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Samsung Galaxy S4 to retain physical home button

The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone will include solid home button and will not include an S-Pen like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, according to reports from South Korea

It had been rumoured the new Samsung Galaxy S4 (or S IV) would feature wholly touch-responsive controls, but according to South Korean newspaper ddaily.co.kr (via SamMobile), the phone has a physical home button like its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S3 (below), along with touch sensitive back and menu controls.

Samsung Galaxy S3 in handThe inclusion of an S-Pen in the new phone would be a surprise – Samsung is likely to keep some differentiation between its smartphone and phablet ranges.

The paper reports the phone will be announced in the middle of March – a timeframe we’ve heard from earlier rumours. The design of the phone has been finalised and will follow the streamlined ‘Minimal Organic Design’ of its predecessor.

A  source told the paper the parts ordering process has began with the goal of mass production in March and the phone will go on sale at the end of April at the latest.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most eagerly awaited phones of 2013 and this is just the latest in a flood of rumours about its design and specification. Rumours suggest it could have a 4.99-inch full HD screen, more powerful quad-core processor and 13-megapixel camera.Read our Samsung Galaxy S4 rumour round-up to find out more.

We have to take the latest one with a little dose of scepticism, but we should find out more information about the Samsung Galaxy S4 very soon.

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