Samsung announced Thursday its Samsung Unpacked event, which is widely expected to be the official announcement of its long-awaited new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. In honor of the Galaxy S4’s presumed debut March 14 in New York City, let’s take a look at some of the craziest rumors about the much-anticipated phone.
One of the biggest rumors to surround the Galaxy S4 stated that the phone would come with a futuristic flexible screen. It sounds completely crazy, but the flexible screen rumor is based in reality. Samsung has spent years working to create a flexible AMOLED display under the name Youm, according to The Verge. Initially, it was reported that the Youm display would be shipping out on products in late 2012, leading many to attach the rumor the Galaxy S4.
The first to break this rumor was Reuters, quoting an analyst named Mark Newman.
"Eventually, they'll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That's going to be a game-changer," Newman told Reuters.
However, while many began to expect this innovation soon after it broke in December, The Verge ultimately nixed the rumor, quoting an unnamed source that “Flexible screens are still a while off." So the jury is still out on this one.
Another rumor revolves around the Galaxy S4’s reported codename, “Project J.” Initially, everyone assumed that “Project J” was the upcoming Galaxy S4, as both phones were reportedly set for an April release. Now, many tech blogs are still reporting an April release for “Project J” when we know that the Galaxy S4 will be released in March. Tech Radar speculates that “Project J” is in fact an S4 mini, appealing to fans of smaller phones who are still attracted to the S4’s features. But it’s just as likely that “Project J” is simply a miscommunication.
Finally, Phone Arena has speculated that the Galaxy S4 will launch with S Pen technology. A Korean executive for the company allegedly confirmed the rumor, which would be a huge game-changer for Samsung. Currently, nothing outside of Samsung’s Note series has S Pen technology. It’s also possible that the S4 will come with a less advanced C Pen as well.
So there’s the crazy speculation about the Galaxy S4. Now let’s look at some more concrete rumors. CNET, which broke the news of the “Samsung Unpacked” event that will debut the Galaxy S4, speculates that the phone will be a marked improvement over the S3, but nothing approaching the science fiction levels of a flexible screen. Not until the S5 comes out at least.
According to CNET, the Galaxy S4 is expected to launch with an eight-core Exynos processor as well as a completely separate graphics processor, reportedly an eight-core model as well. The S4 will likely come with 2 GB of RAM as well, making it an extremely fast and powerful competitor in the marketplace.
Finally, the S4 is expected to feature a huge 13-megapixel camera with the ability to shoot 1080p video as well as a separate 2-megapixel camera on the front of the phone.
One must keep in mind that all of these are rumors, and some of them sound more like a wishlist than legitimate speculation. In reality, there’s very little that we know for sure about the Galaxy S4. Find out if any of these rumors are true on March 14, when Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S4.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.