Seven days. That’s how much longer the world will have to wait to see Samsung’s Galaxy S IV (GS4). With the follow-up to the world's most popular phone close at hand, the rumor mill is as alive as ever. The occasional leaks have given smart-phone enthusiasts hope and, possibly, a small glimpse of what will arrive on March 14.
It’s important to note that even the most reputable leaks are still rumors. No mock ups, sketches, or drawings of the GS4 have been revealed. So, to save you the time and trouble of finding each tiny rumor, here is a list of what Samsung is expected to unpack.
One of the first whispers out of the rumor mill is that the GS4 will carry a plus-sized screen. Huffington Post’s Jason Gilbert writes that the GS4 will come packing a five-inch screen. This will make it one of the biggest phones on the market, once again dwarfing the iPhone. The GS4 is also expected to come with a full HD resolution (1920x1080) or 440 pixels per inch.
With the GS3, Samsung provided a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. The GS4 will definitely see an upgrade on its processor but the question comes down to how much of an upgrade. GSM Israel, an Israeli blog that is claiming to have screenshots of the still-under-wraps phone, published that the GS4 will carry a 1.8GHz quad-core processor.
The GS4 is expected to have “Smart Scroll.” This technology would allow the phone to use the front-facing camera to sense when your face is looking at it. So, say you’re reading a website and you reach the end of a paragraph. The “Smart Scroll” feature would automatically scroll down, allowing you to continue reading. GSM Israel’s screenshots of the supposed GS4 show that “Smart Scroll” would indeed be a feature, as well as, “Smart Rotation,” “Smart Pause,” and the return of “Smart Stay,” which checks to see if you're looking at the screen. For example, if you're reading something on the phone, the screen won't dim because it senses that you're still looking at it.
The rumored specs
Processors, “smart scroll,” and size aside, the GSM Israel-alleged GS4 screenshots gave away a few specs. The International Business Times compiled the data from GSM Israel into a neat, easy-to-read list:
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2GB RAM
- Storage capacity of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
- A 13-megapixel camera with Orb camera technology (1080p video capability)
- A 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- Dimensions of 140.1 x 71.8 x 7.7 mm
- 138 grams
- Home button with touch buttons
- Plastic back
- Removable battery
- Black and White color options
As we mentioned before, these are all still rumors. One week from now, Samsung with confirm or deny them all. For now, all we can do is continue to speculate, hope that Samsung got it right, and take each rumor with a little grain of salt.