Super-thin, super-powered, Samsung "flagship" phone leaks; runs Gingerbread

Samsung Flagship Phone

Well, well, well. The leaks just keep on coming. This morning Engadget graced us with leaked photos of the Nexus S. We then posted a story about the surprise showing the phone made on BestBuy.com. Now, this evening, Engadget has one-up themselves by leaking a phone that's sure to have many scatching their heads and wondering "Nexus what?"

According to the leaked information, the device will be an HSPA+ device with either a 4.3" or 4.5" Super AMOLED 2 screen, 8MP camera with LED flash, full 1080p video recording, and a 1.2GHz processor. This "flagship" phone will run Android's Gingerbread release and is said to be a "revolution in design." From the leaked pictures, the phone is thinner than anything we've ever seen. The device is also said to pack 16GB of internal storage.

According to the photos, this phone is nothing to scoff at. It's got everything short of a money printer and front facing camera (could be a deal-breaker for some). The device also seems to run an updated version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI and Google's C2DM service. The phone is said to launch in early 2011, speculated to be February time. This leak is sure to leave many people wondering whether they should wait till next year to get a new phone. It seems like Samsung is pretty serious about this whole Android, superphone thing. It'll be interesting to see what they've got planned for their 2nd half of the year "flagship" phone.

UPDATE: There are many inconsistencies in these images, and as a result, may end up being fake. You can read a detailed analysis at Android Police. However, it's important to note that Engadget is usually pretty good about verifying their sources.

UPDATE 2: After looking closer at the images, a clear mistake is seen with the "revolution in design" view. The colors and shapre of the top and bottom half of the phone are inconsistent with the pictures of the front and back of the phone from the other shots. Seems pretty likely that this is a fake.

Samsung Flagship Phone

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Wow they sure know how to copy the iOS home screen. That's pretty sad...

The phone itself looks really nice though.

I just want a good phone that has android and a decent camera. I love my HTC desire but the only thing I miss is my Nokia camera. Wouldn't trade it in though.

I'm impressed. A build finally worth my money unlike the galaxy s phones. Replace touch-wiz with stock Android, and I'm sold.

Have to agree with some of the comments posted on here, That looks exactly like iOS. Even some of the icon designs look like a total knockoff! Look at the calculator and calender ones.

Exopolitics said,
Have to agree with some of the comments posted on here, That looks exactly like iOS. Even some of the icon designs look like a total knockoff! Look at the calculator and calender ones.

and the fact that the Calendar icon displayed in the last picture (section Google Services) is different to the calendar icon displayed in the same picture (inside the cellphone).

Exopolitics said,
Have to agree with some of the comments posted on here, That looks exactly like iOS. Even some of the icon designs look like a total knockoff! Look at the calculator and calender ones.

Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI looks almost exactly like the iOS one too

while the hardware is good,based on the current track record of Samsung's Froyo upgrade path...its pretty lackluster

Samsung has been designing some nice looking phones as of late. I look forward to what WP7 devices they make for Verizon for when I upgrade my phone. Maybe something like this?

yardman said,
This would love good with WP7.

yea id love it with WP7, but lets face it, how on earth did they make that CELL PHONE so skinny, i mean this is a bit drastic..it reminds me of when the macbook air was released. (i also think this is photoshoppped)

judayeong said,
long long long time ago... It's photoshop fake.

I wouldn't be too sure about that. The specs do look pretty real, so nothings wrong there:

1. Super AMOLED2: samsung has already demoed an improved version of their original screen.
2. 1.2ghz processor, nothing odd with that since a qualcomm 1.3ghz processor already exists.
3. 14.4+ HSPA, nothing odd with that either since that network has been around for a while and phones are just starting to take advantage of it.
4. Gingerbread? Obviously.

So you can be pretty sure that Samsung will be releasing an upgraded version of their Galaxy S phones. Whether or not it looks like this is a different question.

