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Samsung Galaxy S4: What to expect and what really matters

Matt Hamblen | March 12, 2013
Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S4 smartphone, to be unveiled Thursday in New York City, will reportedly have a larger display with ultra-high resolution, a faster processor, and Eye Scroll software that tracks a user's eyes to determine when to scroll through pages on the display.

The GSIII runs a Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor outside of North America, clocked at 1.4 GHz, and a Snapdragon S4 dual core clocked at 1.5 GHz in the U.S. Apple's iPhone 5 runs an A6 dual core, bench-tested by third parties at 1.02 GHz. At 4.99-in. or 5-in., depending on the report, the GS4's display would be a tiny bit bigger than the GSIII at 4.8 inches but noticeably bigger than the 4-in. iPhone 5.

Milanesi called the display and resolution increases "incremental improvements that are important but not necessarily things that will sway consumer purchases."

Whatever hardware and software improvements are in store for the GS4, Samsung's event promises to be a marketing spectacle to draw attention to the smartphone. The event will be held at Radio City Music Hall, and Samsung is promising a live video stream over YouTube starting at 7 p.m. ET.



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