We are now all getting used to seeing blurred images, usually on some remote technological Chinese website, of new smartphones that are yet to be released. These grainy images are part and parcel of the brand loyalty that surrounds Apple, Samsung and other major players in the war to be the fastest selling mobile on the planet. But these pictures, of a previously-unseen Samsung smartphone have literally just appeared, and could very well be the not yet released Galaxy S4.
The pictures show that the phone looks as if it is 5-inches, and it has nearly exact similar styling properties to the Galaxy S III, something that Samsung Galaxy owners are not that happy about. The pictures come from the Chinese forum 52 and were uploaded a few hours ago, and if the recent leaks are to be believed, this could well be the next in the Galaxy range.
Samsung are due to reveal the successor to the Galaxy S III’s at an event scheduled for March 14th, and to be held for the first time in the US. They made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress 2013 and mobile head – JK Shin has said that the Galaxy S4 will indeed be shown off for the first time at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York City. Shin told South Korea’s Edaily news website that the decision to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone in the US was decided by demand from mobile networks. He said: “We introduced the Galaxy S III in London last year, and this time we changed the venue (to New York)… as we were bombarded with requests from U.S. mobile carriers to unveil the Galaxy S IV in the country.”
If these pictures do turn out to be the Galaxy S4, they will confirm the widespread rumours that Samsung are massively increasing the screen size to 5 inches. The images show a Galaxy handset which looks as if it has been customized for the Chinese carrier Unicom. Named ‘GT-I9502’, it is said to have a ‘Universal5410’ 1.8 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX 544 MP graphics processor, an eight-core processor with four A15 cores for power and four A7 cores for power efficiency.
Once the images were uploaded to the Chinese forum 52, tech site The Verge quickly picked up them up wrote a report about them. Respected tech reporter Aaron Souppouris said that the Universal5410 is probably a codename for the Exynos Octa 5410, which is an eight core processor, widely speculated to be at the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The pictures show that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has the typical oblong home button that the Galaxy S3 has, but could have several other new features in the battle to stay ahead of Apple.
Back in January, Samsung filed for a trademark in Europe under the name of ‘Eye Scroll’, which is believed to refer to their new patented ‘eye tracking’ system. This is a new feature that allows users to automatically scroll through webpages by simply looking at the display.
This is only one of many hotly anticipated features of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as an employee for Samsung stated in the New York Times: “The Samsung Galaxy S4 will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll.” The Eye Scroll would then detect where your eye was looking on the screen and would automatically advance pages when they reach the bottom, or raise the page when they were at the end.
Other features may include a 1920×1080 display and also a 13MP camera.
Souppouris for The Verge advised caution however, as he reminded that last year, the Galaxy S III was leaked several times in dummy boxes that concealed the phone’s final design. We will just have to wait for three more days to see either way.