The smartphone is expected to be launched in the first half of the year
Galaxy S IV, the next flagship Android-based smartphone from South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung, hasn’t been officially confirmed as of now, but it appears that it might not be too long before that happens.Following a wide range of rumors regarding this handset’s arrival on the market, new reports claim that it has been already benchmarked.
Apparently, Samsung is preparing two versions of the new smartphone, one with model number SHV-E300S attached to it, aimed at the South Korean market, and another set to be launched as GT-I9500, which should hit shelves worldwide.
Both models were spotted in AnTuTu, with a 1.8GHz processor packed inside, which is rumored to be none other than the Exynos 5 Octa that was showcased at CES 2013 earlier this month.
Furthermore, the handset was seen with Google’s Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean platform loaded on top, which might be the OS it would sport right from the start.
Previous rumors on this device also suggested that it might be released with a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED Full HD display, as well as with 2GB of RAM to complement its processor.
Moreover, the upcoming flagship device from Samsung is also expected to hit the market with a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, the same as Sony’s new Xperia Z device did.
The camera should be capable of recording videos in 1080p resolution, and might be accompanied by a 2MP front sensor, great for making video calls while on the go.
For the time being, however, no official confirmation on any of these has been provided, and chances are that some of the rumored specs will never pan out, so you should take them with a grain of salt.
Galaxy S IV is expected to hit shelves in the first half of the year, though it might not be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress next month, but only in April-May. Stay tuned for more.