By Stephen Schenck | February 13, 2013 3:40 PM
As shouldn’t be too surprising, as we start to close-in on when Samsung’s expected to finally announce the Galaxy S IV, and subsequently make the smartphone available for retail sales, the previous months and months of all-over-the-place rumors will start crystallizing into something a little more solid. We don’t expect all the mystery to go away, but some new rumors attempt to knock down at least a couple of the ideas we’ve heard along the way.
Back in late December, we heard that Samsung might be planning to make the S Pen stylus from its Note series a more prominent feature of its Galaxy lineup as a whole, and the Galaxy S IV could arrive with just such a stylus. According to Korea’s DDaily, the final design of the GS4 has now been approved as the phone begins to enter production, and there’s no S Pen present. Those touch-less gestures, on the other hand, could still be a reality.
Shortly after that rumor arrived, we checked out a purported render of the phone that showed Samsung finally abandoning the hardware home button it seems to love so much. This same source indicates that Samsung has decided to stick with what it knows, and keep that button for the GS4.
With the design done, production should get underway sometime next month, and the Galaxy S IV could see retail availability in April.