Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 rumor roundup: Antutu spec leak, build-quality and special software chancements

Samsung Galaxy S 4 rumor roundup: Antutu spec leak, build-quality and special software chancements

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most anticipated phone so far this year. As such, the rumor mill is going absolutely crazy with it. Just what’s being said about Samsung’s new flagship device just ten days before its release? Today alone we’ve got alleged specs from an Antutu benchmark, Eldar Murtzain speaking out on the design and build-quality of the S 4, and the supposed addition of some new eye-tracking technology that will take your device to the next level.

Traced all the way back to the Italian site HD Blog, Antutu benchmarks for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 have appeared in the Antutu Android app that detail the device, giving us an idea of what Samsung has packed inside. If the benchmark report is right, the Galaxy S 4 will come with an Exynos Octa 5410 at 1.8GHz, a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 1920×1080 display, 13 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.2. Also revealed were the S 4?s network capabilities, which include GSM, WCDMA and LTE, eliminating the need for separate LTE and GSM models. Keep in mind however that this is rumored to be the international S 4, the GT-i9500. The internal hardware will most likely differ for different regional releases. [1]

Stepping away from the internals of the Galaxy S 4, Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, who accurately announced the release date of the S 4 back in February, claims he has seen the Galaxy S 4, and has shared some details on what the device will look like. According to Murtazin, the Galaxy S 4 will be largely unchanged from the S III. The S 4 will come with a plastic body, relying on software for most of its major changes. [2]

This seems to be a new theme for mobile releases, one we welcome with open arms. Hardware hasn’t necessarily hit a wall, but manufacturers and developers aren’t designing software that takes full advantage of the hardware that’s available now. Samsung wants to be a leader in this arena, by introducing things enhanced like eye-tracking technology.

Samsung already offers a feature in the Galaxy S III that uses the front-facing camera to check if users are engaged with their device, and if they are, disables screen dimming. Continuing on with this type of technology, Brian Chen of the New York Times is reporting that Samsung will introduce a feature that will track users eyes to know when they’ve reached the end of a page, and automatically scroll down to reveal more content. Samsung already owns the trademark for “Samsung Eye Scroll,” which fits this new feature almost too well. [3]

Of course all the information presented in today’s rumor roundup is just that, rumors, but all of them seem incredibly likely to come true. Is there anything you’re waiting to hear on the Galaxy S 4? Let us know what you want from Samsung’s next flagship device in the comments below.

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