By Stephen Schenck | February 22, 2013 11:44 AM
Sometimes, we can get some info on upcoming smartphones by means of their cases. For the iPhone, in particular, we’ll often see images of a number of cases arrive in advance, as manufacturers rush to have inventory ready for the handset’s launch. Occasionally this means getting some insider information from Apple’s manufacturing partners, so it can sometimes be a good source of news on the phone’s ultimate design. With the Galaxy S IV, however, we’re not quite sure what to make of all the case designs dreamed up for it, as a number of them seem to contradict each other.
There are quite a few companies offering purported Galaxy S IV cases over on Alibaba, and they suggest a few different looks for the phone. Some resemble the Galaxy S III’s gradual curves, while many suggest a much more squared-off handset.
If one didn’t know any better, they’d think these manufacturers were simply taking shots in the dark, hoping that one of the rumored designs they’ve heard about is correct. We suppose there’s a chance that one of these does reflect the real Galaxy S IV’s design, but there’s so much noise in here, it’s hard to tell for sure. Some suggestions have been made that we could see different regional and carrier variants of the GS4 take slightly different shapes, but it seems just as likely that some of these cases are flat-out wrong.