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.