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First Galaxy S4 Screenshots Show Off Specs, New TouchWiz Smart Features, and More


This morning, we have two sets of screenshots to discuss, both of which hint at some of the new features and specs we may see when Samsung unveils the new Galaxy S4 on March 14. The first set that arrived was thought to be from the new Galaxy, but later debunked to simply be from a leaked Android 4.2.1 ROM for the Galaxy S3. The second set may actually be from the device, as a couple of the screenshots reveal specs that match up to what has previously been rumored, yet are also not found in any current Samsung phone. 


The shots that are purportedly from the GS4 are at the top of this post and directly above this sentence. What we’re seeing is a slightly tweaked TouchWiz UI with a grey back instead of black in the Settings menu, transparent notification bar from home, and new Smart features call Pause and Scroll. Smart Pause looks as if it will pause a video you are watching should you turn your head and look away from the screen. Smart Scroll is a feature that was rumored a week ago as a way for the device to scroll through internet pages, emails, etc. as your eyes stare at the screen.

Below, we have screenshots from a Galaxy S3 ROM that show similar features, but also dive deeper into this Smart Scroll. You can see in the settings for this feature that you can adjust the speed and acceleration of the scroll and also decide which apps can take advantage of it.


Last, we have a couple of screenshots (mid-post) that show what appear to be a confirmation on specs for the new Galaxy S4. What we’re seeing is a 5″ 1080p display (480dpi), quad-core processor clocked close to 1.8GHz, and a 13MP camera (not pictured).

All signs point to a beast of a device when it comes to specs, but more innovation on a software front from Samsung to make the experience more than about power, speed, and efficiency.

Via:  PhoneArena | SamMobile

Cheers Open1Your1Eyes0!

  • nick ivey

    Its a sg3 jesus

  • Smart stay, rotation, pause – everything is a checkbox. Smart Scroll is a toggle slide button…? Why? That’s UI consistency FAIL right there.

  • Rodeojones000

    I take it the lack of on-screen buttons in these screenshots means Samsung has made the mistake of going with a physical home button again?

  • feres13

    We can learn two things from these screenshots :
    – The menu button may be gone ( and will finally be replaced by a recent apps button ) since we can see in picture 5 that it is replaced by an on screen key in a similar spot to the recent apps tray. This is a much better implementation that HTC’s huge and empty bar.
    – The screen might be an LCD Display, sammobile said that the last screenshots are from the 4.2.1 frimware of the galaxy S3 witch has an amoled display, so it’s logic that samsung uses a black background to save battery life, but in the ilther screenshots the background is white and white is a battery hug for amoled displays.
    Touchwizz is maybe feature packed but it’s still ugly, even sense 5 is closer to stock android

  • AJ

    Hah! I wonder how the battery will behave. And that dang NFC icon is present -___-

  • Sirx

    More notifications or GTFO!

  • AnyName

    come on people don’t be so pessimistic it really does have a nice clean look i don’t like it ether what sammy is doing with android but it cant be helped they are a money hungry company just like scraple and thats it…it was fun though with galaxy s devices i hope they dont fall off the android path to much

  • Dave

    99.99% of smartphone owners could care less abou a skin or user interface. That is why they will never release a vanilla phone, I’m not sure why people don’t understand that. I would prefer it myself, but I’m not going to get on this page and bash Samsung for not releasing a stock jelly bean phone. this is why people that really care, can modify their phone.

    • NexusMan

      This is not true…it’s just that they don’t know how to articulate it. Many of my less tech savy friends, family and coworkers have HTC or Samsung android phones and complain about them being “complicated,” or “confusing” or “busy,” bu then hey look at my Nexus and say, “Well why doesn’t mine look like that? That’s an android too, right? Yours looks better. Yours looks easier.” And that same care about a skin or user interface is what draws alot of people to iphones. Iphones are simple in appearance, intuitive and easy to use.

  • uncle paul

    Anyone getting annoyed when people keep saying “sammy”?

  • kidheated

    I would like to see all the Android based OEM’s get together under Google’s direct supervision and put together the ultimate android handset using the best technology from all of their top of the line handsets, whilst still being run off the latest vanilla OS. They would probably have to form some kind of temporary super-conglomerate (because of the way all the companies like to add their own logos to everything, the phone would look like a nascar). “The Android Alliance,” off the top of my head, would work fine. The device/device combo (if they wanted to make a matching tablet) should be called, “The Unity.” They all need to stop dicking around and just crush *pple, once and for all… “*pple sauce, bitch!”

    • mx

      I think you really don’t understand what people like about Apple products. One of the key advantages that they have is the fact that they build everything. One company, one vision. Between Google, the OEMs and the carriers, Android already has too many cooks in the kitchen. Getting all of the OEMs to collaborate on a single device would result in a cluster•ck of unimaginable proportions.

