Samsung teases Galaxy S IV with a new image... of the S III?

A few days ago, we reported on several key details of the specs of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV, which had been revealed by a ‘trusted source’ claiming to have knowledge of such things. Yesterday saw another leak, this time of images purporting to show a Chinese version of the new handset, and apparently confirming some of those specs that had previously leaked.

Samsung has now revealed an official ‘teaser’ image via Twitter @SamsungMobileUS, giving us a glimpse of...well, judge for yourself:

Neither the tweet nor the pic attached to it are giving much away; if anything, from what little can be seen, the new device looks for all the world like a Galaxy S III. In fact, if that's actually the new S IV, it doesn't appear to have changed very much at all over its predecessor. 

Still, if you were expecting a drastic design overhaul, bear in mind that the S III has been a phenomenal sales success with over 40m units sold in its first seven months on sale, and Samsung will be unlikely to want to mess too much with that winning formula. Even so, could Samsung be having a little bit of fun with us by teasing its new handset with a picture of the old one? 

With the new handset finally being launched on the 14th, at least we don’t have to wait too long until the S IV steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight. 

Source: Twitter @SamsungMobileUS | via Engadget

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I feel that Samsung have been forced down this route. The look of the S3 was very much "litigation friendly" - meaning it was designed to not infringe patents that Apple protected. Any deviation would push them back into the "Oh no, we gun' get sued" territory!

I still prefer the design of the s2 over the s3.
s2 is the perfect dimensions for a phone.

aesthetically lumia 920 is far ahead of the s3 and iphone5, but I don't like wp8.

Wish someone can figure out a way to make android run on lumia 920.

Hitman2000 said,
I still prefer the design of the s2 over the s3.
s2 is the perfect dimensions for a phone.

aesthetically lumia 920 is far ahead of the s3 and iphone5, but I don't like wp8.

Wish someone can figure out a way to make android run on lumia 920.

NO ANDROID FOR LUMIAS! Anyway what don't you like about WP8 TBH I can't really think of much apart from app selection which is growing as well as customization ability with a few missing features like VPN.

can I set custom ring tones and vibration patterns for calls and sms?
is there some kind of light notification when I receive a message without having to turn on the screen every time?

can I put files directly onto the device via usb without having to go through Microsoft skydrive
and likewise with music and using zune?

can I toggle airplane mode ,torch ,bluetooth from the home screen without having to navigate to the settings menu?

these are just some of the features I found lacking on my lumia 800, galaxy and android are best for people like me who love to have things a certain way and ability to customise

The s3 was truly beautiful. Glad they left it and just upped the screen and specs. My only gripe would be that I would have liked to see a smaller size phone but bigger screen. Ie hardly no bezel. That would have been off the hook.

T1OOO said,
The s3 was truly beautiful. Glad they left it and just upped the screen and specs. My only gripe would be that I would have liked to see a smaller size phone but bigger screen. Ie hardly no bezel. That would have been off the hook.

I would hate to see your taste in women if you think that the S3 is beautiful, as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder; however, I thought it looked like a cheap plastic piece of ****. The phone designs from Apple, Nokia and even HTC put Samsung to shame.

It will be interesting to see if all the android people who knock Apple for keeping the same design for 2 years won't run out and buy the S4 straight away?

DomZ said,
It will be interesting to see if all the android people who knock Apple for keeping the same design for 2 years won't run out and buy the S4 straight away?
First off, Apple did nt keep the same design for 2 years, it was for 3 years. The original iPhone, the 3 and 3GS all look identical and all had the exact same processor, which only a minor speed bump. The iPhone 4, 4S and 5 are basically identical other than the 4S getting the antenna issue fixed and the 5 growing .5". Yet from a distance you cant tell any of them apart.

If what I saw of the GS4 is what it is, I am so glad I didnt wait and I have the Note 2. I think the GS4 is ugly and thick looking vs the Note 2 and the GS3.

Not surprised here. If Apple can get away with making their next iPhone iteration look the same (first from 3G to 3GS, and then from 4 to 4S), why can't Samsung?

That happens as market matures. Now there's nothing particularly "interesting" in the PC market either, just more power. You can't just endlessly add new features coz at some point they stop to make any sense as you try to find more and more ridiculous ones.

bviktor said,
That happens as market matures. Now there's nothing particularly "interesting" in the PC market either, just more power. You can't just endlessly add new features coz at some point they stop to make any sense as you try to find more and more ridiculous ones.

Bogus. Innovation is giving you something you didn't know you wanted. The PC market isn't particularly "interesting" because OEMs can't be bothered to innovate, hence the Surface line by MS. Look at Nokia, constantly pushing new designs and hardware and not just focusing on the stupid specs. If you can't innovate at least make it look good. Samsung I have to say have no concept of design. I won't be upgrading to an S4 if it the same crap in a different box. My transition from the Lumia 900 to Lumia 920 however was amazing, for instance.

Again, you're comparing Nokia (smartphone vendor) to PC makers. THAT is bogus. Smartphones are much less mature than PCs (they had several decades to mature), but the smartphone market will (does) slow down, too. Live with it. There are just so many features you can add.

What's so special or innovative about the Surface anyway? A touch cover? Yeah, great. The fact that it's about the only interesting addition in the last 5 years tell a lot. And what about the Surface 2? It will have more RAM and a more powerful CPU, and there you have it.

ingramator said,
Samsung I have to say have no concept of design. I won't be upgrading to an S4 if it the same crap in a different box. My transition from the Lumia 900 to Lumia 920 however was amazing, for instance.

Yes, because there was such a massive difference between the 900 and the 920 :rollseyes: I don't disagree that Samsung has been regurgitating, but so has Nokia. The differences between the 900 and 920 were hardware related, they still look very much the same, in the same way Samsung's phones look the same but have different specs.

pirajoc said,
that's why people hate apple,I see samsung becoming the next apple,more powerfull devices with nothing new or different

No, people hate apple because they are patent trolls, sue happy, produce more expensive products, and give users little in the way of upgrade on a new version.

techbeck said,

No, people hate apple because they are patent trolls, sue happy, produce more expensive products, and give users little in the way of upgrade on a new version.

So in other words, they're like every other modern tech company out there...
You're not wrong on any of those things, but they aren't unique in comparison to Google, Microsoft, Samsung, etc. People simply whine about Apple more since they are the most successful since it's "cool" to make fun of the guy on top. I remember when Microsoft got the exact same abuse back when they were king of the world.

But it smart for them. Cuts down on prices, and people will still come in droves to buy it. That is just smart business.

ingramator said,

Bogus. Innovation is giving you something you didn't know you wanted. The PC market isn't particularly "interesting" because OEMs can't be bothered to innovate, hence the Surface line by MS. Look at Nokia, constantly pushing new designs and hardware and not just focusing on the stupid specs. If you can't innovate at least make it look good. Samsung I have to say have no concept of design. I won't be upgrading to an S4 if it the same crap in a different box. My transition from the Lumia 900 to Lumia 920 however was amazing, for instance.

Yet the Lumia 900 and 920 are virtually identical other than physical size. Basically the same phone with improved hardware and the same shaoe and style. The same thing you just blasted Samsung for is what you're praising Nokia for? There was nothing innovative between the Lumia 900 to 920 other than having the hardware to take advantage of Windows 8 features.