Speculation that Apple’s next flagship smartphone is set to blur the lines between Galaxy S handsets and Galaxy Note phablets is wide of the mark, reports suggest.
Earlier this year rumours surfaced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 would offer support for the S-Pen stylus that features on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 and acts a real differentiator from other Galaxy kits and rival manufacturers’ devices.
But while we’re sure that S-Pen-compatibility would be welcomed by prospective buyers of the S4, apparently it’s not going to happen. At least not if sources cited by a South Korean news site can be believed.
According to DDaily, Samsung has seemingly opted to keep the S-Pen as a Note-exclusive. Instead it is adding a new control system to the S4 that would enable customers to interact with their handset without touching their device’s display.
The gesture-based user interface is purportedly similar to Sony’s floating touch contact-free input system.
DDaily also claims that the S4 will retain a physical home button, contrary to some forecasts that it is dropping the feature to free space for a larger screen.
Purportedly due to land in April, the S4’s spec sheet is thought to take in a 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel camera and an industry-leading eight-core processor.
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