Is this the Samsung Galaxy S4 hiding in the shadows?

Galaxy S4 TeaserSamsung has given us a glimpse of what Jeremy has been seeing for the past week or so, by posting a snap on Twitter of the Galaxy S4 hiding in the shadows. Samsung’s tweet reminds us the countdown to the launch event has begun, and asks us if we’re ready for the grand reveal on March 14. We certainly are, but Samsung, are you sure you haven’t made a silly mistake and posted a picture of the Galaxy S3 instead?

We ask because the silhouette bears a striking resemblance to the outgoing Android flagship phone, which almost certainly means the company has changed the overall design for the Galaxy S4. It also suggests the pictures leaked onto a Samsung fan forum earlier this week may be genuine, and do not show an S4 in disguise after all. While the shape is likely to remain close to the look of the Galaxy S3, the leaked images did show an altered rear panel, with Samsung potentially moving away from the smooth plastic of the previous model to something similar to either the BlackBerry Z10 or the Nexus 4.

While the design may not change all that much, the size of the device could, as rumors point to the Galaxy S4 having a 4.99-inch, 1080p display, making it ever-so slightly larger than the Galaxy S3 and in-line with Sony’s top-of-the-range Android phone, the Xperia Z.

Galaxy S4 Teaser AdjustedBy tweaking the brightness and contrast of Samsung’s latest picture, the volume control on the left side becomes more visible, plus it’s a little easier to see the size of the bezel surrounding the screen. Samsung managed to increase the size of the screen on the Note 2 while almost exactly retaining the smaller Note’s footprint, and Sony has squeezed the Xperia Z’s 5-inch screen onto a device only a few millimeters larger than the Galaxy S3.

The difference in width between the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is just 10mm, and the length 15mm; so despite the possibly bigger display, the overall size of the Galaxy S4 may not change all that much. The picture is only a basic render though, so it may not be completely identical to the finished product.

Consequently, there’s no sign of a speaker, the proximity and ambient light sensors or the front facing camera lens. The latter could be important to the Galaxy S4, should the rumors of a feature known as Eye Scroll come true, as it’ll be used to scroll a screen of text as you read.

There are now two days to go until Samsung officially reveals the Galaxy S4, and we’ll be there covering the March 14 event in Times Square as it happens.

Wearables

This $76,000 Grand Seiko watch has something in common with a plug-in hybrid car

How can a watch that costs $76,000 possibly have anything in a common with any car, let alone a plug-in hybrid? It's all about the complex, technically incredible Spring Drive movement inside this Grand Seiko watch.
Emerging Tech

Astronomers discover giant chimneys spewing energy from the center of the galaxy

Astronomers have discovered two exhaust channels which are funneling matter and energy away from the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy and out towards the edges of the galaxy, dubbed galactic center chimneys.
Emerging Tech

Chilean telescope uncovers one of the oldest star clusters in the galaxy

An ultra-high definition image captured by the Gemini South telescope in Chile has uncovered one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way. The cluster, called HP 1, could give clues to how our galaxy was formed billions of years ago.
Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G might be a few short weeks away from launch

Samsung has announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show as it's among the first 5G-ready smartphones to hit the market.
Product Review

With the S10e and S10 Plus, do we really need the Samsung Galaxy S10?

The Galaxy S10 is the middle child in this year’s Galaxy S10 range, between the Galaxy S10e, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. There’s no striking reason to buy it, but it’s still an excellent phone you’ll be happy with.
Deals

The excellent Apple iPad gets even deeper price cuts on Amazon

The humble iPad from 2018 is still one of the best tablets around -- and a solid choice for most people. Amazon has seen some great price drops for these tablets recently, and now you can own an iPad for even less than before.
Product Review

Want to see how powerful the Snapdragon 855 chip is? Just rev up the Xiaomi Mi 9

How fast do you want to go? If the answer to this is “as fast as possible,” then take a long look at the Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s one of the highest performance smartphones you can buy. It’s a real monster, and we’ve been using it.
Mobile

More than a screenshot: How to record the screen on an Android device

If you've ever want to record video of your Android screen, there are plenty of apps that can help. Here's an easy guide on how to record the screen on an Android device with the right settings and apps.
Apple

Apple March 2019 Event Coverage

Apple’s next event will take place March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California at 10 a.m. PT. We’ve got a handy guide on how to watch, but don’t expect to see any new iPads, iMacs, or AirPods at the show, all of…
Mobile

Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for and start using with your iPhone

Apple is getting into the credit card business. Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for directly on your iPhone, and it doesn't have fees. There's a lower interest rate and you can even get Daily Cash from all purchases.
Gaming

Apple Arcade might be the new game subscription service worth signing up for

Apple Arcade will launch this fall bringing a new game-subscription service with cross-platform support for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. At launch, the service will feature more than 100 exclusive games, with more added to the service regularly.
Mobile

Check out 22 of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers for your shiny new phone

The iPhone 7 might be attractive, but it’s not rugged. To keep your device in pristine condition, you really need to think about proper protection. That's why we've rounded up some of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers available.
Mobile

Apple's iOS 12.2 brings support for Apple News Plus and new AirPlay 2 features

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.
Mobile

Apple News Plus gives you access to more than 300 magazines for $10 per month

At Apple's services event, the company unveiled a new news subscription service called Apple News Plus. The service gives you access to more than 300 magazines and newspapers and costs $10 per month.