Hands-on video of alleged Galaxy S4 hits the web

March 12, 2013
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An alleged hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has emerged on the web, but is this the real thing? Several clues seem to suggest so.

Has Samsung lost the tight control it used to have over its secretive operation? Last year, we had no idea what the Galaxy S3 would look like until the very last minute. This year, days before the March 14 launch we had images of what appears to be the Galaxy S4, and now even a video.

The same user that posted the alleged Galaxy S4 Duos images on a Chinese forum has now published a hands-on video of the device on YouTube. The video pretty much dispels the possibility that the device was doctored to look like a GS4, although there’s still a chance we are looking at a prototype.

Have a look for yourself.

To add credence to the possibility that this is in fact the real Galaxy S4, Samsung has tweeted a few hours ago an image of “The Next Big Thing”. The image shows a device that is very similar to the Galaxy S3, but also to the device shown in the video. Curiously, the device teased in the video doesn’t seem to feature the camera, sensors, and speakers you can see in the video.

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I am still having some doubts about the veracity of the device, but the clues are piling up in its favor. Come to think of it, the black and white theme of the tease campaign is present in the design of the device, which is black (or dark gray) on the front and white (light gray) on the rear. We can also spot what seems to be an aluminum side on the device, although it could be just chromed plastic.

What do you make of this video? Would you like the Galaxy S4 to look like this?

Comments

  • Lex

    its the real deal….and the screen looks pretty awesome…!!!!

    • Balraj

      lies.. the phone a big fat ugly device

  • Lex

    its the real deal….and the screen looks pretty awesome…!!!!

    • Balraj

      lies.. the phone a big fat ugly device

  • João Carlos Grácio

    Samsung need to invest in design….The phone looks ugly….

    • Jared Persinger

      I think that they also need to redesign touchwiz

    • Balraj

      they won’t. the main reason they use cheap plastic is to reduce cost of the device. it will be cheaper than htc one..I hope you get the point

    • ggesg

      I think it looks nice.

  • João Carlos Grácio

    Samsung need to invest in design….The phone looks ugly….

    • Jared Persinger

      I think that they also need to redesign touchwiz

    • Balraj

      they won’t. the main reason they use cheap plastic is to reduce cost of the device. it will be cheaper than htc one..I hope you get the point

      • blind

        That “cheap plastic” Samsung has been working on for years making it super durable and impact resistant. GS3 $699 retail, One X $599 retail, tell me how it makes the phones less expensive again?

        • Toia

          Quit the “durable and resistant” shananegans.. The back plate on the s3 flies off when you drop it..
          And are you really gonna say plastic is better than aluminium?

          • http://www.facebook.com/santeri.liukkonen.1 Santeri Liukkonen

            Oh god… Man comon, use some common sense. If the back flies off it means plastic is flexing and not denting like aluminium would instead. There are other reasons too that they go for plastic designs. I’m not saying it’s a better choice, but Samsung has their reasons in using the material.

          • Balraj

            common.. plastic attracts heat.I have a galaxy tab 2.. it reaches max heat for just one hour of gaming, my cousin has galaxy s3 (32gb).. it gets heated up within 45 min on gaming or intense browsing. plastic means less material cost. so over all price will reduce.. other wise they can’t sell millions of unit..

        • Balraj

          I’m from India.. here htc devices are more costlier then Samsung flagship

        • Balraj

          seriously impact resistance…lol

    • ggesg

      I think it looks nice.

  • Filip Justin

    Damn, it looks so much like the real (possible) deal..

    • kascollet

      Yes, definitely looks real.
      If so, we have some major infos :
      - looks just like a stretched up S3 : bummer but understandable for consumer adoption
      - SD slot still there : great
      - LCD screen (no more AMOLED) : user preference. I think it’s good news personally
      - plastic all over the device : why not ?

  • Filip Justin

    Damn, it looks so much like the real (possible) deal..

    • kascollet

      Yes, definitely looks real.
      If so, we have some major infos :
      - looks just like a stretched up S3 : bummer but understandable for consumer adoption
      - SD slot still there : great
      - LCD screen (no more AMOLED) : user preference. I think it’s good news personally
      - plastic all over the device : why not ?

  • Sisu

    Rly looks to be real but it’s once again a bit ugly :-

    • Bone

      And Red Bull tastes bad, yet you pick it up exactly because you associate energy burst with that flavor and it delivers on promise.

      There are so many businesslike phones that average Joe can’t tell one from another. Yet when he sees a rounded shiny thingy he instantly thinks “Samsung” and the user-friendly SW experience.

      It’s called branding.

  • Sisu

    Rly looks to be real but it’s once again a bit ugly :-

    • Bone

      And Red Bull tastes bad, yet you pick it up exactly because you associate energy burst with that flavor and it delivers on promise.

