The next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Android handset is almost upon us. Plenty of leaks, viral videos, and salacious rumors have cropped up in the last few months in anticipation for the device. The Galaxy S III is one of Samsung’s best-selling handsets to date, and the company reigns as the number one handset maker in the world. We’re excited about what Samsung has in store this time around, but until then, let’s do a rumor check to explore what may be on the horizon.
It might look like…
Spy shots are always nice because they give eager customers something to look forward to. But spy shots of the Samsung Galaxy S IV have only promised that we’ll see a similar form-factor to the Galaxy S III—down to the rounded edges and curved chassis. Samsung may also stick with the plastic because of the Galaxy S III’s success and the fact that the company can quickly produce them at higher volumes. However, the Galaxy S IV will probably be a bit denser than Samsung’s last handset.
Spy videos are helpful too, because they’re more dynamic and sometimes offer comparisons to other hot smartphones. Here’s a video leak of the Galaxy S IV alongside an iPhone:
The display on the Galaxy S IV may be huge: five inches to be exact, with a 1080p resolution and 440 PPI—that’s a big improvement over the current Galaxy S III’s 306 PPI and the iPhone 5’s 326 PPI. Rumors are pointing to a Super AMOLED display, so don’t bet on flexible AMOLED just yet. Also, Samsung may push the display out to the outer edges of the bezel (as seen in the video above), which would keep the phone a manageable size while tacking on that extra screen real estate.
The biggest improvements with the Galaxy S IV are likely to be what’s on the inside. The phone is purported to come with 2GB of RAM, a more recent iteration of Android Jelly Bean (4.2.1), and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. As for the processor that’s fueling it, we may be seeing an eight-core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor. The graphics processor may also be similar in performance to Apple’s A5 and A5X chips, though how many cores it contains is currently unspecified.
It’s also been rumored that this SoC will only be limited to the European market, and apparently the US model will be powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 series mobile processor (Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip sets have an integrated LTE radio).
Eye tracking and other goodies
You may have heard that the Galaxy S IV will feature software using eye tracking technology to scroll though content on the screen. When the phone senses that you are staring at the screen, it will page up the content so you don’t have to swipe up on the screen. Apparently Samsung filed a trademark for this a few months ago, with the US application detailing the “eye scroll” software as capable of “sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smart phones, and tablet computers according to eye movements.”
Several screenshots have also pointed to this discovery, and they apparently depict the Galaxy S IV’s updated TouchWiz user interface with Android 4.2 laid over it. The screenshot on the right below is of the Smart screen options in the Settings menu.
Going the way of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the LG-manufactured Nexus 4, the Galaxy S IV may also include Qi-standardized wireless charging. It would work with any compatible wireless base and would remove the need to plug in your phone every night.
Purveyors of the digital wallet revolution may also be excited about the Galaxy S IV. Samsung’s latest phone may come standard with the company’s new Wallet app, which will keep track of loyalty cards, tickets, coupons, and more. Samsung originally announced the feature at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and it’s now available as a preview for developers, though there are no exact details on when it will launch.
Many of you already listed what you’d like to see Samsung include in its next big Android handset. We have our own little wish list going too. Regardless of what’s to come, Ars will be covering the Samsung Unpacked event live on Thursday evening. Check back with us for up-to-the-second news from the announcement.
A galaxy not so far away: What to expect in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV – Ars Technica