      • kidheated

        Actually I do, cause everyone I know uses an apple product of some kind and they love showing off. I just want the OEM’s to allow Google to use all of their top-end innovations to make a phone that would benefit everyone who would pitch-in their tech and crush *pple simultaneously. I think for companies going downhill, like HTC, it would be a good way to bring their revenue back upstream. It is basically what *pple does with Samsung or used to. Cause you see all these great features spread across the Android top-end but I just wish they would roll them all into one. I know it would be a cluster*ck as exemplified by Sammy’s unwillingness to ditch there stupid home button.

        • kidheated

          *their stupid home button.

        • mx

          I don’t understand. If you know it will be a c,usterf*ck, how do you expect such a product to make Apple users switch (thereby “crushing” Apple)?

          • kidheated

            I don’t want to make users switch, *pple users will never switch cause of brand loyalty (albiet misplaced), but if all android lovers bought this phone that would be enough. At 52.3% market share, googs does not need to make anyone switch, those who know better already use their platform. But the fact remains if googs made a super phone like that, many would switch. They would do so simply for fact that virtually everyone uses gmail and android would have a comparable, maybe even better, device than *pple. The #1 complaint I hear from ios users is that the google powered apps and services don’t work as well as they should or do on any android device.

          • mx

            Again, I don’t understand the argument you are trying to make. If you don’t expect Apple users to switch to this new FrankenPhone you are proposing, then how is Apple going to be “crushed”?

            Do you think this new phone will be so awesome that Apple will just look at it, give up and exit the phone market?

            Also, you do realize that Google makes iOS apps right? Apps that some have even suggested are currently better than the equivalents on Android.

          • kidheated

            52.3% market share is a lot of people and a lot of money. If they all were to buy this supposed phone, think about about what it would do to Google’s stock numbers, overall revenue and just plain bragging rights. A company like *pple will never truly disappear and that’s not what I am saying I want. But the sheer numbers garnered by something that would be that successful would definitely be enough to take all competition down a few pegs, including the fruit company. In the mobile market, that is crushed. If you can’t understand that, then I don’t know what to do for you.

  • Rich Koos

    Is that a little android task manager in the notifications?! What is this FROYO!?!

  • Absent from these shots: on screen buttons! Yes!

    • Rodeojones000


  • Also

    Why did Samsung put Gingerbread on their new phone?

  • More concerned with the battery life

  • All those icons in the notification bar are tickling my OCD bone.

    • NexusMan

      Agreed!…one of my main dislikes about non vanilla android phones!

  • The hardware makes me 😀

    That notification bar makes me 🙁

    The lack of Holo-ification makes me :-[ :-[

  • thedonxr

    No on screen buttons 🙁

  • WickedToby741

    Second screenshot in on the second row of screenshots… is that an on screen menu button on the left? Does this mean that they’ve possibly replaced the capacitive menu button with a capacitive multitasking button?

  • Aaron17Watson17

    Seriously, im starting to get sick of nexus fanboys trolling every single oem and skin. Dont like skin? Buy a nexus just dont shove it in our faces every chance possible. You guys are no different than apple fanboysm TO EACH HIS OWN!!

    • Tell that to Verizon customers who have no choice but to stay with big red.

    • NexusMan

      I really LOVED Sense on my old school Droid Incredible, and thought (at the time) i’d never get a phone without Sense, however, a lot has changed since then, and I think what people are reacting too is the bloat currently populating all these skins. It just doesn’t look attractive or clean. IMO.

      • Aaron17Watson17

        I dont hate stock android. I actually kinda like the design. I have a gs3 with touchwiz and nova launcher. Im just saying that it irritates me to see people saying stuff like. “Nexus OR GTFO” or “Fugly, when all oems learn?”. I mean android is all about choice so whats the big deal? Its all android in the end.

        • Aaron17Watson17

          When will oems learn* sorry typing on my phone.

        • n900mixalot

          They are undeniably ugly skins though. TouchWiz is like a melon salad. The bigger problem, though, is that the skins hold up releases amd updates. BUT what Samsung has done with TouchWiz features is so awesome that the ugly aesthetics are forgiveable.

          If skins offered more advanced features, like TouchWiz does, then there wouldnt be a problem. AMD ther would be less criticism–not none, but less.

    • PhillipCun

      Let me put it in perspective. Vanilla JB 4.2.2 is beautiful. Touchwiz is kind of ugly… So they took something stock, put in hours and hours of design + development to make the UI uglier? It’s just counter productive….

      I understand Samsung does do one thing right, they add features. Some are cool, some are marketing gimmicks, but THAT is what manufacturers should concentrate on. Make apps that improve the experience and separates them from other manufacturers. Not make a skin to make the UI uglier.

