The Samsung Galaxy S IV isn’t even out yet and we’re hearing of projections already. The smartphone is no doubt one of the hotly anticipated devices of the year. And the manufacturer expectedly has some strong projections for the launch and sales of the smartphone. And according to one report, the manufacturer intends to sell over 100 million units of the smartphone in the current year. That’s a fairly big estimate if you ask me, but completely achievable given the kind of sales the Galaxy flagships have seen so far. What’s important to note though is that smartphones like the LG Optimus G Pro, the Sony Xperia Z as well as the HTC M7/One will be out early and people will have a brief idea about the best in the market to make an informed decision about their purchase. To put the projection into perspective, its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, sold over 50 million units. So it wouldn’t be too far fetched to speculate that the successor would sell twice as much if not more. The report comes from an analyst Peter Misek who represents Jefferies & Company.
The ongoing patent trial between Samsung and Apple will be a huge motivating factor for Samsung to show why it is the top dog in this highly competitive mobile market. History suggests that Galaxy flagships have doubled in sales with each successor, and that trend should most probably continue in 2013. But for some strange reason, it seems like Samsung will have a tougher fight on its hands compared to what it had last year. It’s just that the market has gotten so competitive all of a sudden that we cannot think of just one manufacturer running the show. Sony impressed us all with its water resistant Xperia Z at the CES, LG teased us with the Optimus G Pro while HTC prepares for its major flagship announcement in three days from now. HTC’s “ultrapixel” camera is something that we’ve been eager to see for ourselves, and I’m sure the company has something big under the wraps.
As for the Galaxy flagship, it should have all the makings of an incredible smartphone. The design is one key area where Samsung has enough room for improvement, but besides that we’ve been on board with everything else from the likes of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III. A metal chassis for the next Galaxy flagship has been spoken about, but we’re treating it as a rumor for now. Other than that, the Galaxy S IV is rumored to feature a 4.99-inch Full HD display panel which was shown off at CES by Samsung. Along with that, a quad or octa core Exynos processor will most likely make its way to the system. In terms of camera, the smartphone is believed to be advanced with a 13MP camera sensor. There will also probably be a new version of TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. And a future update to Android 5.0 if Google is actually launching the new version of Android at Google I/O in May. It is believed that Samsung is holding a Samsung Unpacked event on March 15 to announce the device, with a launch scheduled for a month later. So make sure your calendars are marked.