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The aforementioned AnTuTu benchmark shows the ostensible Galaxy S IV running Android 4.2.1, which makes sense.
OUR TAKE: Non-SoC hardware in top-shelf Android phones these days pretty much all looks the same. Everything runs with 2GB of RAM, an 8MP to 13MP main camera, a 720p front camera and somewhere between 8GB and 32GB of internal storage. So while it would be nice to see the Galaxy S IV improve on that -- we'd love to see 4GB of RAM for better mobile gaming, for example -- it's tough to predict anything other than the same old, same old for the rest of the Galaxy S IV's internal hardware. Not that that's a bad thing.
Also, if the Android version used is anything less than Google's latest and greatest, we'll be pretty shocked.
The broad consensus seems to be that Samsung's going to roll out the Galaxy S IV at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and you'd be hard-pressed to find rumors that have the device being released later than the first half of 2013.
Still, that general agreement has been eroding lately -- many have pointed out that Samsung probably pulls enough weight to hold its own party for the its heavily hyped new device, and dates in March, April and May have all been floated by various sources.
OUR TAKE: The idea that Samsung would want news cycles all to itself for the Galaxy S IV launch does make sense -- however, we don't think that necessarily means the company would have to throw its own event. The Galaxy S IV is going to be THE story when it comes out, regardless of setting. Our gut still tells us that MWC will be the launch point, but we'll be paying close attention to further developments.
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