The Galaxy S III is the world’s most popular smartphone at the moment, so it’s no wonder any new addition to the Galaxy range is hotly anticipated.
Now new images have been leaked which claim to show the next version of the best-selling flagship handset, which is expected to go on sale later this year.
The images, said to be of the new Galaxy S IV, show a design which looks sleek and sophisticated.
But while some commentators were expecting Samsung’s rumoured flexible screen to be included in any new device, there is no evidence of it in the photographs.
Obtained by the website Sammobile, the pictures show the new gadget with a 5-inch display and a new design which appears to have no buttons at all on its case.
The fan site says: “We of SamMobile just received a huge tip from our insider at Samsung and, according to him, this is the next generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S IV. We can’t 100 per cent confirm if this is indeed the Galaxy S IV but the picture he sent us looks really sharp and doesn’t look fake at all.”
Expected to run the latest version of Google’s Android software, the Galaxy S IV is also believed to boast a quad core processor and a 13 megapixel camera.
While rumours circulating during 2012 had suggested that the new phone would have a radical new bendy screen that would make it pretty much unbreakable, the new images do not appear to show anything out of the ordinary in the screen of the device.
That’s not to say it isn’t the new Galaxy though as many analysts had already stated that the next version of the Galaxy would be too early for Samsung to use the technology and, instead, it would come with the upgrade after that.
Rival tech sites are, however, suggesting that the pictures could be fake. Pocket Lint said the photograph could be the work of Photoshop, explaining: “It would be easy to enlarge the screen on an SGS3 press image using Photoshop, remove the home button and slightly reduce the size of the Samsung logo at the top.”
And techradar said: “We’re not holding out any hope that this is the real deal as the image could easily have been faked, but this will surely open the floodgates to more images claiming to show Samsung Galaxy S IV over the coming months.”
If it is the real deal, the elongated screen could mean we will see Android keys onscreen, a feature Google has been keen to get manufacturers to adopt since launching Ice Cream Sandwich.
Fake or real, it has certainly got the tech forums buzzing, although most users seem to believe it is a fake.
All could, perhaps, be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, although Samsung could decide to show off any new device to a select few partners rather than to the public at large. We’ll keep you posted.