It hasn’t even been announced yet, but rumours have been widespread regarding what the new handset will include. The launch event for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 is scheduled for midnight on Thursday 14th March (UK time), so here’s a roundup of the hotly tipped key features from around the internet.
It is thought that Samsung will extend their screen size up to 5-inches (the Samsung Galaxy S III was 4.8-inches) with a 1080×1920 pixel display, although there is debate over what type of screen will be used. This is in comparison to the relatively compact 4-inch display of the iPhone 5. There have also been rumours of a ‘floating touch’ display, allowing users to control the phone without touching the screen.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 is thought to operate on the latest version of Android software (Jelly Bean 4.2.1), and could have up to an eight-core processor. Even the most advanced smartphones currently available have only four cores, which should mean that processing is faster than other models, such as the iPhone 5, without compromising on battery life. 2GB of RAM will also pose a touch challenge to the 1GB offered by the iPhone.
A 13 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting high-definition video at 30 frames per second is also expected, along with a 2 megapixel front camera. Both eclipse the iPhone 5’s 8MP and 1.5MP cameras, and show Samsung have taken strides forward in their camera technology.
After Samsung filed for ‘Eye Scroll’ and ‘Eye Pause’ European trademarks in January, it has also been widely rumoured that eye-tracking technology will be included, allowing for hands-free scrolling. Similar technology is already incorporated into other Galaxy models, to prevent the screen from going dark whilst the user is looking at the screen.
Samsung already sells more smartphones than any other manufacturer, and the Galaxy S4 certainly looks to be a serious challenger to outsell the Apple iPhone 5.
After the March 14th launch event, it is likely that handsets will be available in early April. Comm-Tech will keep you updated as soon as we have further information.