Now that a date of March 14th has been set for the big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4, months of rumour and speculation can finally be put to bed. Whatever spec the phone actually has, the stories being leaked to various websites suggest that it should present a strong challenge to the iPhone’s dominance of the market.
The phone’s predecessor, the S3, was the phone which became Apple’s biggest rival last year. The S3 was named phone of the year in many critics’ polls, and outsold the iPhone 4S in the third quarter. Apple regained top spot in the smartphone market with the iPhone 5 in quarter four, but the S3 retained a strong presence.
With the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Korean manufacturer looks set to unveil some big new developments. At the heart of the phone looks set to be its cutting-edge new eight-core processor and eight-core graphics unit, which will make it the most powerful gaming handset around. A handy 2GB of RAM will keep thinks pretty brisk while on the outside you can expect a five-inch, 1080p HD display and a 13-megapixel camera with a host of new stabilising features so that video recording makes the most of that high-quality screen. Samsung did recently unveil flexible screen technology at CES, but it is thought that the S4 comes too soon for this, so that will be a nice juicy rumour for the build-up to the S5.
One of the key features of this new handset is the fact it will be the flagship device for the launch of Google’s latest operating system, 5.0. Unfortunately, details about the OS, aside from the fact that it will be named Key Lime Pie, are even more closely guarded than the particulars of the S4. We could suggest there will be more integration with social networking features and possibly a system to rival Apple’s popular Facetime service, but in truth, we don’t know. What we can be sure of is that, as the flagship model for the OS, Samsung will have worked closely with Google to optimise the phone’s features in light of what Key Lime Pie can do.
Eye see you
One rumour gathering pace in the last few weeks has been the suggestion that Samsung will introduce ‘Eye Scrolling’ in the S4. It’s a system which supposedly allows the user to control the page scrolling with their eyes, while videos will also be automatically paused when the user looks away.
Whatever Samsung has in store with the Galaxy S4, you can bet that Apple will be among the most interested viewers when the phone launches later this month.