Samsung's Galaxy S4 to Appear in March: 10 Features to Expect

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-02-28 Print this article Print

5. Touchless control?

Here’s an interesting one: several reports have indicated that Samsung has inked a deal with vendor Atmel to include its MaXTouch S controllers in the device. What that means is users will be able to hover over the screen to choose different menu items, but won’t actually need to touch it. How well it will work, of course, remains to be seen.

6. 4G LTE

Here’s an obvious one: the Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity. Any smartphone is expected to support WiFi and 3G nowadays, and any flagship product must come with 4G LTE. Since the S4 is one of those flagship products, expect to find 4G LTE.

7. Gorilla Glass 2

Corning has been doing a great job delivering on its promise of reducing the impact of dropping a smartphone. Gorilla Glass 2, in fact, can withstand an awful lot of punishment without causing scratch or ding. That’s why Samsung will include it in its Galaxy S4.

8. Not much internal storage

Samsung might make the surprising – and perhaps ill-advised – decision to only include 16GB of storage in the Galaxy S4. The move might be a response to the fact that the device will come with a microSD card slot that will support up to 64GB of additional storage. Cloud storage might also be available. Maybe onboard storage isn’t as important as once thought.

9. Android Jelly Bean

Since Mobile World Congress has come and gone without any mention of a new version of Android, there’s a good chance that the Galaxy S4 will ship with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). But if Google announces a new software version in the next few months, rest assured that the Galaxy S4 will be upgradable to the next version.

10. Full Bluetooth 4.0 support, a better camera, and NFC

Looking for some extra bells and whistles? According to the rumor mill, the Galaxy S4 will come with additional improvements, including full Bluetooth 4.0 support for fast data transfers, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and support for near-field communication.

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