Coming in April, Galaxy S4 will not have an S Pen, but it will feature a gesture-based interface: Korean media

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 13, 2013


The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be unveiled in a little over a month, and as we approach that moment, the rumor mill is going into overdrive.

Today, the Korean site DDaily published a report that seemingly sheds some light on Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S4. If we are to believe it, the upcoming smartphone will retain the button setup that we’ve come to associate with the Galaxy line, but will not feature an S-Pen as some earlier gossip suggested.

Moreover, the Galaxy S4 is said to be launching in early April.

Familiar design, no S-Pen

DDaily says the Galaxy S4 will have the same Home button and capacitive keys that previous Galaxy S phones have sported. The S Pen rumor was supposedly the product of a misunderstanding; the tipper allegedly confused the gesture-based functionality (also rumored a while ago) with the presence of a stylus. The Korean company will keep the stylus as a differentiating feature for the Note series.

The report also provides some info on the design of the device, which will be an evolution of the “organic” design that Samsung first introduced on the Galaxy S3. Although it’s difficult to tell from the machine translation of the original Korean article, it seems that Samsung will also maintain the TouchWiz Nature user interface from the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and some other devices.

We know that Samsung has trademarked the terms “Eye Scroll” and “Eye Pause”, so we believe we’ll see some new additions to the arsenal of tricks of the Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S4 availability in early April

According to a recent report, Samsung has commenced the mass production of the 5-inch full HD AMOLED display that will equip the Galaxy S4.

DDaily says that the device will be unveiled in mid-March, with market availability date coming soon after, probably in early April. It’s not clear if the Korean site has this information from a credible source, or if it’s a rehashing of earlier gossip.

Samsung is said to have finalized the specs and design of the device, and is now working on optimizing the prototype before the final blueprints get the go ahead. The batteries and displays are expected to be delivered by the end of February, with actual device manufacturing scheduled for March. If everything goes to plan, we should see the first devices in stores by April.

Judging from this report and from previous rumors, it seems that the Galaxy S4 will be an evolved Galaxy S3, rather than a radical re-invention of the S series. For more information on the rumored Galaxy S4 specs, features and availability, check our rumor roundup.

  • Bone

    FingAirView would be awesome, I miss the mouse-like feedback over links etc, makes you tap or zoom more to get the information or navigate accurately.

  • MasterMuffin

    The smart view thing (that looks at you and keeps the screen on if you’re looking at the screen) has never worked for me, so I’m not looking forward to the eye things :(

  • Seriously Samsung?! You are going to keep the “menu” button?
    8core-2gb ram and no multitasking-recents button?

    • Randy Sylmar

      Have you ever owned a galaxy S2/S3??? Hold the home button and you open recents/google now/task manager. At least know what you are talking about before you complain.

      • I’ve been an S2/S3 user for just too long…
        The devices are great. Holding the home button and waiting just won’t cut it.

        I like TouchWiz but I always install CM because it gives me the ability to replace menu with recents.

        • Dan

          I won’t a phone that doesn’t have a menu button … the menu button is used WAY more often then a multitask/recent button …

          • The menu button can be replaced where needed with the on screen 3-dots.

  • Filip Justin

    No pen? No problem!