The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just a little more than 24 hours away from being unveiled at the Mobile Unpacked event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and many have moved from rumors to confirmation claims for several of the smartphone’s specs, including processor types and LTE capability.
We have learned that the Galaxy S4 will in fact be LTE capable, in the U.K. at least. British carrier EE tweeted Wednesday that its variant of the device will come to “superfast 4GEE,” making a play on words of its name.
EE also seems to have its hands on the device already, having tweeted a photo of a package, sent by Samsung, wrapped in star-studded gift paper, with a note that says, “Do not open until March 14.”
There have been no other confirmations that other Galaxy S4 variants will be LTE ready. The idea of the Galaxy S4 having native LTE support has not been popular among the various rumors floating around, but recent predecessors have featured the high-speed wireless connectivity.
The 2011 flagship Galaxy Nexus sold with LTE support out of the box on all compatible carriers; however, Samsung’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S3, initially released a standard variant and a LTE version months later. Either way, the Galaxy S4 will likely have LTE capability at some point.
Samsung Galaxy S4: Qualcomm/Exynos Processor Variants Confirmed?
The idea of the U.S. and international variants of the Galaxy S4 having different processors has been a dominant rumor for weeks, and Bloomberg claims to have confirmed that the rumor is true. Two sources familiar with the Galaxy S4 told Bloomberg that the device will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor in its U.S. variant to provide more power and better multitasking, while “other markets” will feature the eight-core Exynos Octa 5 processor variant.
The Galaxy S3 similarly features a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor in its U.S. variant and a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor in its international version. The two processor variants has been one of the most accepted rumors associated with the Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4: No Eye Scroll Until Later Versions?
Sources have also supposedly confirmed to Bloomberg that Samsung is developing eye scroll technology, but it won’t be seen in the Galaxy S4, contrary to a recent report in the New York Times.
The newspaper claims to have spoken to an anonymous Samsung employee who explained how the much-speculated-about eye scroll mechanism works.
“For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text,” he told the Times.
Samsung also notably filed patents for eye-tracking technology, one under the name “Eye Scroll” in the U.K. in January and another under “Samsung Eye Scroll” in the U.S. in February; however, the new sources suggest that eye scroll likely won’t be seen until future versions of the phone release.
The Galaxy S4 will reportedly feature "Eye Pause," a name Samsung also recently patented, according to the Times. The mechanism, which allows users to pause video when they move their eyes away from the screen, is also an often-discussed rumor.
Enthusiasts need only sit tight until tomorrow evening, when all the need-to-know information about the Galaxy S4 will be revealed and confirmed. After that, there will be only one more thing left to confirm, if Samsung’s “next big thing” lives up to the hype.