Six days prior to the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4, rumors and speculations about the new flagship flooded the web. Unlike the Galaxy S3, there seems to be fewer leaks now but the buzz surrounding the S4 is noisier than last year’s. Apparently, the fourth generation Galaxy S is more popular than the first three releases simply because there a lot of new features. So, before Samsung finally releases the official specs sheet for this device, here are the things we believe we know about the Samsung Galaxy S4.
5-inch Display (Super AMOLED or SoLux). The first rumor that came out suggest that Samsung’s flagship this year would sport a 5-inch display and will take on the Super AMOLED screen. Recent reports, however, indicate that Samsung may be using a SoLux display, that would still feature 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD resolution, because it is brighter and more energy-efficient. But some analysts believe the South Korean smartphone-maker is simply trying to get the device out of possible legal troubles considering it has an outstanding copyright case against fellow South Korean manufacturer LG Display over the AMOLED technology. And rumors about flexible display is seems not possible for this year’s flagship.
13-megapixel Camera (2.1 MP Secondary). The S4 is believed to come packing a considerably better camera sensor with 13 megapixels; that’s for the primary or rear-facing camera. The secondary camera for video conferencing is believed to be having a 2.1-megapixel sensor. Some new camera technologies would also be packed with the device, according to some unconfirmed reports. Considering the S3 only had an 8-megapixel primary camera sensor, having 13MP is surely a good thing…if they were true.
2GB RAM, 16/32/64GB ROM Variants. In order for this year’s flagship to stand out, Samsung had to jump into 2GB RAM bandwagon. This is one of the few aspects that we are sure about given that the S4’s competitors like LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One have 2GB of RAM. The flagship is also rumored to come in three variants: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Of course, the higher the capacity, the more expensive the phone becomes. A microSD card slot is more likely to be present considering all Galaxy S series had one.
Powerful Processor (Exynos 5 or Snapdragon 600). For specs-conscious enthusiasts, the processor is the main attraction. Previous rumors suggested that the S4 will pack Samsung Exynos 5 chipset with octa-core processor. There are allegedly two sets of quad-core processors; one set is for high-performance processes while the other set is for low-performance processes.
Recent reports, however, reckon that Samsung is more likely to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is more energy-efficient, low-heating and LTE compatible. Exynos 5 is said to have some compatibility issues with 4G LTE and projects heat more than the Snapdragon. Again, analysts believe Samsung will still use its proprietary chipset for international variants while the models to be distributed in the U.S. will pack Qualcomm’s chipset.
Eye-tracking Technology. If it were true that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will sport an eye-tracking technology that allows eye-scrolling feature, it is the first mobile device to use gestures projected by human eyes. A purported screenshot of the device’s Smart Screen settings shows that aside from Smart Stay, the device will also feature Smart Rotation, Smart Pause and Smart Scroll. Huffington Post reported that the S4 will automatically scroll if it detects eyes reached the bottom of the page.
Availability in the U.S. Samsung will hold another Unpacked Event for the Galaxy S4 on March 14th. Given the company’s habit of releasing its devices, it seems an early April release is more likely. AT&T and Verizon are said to hold their own events for the device but it wouldn’t really be a surprise if T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and other carriers in the U.S. will follow suit.
Again, information we presented here are based on rumors and speculations and until Samsung confirms them, they would remain as such. Fortunately, in less than a week now we would be able to know if these rumors were founded on solid facts and not simply fruits of expectations.
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