Samsung Galaxy S IV expected with non-contact gesture support, but no S Pen

February 13, 2013
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Previous rumors suggested that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy S IV with an S Pen, however it is now looking like that will not be happening. Keep in mind though, similar to the details suggesting the S Pen would be included, this latest round has yet to be confirmed by anyone at Samsung. Basically, it seems we are now debunking previous rumors.

This latest is coming by way of the Korean language ddaily who are reporting that the Galaxy S IV will debut with looks similar to the current Galaxy S III. In fact, this report has suggested that the Galaxy S IV will retain the same physical home button and two capacitive buttons that the Galaxy S III has. The key to this latest report though, while the report is suggesting no S Pen, it is still looking like the handset will have the "non-contact gesture" support.

This seems to be where the confusion about the S Pen came into play with earlier reports thinking the contact-free gesture support was intended for the stylus. On the flip side though, we are not entirely sure what this will mean for users. Some have suggested that this will be similar to what Sony has on the Xperia Sola. Basically, that the display will be able to detect fingers from a small distance as opposed to needing them directly on the display to register.

Speaking of the display, earlier rumors have it looking like the Galaxy S IV will debut with a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display. Other specs are said to include an 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, Mail-T678 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Unlike HTC who has already confirmed the date for their next event, we have yet to see anything from Samsung. Rumors however are calling for an announcement in mid-March with a release beginning in early-April.

[via SamMobile]


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  • Silvertag

    Typo in the text.. says 2mp rear-cam and 13mp rear-cam. Should be 2mp front.

  • Magnus100

    If this is really all Samsung has to offer with the Galaxy S IV, then they’ll lose market share badly this year.

    To begin with most of the other flagship phones will be more beautiful and look and feel more premium. And then what will the Galaxy S IV have to offer over these other devices? Okay, maybe Samsung still has the removable battery and sd support, but if the X phone, the M7 and other flagship phones come with 3300mAh batteries and more and also with 64gb and 128gb internal storage options then Samsung is toast.

    However, the Note III will still thrive because no other phone comes with anything close to the functions it has. Samsung has to continue to market this well and highlight the advantages of the Note over other phablets, by LG and others

    • Roberto Tomás

      I disagree. Samsung is known for its absolute cornucopia of high end phones, and no single one is going to doom it or not.

      This phone sits mostly where we expect it, with last-of-yesteryear AMOLED (still leading the pack, but they are producing Youm now), a powerful cpu and graphics. If anything, the graphics are too high end as listed here. It is lacking a pen, but there are other premium Samsung phones to fill that need.

      Unlike other companies, Samsung offers expandable SD slots, and is the industry leading provider of high end SD cards — they are already on 10nm in storage, ahead of major companies like intel. 128gb total from a company like Apple (which makes great products), is ultimately still small compared to what you might get with this phone, and a 128gb+ SD card that they also themselves already offer. Price-wise, it will probably also be competitive, even buying the card separately.

  • Evan Wickes

    & another rumor article questioned the octacore.

  • Roberto Tomás

    typo in the text. It says “Mail-T678 graphics”, when those aren’t expected until 2014/2015 according to ARM itself.