Just about a week to go until Samsung finally unveils its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, and boy, are we excited! The Galaxy S3 went on to exceed expectations when it managed sales of over 40 million all over the world and earned the tag of becoming the world’s favorite smartphone last year. Ahead of what we think is one of the most anticipated launches in the world of tech, we thought we’d bring you a summary of all the rumors surrounding its successor, the gorgeous Galaxy S4.

It all started with the leak of an image by SamMobile, which it claimed happened to be of the Galaxy S4. The first leaked image resembled the Galaxy S3, with its curved edges, but it lacked the home button on the bottom of the phone. We saw a device with an extremely thin, almost negligible bezel, and a larger screen than the Galaxy S3’s 4.8-inch offering.

Shortly thereafter, a new image of the Galaxy S4 surfaced on Picasa carrying the label Galaxy S IV GT-I9500 Product Image. It had a boxier look than the previous image, with edges more squared than rounded. Of course, we later realized that this was just a creation by Korean fan of Samsung.

And then we came across an image which showed a rather metallic smartphone. While Samsung is known to prefer polycarbonate for its phones’ bodies due to its durability and ease of production, the metal design was on the lines of its competitors like the iPhone 5 and the HTC One. Of course, this too ended up being just a rumor fueled by a Samsung fan.

In the midst of all these rumored designs for the phone, we came across two other rumors – this time for the cases. The ads asked users to pick up their choice of cases well ahead of the phone’s release to keep themselves prepared. However, one of them was just a plain copy fit for the Galaxy S3 while the other just made cases with sharper edges. We’re still not sure if the cases actually do fit the Galaxy S4.

A few weeks ago, @evleaks posted two photos on its Twitter account of the Galaxy S4 smartphone placed alongside the previous Galaxy phones. Given just how accurate it has been in the past, we almost fell for it, until we realized that the image was just a mockup created by Expansys as a Samsung Galaxy S4 splash page. The image was inspired by the various rumors floating about, but its accuracy at best is doubtful.

SamMobile then went on to leak yet another dark image of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s startup screen. But given the darkness of the image, we can’t help but wonder if there’s any truth in there.

Samsung itself is teasing us ahead of the launch through its video which shows a Samsung representative using a rather large looking device – which could possibly be the Galaxy S4. Guess we’ll just have to wait till the 14th of March to see the real deal.