agree that the proposed product is definitely on par with what’s expected from the device.

The image shows us a handset that’s similar to the Galaxy S3, although it does seem to have a thinner bezel and an even bigger physical Home button. If the image is indeed true, the corners of the phone have been redesigned as well, and they do appear to be more symmetrical.

Also worth noting is the date on the handset: April 22. As you can see in the second image – in which we compare the purported Galaxy S4 image with the Galaxy S3 official press photo – the press image of the Galaxy S3 has May 3 on it, which is the date when the handset was announced in 2012. Again, if the image shows us the real deal, should we understand that the Galaxy S4 would be announced on April 22, 2013?


Earlier today we heard that Samsung is rumored to hold a special U.S.-based media event in March for the Galaxy S4, with the handset ready to roll out around April 15. But this new image seems to contradict those reports.

So where does it come from? Apparently it has been hiding in plain sight on Picasa, where a student from Hong Kong who doesn’t appear to have any professional relationship with Samsung uploaded it on December 27, 2012.

And you’ll see in the following screenshot that the image has the proper name you expect: “Galaxy S IV GT-I9500 Product Image.”


We have seen various other Android devices outed on Picasa way ahead of their official launches, but in various cases the people uploading the images were somehow connected to the respective company.

While holding on to our grain of salt we can’t but wonder why this image was placed there in the first place and if it has anything to do with the real deal. What do you think?

Thanks, Giuseppe!

  • Ryan MORGAN

    Looks good, whether it’s real or not!

  • Shawn

    Sammobile already gave their take on this picture.
    They say it’s a hoax for many reasons.
    Why the hell does the battery icon have a percentage next to it?
    Samsung’s UI has never included that.

    • Brad Ward

      On the Note II the percentage is an option you can turn on. Not sure about other Samsung devices though.

      • The battery percentage is even present on my wife’s 4.1.2 sgs2, so what are you talking about

    • EKfine

      errr. they have that batt percentage since the s3 came out.

    • MasterMuffin

      Dude… Duuuuuuude…. seriously?

    • Chris

      I have the S3 and you can turn that on in the settings.

  • secretsignal

    battery percentage beside icon: you can easily turn that on under the display options

    • MasterMuffin

      Why didn’t you answer this to “Shawn”?

  • Benedict Chong

    This type of design called good, even if you have 8 Cores and amazing specs but when it is being dropped into the water, it is just a piece of junk.

  • hifym

    I’m probably going out on a limb but after they introduced the YOUM, I’m actually looking forward to an S4 that incorporates a flexible OLED display..nothing too futuristic…just something with a curve around one of the sides like the prototype we were shown at CES 2013

  • THIS LOOKS AWESOME :D to bad it’s fake and the screenshot is from the s3, Samsung won’t put old touchwiz on a flagship this year.

  • MasterMuffin

    That random student has had fun with PS

  • Justin Winker

    This is pretty much what I expect from the SGS4… It retains the styling of Samsung’s most recent devices (the glossy plastic bubbly look), while expanding on the display. I’m not too sure about the home button though – I honestly think they might remove that and opt for all capacitive keys this year (at least, I would hope so). At either rate, I bought a Nexus 4, so I’m not going to be getting one.

    • Chris

      I really would like them to go all out on screen buttons with that big of a screen.

      • taz89

        I hope they keep the home button and am sure they will…the home button is why I brought the s2 and s3 in the 1st place…like having a home button that wakes the phone up.

    • fdxV

      No the home button will most likely stay. It’s been like that for 3 generations of the phone so I doubt it would change.

  • Pure BS, it just seem so incoherent, firstly it looks just like the earlier ‘leaked’ press image, with a physical home button tagged on.

    Secondly, for a phone that will a 720P screen minimum, and most likely a 1080p, 400+ppi display, how come the text and screen seem so fuzzy and low resolution, what did he use to take the photo a 0.3 MP webcam! The picture info states that it is a 6 MP shot, no way would a 1080p screen look so shit, unless this is a subpar photoshop effort

    I hope Samsung don’t produce a GS4 like this, it is so bland.

  • toni234325

    I think there will be no physical button in the S4….it’s to old fashioned and it looks like Galaxy Note 2

  • Brady

    I’m *HOPING* this isn’t real. Physical buttons are outdated and the S4 better not have that mechanical junk

    • IncCo

      while this most likely is a fake, the real one will most assuredly have a physical home button just like every other one of their phones. i would prefer on screen buttons.. but oh well, thats another reason ill be getting a nexus next time.

  • Verizon will have more place to put its awful logo ;-)

  • deesugar

    Looks more like the S2 then the S3.

  • master5hake

    I got a s3 and the physical home button is the only thing I hate about it. The phone would look so much better if the button was a soft key

  • taz89

    This Is clearly fake…it’s so obvious could explain but can’t be asked lol

  • Are you guys sure that’s not the grand duos?

  • To me it looks like the t-mobile galaxy s2 except with a physical button on it.

  • Mitchel Errol Suarez

    This mine is better.. lol

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  • mohdamr1

    A Fake.

  • Geek

    May 22 is not monday….its fake….

    • Geek

      sorry..thought its may 22….infact its APR 22 and it is monday…

  • vincent

    this is fake

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    I hope it’s not any bigger than the S3.

  • th3d

    fake for sure, old design and old ui. not worthy of attention, and not worthy of a comment as well but you guys already wasted my time with this so the damage was already done.