  • Guest

    That status bar already looks cluttered with just a few notifications

    • Art Holguin

      cant stand a cluttered notification bar.

      • michael arazan

        OCD much? yeah, me too

  • Lucas

    Argh, another device with a screen too large IMO. 5″ or just shy of 5″ is too big for a smartphone. You might as well call it the “Mini Note” as far as I’m concerned.

    Also if the shots of what we’ve seen thus far of the device itself are true – that makes me even less excited because it’s ugly in my opinion.

    Guess I’ll wait and see if the Motorola/Google device lives up to any hype/expectations. Otherwise I’ll just be happy and content with my Galaxy Nexus.

  • Ryan

    Cant wait to see the S4. My only fear is that it will have so many features it will confuse and turn people away. Also I hope they upgrade the screen to FHD from AMOLED.

    • Diablo81588

      FHD refers to the screen resolution. It has nothing to do with the type of screen tech used. It will probably be a FHD AMOLED.

  • I have the GNEX now, and I think this is my next phone, but I am worried about the size. Anyone else?

    • DanSan

      have a gnex as well and i was stuck between the note 2 and the S4 so size doesnt worry me. 5.5 inch would definitely be a lot more difficult to get use to and i love the size of my brothers S3. the .2 inches bigger of a screen wont bother me.

    • NexusMan

      I have the GNex too, but the funny thing is now, after a year of use, even the one time huge Gnex seems a bit small to me! I think your best bet is to wait and actually hold the S4 in hand, and play with it.

    • hyperbolee

      I went from the Gnex to Note 2 and the size is quite a bit bigger, but now when i go back the Gnex I can’t believe how small it feels and looks to me now. Also I feel like i can easily reach anything on the Nexus now, so i’m hoping this is 4.9-5 inches like the rumors said.

  • I think they need more going on in the status bar.

  • Well the status bar looks less cartoonish.

    • NexusMan

      Now they need to work on less garish.

  • rancidcrab

    Looks like they could fit at least one more icon in the notification bar.

  • TouchWiz is very capable, but also still very ugly.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Pretty much a guarantee that there will be a physical home button and 2 capacitive buttons like on the S3…

    • Cory Larson

      Might be a sliver of a chance that the home button is a softkey…keeping my fingers crossed.

  • The biggest problem with this is its Samsung doing this garbage on top of Android.. We need to get this in Vanilla Android..

  • anguy

    Well either GIV won’t have Amoled, or Samsung is pretty stupid to use all those bright colors that consume much more power.
    Also that video auto pause and autoscroll features areof no use for me, and I think it will be more of an annoyance than real help.

    • LionStone

      Regarding their screen power usage, I checked my brother’s GS3 and after only 2 hours of screen on time, power used was about 30%! We’ll see how that changes with quad core and whatever type of screen they go with next on the GS4.

  • ckruppy

    The only real question here is: Is it worth it to try and sell off my S3 to buy the S4 without an upgrade?

    • If you want the phone, and it keeps you from signing a new contract, then yes.

      • ckruppy

        I do want the phone even though my S3 works great! Signing a new contract is no problem, just not up for renewal which means i’d have to pay the $600 for the phone.

  • gregmr

    Wake me up when there is an AOSP ROM for it

  • No software navigation buttons in the screenshots…


    • First thing I noticed, too. *fail* WHY are these OEMs so afraid of the soft buttons??

      • Because soft buttons take away screen real estate. Soft buttons will always suck until they can do it without taking real estate from the screen.

        • C-Law

          On a screen that big, it’s not enough to worry about.

      • billy routh

        Because on screen buttons suck.

        • KB Smoka

          This ^^

        • Rodeojones000

          Except they don’t.

        • integrate

          After going from a galaxy SIII to a galaxy nexus, I can confirm this. Software buttons SUCK big time.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Do these features work on such people as the cross-eyed neighbor kid or my roommates kids with lazy eyes?

  • leenephi

    I’m anxious. This may yet be my new phone. But will it be a worthy successor to my Galaxy Nexus..?

    • TylerChappell

      If you have the Verizon GNex, it will put it to utter shame.

      • DanSan

        i cant wait. i love my gnex but its just not doing the job anymore.

    • ceejw

      Going from stock Android to Touchwiz will be a disappointment regardless of what hardware you’re using.

    • C-Law

      YES! My gs3 makes me so much happier than my vzw gnex, well other than that I miss on screen nav keys. The gs3 is so much faster, battery life is much much better, the screen is great and whites are solid… when I go back to the gnex, the screen looks like a newspaper. and there’s no way the gs4 won’t be an improvement on the s3

  • Q’s

    From what I’m seeing, unless they are cropped out, there are no on-screen navigation buttons. Which means those renders are more than likely wrong. Well as far as the no home button aspect of it anyway.

