With the big show just hours away, the usual suspects are leaking high quality images and final specifications of Samsung's new high-end smartphone, can the hosts provide some magical twist to wow the crowds?
Welcome The Next Wave
There's something about days like this for fans of smartphones. The potential for something new and wonderful to enter your life, and provide a reason for an upgrade or just to be excited about what the engineers can cram in those compact shells.
Or, there's the opportunity to moan that there just isn't the wow factor that was enjoyed in the early days and its just an bit more power and some feature fluff, despite all the hype. Either way, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 later today, having teased and trailed its new uber-device.
Will part of the big presentation in New York rise to the recent challenge put down my Microsoft, pitting the latest Lumia against the Galaxy S3? Will Samsung pull out a companion watch device to go with the phone, or some other stellar new gadget?
Plugging the Leaks
The latest photos out on the net from Chinese sources show a device that looks a little squarer than the previous model, but bang in line with the specifications that have long been rumored for a while. Of course, what anyone would do with an eight-core phone is a massive issue.
There's also talk about the eye tracking feature that might provide a eye-based interaction and the ability to hover a finger over the phone to act in a Note-stylus manner. The specs include:
- CPU: Exynos 5410, 1.8GHz 8-core
- GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3
- 5" screen
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Storage
- MicroSD Expansion
With the likes of LG HTC, Sony and others all touting their own high-end Android phones, Samsung has more of a battle on its hand to keep that massive market share. So, the Galaxy S4 will have to hit all the right notes.
But the event will be about more than just the S4, Samsung now has Amazon's Kindle Fire HD price cut to contend with, so expect the company to look to keep its tablet pricing competitive and for new products to fill any remaining holes in the Note or Tab range. We'll bring all the news from the event later today.