With its grand March 14 launch in New York less than a week away, it's fair to assume that inventories of the Galaxy S4 may have reached stores by now. It's also fair to assume that it's not particularly difficult to get a retailer to pop a seal for you, for a little extra dough. One such buyer in China got lucky, and wasted no time in posting pictures.
The phone, bearing SKU "GT-I9502," features a carbon-black front bezel, inconspicuous side bezels for the screen, and a silvery-gray back panel, with a carbon fiber texture. This particular device is operator-locked to China Unicom. Upon powering it up and pointing to its About screen, some of its specifications were revealed.
For starters, the device is running Android 4.2.1, and not 4.2.2, as speculated. One explanation for this is that China Unicom could have been installing its custom-apps and making the software compliant to PRC law since long before mid-February, when 4.2.2 was launched. Other specs check out: a 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, 2 GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a CPU clock speed of 1.80 GHz. The buyer even put the device through AnTuTu, where it bagged 26,118 points.