Samsung Galaxy S4 rumor roundup
In anticipation for Samsung's next flagship handset, the rumor mill has been churning out one speculation after another about the Galaxy S4. CNET gathers the latest (and craziest) rumors about the device.
Editors' note: This piece was originally posted on January 24, 2013. We'll continuously update the roundup until the device's official launch. Until then, be sure to join us live on March 14 during Samsung's Global Unpacked Event, and please let us know if we missed any rumors ourselves.
Considering the popularity and success of the Samsung Galaxy S3, it's understandable that whispers of its successor (presumably called the Galaxy S4) are circulating. From iffy launch dates to spec upgrades, CNET tracks all the talk and rounds up the latest GS4 rumors here.
March 13, 2013
If you're about ready to throw a parade about the rumored eye-scrolling technology in the GS4, Bloomberg's just as ready to rain on it. According to sources "familiar with the device," the handset will have . At best, it'll have some simple eye-tracking technology, like pausing a video when your eyes move away from the display. At worst it'll show up in future devices. Talk about being a negative Ninny, Bloomberg.
March 12, 2013
According to Patently Apple, Samsung for "2D 3D Movie & Still," as well as a patent for a panoramic camera feature and imaging system. While both sound interesting, we doubt a 3D camera will be featured in the GS4 given how lukewarm the reception to 3D camera phones have been in the past.
52Samsung wasn't satisfied with leaking only pictures, so now it's released of the alleged GS4. The 3-minute video, which comically and ironically includes audio in the background of some iPad Mini promo, shows a user casually going through the handset's feature. The video's authenticity can be summed up by its current top two YouTube comments: one being, "...this is fake," and the other being, "This isn't fake guys."
March 11, 2013
After launching its second video ad, Samsung tweeted an of a Samsung handset, followed by the caption: "The countdown for #TheNextBigThing has begun. Who's ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14?" While little can be gleaned from the photo, let's just hope that the actual handset won't be obscured by so much dim lighting at the New York event.
While it's no , Samsung's debuted. It continues the story of Jeremy Maxwell -- an affluent kid (with his own driver) who is presumably hoarding his own S4 very obviously in an oversize white box. So far, we see him complimenting it ("Totally amazing!"), eat cookies in front of it, and we can gather that it'll be available in more than one color because the one that Jeremy has is in his "favorite color." What remains unknown, however, is Jeremy's favorite color. What is it, Jeremy? Is it pebble blue like the previous Galaxy or something unexpected like pink? The people have a right to know.
There are only three days left to go before its official unveiling, but 52Samsung apparently got its hands on . The device looks very similar to the Galaxy Note 2, so we're taking these shots with a little grain of salt. CNET's Rich Trenholm expects the S4 to have a more squared design and a slim bezel.
March 6, 2013
Screenshots posted on the Samsung-focused blog Sammobile, will indeed be in the Galaxy S4. The images show a settings screen for Smart Scroll, a feature that allows users to scroll through the screen and perform certain tasks merely by moving their eyes up and down. The screenshots also suggest that users will be able to adjust the speed and acceleration of the scrolling based on how their eyes and head move up and down, select which applications can tap into Smart Scroll, and choose to pause a video when they look away from the screen.
March 5, 2013
Y.H. Lee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, that when his company looks at what materials to use in a phone, it isn't just taking into consideration the aesthetic quality of the device. Rather, he said, Samsung also assesses how quickly and efficiently it can manufacture the product, knowing that it will have to ship a high volume. Also, he said that a plastic back cover, which feels light, is more durable than those of other smartphones because it's bendable and can better absorb physical impact.
March 4, 2013
Samsung teasing its upcoming Unpacked event in New York City. The video, , features Jeremy, a boy who Samsung says will be the "secret messenger." We watch Jeremy as he peeks inside a box that ostensibly houses the Galaxy S4, and promises not to tell anyone about it. He then takes it home and the video ends with a "to be continued."
Citing a person who has used the phone, that the Galaxy S4 will use unspecified technology to monitor users' eyes and translate that motion into action. As the newspaper describes it, when a user reads an online article and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text. Also, Samsung has filed for a trademark in the United States on both "Samsung Eye Scroll" and "Eye Pause," reports the Times.
February 25, 2013
Samsung for a New York Galaxy S4 reveal. As expected, it will take place March 14 at 7 p.m. ET. It also will be live-streamed on Samsung Mobile's YouTube page.
Samsung said Visa's PayWave mobile payment applet in its future devices and partner with Visa to make it easier for customers to tie their Samsung handsets to a financial institution and Visa account. While not referenced specifically, the Galaxy S4 will be the flagship product for Visa's program, according to a person familiar with the partnership.
February 24, 2013
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung that it would host a "Samsung Unpacked" event in New York on March 14 where it would unveil the Galaxy S4. Samsung told CNET that it was also considering , Knox, into the handset.
February 18, 2013
Russian analyst and rumor-meister Eldar Murtazin told Sammobile that the Galaxy S4 , which is one day earlier than a previous rumor suggested. Sammobile also speculated that Galaxy S4's specs would include an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T678 (8-Core) GPU, 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capability, 2-megapixel front facing camera, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
February 6, 2013
Doubling down with its April sale date prediction, SamMobile is reporting that Samsung will hold a to unveil the handset. Citing a "trusted insider," the site said it should expect a presser invitation after MWC finishes. Here's hoping -- because there's nothing sadder than waiting for an invite to the coolest party of the year and staring down an empty mailbox instead.
Throwing his hat into the " " ring is an analyst from Canaccord Genuity named T. Michael Walkley. He predicts that Samsung will launch the handset during that month to extand its market share lead during that quarter.
February 1, 2013
According to a source who spoke to CNET, it looks like the Galaxy S4 will be at Mobile World Congress this year. Instead, the company will probably put on its own event just for the device, similar to what it did last year with the S3 in May.
January 23, 2013
It's always interesting when rumors start ball-parking a release date, but SamMobile does one better and gives an exact date: Tax Day. Not only did the outlet report its launch day will be on , it also said the phone will have a larger 2,600mAh battery.
December 6, 2012
Reuters reported that the new Galaxy phone may be equipped with a flexible, . Although this sounds far out, we've seen firsthand what Samsung can do with its flexible . That's not to say it'll definitely come to the market any time soon, but it is evident that the company is working with such technology.
December 4, 2012
A 5-inch 1080p HD display, Android 5.0, and a 13-megapixel camera? Several S4 rumors from news outlets like Asiae.kr are popping up, reporting that the new handset is going to get in hardware and software. With these rumors, a lot of cryptic code names are being associated with the handset as well, including the stale model number "Samsung GT-I9525" and the mysterious "Project J" label.
September 17, 2012
According to a "company official" cited by the Korea Times, Samsung the Galaxy S4 at this year's Mobile World Congress. MWC is a popular and global tech conference where many mobile companies debut their latest devices.