With the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV on the horizon, we’re about to find out which rumors we’ve heard so far about the Korean company’s next flagship handset are true…and which of them aren’t. So before Samsung sorts fact from fiction at tomorrow’s New York City event, here’s one final round up of everything we may or may not know so far about the Galaxy S IV.
Good money says that the display of the smartphone will be 5 inches, not only because previous rumors from multiple sources have indicated as much, but also because that seems to be the going rate for flagship handset sizes these days. As for how the screen will actually look, a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) appears to be in the cards, giving the display a pixel density of 480 ppi.
Previously leaked images have shown Quick System Info PRO running on a phone that is supposedly the Galaxy S IV, which, aside from the screen size and resolution, indicated that the phone will be powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor.
The cameras on the Galaxy S IV have also been reported on, and the rear-facing camera will allegedly have a 13-megapixel resolution. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, will supposedly have a 2-megapixel resolution.
In terms of the software, the Galaxy S IV will run Android 4.2.1, an updated version of Jelly Bean. Other rumored specs that have leaked out leading up to the announcement indicate that the phone will have 2GB of RAM as well as a 2,600 mAh battery.
There has been no shortage of reports surrounding other features of the phone that extend beyond its on-paper, by-the-numbers specs. For instance, the Galaxy S IV is to sport a new technology that tracks eye movement and allows users to scroll through pages without having to touch or move the phone; scrolling takes place automatically when the user’s eyes reach the bottom of the screen.
Wireless charging is also a strong possibility, though this was also the case on the Galaxy S III before Samsung ultimately decided to pass on it. Nevertheless, word on the street is that the wireless charging capabilities, which will be compatible with the Qi standard, will be optional, as Samsung will sell the necessary fitted back plates and chargers separately.
There’s also a rumor that started back in December of last year that the Galaxy S IV may come with S Pen functionality, which, in combination with the larger screen size, would make it closer to a new entry in the Galaxy Note lineup devices than a new Galaxy S. But we’ll just have to wait and see whether or not there’s actually any credence to this claim.
More to come
The Galaxy S IV will, undoubtedly, play a big part in Samsung’s ongoing battle with Apple, as it has a chance to be the best-selling smartphone this year. Sales of the phone’s predecessor, the Galaxy S III, rivaled those of the iPhone and are still going strong, so there’s no reason to believe that the Galaxy S IV won’t enjoy the same kind of success.
So stay tuned to Brighthand for all the latest news about the Galaxy S IV, because we’ll have a reporter on site covering the big launch event tomorrow. Both a hands-on preview and a full review of the device will be hitting the site in the near future, so you won’t want to miss out on the action.