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This is a crappy PhotoShop job of a Samsung 4.0 device, and not much else

February 2, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



Samsung disappointed some and pleased others when it said that the successor to its Galaxy S II device would not be unveiled at Mobile World Congress later this month. But what’s this? A mystery device showing a Samsung phone that looks to have a customized version of Android 4.0. Could this be the Galaxy S III? Or maybe the Galaxy S 2 Plus?

Probably neither.

Before you get too excited, this is just a Photoshop job – and a poor one at that – supposedly of a press photo leaked. It was posted a short while ago by Eldar Murtazin, a mobile phone blogger and insider who is sometimes very right and other times very wrong. It was attached to a tweet that simply said “Barcelona. Samsung. Press photo leaked” and a round of coy smiles when asked if this is the GS III or GS II Plus.

I doubt this is a press photo at all because of the poor quality of the graphic. Looking at the bottom and left sides of the image, you can see what’s clearly a hack job of trying to resize, merge, and align different images pieced together in Photoshop. There’s also a terrible job of blending and the widgets don’t look right, which leads me to believe that this isn’t a “press photo.” Samsung would never have something this crappy sent to the press. It’s more than likely just an image someone crafted regarding how they think the next Samsung phone will look.

It would be nice if elements of this concept really do appear in a Samsung device. The nice rectangular shape, large screen, Android 4.0, and slim build are all excellent qualities. We’ll know soon enough. Maybe.