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More Galaxy S IV details leak

Samsung will be officially unveiling the new Galaxy S IV this Thursday. However, that's not stopping new images and details from leaking about the device ahead of the official unveil. New photos have turned up from China show a device that doesn’t mirror the design of previously leaked images.

However, the screenshots from the new leaked photos show that this device has hardware that matches up with previous leaks. This has led some to believe that this could be a prototype device used for carrier testing to protect the final design of the smartphone in the case of a leak (such as this one).

[Image Source: Sammy Hub]

The screenshots show that the device is running Android 4.2.1 and has a full HD resolution 1080p display. The screenshots also show a 1.8 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
The device in these new images is supposedly a dual-SIM version of the S IV destined for China Unicom.

Source: SammyHub

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RE: I hope those aren't real
By faust67 on 3/12/2013 12:05:19 AM , Rating: 0
I really enjoy hearing Apple and Android fans crapping at each other. I am a software developer (usually desktop and web applications) and I just finished my first mobile application for iPhone/Android using PhoneGap. It is not native applications, but not everybody has the time or the financial resources to learn and develop for 2, 3, or 4 different platforms. From my personal experience, I spent about equal time on each platform scratching my head on strange bugs/behaviors. I have a preference for Android development, not because of the platform itself, but because I can can work in Linux and Eclipse, my usual tools. In comparison, XCode just really sucks and the hurdles I had to go through to just be able to test my application on a real local device is just ridiculous. Why not allow local device testing and then force applications' signature once you want to test from the Apple Store? The other thing is that you have to have a mac to develop for iOS. Really? I have to buy a computer that cost at least $1000 for an application that will be free? WTF? Well, I should not say that, but virtual machines are here for the rescue, bought the system, a quick installation, and voila! A mac for $20. Just for fun, I also tried to rapidly test the application for Windows Phone 7 / 7.5 (win8 requires to have a Windows 8 system! They seem to steal (bad) ideas from Apple). Will it surprise anybody if I say that the application worked in general, but that all the HTML5 pages were really messed up? Apparently Microsoft doesn't know either how to create a working browser on a mobile device! Oh well, I will take a look at that when I really really really really have nothing else to do.

Despite having a relatively high level of development skills and a good understanding of different operating systems, I don't own a smartphone and I don't have a facebook or twitter account. I know I am weird, but besides my wife, my parents, my sister, and a couple of colleagues, I don't have 1000 friends to communicate with. Makes life much simpler and I don't get anxious because a "friend" didn't answer my last post 2 minutes after I posted it (my wife is driving me nuts with these kind of things). Regarding my wife, she is looking for a new phone to replace her current basic Android device that served her well for more than a year now. She was considering an iPhone because one of her brother told her how great it is, then she took a look at the S3 and the reaction was "Oh! The iPhone look so tiny in comparison!" I just cracked up and when she understood why I was laughing, she just told me that I was a old dirty pig. Obviously, she prefers it big. Well, anyway she is now looking at the Nokia 920, so much more "sexy". The only thing that stops her: she wants an unlocked phone and she doesn't understand why these phones all cost more than $600 when her 15.4" Sony laptop with an i5, 500Gb HDD, 6GB Ram, a 1080 LCD panel, DVD burner, discrite graphics, USB 3.0, HDMI, wifi, etc... cost only about $300 more. Good question... I scratch my head on that one too.

As a Linux user (Mint 14), I really put a lot of hope on the last developments from Ubuntu. I am not really fan of Ubuntu's efforts to implement their ugly interface on the desktop (and Gnome 3 just makes me puke, just Windows 8 before Windows 8), but it seems to really work on a smartphone. That would be great to have different distributions you can choose for your phone, all applications working of course on installed systems (of course with the limitation of choosing the binary for the right processor). I would love to be able to apply my C++/C skills to develop native applications on various devices. I never really understood Google's decision to use JAVA as the programming language for Android. This adds overhead that just sucks out processing power. iOS devices use native applications (correct me if I am wrong), so of course they will get better performance with less powerful hardware. If Android was just a thin window manager layer above a minimalistic Linux kernel, current Android devices would just make iOs devices look like sluggish snails. Well, perhaps this Apple/Android battle is a unique chance for Linux to really shine (I know that Android use Linux for its kernel, but I don't consider Android to be a Linux system). Well one can alwyas dream.

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