he global smartphone arena might have several manufacturers from different parts coming with exciting offerings. But, Samsung has the credit of the world's largest smartphone vendor with its good record of handsets including Galaxy S3.
The South Korean tech giant is offering new handsets almost every month, thereby making its presence prominent in every single range, but, its high-end smartphones are 'Something Special' for the consumers and spectators in the tech world.
Since the past few months, Samsung is constantly holding the spotlight for its highly talked about for its Galaxy S4, the successor of its flagship smartphone - Galaxy S3. Almost on each passing day, the rumors regarding Galaxy S4 are unfolding revealing several traits of the handset.
The latest one says that Galaxy S4 will be made available to the consumers starting from early April. A New Zealand mobile retailer has hosted an internal contest, which reveals that Galaxy S4 will be launched by April 8, 2013, as the handset is one of the prizes offered to the winners.
The contest happens to end on April 8 and hence, it is logical that Galaxy S4 will hit the stores by then. However, the leaked documents do not claim any specific date for the distribution of prizes.
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Further, the document also states that all the winners of the contest will attend an event in late May, raising a speculation that Galaxy S4 units might be handed over at that event.
With this new speculation seeping in, Gizbot is offering an overall roundup of all the rumors that have been heard so far of the handset.
4.99-Inch 1080p Display with S-Pen
At CES 2013, Samsung displayed its roadmap for the year, wherein a full HD 1080p 4.99 inch display was spotted. The display was all set to make its way into the market in Q1 2013. With the anticipation of Galaxy S4, reports started suggesting that the handset will equip this 4.99 inch 1080p display in it.
Further, a juicy rumor emerged claiming that Galaxy S4 might come with S-Pen support. Though there is no evidence for this, it is based on its unite look with the Note series handsets. Hence, the rumor claims that there could be a wide chance for Samsung to implement the stylus support in the smartphone.
Advanced wireless charging and dock
As per another rumor, Samsung will be selling a specialized back cover for Galaxy S4 and a separate wireless charging dock that has to be purchased separately. Samsung is also rumored to use an advanced wireless charging technology called resonant magnetic coupling, which will charge the handset from about 2 meters distance.
The name 'Galaxy S4'
While there are a plethora of rumors and speculations building a great hype on the handset, there is one worthy official confirmation. It is nothing but the name of the handset. Following the launch pattern, Samsung was rumored to announced Galaxy S4 in 2013, without any certainty. However, a Samsung official accidentally confirmed the name of the handset as 'Galaxy S4' at a presentation.
First render of Galaxy S4
The first render of Galaxy S4 surfaced online in the last month suggesting a design that is similar to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Premier, without the presence of a home button. The handset seemed to have a slimmer bezel around the screen and a larger display. However, it is only a leaked render and it should not be considered the final design.
Galaxy S4 is estimated to be an awe-striking handset, rumored to boast a 4.99 inch AMOLED HD display along with 1920 x 1080 pixel of resolution accompanied with remarkable 441 ppi pixel density, 2GHz quad core Cortex A15 processor, 13MP rear camera, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage options.
Competitors of Galaxy S4
From the specs and other rumors features, it can be said that the South Korean tech firm is prepping a killer smartphone. But, it is worth mentioning that it is not only Samsung to launch such a device as several other companies have also started coming up with 1080p high-end smartphones with advanced features.
A few upcoming handsets that can offer a tough competition to Galaxy S4 could be HTC M7, LG Optimus G2, Apple iPhone 5S, LG made Google Nexus 5 and the rumored 6.44 inch Sony handset.