Is this the new Samsung Galaxy S4?
Leaked images which seems to show the new Galaxy S IV smartphone which is the next-generation mobile by Samsung and is set for launch this week have appeared on a forum.
If these pictures are that of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, it will confirm rumours about the specifications of the phone, in particular the upgrade to the massive 5inch screen. The new handset is said to have a ‘Universal5410’ 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics processor.
The images were uploaded to Chinese forum 52 Samsung just hours ago and were quickly picked up the respected tech site The Verge. A reporter for the site says that the Universal5410 is probably a codename for the Exynos Octa 5410, an eight core processor which has been widely speculated to be at the heart of the new Galaxy.
Aside from the screen-size upgrade, the pictures seems to show a mobile which is similar to the last-generation Galaxy, complete with oblong home button.
Another anticipated feature of the new handset is Samung’s patented ‘eye tracking’ system, which will allow users to automatically scroll through webpages by simply casting their eyes across the display.
‘The phone will track a user’s eyes to determine where to scroll’, a Samsung employee told the New York Times.
In January Samsung filed for a trademark in Europe for the name ‘Eye Scroll’, which is believed to refer to the new feature.
It also filed for the ‘Samsung Eye Scroll’ trademark in the United States in February, describing the service as
‘Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices,
namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers.’
The S4’s predecessor, the S3, already had a feature which was called the Smart Stay which detected if users were looking at the screen.
The rumours come amid increasing speculation over the handset ahead of its unveiling on Thursday in New York.
It is believed the new handset could have a 1920×1080 display and may even have a 13MP camera.
Mocked-up graphics put together by mobile phone retailer Expansys based on the widespread rumours have shown how the S IV could match up to previous incarnations of the Galaxy device.
However, The Verge also reminded readers that the S III was leaked several times in dummy casings that concealed its actual design.
‘While this leak doesn’t have a visibly-fake outer shell, there’s every chance Samsung could’ve crafted a false casing for testing purposes — just as there’s every chance this could be an elaborate hoax,’ the site reported.
Samsung Electronics’ mobile division chief JK Shin told South Korea’s Edaily news website that the decision to
launch the new smartphone in the U.S. was spurred by demand from mobile networks.
‘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,’ he said.
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