    • TylerChappell

      Umm, please show me where the GS3 has onscreen buttons? Yeah. Thought so. Sammy isnt going to give up their stupid hardware buttons that easily.

      • Dave

        He was talking about the more than likely unofficial GSIV renders that do not show a home button which would lead one to believe they’d either utilize all capacitive buttons (which hide well on the GS3) or they are going with onscreen keys. Obviously, if these screen captures are true, then the GSIV wouldn’t have it since onscreen keys would display in the screen capture.

      • Diablo81588

        When did he say the S3 had on screen buttons?…

  • Johnny Moralez

    What’s this?? No more Comic Sans? It looks like a legitimate device now and not some child’s toy.



    Good call Ron… best selling smartphone on the planet and you bashed it because you had nothing better to write about.

    • nightscout13

      Ohhhhh! BURN……

    • LionStone

      Well yea, throw enough $ at something 🙂 …
      “Samsung’s focus on marketing was the main reason the company was so successful last year,” an anonymous source inside Samsung said.

      • zionlion02

        Yeah kind of stating the obvious, this guy. Right? I mean, isn’t that the whole thing with the iPhone? Commercials about noise cancelling speakers and “it’s just right for my thumb”. Those KILL me. No one ever said they weren’t brilliant marketers though. It’s the key to selling well. Only enthusiasts come to these websites for their info.

    • ceejw

      Since when did selling well mean something was good?

  • wolfedude88

    Correction, wouldn’t the dpi(ppi) be 440 not 480?

    • TylerChappell

      dpi and ppi are not the same thing.

      • wolfedude88

        I know the difference but the author said dpi, I included dpi and with () said ppi which is what I thought he meant to say. Which means it would be 440 pp, instead of 480dpi like he said.

  • “Estimated Screen Size: 5.01 in.”

    Wasn’t really expecting this to have a 5″ screen, I’m sort of surprised.. (if this is real)

    • hkklife

      According to the earlier reports, it was supposedly a 4.99″ 1080P screen so Samsung’s marketing dept could one-up HTC, Sony, & LG!

      • Ah, makes sense

      • LionStone

        Let’s see if they can keep the form factor at, or under 5 1/2″ tall with a 5″ display, with 1/8″ bezel on the sides, like the DNA.

    • You think that is too big? I’m not sure if it is for me or not. I have the GNEX now.

      • Maybe just a bit too big, but not unlivable. Just wasn’t expecting the S4 to have a 5″ display; haven’t kept up with all the rumors though.

  • I like that white settings background! Making light colored themes should be a heck of a lot easier now that you don’t have to change a bunch of hex codes in apktool.

  • markgbe

    cool stuff

  • BIG CAT #7

    Come on March 14th…..

  • sc0rch3d

    Sadly, it looks as if Sammy is moving father away from AOSP / Holo look and feel (which I really like)

    • hkklife

      …which will make their inevitable fork of Android all that much easier to pull off!

      • sc0rch3d

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the next iteration the flagship OS has majority of Tizen/Bada (whatever it will be called) underpinnings in order to completely break off in the coming months/years from Android

        • hkklife

          I don’t think it will be that soon but I do expect it to happen. They will probably roll out a Galaxy S5 powered by KLP next year and then after THAT one I sorta expect the shift to occur. The S4 is honestly probably the last Sammy phone I would consider buying since it may be our last chance to get removable storage & battery in a modern flagship handset.

          The various Android forks and permutations really annoy me to no end. Especially when I overhear the goofball at the local B&N’s Nook counter telling people that the Nook runs a “better” version of the OS than their smartphones have!

          • michael arazan

            Maybe he was referring to his iphone, would definitely be better to that

      • They will fork Android, make it awful, and THAT’S the Android most people will come to know.

        • michael arazan

          Except for Nexus users

      • C-Law

        It’s still closer to stock android than sense 5. I wouldn’t worry any time soon

    • ceejw

      Yes, apparently no one told Samsung putting tabs at the top of the screen was party of Gingerbread’s design language and is no longer part of the Android UI guidelines


      • Kizaru Hiruko

        Blame AT&T for that. It’s the same on their Optimus G.

      • Sorry I prefer the tabs.

      • Thomas Wolfe

        I don’t think you understand the UI guidelines as well as you think you do. It’s not all about “tabs”, it’s the entire experience. If these tabs are swipeable, then they followed the guidelines perfect:


    • Almonds_are_Forever

      you will love hi-end made in USA Motorola NE-X-US.

      it will be a Chromebook Pixel of NEXUSes by design/materials/build quality.
      + WOW OS, hardware & software features integration.

      it is going to be PURE Google, not just Android.