Samsung debuts first official photo of the Galaxy S4

And from what we can tell, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will look a whole lot like the Samsung Galaxy S3. 

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy S4.

On Thursday, Samsung reps will take to a stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York and unveil the latest Samsung smart phone, which will almost certainly be called the Galaxy S4 (or S IV, if you're being persnickety).

The Galaxy S4, of course, is the successor to the Galaxy S3, one of the only smart phones to dethrone the Apple iPhone in global market share. The S4 launch is being watched very carefully. 

Samsung hasn't said exactly what the S4 will look like, but last night, the South Korean conglomerate dropped its biggest hint to date: A shadowy photograph that shows the upper half of the device (see above). What can we tell from this photo? Well, we can tell that the S4 is not going to be a radical departure from the S3, at least not in basic shape. In fact, the S4 appears to look a whole lot like the S3. 

A couple things to note here: First of all, it's hard to make out the scale of the S4, so this smartphone could be a whole lot lighter and thinner than its predecessor. Secondly, much of the discussion around the S4 has centered on its features, not its build. As we noted earlier this week, at least one outlet has speculated that the S4 will get something called a "floating touch display," which will allow you to control the phone without actually touching the screen. 

Meanwhile, the New York Times has reported that new Samsung smart phone will be equipped with a feature that tracks the motion of our eyeballs. So yes: The S4 could resemble the S3 and still bust a few barriers. 

In related news, CNET is reporting that Samsung has filed a trademark for "2D 3D Movie & Still," proof that the company is actively pursuing 3-D camera technology for its smart phones. Of course, as Shara Tibken of CNET notes, "there's no guarantee the 3D still and video camera features will show up in the Galaxy S4, but it seems plausible given the timing." 

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