As Samsung's March 14 reveal of the Galaxy S4 approaches, the hype train is bound to kick into full gear, with leaks galore. Friday, Feb. 22, one has already made it through the cracks.
Alleged test images taken with a Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 camera were posted online by a mysterious Google+ user (who says the social network isn't used for anything?), although they were then quickly removed.
Luckily, someone was able to capture them before they were taken down. The images show some keys on a keyboard and a calendar adorned with small post-it notes.
The images themselves aren't very notable, but what's worth reporting is that the pictures were taken with a 13-megapixel camera, which would seem to confirm rumors claiming the Galaxy S4 will boast such a device. The picture resolution is 4128 x 2322, which is actually 9.6 megapixels, but according to Sammobile, a 13-megapixel camera would capture the same image.
The website continues to reason that Samsung is probably using a Sony Exmor RS camera in the Galaxy S4, the same kind seen in Sony's newly released premium smartphone, the Xperia Z. If it's true that Sony's camera is incorporated into the S4, expect to be able to record HDR video and enjoy better low-light image quality.
Not content to simply offer Sony's camera, Samsung is reportedly developing a feature called "Samsung Orb." The mode would allow users to take 360-degree panoramic photos with their smartphone, causing one company engineer to label it as "an almost three-dimensional viewing experience."
Samsung hasn't officially confirmed any of this, and probably won't until its New York City event on the March 14.
Here are the currently rumored specs for the Galaxy S4:
- Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor OR Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro
- Mali-T678 (8-Core) GPU
- 4.99″ SuperAMOLED Full HD Resolution Display
- 2GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.