With the imminent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV in under 24 hours, it looks like there is nothing much left for Samsung to surprise us all with. Everything from hands-on videos to specifications have been revealed through leaks and rumors, and just hours ahead of Samsung's Unpacked event, even more pictures, specs and features have been leaked through Chinese sources.
Chinese site it168 posted some new images of the Galaxy S IV today, reinforcing previous rumors that the device will look very similar to the current Galaxy S III, at least the dual-SIM variant that's apparently being shown here. The back will apparently feature cross-hatched textured plastic, which would make a departure from the smooth-coated plastic on the current generation of Galaxy devices.
Specs listed by the site include a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset (a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU coupled with a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7), PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU, a 4.99-inch (so basically 5-inch, and likely Super AMOLED) 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage plus a microSD card slot, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Size-wise the unit is said to be 7.7mm thick and weighing in at 138 grams.
Feature-wise the unit will come with previously-rumored eye-tracking technology and hover-selection, although new to the table (and reported by The Wall Street Journal) is integrated SwiftKey prediction in the keyboard. SwiftKey technology was integrated into the Galaxy Note II out of the box, so it wouldn't be that surprising to see the software make a comeback in the next flagship.
Of course even though it is just a few hours away from the official unveil, these are just rumors and leaks. Expect most things here to be confirmed at Samsung's event later today in New York City.