The rumour mill for the Samsung Galaxy S IV keeps on churning. According to SamMobile, some benchmarks have popped up on the AnTuTu benchmark database that seem to be of the Galaxy S IV. If the benchmarks are anything to go by, the Galaxy S IV is set to have the same specs that have been rumoured for a long time.
The biggest confirmation comes for the processor. The phone seems to be running on a 1.8GHz processor, which is presumably the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa that the company had unveiled earlier this month during CES. It also seems to be running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Going by rumours, the phone will be seeing the light of day in the first half of the year. If Samsung's plans are anything like last year, the Galaxy S IV will probably not be showcased during the upcoming MWC.
The benchmark shows a 1.8GHz processor and Android 4.2.1 (image credit: SamMobile)
The biggest change would be the screen. With all OEMs launching 5-inch, 1080p display phones, rest assured that the S IV will also feature a 5-inch, full HD display of the Super AMOLED variety. Samsung's 4.99-inch full HD display with 440ppi is scheduled for a Q1 release and in all likelihood, will make its way to the Galaxy S IV. There are rumours about the S IV having an ‘unbreakable screen’. This could either be a reference to Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3 or Samsung might be developing something in-house.
We can also expect an upgraded camera. 8MP sensors just don’t cut it anymore (unless it’s anything like the one on the Lumia 920), which is why a 12MP or 13MP camera sounds about right and will compete nicely with the Sony Xperia Z/ZL. We’ve also heard talks about the S IV launching with S Pen, the trademark accessory of the Galaxy Note. While this could dilute the uniqueness of the phablet, we wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility given the expected screen size of the S IV.
The latest rumour comes in the form of a leaked image from SamMobile that shows what the S IV might look like. Some notable changes include the lack of capacitive buttons. Could this be the first Samsung device to finally break away from physical buttons? The bezel is almost non-existent, giving the illusion of almost all-screen, and we quite like it. The design, thankfully, is not modelled around the S III, but is more along the lines of the S II, just with more rounded edges. Other features that could make it are wireless charging, possibly an IP57 certification, 1080p capable front facing camera and perhaps a Xenon flash.
You can check out our round-up of the rumours concerning the Galaxy S IV here.
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