VIDEO: Samsung creates a ‘flash mob’ in Times Square to promote the Galaxy S4
As of now, it’s been confirmed that on March 14, 2013, Samsung will announce its newest phone, the Galaxy S IV. With one tweet, the company has stirred the pot, with speculation running rampant regarding what the new Galaxy will offer consumers. We’ve rounded up the most reliable rumors to date for the impending launch.
Raw power and new software
Rumor has it that the new Galaxy S IV will come with the newest version of Android, 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The S IV is reported to have 2GB Ram with a 16GB storage, but can go up to 64GB with a micro SD card; enough to fit the fancies of many. To keep all of your information safe, a report on CNN Money suggests that Samsung will integrate its new security software, Knox, into the new handset. Knox is Samsung’s response to the BYOD craze and is set to rival BlackBerry’s security features. Knox allows IT departments to keep user’s personal and work data separate, preventing viral attacks and data leakage. Depending on who you listen to, it has also been said that the new S IV will either consist of an eight-core Exynos processor, or that Samsung has chosen the Snapdragon 600 processor instead.
Samsung has updated the Galaxy’s wireless networking from 82.11g to 82.11ac, which means faster networking. Tests have shown that 82.11ac can manage more than 300Mbits/s. With this update, the S IV will be up to date with the latest developments in wireless technology.
While we are aware that the skeleton of the phone is what makes it cool, we also want to know the aesthetics of this new mobile device. Samsung has already said it’s sticking to the plastic frame over the iPhone’s more aesthetically pleasing aluminum body. A teaser picture of the new (same?) design can be found here.
Cool new features
If Samsung makes use of its recently patented wireless technology, the new S4 may come equipped with a wireless charger, allowing consumers to charge their phone without a bulky charger. Even cooler is the rumored implementation of Samsung’s eye-tracking technology. This system would use the front-facing camera to turn a page or scroll a website when you reach the bottom, and even pause a video when you look away!
While we will not know for sure Samsung’s master plan for the S4 until the official NYC launch tomorrow, we are sure it will be a great contender and faster than its predecessor. If Samsung is able to provide its security platform with this device, along with improved screen resolution and an orb camera, it’s safe to say that the engineers at Apple have their work cut out for them.
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