Rumor round up: Bloggers buzz about Samsung's next move
Lauren Crabbe | Published: May 21, 2013 at 19:03 UTC5
Unsatisfied with Google's smartphone announcements (or lack thereof) at I/O, the Android blogosphere is looking forward to the next device from Samsung. Leaks and rumors abound as tech bloggers speculate about everything from a "mini" version of the flagship Galaxy S4 device to a new smartphone with optical zoom not unlike the Galaxy Camera. We've trawled tech news to compile a roundup of the likeliest rumors and, as usual, if any come true, we will be here to fill you in on all the details.
Galaxy S4 Active expected to be dust- and waterproof
While Galaxy phones are not exactly the most fragile smartphones out there (I'm looking at you, sleek and oh-so-shatterable iPhones), the S4 may not be an ideal device for users who want to carry a case-free phone without stressing about damage. But a rumored S4 Active would put Samsung in a place to compete with waterproof phones like the Xperia ZR and the newly-released Kyocera Hydro Edge. Details are fuzzy, but an 8-megapixel camera looks likely.
Galaxy S4 Mini likely
If Samsung follows the formula they created with the Galaxy S3's launch, we should be seeing a smaller, more affordable "mini" version of the S4 any day now. Depending on which blog you read, the S4 Mini will have a 540x960p or 720x1280p display. Most news sources agree a S4 Mini will come in at a not-so-tiny 4.3-inches and will pack an 8MP camera. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini has a 4-inch, 480x800 display, and 5MP camera. The S4 Mini is expected to be released at the end of May, or next month, depending on who you ask.
'Galaxy S4 Zoom' rumored to have 16MP camera with optical zoom
Tracing tech rumors can be tricky; a small bit of information can quickly transform into blatant sensationalism. The story of the so-called Galaxy S4 Zoom is no different.
It all started with a tip sent to Samsung blog SamMobile on May 7. SamMobile's "exclusive" stated that a new phone from Samsung will feature a 16MP camera, and then mentioned that the Galaxy Camera also has a 16MP camera. The rumor included the model number — SM-C1010 — but did not outright say that the device would have an optical zoom. Instead, it claimed the device would be named the "Galaxy S4 Zoom." Other blogs were quick to snatch up the news, adding that the new Galaxy S4 Zoom device could have optical zoom. The rumor has snowballed futher, supported here and there by other potentially relevant facts and leaks. We are hopeful that an optical zoom smartphone will be available in the future but will this "Galaxy S4 Zoom" device will be it?