Mar 14 AT 9:54 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Tune into Samsung Unpacked tonight at 7 PM ET


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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  • Prince77

    If it is the same exact design as the SIII then I will just go get a Note 2. All the little special add-ons aren’t going to sway me to get it if “The Next BigThing” looks like the same “Big Thing” from last year.

    • Nate B.

      It’ll look similar but not the same. They need to keep it in a smooth transition. So it looks like it evolved from it. You just might like it. Not everything is even shown off. These leaks are purposely done. It’s to build hype. But it’s not final at all.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The Galaxy Note 2 is the BEST ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made since the inception of android. If the Galaxy S4 has the same look as the Galaxy Note 2 they are cooking with crisco. People who currently own the Galaxy S line of devices or Galaxy Note family of devices know why they will always purchase Samsung.

    • Nate B.

      Just wait man. We all get hyped & assume what we see we know. If a leaked showed off just the corner of a smartphone we would assume it sucked of was the best one yet with nothing even bring shown off. You’ll get the real thing tonight.

      • Prince77

        I’m not assuming that this is the phone, but if it is then I don’t know. But you are right, I have to have it in my hand first to really tell.

      • Joel

        @Nate B.

        im glad to see im not the only optimist here when it comes to this phone. I am really concerned about how different it will look from the s3, and I ABHOR all the leaks, but if the design shows NO progress besides screen size…ill seriously consider the N4 or the One.

        • Prince77

          That’s what I’m saying Joel. If the only thing different is the screen size I might as well get the Note 2 that is .5-.6 inches bigger.

  • SGB101

    To me it looks more like my note2.

    Im a bit underwhelmed by this, but I’m not in the market for a phone.

    The specs are that good now, it doesn’t hurt to keep a phone for the full 2 year, not as it once did.

    Unless the note3 offered something earth shattering, I won’t be tempter by that either.

    I think Samsung may be going the apple route of incremental updates. 4 to 4s,then a shift to 5.

    Most that got the sgs3 won’t be upgrading for 24 months so this is a good news for them, as the 3 won’t feel like a old hat.

    This phone if the big jump for the sgs2 owners. The sgs3 owners will be looking to the sgs5.

    This thinking and the product videos leeks, make me belive they are going the apple way of 24month product cycles.

  • Nathan D.

    Ooo yes, so can’t wait to see it.

  • swazedahustla

    Well…..that was a waste of time. So much hype for a GS3 +…..oh well.

  • donger

    Cool new features.