An image obtained by Sammobile shows the new gadget sporting a 5 inch display, and a new design with no buttons on the case. The handset is also believed to have a quad core processor and a 13 megapixel camera.
The picture shows a new design for Samsung’s flagship phone, with all of the buttons removed from the front of the device. It is expected to run the latest version of Google’s Android software.
Rumours had also circulated previously that the phone could include a radical new type of ‘bendable’ screen that would make the phone almost unbreakable.
However, the pictures do not appear to show anything different in the 5inch screen of the device. It comes just hours after one online site claimed Apple’s iPhone 6 was already being used in the California firm’s Cupertino headquarters.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a battle for supremacy in the smartphone market, and releasing the S4 earlir than a new iPhone could give the Korean firm a crucial advantage.
Rumoured Galaxy S IV specifications are listed below:
– Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz
– Mali-T658 GPU
– 2GB of RAM
– 4.99” SuperAMOLED FULL HD resolution (1080×1920) Display
– 13 Megapixel Rear Facing Camera
– 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
– Android 4.2.1 (Out of the box)
However, rival blogs have claimed the image is fake.
‘It would be easy to enlarge the screen on a SGS3 press image using Photoshop, remove the home button and slightly reduce the size of the Samsung logo at the top,’ said gadget site Pocket Lint.
‘Also, Samsung generally has more tricks up its sleeve than simply copying the same design year-on-year.’
Onlookers claim that the final design may be unveiled next week the the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas – although it is possible the handset will only be shown behind closed doors to trusted partners and accessory makers.