The Samsung Galaxy S IV is one of the hotly anticipated smartphones of the year. There have been several speculations about the device but nothing concrete, which is the case with any rumor. So we thought it would be fun to compile a little list of rumors and the alleged features that are believed to feature on the next Galaxy flagship. A few days back, we’ve been treated to what seems like a press image of the Galaxy S IV which apparently was up on Picasa for a long time before being taken down eventually. So this puts more weight into the build up of the launch of the smartphone, and we expect no less from a Samsung smartphone.
As for the specifications of the next Galaxy flagship, there have been several thoughts and opinions, but no evidence to back them up. But it goes without saying that Samsung will want to make this a smartphone to remember as there is enough competition already in the form of the Sony Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend D2, not to mention the yet to be launched HTC flagship.
We should most likely see a 1080p display of either 5-inches or the old 4.8-inch size to appeal to the mass audience. And since it will be AMOLED there will be no doubt that Samsung’s offering will give it the competitive edge over other offerings, although the Super LCD panels that HTC uses are known to have superior visibility. It was said that the top brass at Samsung are pushing to get the best display panel on board the next Galaxy S flagship. We are also bound to believe that it could feature the new YOUM bendable LCD panels shown off at CES 2013, but that’s probably not going to happen. Samsung had put up all its display panels from 2011 up to the current versions at the CES 2013 event, and that included a relatively unknown 4.99-inch Full HD panel. This should most probably make its way to the Galaxy S IV.
Now for the next major component of the smartphone, i.e. the chip/CPU onboard. Well, Samsung’s history with flagships suggests that it always uses the latest technology at its disposal when it comes to chipsets, especially its own home grown chips (Exynos). However, we’re not sure if Samsung will go with Exynos 5440 or the Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The former being an ARM Cortex-A15 based quad core chip while the latter is an eight core chip which utilizes four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, although not at the same time. This chip is made using the 28nm process which increases efficiency substantially. Samsung should be striving to bring this on board as it would most probably put them far ahead from the rest of the competition. Eight core or four cores, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will certainly be talked about in the coming days.
With all the manufacturers going with either 12 or 13MP camera sensors, it would behoove Samsung to go down that road or even improve that. It is believed that the new Galaxy flagship will sport a 13MP camera sensor, although there’s not much info to back this claim. We’ve seen manufacturers make plenty of improvements with the front facing camera as well, and Samsung should aptly follow suit. It’s the software tweaks though which makes the camera all the more pleasing to use, so expect that to be on board.
The Operating System
We’re not going to dive into the rubbish claims made by a few which claimed that the Galaxy S IV would feature the Tizen OS. The Galaxy S IV should most probably feature the latest and greatest version of Android and that is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as of now. Perhaps in a short while after the launch, we should see Google unveiling the latest version of Android. This has always been the problem for manufacturers as there’s hardly any time for a smartphone to settle in the market. That being said, Samsung wouldn’t take a long time to update its smartphone to the latest version of Android. Its flagships always receive the best software support.
Well the battery is a huge factor in this day and age, especially since manufacturers use power hungry displays and CPUs. So if all that we’ve heard about the Galaxy S IV is true, we should at least see a 2,500+ mAh battery pack on board. Sure it won’t be as slim as Samsung would want it to be, but that’s nothing considering the fact that the device would last longer and gain appreciation from the users in the long run. Regardless, I would certainly like to see a Moto Razr Maxx like battery on one of these devices someday.
Well, it is desperately hoped by many that Samsung loses the all plastic design and embraces something of a more solid material. Perhaps something like the materials used in the HTC One X and the Windows Phone 8X. The design is the only area where HTC trumps every other manufacturer out there in my opinion and it is high time Samsung made some good looking phones. Sony too has stepped up the bar in terms of design with its new Xperia Z smartphone, so it is hoped that Samsung takes some motivation from the rising competition. We wouldn’t mind an all glass design either, but we doubt if Samsung will go down that road.
Well, this one’s a bit edgy but some people believe that Samsung will include an S-Pen on the Galaxy S IV. This seems plausible after Samsung purchased a 5% stake in Wacom, which is the company that makes digitizer panels for the Galaxy Note smartphones. We think it’s highly unlikely though as it would want to reserve that for the Note smartphones, as it is in a category of its own now. Perhaps, Samsung would make an S-Pen like accessory available for purchase with the Galaxy S IV and not necessarily bundle it with the device.
All these rumors could easily be wrong, but mostly they are spot on. One of the first things that people want to know about this smartphone though is as to when it will actually launch in the market. There have been several reports which claimed that the smartphone could be launched in March, while a few others believed it would take place in April or May. Worst case, we should have the device announced by May which is about the same time when the Galaxy S III was announced last year. So mark your calendars for March, April and May as that is when we might see the latest and greatest Samsung smartphone launch and take the market by storm. Keep watching this space for updates on the Galaxy S IV and its specs.
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