A smartphone said to be Samsung’s (005930) next-generation Galaxy S IV has been revealed in a hands-on video published by the same source who previously leaked still images of the phone. The new Samsung handset pictured in the video lines up with earlier rumors and appears to match a teaser image published late Monday by Samsung. The Galaxy S IV is expected to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, an eight-core Exynos chipset, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and new touch-free control features that work by tracking the user’s eyes. The full video of the purported Galaxy S IV follows below. More →
Samsung (005930) just can’t resist teasing us with the Galaxy S IV. The company has posted an image of a silhouetted device on its official Twitter account with a caption that reads, “The countdown for
#TheNextBigThing has begun. Who’s ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14?” From a design perspective, the image shows a device that looks very similar to the Galaxy S III in terms of shape. In fact, the image teased on Samsung’s Twitter page looks a lot like the leaked images we saw yesterday that were purportedly of the Galaxy S IV, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Samsung sticks with the same design that brought it so much success over the past year.
Although past efforts to give smartphones 3D photo capabilities haven’t exactly captured the public’s imagination, that may not stop Samsung (005930) from giving it another shot. Patent Bolt has found a recent Samsung trademark filing for a logo of a 3D movie and still camera that will appear on future smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and other Samsung products. Because the trademark application was published just last week, Patent Bolt speculates that the new 3D camera will debut alongside the Galaxy S IV at Samsung’s big press event on March 14th. A 3D camera is just one of many new features rumored for the Galaxy S IV, as previous reports suggest that the device will have eye-tracking technology that will let users scroll through pages on their devices without having to physically touch their displays.
Samsung (005930) has released a new teaser video for its upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone, which is set to debut at a press conference this Thursday. The company issued its first teaser for the new flagship phone last week, launching a narrative that will likely culminate during its press conference. The second installment has now been posted to YouTube and it carries forward the same storyline featuring a young child tasked with being Samsung’s “secret messenger.” The Galaxy S IV is expected to include a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, an eight-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung’s second teaser video follows below, and the first can be viewed here. More →
Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S IV has been closely guarded in the weeks and months leading up to this week’s unveiling, but a series of leaked photos may finally reveal the handset’s finished design. While Samsung has gone to great lengths to hide its flagship smartphones in the past, a user on Chinese forum 52 Samsung claims to have published the first photos of the release version of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. The photos show a handset that carries forward many design elements found in Samsung’s current flagship Android phone, but in a sleeker package with a larger display. More →
One of the most fascinating things about Samsung’s (005930) product launches is how remarkably they contrast with its television marketing campaigns. Samsung’s TV ads, as I’m sure you’ve seen by now, like to portray the company as a scrappy, funny underdog trying to make a name for himself while fighting the humorless, tired old behemoth known as Apple (AAPL). Samsung on television is all about zombie unicorn games, sharing sex videos and making fun of iPhone fans. In other words, it’s clever, irreverent and guaranteed to make you smile. More →
Earlier reports have suggested that Samsung’s (005930) upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone may support futuristic non-touch gesture technology. SamMobile, which has provided us with accurate Samsung-related rumors in the past, confirmed on Friday that the company will indeed be using the technology in its latest flagship device. It also claims that Samsung will be using a new kind of AMOLED display, called “green PHOLED,” that will be 25% more efficient than older Super AMOLED technologies and will help the Galaxy S IV deliver better battery life despite the use of a full HD resolution. More →
New features Samsung (005930) reportedly plans to include in its next-generation Galaxy S IV smartphone have been revealed in a series of leaked screenshots. The images show various pages within the settings on Samsung’s custom version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and they detail some intriguing new functionality coming to the Galaxy S IV as well as an update due to hit Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III. More →
With all of the money that Samsung (005930) has made over the last year, some of its fans have been hoping that the next-generation Galaxy S IV model would use higher-quality building materials for its casing instead of the plastic used for the Galaxy S III. Unfortunately, all rumors indicate that the Galaxy S IV will have the same plastic build as its predecessor and that Samsung is for now eschewing materials such as aluminum or even higher-quality plastics such as polycarbonate. In an interview with CNET posted Tuesday, Samsung mobile business executive vice president YH Lee said that the company decided to remain with its plastic build because it was a very durable material and because it was much easier to manufacture on a large scale.
UPDATE: A Samsung representative chimes in to say that it’s incorrect to infer from the CNET story — which contains the headline “Why the Galaxy S4 won’t be shedding its plastic roots” and includes a line about “Samsung’s plastic GS4” — that the Galaxy S IV will have plastic casing because the Samsung executive in the interview never specifically mentions the Galaxy S IV and only talks about Samsung’s general design philosophy and its reasons for its continued use of plastic for its major devices. The representative also claims that it’s incorrect to refer to an unannounced Samsung device as the “Galaxy S IV” because that device may or may not exist, the person can or cannot confirm. We’ll know for sure if the device-that-shouldn’t-be-referred-to-as-the-Galaxy-S-IV has plastic casing in less than two weeks when Samsung may or may not unveil it in New York.
Samsung (005930) has gone to great lengths in the past to keep the design of its flagship Android smartphone from leaking ahead of its unveiling. With the Galaxy S IV set to debut in just over a week, however, a series of images posted by an online retailer in the UK may have just spoiled the surprise. Expansys on Monday evening posted several renders that may reveal the Galaxy S IV’s design, though it is unclear if they are actual renders from Samsung or simply placeholders created by the retailer. The images are also accompanied by a host of specs that align perfectly with earlier reports. Samsung’s next-generation flagship Android phone is expected to feature a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, an eight-core 1.8GHz processor, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. More renders of the Galaxy S IV follow below. More →
Samsung (005930) plans to introduce new eye-tracking technology in its next-generation Galaxy S IV smartphone, according to a new report. With just over a week before Samsung unveils its new flagship smartphone, The New York Times on Monday reported that the South Korean smartphone king has some new tricks up its sleeve. The paper claims to have spoken to a person who has tried the Galaxy S IV, and he or she detailed new eye-tracking technology that allows the user to scroll through pages without having to tough or tilt the phone at all — pages will scroll automatically as the user’s eyes move down the screen. The new feature will reportedly be demonstrated live during Samsung’s Galaxy S IV unveiling next week, where BGR will be reporting live.
While we still have a couple of weeks to go before Samsung (005930) reveals its next big thing, we can take comfort from knowing that the specs for the upcoming Galaxy S IV will be top-notch. Android developer Faryaab Sheikh has posted a picture of an AnTuTu benchmark on his Twitter account showing that the Galaxy S IV will feature an Exynos 5410 quad-core 1.8GHz processor, a 5-inch full-HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. These specs mirror earlier rumors we’ve heard about the Galaxy S IV’s specifications, so they don’t exactly come as a surprise. All the same, it’s nice to know that when the device is unveiled later this month it will be packed with some of the best hardware on the market right now.
Samsung (005930) will unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone during a press conference next week, where BGR will be reporting live. While we already know plenty about the upcoming Android phablet, Samsung has whet fans’ appetite with quick teaser video posted to its Facebook page. Nothing is revealed in the video, however it looks like the first part of an ongoing narrative we’ll see unfold over the next 10 days, culminating with the Galaxy S IV’s official unveiling on March 14th. Samsung’s teaser video follows below. More →