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Are these leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy SIV?
Maybe...
 
Chinese forum 52Samsung posted images of what looks to be the next Galaxy.
Chinese forum 52Samsung posted images of what looks to be the next Galaxy. 52Samsung

On Thursday, Samsung is expected to publicly unveil its next flagship phone, the Galaxy SIV. We've already received plenty of clues regarding its hardware — and now we might finally have an idea of what the thing will look like. (Here's everything we know about the Galaxy SIV so far.)

A Chinese forum has published what are purportedly a fresh batch of photos of the "GT-I9502," which the original poster claims is a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy SIV for China Unicorn, the republic's state-owned mobile provider.

(Via 52Samsung)

If these pictures are the real deal, the new phone wouldn't look much different from the Galaxy SIII, save for a slightly larger 5-inch screen that eats up most of the bezel. Its spec sheet above seems to reinforce a lot of what we've been hearing, including a quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 1080x1980 display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a 13-megapixel camera.

Still, this evidence is hardly conclusive, and it's worth noting that Samsung has been known to purposefully leak breadcrumbs to mislead the public before a product's official unveiling. Remember: Pre-launch, the Galaxy SIII was wrapped in fake casings, and carrier partners were left totally clueless until the final phone was unveiled.

And if the leaked shots above are nothing more than an elaborate ruse to deceive information-hungry Galaxy fans? Well, we should all tip our hats to Little Jeremy Maxwell for a job well done.

 
Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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