Samsung Galaxy S IV Ditching the Home Button?

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For all intents and purposes, the Galaxy S III has been a resounding success for Samsung, which is all the more reason why the mobile community is so stoked about the upcoming Galaxy S IV. We're learning a little more about this phone each day, even if they are being chalked up to the rumor, and here is the latest "leak" to add to that collection.

Here is a supposedly leaked render acquired by @evleaks on Twitter depicting how we can expect the SGS4 to look. There aren't any real surprises here, as it's bound to be a "slate" style smartphone with the same kind of rounded design we've seen with the SGS3 and the Note II, but there is something quite curious: there's no home button. All this time, Samsung has kept a physical home button on its phones, along with capacitive back and menu buttons, even though Android has moved to on-screen buttons for some time. I guess Samsung is finally abandoning the physical home button.

As can be expected, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will reportedly be running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and, if this image is to be believed, it'll have a 13MP camera, a super AMOLED full HD display (presumably 1080p and in the 5-inch range), 2GB of RAM, and 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage. We won't have long to wait to find out for sure, though, as the unveiling of the Galaxy S IV is scheduled for March 14. Will it have an S Pen as rumored? And what's this I hear about eye-tracking and auto-scrolling?

To whet your whistle in the meantime, here is a video acquired from the WSJ leading up to the SGS4 launch.


Michael Kwan is a freelance writer, button masher, published author, and professional gadget geek. Fueled by caffeine and Wi-Fi, he personifies the digital lifestyle. Follow Michael on Twitter (@michaelkwan) and Instagram (@beyondtherhetoric).

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