Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S IV has been closely guarded in the weeks and months leading up to this week’s unveiling, but a series of leaked photos may finally reveal the handset’s finished design. While Samsung has gone to great lengths to hide its flagship smartphones in the past, a user on Chinese forum 52 Samsung claims to have published the first photos of the release version of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. The photos show a handset that carries forward many design elements found in Samsung’s current flagship Android phone, but in a sleeker package with a larger display.

The Galaxy S IV is rumored to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p HD resolution, an eight-core processor, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It will also reportedly include a number of exciting touch-free controls that Samsung will showcase during its press conference on Thursday, where BGR will be reporting live.

Several leaked images of the supposed Galaxy S IV follow below.

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