You surely remember all the leak and rumor frenzy before the Galaxy S III launch last year; looks like this year it will be pretty much the same. While we still believe that the Galaxy S III follow-up will not be present at CES nor MWC — thus making a special appearance at a dedicated event — other reports seem to indicate otherwise.
The image above is purportedly a Galaxy S IV render. You should stop right there and take moment to prepare you usual dose of salt. The report states that the final version could be different, as there’s a chance this image depicts an early prototype. However, SamMobile, who posted this image, claims that it is (looks) legit.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the rumored specs of the phone include a quad-core Exynos CPU clocking at 2.0GHz, aided by the Mali-T658 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 4.99-inch Super AMOLED screen with full HD resolution, 13 megapixel main camera, two-megapixel webcam and Android 4.2.1. Interestingly, there’s no home button (or none that we can spot), meaning either backlit capacitive keys or on-screen keys (but the bottom bezel is too large not to carry any buttons).
Other reports indicate that this year’s Galaxy S IV will probably be present at CES, but not for everyone. Samsung’s Vice Chairman Jay Lee is, according to the report, going to show off the device at CES to partners and carriers. Whether he will show the device above off, or something else, is yet unknown, but prepare to see more leaks in the near future.
Update: Looks like our instincts were right. Samsung Lebanon confirmed the following: “The Galaxy SIV won’t be released before May 2013″. This means a dedicated, Unpacked event, one year after the special London event for the S III.