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First official picture of the Samsung Galaxy S4 apparently shows smaller form factor compared to S3

Samsung has posted the first official picture of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and while there’s not much to be seen, there are some pretty intriguing clues that can be found.

We did some image manipulation to bring out more details by adjusting colours. Not pretty at all but at least you can see the edges that were left in the dark in the original picture.

We compared the picture to a standard Galaxy S3 stock photo and aligned the “Samsung” logotype, which for the sake of simplicity, we assumed would still be of the same size.

This is a very important assumption as any changes in the size of the logotype would change the scale used and I cannot stress enough how pivotal that assumption is.

What observations can be made? Firstly, we can’t see any speaker grill on the S4, then there’s none of the sensors/front-facing cameras that adorn the top end of the facia. Could it be that the earpiece is hidden on the edge of the smartphone or even in the logotype?

Secondly, the device appears to be less wide than the S3 by about 3mm. The approximate width of the display is 55.3mm, which would mean, by extrapolation (and assuming that the display would be a full HD one) that its height would be around 98.3mm. Using Pythagoras theorem, this computes into a display diagonal of 4.44in (or 112.79mm) or a pixel density of 496ppi, higher than the rest of the competition but still short of the 500ppi we were expecting.

Lastly, we’re surprised by the distance between the Samsung logotype and the upper edge of the screen of the Galaxy S4; more than twice that of the existing Galaxy S3.

Check out our “all you need to know” article about the Samsung Galaxy S4. The device is set to be launched on Thursday night but IMHO, I am not sure that it will be as successful as the Galaxy S3.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.