We will never have enough rumors on Samsung’s next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, new rumors have surfaced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with an S-Pen just like the Galaxy Note II, will sport a 5 inch screen with full HD 1080p display capability and may be in stores in April.
Earlier rumors hinted that the S4 may be released sometime in February 2013 or during the CES, but this would probably be too soon – the heat that the S3 left in the smartphone market wouldn’t have died down. The interesting thing though is that the SIV seems a lot like the Galaxy Note II especially with the inclusion of the S-Pen.
There is also talk of the Galaxy S4 being unveiled or released in April next year but everything now seems so unreal especially since the rumors all come from unreliable sources. The South Korean company had denied early rumors in September that they were already working on an S4 smartphone but there haven’t been any word from them since then.
If the phone will indeed come with a 5 inch 1080p screen, which we expect it should, then this will set a whole new standard of smartphone displays triggered by HTC’s Droid DNA phone. The S-Pen is however the game changer. If you didn’t know, the S-Pen was introduced with the Galaxy Note and is anew input system that eliminates the disadvantages of old input techniques and provides a more accurate and input method than a stylus pen. What we already know though is that the smartphone will feature a screen with superAMOLED technology but it should have a higher display density than the Galaxy Note II.
With all the rumors and excitement of the upcoming Galaxy S, what is your take on high end smartphone devices, particularly the Samsung Galaxy S4?
Rumors and speculations about the Samsung Galaxy S4 started surfacing almost immediately the SIII hit the market – but they all anchor on it coming to the market in 2013. Today, these rumors may have been notched up a step with benchmark results of a mysterious GT-I9400 device which some claim may be the SIV, but based on the specs, this is very unlikely. The NenaMark2 benchmark results of the GT-I9400 indicate that the device comes with a 1.2 GHz processor with Mali 400 MP GPU and an unimpressive 480×800 resolution screen.
Earlier rumors indicated that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will come with a 5 inch 1080p screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, a Samsung Exynos quad-core 5450 CPU, 2 GB RAM and a 13 MP camera. The race of high performance smartphones seems to be shaping up and it seems top contenders in the Android market including Samsung and LG and smaller companies out of China such as Oppo, Meizu and Xiaomi coming up with lowly priced smartphones with impressive hardware capabilities.
The big question is, are the GT-I9400 benchmark results pointing to the next Galaxy S smartphone the SIV? If the device is going to be released next year, will Samsung release the SIV with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean when all indications are that Google are already testing the next version of Android 5.0? Although these specs show that the GT-I9400 may not have the specs of the next Galaxy S Android smartphone, bearing in mind that the S3 was GT-I9100 showing that the two phones are most definitely related.
Rumored specs of the SIV
Processor: EXYNOS 5450 with Mali-T658 GPU
RAM: 2 GB
Operating System: Android 4.2
Display: 5 Inch 1080p 1920×1080 SuperAMOLED screen
Cameras: 13 Megapixel rear camera
The first time a ‘leak’ about Samsung Galaxy S4 popped up with picture renders on the internet, it seemed too good to be true and Samsung was quick to deny that the company was alreadydeveloping the next high end device. This made sense because the S3 was still soaring in sells and it was doing so well that any thought of developing any phone better than that could have most likely harmed its performance because enthusiasts would have probably held back to wait for the new phone. Since then, we have heard rumors about the S4 but nothing so credible yet. Today though, thanks to the folks at Android Authority, we can speculate on the specs and features of Samsung’s next flagship device which is almost certain to be the S4.
The new Galaxy S4 expected to launch sometime in 2013 will most definitely sport a new processor. DDaily says that the phone will come with the new smaller 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 processor dubbed Adonis whose mass production has been rumored to begin sometime in the last quarter of 2012. A couple of weeks ago, there were reports of Cortex-A15 processor tests which are presumed to have for the Galaxy S4 phone.
This new Adonis processor is said to be much better than the current Exynos as it offers better performance but with low power consumption and is more compact in size. If it has a high GPU performance, then this is the real futuristic processor that should make the Galaxy S4 a smartphone in its own league. Somewhere though, there are some enthusiasts that say that the S4 may come sporting a quad-core Exynos 5450 processor with a clockspeed of 2 GHz. We haven’t seen this processor in any device and I would suppose that it will be easier for Samsung to improve the current Exynos processor for the S4 than fit it with a completely new processor. After all, Samsung just recently launched an Exynos 5-based Arndale developer board (read the story here) – a further proof that it may have intentions to keep this processor line alive for longer.
When it comes to other features, we expect better screen (yeah, it can get better than Super AMOLED, we just don’t know how yet) – maybe a 5 inch screen with a much better build quality. The big question is, what else will Samsung offer that will make the S4 undeniably better than the S3, currently still the best smartphone in the market? Let is wait and see, but I have faith Samsun will not disappoint during the 2013 MWC when it may launch the Galaxy S4.