Samsung is holding its Unpacked 2013 Episode 1 event on March 14 in New York City. As though the event invitation isn't obvious enough, the Korean company should be (or should we say, will be?) unveiling the successor to its highly popular Galaxy S III smartphone, which has reached global sales of over 30 million units in November.
It is becoming an annual practice for Samsung to hold its own launch events outside of Mobile World Congress 2013 and Consumer Electronics Show 2013, where its competitors usually unveil their flagship devices for the year. So what tricks does Samsung have up its sleeves this time round? Well, there are plenty of rumors, speculations, and leaked screenshots of the device. Here's a quick look at the reports so far:
|Device||Samsung Galaxy S IV||Samsung Galaxy S III|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (at launch)
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (LTE model)
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa||Exynos 4212 Quad quad-core 1.4GHz|
|RAM||2GB||1GB (non-LTE variant)
2GB (LTE variant)
microSD slot (supports up to 64GB)
|Display||4.99-inch Super AMOLED||4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,280 x 720 pixels|
|Cameras||Rear: 13MP / autofocus / LED flash||Rear: 8MP / autofocus / LED flash|
|LTE||Yes||3G and LTE variants available|
|? x ? x 9.2mm||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm|
An alleged press image of the Samsung Galaxy S IV appeared on Picasa suggests a design with thinner bezels, a bigger physical home button, and less rounded corners. The Korea Times also obtained information from an insider source that the device will come with a 5-inch display.
Korean sources also claim that the Galaxy S IV will be the first of its series to come with the S Pen, a stylus concept which first started in the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, and is also in the current Galaxy Note II.
But there are conflicting reports on the processor used in the Galaxy S IV. Although the phone is likely to be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor which Samsung unveiled at CES 2013, a report by DigiTimes stated otherwise. It is possible that Samsung may switch to using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processors - the same processor used in the ASUS PadFone Infinity, HTC One, and LG Optimus G Pro.
On the other hand, leaked Antutu benchmark results reveal that the Galaxy S IV would be powered by an Exynos 5140 1.8GHz processor, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It would also be sporting a 4.99-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Other specs include 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, and two storage capacities (16GB and 32GB). Screenshots of the app Quick System Info PRO suggest that a quad-core 1.7GHz processor will be running under the hood instead.
Also, Samsung is likely going to utilize the front-facing camera of the Galaxy S IV for two new features - Smart Scroll and Smart Pause. Similar to Smart Stay, it was mentioned that the camera will detect eye movement, and scroll through a webpage automatically or pause a video. Would such a feature work to consumer's advantage - if it turns out to be true? Well, we'll have to wait till next week when the full details are unveiled.
Samsung Lebanon has apparently let the cat out of the bag on Facebook when it responded to a query on the availability of the Galaxy S IV. They mentioned that the device "won't be released before May 2013".
Samsung Galaxy S IV: A Compilation of News We've Gathered To-date
NEWS / 09 Mar 2013 / By Sidney Wong
SamMobile received new information about the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which include a floating touch technology, new AMOLED technology, and a new camera feature.
NEWS / 08 Mar 2013 / By Sidney Wong
A series of leaked screenshots reveal the specs of Samsung's upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S IV.
NEWS / 05 Mar 2013 / By Sidney Wong
@evleaks posted two pictures and specs of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S IV.
NEWS / 04 Mar 2013 / By Sidney Wong
Specs of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone have apparently been leaked via Antutu benchmark results.
NEWS / 26 Feb 2013 / By Wong Casandra
Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S IV will be officially unveiled in New York City on the 14th of March.
NEWS / 19 Feb 2013 / By Wong Chung Wee
Screenshots of the new Samsung Galaxy Altius smart watch have been leaked. This is according to The Verge who reported that they were obtained from a South Korean message board. Read on to uncover this potential competitor to Apple's smart watch.
NEWS / 19 Feb 2013 / By Sidney Wong & Wong Casandra
Multiple sources have confirmed that Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S IV at an event in New York City on 14 March.
NEWS / 08 Feb 2013 / By Wong Casandra
Once again, leaked EXIF data to save the day. This time, they reveal a little more about the upcoming Samsung S IV. It appears that at least two Galaxy S IV versions were used to upload the images up to Google+.
NEWS / 23 Jan 2013 / By Wong Casandra
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S IV are coming fast and furious and this time, we are offered a peek at what possibly might be an official press image of the device.
NEWS / 22 Jan 2013 / By Wong Casandra
Other than confirming that the Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled at MWC, Samsung's mobile division head JK Shin has also officially confirmed that the S IV device will not be announced during the same event.
NEWS / 04 Jan 2013 / By Wong Casandra
In a telling reply to a Facebook post asking about the Galaxy S IV's availability, Samsung Lebanon has mentioned that the device "won't be released before May 2013".
NEWS / 04 Jan 2013 / By Wong Casandra
According to a report from South Korean website MT, the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Jay Lee, will be at CES showing off the Samsung Galaxy S IV... behind closed doors.
NEWS / 29 Dec 2012 / By Sidney Wong
Korean sources are claiming that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will launch with the S Pen, which is the signature feature of its Galaxy Note devices.
NEWS / 27 Dec 2012 / By Wong Casandra
The Samsung Galaxy S IV probably will not make its appearance so soon but there are already rumors floating around the device on the Internet. Given its impending popularity, the appearance of an unofficial mockup video of the S IV doesn't quite strike us as that surprising.
NEWS / 04 Dec 2012 / By Sidney Wong
A fresh round of rumors surfaced on upcoming Samsung mobile devices which include the Galaxy S IV, an entry-level Galaxy Note II and a 13.3-inch transforming tablet with a keyboard dock.