This Thursday, Samsung will introduce its Galaxy S 4 smartphone in New York City. I’ll be there to cover the event and see the handset. But there may be little in the way of surprises at this point: On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported on several of the phone’s specifications provided to them by “two people familiar with the product.” And if you were hoping for something vastly different in the Galaxy S 4 compared to previous reports, you might want to reset your expectations.
“The phone will sport a 5-inch screen, slightly larger than the one on last year’s S3, according to two people familiar with the product. The U.S. version will use Qualcomm Inc.’s quad-core chip, giving the phone more processing power to handle multiple tasks at the same time, they said. In other markets, it will rely on Samsung’s “octacore” eight-core chip, the people said.”
I didn’t speculate on the Galaxy S 4 camera, because I inadvertently forgot to. Bloomberg’s sources fill that gap by saying the Galaxy S 4 will use a 13-megapixel camera. I’d expect some innovation in the sensor or optics as megapixels alone don’t guarantee high-quality images.
Samsung’s eye-scrolling feature reportedly won’t be included with the Galaxy S 4, says Bloomberg’s sources, but it could appear in the future. The hardware to enable such functionality is already available in Samsung devices, so it could be added in a software update.
I still stand by my predictions of the Galaxy S 4 shipping with 2 GB of memory and Android 4.2 as well as support for the new 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi standard. And nobody has given me any reason to think this won’t be another plastic-based handset with design cues similar to the company’s Galaxy Note 2.