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Rumor Has It
What we will (and won't) get in the Galaxy S4This week, we round up all the final rumors ahead of what will probably be the launch of Samsung's next flagship phone on Thursday. Will it come in colors? Is eye-tracking a thing? Guest co-host Casey Newton weighs in.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy. CASEY: And I'm Casey Newton, your guest co-host this week. KARYNE: (to casey) Welcome, Casey! (to camera) It�s Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. CASEY: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it'll never ever happen. KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. CASEY: First up, as you know, the Galaxy S4 is probably coming out this week. And there are a million rumors out there about what it will look like, what features it will have, how much it will cost. I want to talk first about a big rumor reported by the New York Times, which seems pretty great and is a feature I think the device will have. An unnamed source who claimed to have used the phone told the Times that the S4 will have an eye-tracking smart scroll. KARYNE: So basically, a camera will sync with and monitor your eye movement so when you�re reading, the screen would automatically scroll at your pace. I'm dubious. CASEY: This sounds really cool; I don't think it'll work all that well, but I absolutely think it will be part of the announcement. KARYNE: I don't know, I think that it sounds too cool to be true. I guess we have a game, here, sir! KARYNE: Next up, at Mobile World Congress, Samsung and Visa unveiled a partnership. Samsung would incorporate Visa's PayWave mobile payment capabilities in its future devices. While not referenced specifically, it seems pretty likely that the S4 would be the flagship product for Visa's program, according to a person familiar with the partnership. CASEY: Samsung has been one of the leaders when it comes to incorporating NFC tech in phones. And with this new Visa partnership, what could go wrong!? KARYNE: Uh, yeah, totally. The problem is, just because my phone has NFC and is linked to a Visa account doesn't mean that businesses are adopting this technology. CASEY: Great, so we're just going to be at the front of the line, waving our phones around at nothing. KARYNE: Exactly. CASEY: Next up, an analyst told Reuters that the S4 will feature the new bendable screen Samsung showed off at Mobile World Congress and has showed off at CES for a few years. KARYNE: Except it won�t, because everything else we know about the development process indicates that no one has figured out how to make the rest of the phone work with a bendable screen yet. CASEY: Eventually we'll be able to use our phones as snap bracelets. That is the dream. KARYNE: Now this we are pretty sure the S4 will have: COLORS! Why? Cuz Samsung itself is teasing color variety in its own ad, featuring a little rich boy named Jeremy who tells his dog that the secret Samsung thing in the box is, quote, �my favorite color.� CASEY: If we read into it further, I think it comes in red, cuz at the end Jeremy�s mother puts aside his favorite tie to wear for the launch event and it is -- wait for it -- red. KARYNE: Boom! CASEY: Moving on, images leaked on Monday of what may be the S4 hiding in a Galaxy Note 2�s clothing. Photos obtained from Chinese site 52Samsung show a device, which looks like a bigger S3, or the Note 2. Although it's kind of hard to tell how big the phone is in the pictures. So, it's possible that it's wearing dummy casing so throw us off the scent. KARYNE: The design looks different to previous leaks, which have suggested a much squarer design and smaller bezels above and below the screen. What do you guys think? Will the S4 look like a Note 2? Will it be as big? Or is that in fact a dummy case to confuse all the rumor mongers out there? Don't forget to vote and then we'll see what the CNET Council has to say. CASEY: And the CNET Council�s verdict is an almost unanimous NO. Only one lonely editor thinks that the S4 will, in fact, look like the Note 2. KARYNE: That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us, and thanks to this week's ! CASEY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.