Bloomberg: Galaxy S4 Qualcomm and Exynos 5 Octa versions confirmed, no eye scrolling feature though
The Galaxy S4 unveiling in New York is this week’s most important Android event, and for good reason considering that Samsung will announce on Thursday its most important handset of the year. With just over a day to go until the device become official, Bloomberg seems to have details on the device.
According to two unnamed people familiar with the handset, the Galaxy S4 will sport a 5-inch display, “slightly larger than the one on last year’s S3.”
But the most interesting thing is that Bloomberg seems ready to confirm that we’re looking at two Galaxy S4 versions when it comes to processor choice, just as some of the previous rumors have suggested:
The U.S. version will use Qualcomm Inc.’s quad-core chip, giving the phone more processing power to handle multiple tasks at the same time, they said. In other markets, it will rely on Samsung’s “octacore” eight-core chip, the people said.
Apparently the eye tracking feature exists and will let users pause videos when moving their eyes away from the screen – this sounds like the Eye Pause feature we’ve seen in other reports – but they won’t be able to scroll through pages by simply moving their eyes.
However, eye scrolling may be available in future versions of the phone, not the Galaxy S4:
People familiar with the device disputed that idea [eye scrolling] this week, saying that eye scrolling won’t be in the Galaxy S4, though it may appear in future versions of the phone. There will be more simplified uses of eye-tracking technology, such as the ability to pause videos when the user’s eyes move away from the screen, the people said.
Obviously, we’ll still hold on to our grain of salt until tomorrow, since nothing is really official until the product is properly announced.