Mar 14 AT 9:54 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Tune into Samsung Unpacked tonight at 7 PM ET

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The countdown for “The Next Big Thing” has begun. In a little over eight hours, Samsung will unveil the next Galaxy S smartphone to the world. Samsung did a pretty good job of concealing the final design of the Samsung Galaxy S III before it launched, but the supposed Galaxy S IV has been heavily leaked this month.

Nothing is final til it’s final, but leaks of the Galaxy S IV show a device that is nearly identical to the Galaxy S III. The newer model will feature a slightly larger display, improved specs, and new software, but it appears the overall look and feel will end up just like last year’s model.

When it comes to hardware specs, many are expecting to see Samsung’s new Exynos 5410 Octa processor. This new chip from Samsung features four Cortex-A15 CPU cores for high performance, four Cortex-A7 CPU cores for low power, and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Leaks suggest this new octo-core chip might appear in the international version, but the US version might go with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip.

On the software front, we are expecting an endless list of new S-gimmicks from Samsung. Rumors say we can expect to see the Floating Touch feature that appeared in the Galaxy Note II, and a new Smart Stay mode that first debuted in the Galaxy S III. Samsung has also been heavily pushing their TV discovery app in new devices, and we think the Galaxy S IV will feature an IR blaster like all the new Galaxy tablets.

I’m sure there will be more surprises in store, but this launch is already feeling like we will get a “Galaxy S III-S”, similar to some of Apple’s recent hardware revisions. The Galaxy S III was a smash hit, so it looks like Samsung might be playing it safe and sticking with the formula that works.

If you want to watch the live Samsung Unpacked event, make sure you bookmark the Samsung Mobile Youtube page and set your alarms for 7 PM ET.

What features and services do you hope appear in the Galaxy S IV?

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