With just a few hours to go before the Samsung Unpacked event kicks off in New York, clearer images of the much-anticipated flagship smartphone have emerged on the Web.
This time, Chinese tech Web site, it168.com, claims that it has gotten an engineering prototype of the Galaxy S4. Engineering prototypes are pretty close to the final product, so it’s highly likely that this won’t deviate much from what will eventually be unveiled.
Specs-wise, the Web site’s details are pretty spot on–a 4.99-inch full-HD screen, 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Under the hood, it will pack Samsung’s 8-core Exynos Octa 5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Interestingly, the it168.com prototype is able to support dual-SIM and dual-standby (GSM and WCDMA) mode, so we reckon that this will be a China-only version. Although this would probably also be welcome in many other parts of Asia if made available.
As it turns out, the S4 does have that much-rumored eye-tracking feature, albeit with a twist. According to it168.com’s photo captions, as long as the handset detects your gaze on a Web page, it can scroll up and down the text if you tilt the device accordingly. The site claims that the feature didn’t work too well and pinned it down to the non-final software version.
Also, according to our translations, the S4 will have Smart Pause, which is the ability to pause a video when the user looks away–a feature LG also announced for the Optimus G Pro today. Coincidence?
The Note 2’s Air View feature–where hovering over supported apps (both native and third-party) and menus with the S Pen pulls up a preview–will also be present in the S4, except that it works without a stylus but your finger instead.
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