Samsung Galaxy S4 Not Arriving Before May: Device Home Button Was About To Be Ditched

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Feb 14, 2013 06:45 AM EST

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Samsung's Galaxy S4 is easily one of those smartphones from Samsung that have been making rounds on the Web for quite a while now. While nothing has been made official as of now, there have been a number of rumors with new details almost every day. Now there's even more.

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Per reports, Samsung was actually about to leave out the well-known home button out of the next iteration of the Galaxy S smartphone - the Galaxy S4 - with the company later changing its mind to stick with the button, at least for the time being.

Details about the possible exclusion of the hardware home button came into being when earlier last month an image started making rounds around the Web with the home button missing from the bottom of the device though to be as the upcoming Galaxy S4.

"Shortly after that rumor arrived, we checked out a purported render of the phone that showed Samsung finally abandoning the hardware home button it seems to love so much. This same source indicates that Samsung has decided to stick with what it knows, and keep that button for the GS4," Pocketnow states.

As far as the device's rumored specifications are concerned, the Galaxy S4 is said to feature a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED screen with full HD resolution, a quad-core Exynos CPU clocking at 2.0GHz that will be supported by the Mali-T658 GPU, alongside 2GB of RAM.

Moreover, the device is also said to arrive with a 13 megapixel main camera, two-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.2.1. However, at that time, with the new render of the device, it was reported that "there's no home button (or none that we can spot), meaning either backlit capacitive keys or on-screen keys (but the bottom bezel is too large not to carry any buttons)."

In late December, last year, it was also revealed that Samsung could make the S-Pen stylus, popular with the company's Note series, a more prominent feature of its Galaxy lineup as a whole, and that the new Galaxy S4 could actually be the first in the family to arrive with such a stylus.

However, Korea's DDaily has now confirmed that the final design for the device has already been approved and there's no sign of the S-Pen anywhere, as of now. The touch-less gesture, on the other hand, could still actually happen.

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