Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV is one of the most anticipated flagship smartphones in 2013. We have a lot of upcoming Android smartphones, but Galaxy S IV is getting most of the attention due to the enormous success achieved by the predecessor, Galaxy S3.
There’s of course no official word on the device, but thanks to a lot of leaks and speculations, we have good amount of information about this upcoming device. Last year, there was a report which suggested that there was an internal battle on whether to ditch the physical button or not. Galaxy S3 has only one physical key on the front, and no physical key on the S IV will kind of increase the aesthetics, but according to the recent report by a Korean publication, Samsung’s upcoming flagship will retain the only physical key on the face of the smartphone.
The argument about the key is that people like it better, and I kind of agree with that and perhaps that’s the signature styling that has been related to Samsung’s range of smartphones for quite a long time now. There are several other rumors suggesting some interesting things. According to one rumor, the Galaxy S4 will be coming with Spen functionality that is found in Note range of devices. Actually, the rumor just suggested that there will be some kind of alternative input method in the new phone, which was later assumed to be the Spen, but apparently it isn’t because recently a Korean publication notified that Samsung will be using Atmel’s newest maXTouch S controllers for mixed signal input to allow gesture-based navigation throughout the interface without contact with the screen. So perhaps it’s the MaXTouch S controllers instead of Spen. Another reason why Spen won’t be making it to S4 is that there’s Note family with larger screen sizes which can make use of Spen functionality in a better way, and an eventual S IV with an S Pen would take away from their target market.
Additional reports say that the S4 will be booting Jelly Bean out of the box, which isn’t a surprise because it’s a flagship phone and should obviously be running the latest software version available in the market. Talking of the hardware, the device may come powered by the quad-core Exynos 5440 chip manufactured using 28nm high-K metal gate technology, however, the possibility of Samsung using the 8 core processor using ARM big.LITTLE architecture cannot be dismissed as well. In the 8 core processor which Samsung showcased recently, there are four A7 cores and four A15 cores. The A7 cores are energy-efficient and can be used to perform basic tasks whereas the A15 cores are power hungry and may be used only when the operating system is under intense load.
Apart from that, the new phone is said to come with 4.99 inch screen which will have full HD 1080p resolution and pixel density of 440ppi. The displays will be using new materials that will supposedly save 25% of energy. Sounds good to me. What are your thoughts on the S IV?