By Stephen Schenck | December 28, 2012 10:59 AM
So, what do we know about Samsung’s follow-up to the Galaxy S III? There’s been a lot of talk that Samsung will introduce it later in 2013, well after the early year expo events, at another Samsung-only shindig, similar to how the GS3 made its debut. Some early rumors looked to the possibility of some sort of flexible display tech, but more recent chatter seems to focus on a more traditional screen, albeit one in 1080p. Then there’s the hard-to-believe claims that the GS4 may not run Android at all, and could mark the start of Samsung’s big push for Tizen. The latest set of Galaxy S IV rumors to come our way takes a slightly different approach, suggesting that Samsung could be looking to steal some features from the Galaxy Note.
Supposedly, the Galaxy S IV could feature the Note’s S-pen stylus. While it would be interesting to see the stylus taking a larger role in Samsung’s smartphone lineup, we’re curious what such a move would mean for the Note brand; would that be the end of those models?
These rumors also look to a 1080p display, as well as a quad-core A15-based Exynos 5 SoC and the presence of Jelly Bean. One interesting feature mentioned is the presence of an IR-based gesture recognition system, which sounds like it could be a lower power alternative to a system built around use of the phone’s front-facing camera. As for the phone’s cameras themselves, Samsung could be looking to bump-up the rear sensor to thirteen megapixels.
As nice as some of those features sound, we’re really not sure how much faith to put in these rumors. The stylus, especially, is a tough pill to swallow. For now, we wouldn’t count on seeing it, but we’ll keep looking for additional confirmation, one way or the other. If what these had to say was correct, we could know the truth quite soon, with Samsung planning for an April launch.