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

A report from Korean media suggests the Galaxy S4 will feature a gesture-based interface. Production is scheduled to begin next month, with availability in early April.
February 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.