      There are so many businesslike phones that average Joe can’t tell one from another. Yet when he sees a rounded shiny thingy he instantly thinks “Samsung” and the user-friendly SW experience.

      It’s called branding.

  • João Carlos Grácio

    HTC one with better marketing will smoke this plastic S4…..and that sound of water drops makes me scream….please don´t

  • João Carlos Grácio

    HTC one with better marketing will smoke this plastic S4…..and that sound of water drops makes me scream….please don´t

  • Nagual

    looks like chineese ugly copy or one of prototypes, interface works too slowly

  • Nagual

    looks like chineese ugly copy or one of prototypes, interface works too slowly

  • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

    I must admit I am disappointed if Samsung haven’t made any design changes, it feels like a real Apple move. I’m still holding out hope that this is a false lead, but that is seeming a little slim. Come on Sammy! Might be waiting on the X Phone/Nexus 5 after all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

      All the white backgrounds suggest they took the easy way out and went LCD too. Bummer.

    • Yeah

      Sammy seems to take too many cues from Apple, sadly. Feels like a low self esteem complex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

    I must admit I am disappointed if Samsung haven’t made any design changes, it feels like a real Apple move. I’m still holding out hope that this is a false lead, but that is seeming a little slim. Come on Sammy! Might be waiting on the X Phone/Nexus 5 after all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

      All the white backgrounds suggest they took the easy way out and went LCD too. Bummer.

    • Yeah

      Sammy seems to take too many cues from Apple, sadly. Feels like a low self esteem complex.

  • MasterMuffin

    Seems like a real prototype

  • MasterMuffin

    Seems like a real prototype

  • Pete

    Hideous.

  • Pete

    Hideous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076674789 Friðberg Leifs Jensson

    If this is the phone then it looks like fat S3. I thought the phone would be more cool that is if that is the phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076674789 Friðberg Leifs Jensson

    If this is the phone then it looks like fat S3. I thought the phone would be more cool that is if that is the phone.

  • Cao Meo

    lol Samsung is digging its own grave, if this is real GS4

  • Cao Meo

    lol Samsung is digging its own grave, if this is real GS4

  • S4?

    There is one thing that could make HTC really compete with Samsung: a check box in Settings that could turn Sense on or off. When it’s off, you’ve got vanilla Android, and when it’s on, you’ve got all that Sense has to offer. Sammy would never do this to their devices first…unless a competitor does and shows that people want it. That little check box could save HTC.

  • S4?

    There is one thing that could make HTC really compete with Samsung: a check box in Settings that could turn Sense on or off. When it’s off, you’ve got vanilla Android, and when it’s on, you’ve got all that Sense has to offer. Sammy would never do this to their devices first…unless a competitor does and shows that people want it. That little check box could save HTC.

  • Abhishek

    Is the phone too big or the hand too small? o.O That looks more like a less rounded Note 2, save a narrower screen. It’s not too bad, but I’m totally in for the hardware as long as it serves right for next two years atleast.

  • Abhishek

    Is the phone too big or the hand too small? o.O That looks more like a less rounded Note 2, save a narrower screen. It’s not too bad, but I’m totally in for the hardware as long as it serves right for next two years atleast.

  • Balraj

    if that is the real galaxy s4…I m buying a htc one.I care a damn how bad sense is but I would rather buy a classy phone than some cheap plastic.I hate ppl seeing my old Sam fone at an angle and thinking it’s some cheap low class phone.I would just buy a htc one wait for a custom Rom for it from xda :-D

  • Balraj

    if that is the real galaxy s4…I m buying a htc one.I care a damn how bad sense is but I would rather buy a classy phone than some cheap plastic.I hate ppl seeing my old Sam fone at an angle and thinking it’s some cheap low class phone.I would just buy a htc one wait for a custom Rom for it from xda :-D

  • S4?

    Can I tell you what I really want? I want the HTC One with a physical keyboard like on my HTC Desire Z (G2), AND I want stock Android.

    Maybe I have to wait for someone to make a Nexus with a physical keyboard.

    • David M Whittley

      Why on earth do you need a physical keyboard? That’s a hundred year old feature!

  • S4?

    Can I tell you what I really want? I want the HTC One with a physical keyboard like on my HTC Desire Z (G2), AND I want stock Android.

    Maybe I have to wait for someone to make a Nexus with a physical keyboard.

    • David M Whittley

      Why on earth do you need a physical keyboard? That’s a hundred year old feature!

    • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

      Lol. You’ll be waiting awhile for that.