/- Razorfold said,

I wouldn't be too sure about that. The specs do look pretty real, so nothings wrong there:

1. Super AMOLED2: samsung has already demoed an improved version of their original screen.
2. 1.2ghz processor, nothing odd with that since a qualcomm 1.3ghz processor already exists.
3. 14.4+ HSPA, nothing odd with that either since that network has been around for a while and phones are just starting to take advantage of it.
4. Gingerbread? Obviously.

So you can be pretty sure that Samsung will be releasing an upgraded version of their Galaxy S phones. Whether or not it looks like this is a different question.

The specs could be for a real phone that Samsung intends to release, but the pictures do look like renderings. Maybe even photochopped.

bj55555 said,
The specs could be for a real phone that Samsung intends to release, but the pictures do look like renderings. Maybe even photochopped.

Sure it could be a render but if you think about it...it just looks like a more refined version of the original Galaxy S (not the US redesigned ones). Nothing odd about that.

Looks almost identical to a last-generation iPhone. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, since it's still a good design, but it does look very similar. I'd like to see it in person, though. The new overlay they have on top of Android is just way too similar to iOS, though. They've been borderline with it for a while, but that's just blatant.

Ayepecks said,
Looks almost identical to a last-generation iPhone. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, since it's still a good design, but it does look very similar. I'd like to see it in person, though. The new overlay they have on top of Android is just way too similar to iOS, though. They've been borderline with it for a while, but that's just blatant.

That's because Apple make a good simple product that works, I think by now most phone companies realise that and have started copying it, personally it's not very inventive but at the same time it works and will get sales.

Ayepecks said,
Looks almost identical to a last-generation iPhone. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, since it's still a good design, but it does look very similar. I'd like to see it in person, though. The new overlay they have on top of Android is just way too similar to iOS, though. They've been borderline with it for a while, but that's just blatant.

"Last-generation iPhone"? Don't you mean "current generation"?

That UI looks like just like TouchWiz 3.0, which is on all current Galaxy S models. Don't get so taken in by the background image. Android allows you to change it to whatever you want.

Ayepecks said,
Looks almost identical to a last-generation iPhone. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, since it's still a good design, but it does look very similar. I'd like to see it in person, though. The new overlay they have on top of Android is just way too similar to iOS, though. They've been borderline with it for a while, but that's just blatant.

It's called the Samsung Elite. It is THINNER than the iPhone 4, features a mix-metallic frame, and is probably coming to multiple carriers!
http://briefmobile.com/new-samsung-elite-specifications

offroadaaron said,

That's because Apple make a good simple product that works, I think by now most phone companies realise that and have started copying it, personally it's not very inventive but at the same time it works and will get sales.

lol.
Apple uses projection in their marketing campaign and it is different to say that a product is good or bad.

bj55555 said,

That UI looks like just like TouchWiz 3.0, which is on all current Galaxy S models. Don't get so taken in by the background image. Android allows you to change it to whatever you want.

That UI looks just like iOS. What does it matter what Samsung calls it?

The icons all have an identical rounded square background with the top-lit highlight. The desktop switcher has the exact same dot indicator. The notification bar's icons are changed from Android default (signal,bat,time; all floated right) to an arrangement that exactly mimics iOS (signal floated left, time centered, bat floated right). The UI adds a 4 icon bottom area which looks (and possibly functions) exactly like the dock on iOS. Every visible element (notification bar, icon style, workspace indicator, dock) seems to be directly ripped from iOS.

Magallanes said,

lol.
Apple uses projection in their marketing campaign and it is different to say that a product is good or bad.

Apple will probably sue them soon.

bj55555 said,

"Last-generation iPhone"? Don't you mean "current generation"?

That UI looks like just like TouchWiz 3.0, which is on all current Galaxy S models. Don't get so taken in by the background image. Android allows you to change it to whatever you want.


No, it doesn't. It looks similar, but it looks even more like iOS.

This is Touchwiz 3.0:
http://topnews.net.nz/images/Samsung-10.jpg

Notice how the icons -- and really everything -- about these slides look more like iOS.