Purported Samsung Galaxy S IV leaks out again, high-quality photos and spec list in towAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
The Samsung Galaxy S IV countdown is now under the 24-hour mark, but that doesn't mean that we can't squeeze in one last leak before Sammy's big unveiling in New York City. The same purported Galaxy S IV that popped up in a set of images three days ago and then a video one day later is back again, but these latest photos are of a much higher quality than the previous shots. The phone itself looks just like it has in the past two leaks, sporting a Galaxy S III-like design, physical home button and center-mounted rear camera with a flash beneath it. Underneath the battery cover is a pair of SIM card slots.
According to the report from Chinese site it168, the Galaxy S IV will feature a 4.99-inch 1080p display and 1.8GHz Exynos 5410 octa-core processor, which lines up with previous leaks. The site also claims that this GT-I9502 unit packs in a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,600mAh battery, all packed into a body that measures 7.7mm thick and weighs in at 138g. To compare, the international GT-I9300 Galaxy S III is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133g.
The images also show a couple of software features that Samsung has built into TouchWiz on the Galaxy S IV. One photo shows the Smart Stay functionality that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S III, which detects if a user's eyes are looking at the screen and prevents the display from turning off if they are. One new feature that's said to be coming with the S IV will allow users to hover their finger over the display to preview content without actually opening it. That feature is similar to the Air View functionality that's already included with the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 8.0, but since there's no stylus built into the S IV, Samsung has enabled the feature to work with the natural stylus that's included with a user's hand.
This latest leak, so long as it's the real deal, further affirms that the Galaxy S IV will feature a design that's similar to the Galaxy S III, but has likely been tweaked and refined a bit. Samsung was pretty happy with the design of the Galaxy S III, and it's managed to sell quite a few units of that handset since its debut, so the company doesn't exactly need to give the Galaxy S IV a completely new look. While we'll have to wait to judge the look and feel of the Galaxy S IV until we actually get one in our hands, the phone in these newly-leaked shots doesn't look too shabby. Samsung will officially take the wraps off of the Galaxy S IV tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and you can bet that we'll be bringing you all of the news as it happens. Until then, why not give us your thoughts on these photos in the comments section below?