  • xssagfa

    I think the design looks nice. Maybe you guys find it ugly because it looks drastically different than say, a typical rectangular phone like the xperia z or htc one. I once had the same opinion when the S3 was announced, and in fact maintained that opinion until I see one in real life. It looks really nice when you’re holding it. Although I’m not too happy that they’re sticking to the same design. I don’t want them to follow the footsteps of crapple

  • xssagfa

    I think the design looks nice. Maybe you guys find it ugly because it looks drastically different than say, a typical rectangular phone like the xperia z or htc one. I once had the same opinion when the S3 was announced, and in fact maintained that opinion until I see one in real life. It looks really nice when you’re holding it. Although I’m not too happy that they’re sticking to the same design. I don’t want them to follow the footsteps of crapple

  • David M Whittley

    Seems very suspect that they chose to have a ipad advertisement running in the background!!!

  • David M Whittley

    Seems very suspect that they chose to have a ipad advertisement running in the background!!!

  • uu

    haha thats so laggy.. no way for sammy to do this crappy thing :D
    and why would they let others do this if their ads are still very secretive

  • uu

    haha thats so laggy.. no way for sammy to do this crappy thing :D
    and why would they let others do this if their ads are still very secretive

  • Nani

    if this is the real s4,common guys this is the most ugliest thing ive ever seen in flagships,i own,s2,note,s3 and no want s4,but if this is the thing i’m gonna see on 14th,then i’m moving on to htc one.

    • Ain’t No Half Steppin’

      dumbass, just get a iphone

    • fresh_TD

      HTC one? lol you mean the phone that lacks removeable battery and expansion slot for memory.. good luck with that

  • Nani

    if this is the real s4,common guys this is the most ugliest thing ive ever seen in flagships,i own,s2,note,s3 and no want s4,but if this is the thing i’m gonna see on 14th,then i’m moving on to htc one.

  • Nani

    and now want s4*

  • Nani

    and now want s4*

  • lawyer

    if SGS4 looks the same as SGS3, I’ll pick SGS3 next month. it’s cheaper and also smaller, more pocket-friendly (literally, lol).

    understandable if samsung didn’t want to change their design for SGS4, it’s to avoid patent suing from apple rounded rectangle.

  • lawyer

    if SGS4 looks the same as SGS3, I’ll pick SGS3 next month. it’s cheaper and also smaller, more pocket-friendly (literally, lol).

    understandable if samsung didn’t want to change their design for SGS4, it’s to avoid patent suing from apple rounded rectangle.

  • nishantsirohi123

    It looks like a full HD display in the body of the Galaxy Grand
    I seriously hope this is fake…!
    please samsung don’t do what you poked fun at “If it looks the same, how will people know i upgraded”

  • nishantsirohi123

    It looks like a full HD display in the body of the Galaxy Grand
    I seriously hope this is fake…!
    please samsung don’t do what you poked fun at “If it looks the same, how will people know i upgraded”

  • JGaLaXY

    I also hope that is not the S4, it looks ugly

  • Knobskin

    I wasn’t expecting much change but I hope the video is fake or not the final product. I have the nexus 4 right now and enjoy it for the most part but would like to get back on lte. HTC The one looks very promising guess I’ll just see if samsung cleaned up touch wiz and if there version of 1080p is not over saturated like their past phones; s3 and note 2 which I do love!

  • Ain’t No Half Steppin’

    This thing looks identical to my Galaxy S3

  • brady

    i cant for the life of me understand why somebody thinks plastic is cheap. it’s durable and doesnt shatter. … if you are still unclear, re-read this sentence 5 times.

    • le_lutin

      I think people are saying that the plastic LOOKS cheap. Something can be durable and shatterproof but still look cheap.

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        See s3 its made of plastic but totally shatters when drop easily.

        • FortTech101

          Plastic doesn’t shatter.

          • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

            Metal also doesnt shatter
            And I am talking about touchscreen glass, and I am saying this because everyone says plastic makes phone durable but this is so wrong.

  • Martin Rogers

    its a Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

  • haakon

    i dont thin it is a LCD display, but the AMOLED with the PHOLED tecnology.. and this is a prototype for sure, ore a custom shell just like we saw with the s3 that had 4 different prototypes in 4 different shells. you also see some lines around the capasity touch buttons, that says it is not a final build. you can also see it hav lag isues with the Ui, and the screen responds bad when get touch. so maybe the gs4 will look somthing like this, but it does not look final. you can also see another samsung phone laying on his pc that i dont recognise

  • John Mortimer

    I think its a crap neo-n003 with some fake crap Samsung look on it

  • Bill

    Did anyone notice at around :25 secs-:30 secs the Samsung phone on the laptop? It looked different than the phone the guy was holding, but it had a different design?!? Very suspicious

  • Bill

    On Samsung Mobile SA’s twitter page, someone said they they were unimpressed in the Galaxy S4′s design in the leaked video. Samsung Mobile SA replied that leaked videos usually aren’t true and to wait for the real thing.