New screenshots purporting to depict the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 (opens in new tab) in action have surfaced and look like they could be the real deal – unlike the Galaxy S3 (opens in new tab)images that bogusly posed as S4 photos recently.
We exercised a bit of healthy scepticism and refrained from reporting that round of screenshots, so unlike many in the tech news world we don't have any embarrassing backtracking to do today.
However, the screenshots just picked up by GSM Israel (opens in new tab)appear slightly more believable, though as ever it's worth treating such images with a liberal dose of salt.
In addition to a couple of general UI shots (see image, top), the latest photo leak shows the Quick System Info PRO app running on an Android device with specs that match up very closely to we expect to see unveiled in New York City next week.
For starters, there's a 5in, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display, with a stated image sharpness of 480ppi - an interesting calculation, given that our maths would put pixel density at 440ppi based on those specs. Whatever the case, it's exactly the kind of large-screen, Full HD handset we're certain Samsung is readying. There's also a 13-megapixel camera in evidence, in line with both industry trends and the bulk of recent speculation. But intriguingly, the processor apparently being sported is only a quad-core model, albeit one clocked at a hefty sounding 1.7GHz.
Does that mean that reports of the Galaxy S4 featuring an 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset (opens in new tab) are wide of the mark? If so, then the quad-core SoC in question is almost certainly Qualcomm's new generation Snapdragon 600 - hardly shabby. One plausible explanation for the apparent discrepancy is that the screenshots show a US model, but that the international variant will still feature an 8-core processor as expected.
Elsewhere, smart screen features are also shown off in the images, again hinting that the Galaxy S4 will feature eye-tracking technology (opens in new tab)that enables you to scroll through pages and pause video through natural retina movements.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced on 14 March in New York City - stay tuned to ITProPortal for the best coverage of the year's biggest mobile launch to date.