Monday, January 14th, 2013
We were not able to get a glimpse of neither the rumored rebranding nor the Galaxy S IV from Samsung this CES – but we did see some interesting stuff though. By combining the rumors, the speculations & the facts that we have now, we might be able to get a glimpse on the possibilities of what the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 may offer.
A lot of you may notice that the industry is stepping up its game through 5-inch full HD displays. We’ve seen a lot of those in CES, but we didn’t see anything from Samsung. What we did see though is the flexible OLED display technology that Samsung showed off. We can’t really say that we’ll be seeing the flexible display on the next Galaxy S as the resolution of the aforementioned display is just around 720p.
What is probable though, is a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. A roadmap captured by AnandTech shows that in Q1 2013, there could be a 4.99-inch fHD Super AMOLED display released. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S IV will be utilizing this technology immediately – but it’s highly expected.
In this case, the pixel arrangement is the big question mark. The Samsung Galaxy S II’s display is still very competitive up to present, all due to the RGB pixel arrangement – while a portion of the geek community got quite disappointed with the PenTile arrangement of the Samsung Galaxy S3’s screen. The same thing might happen if Samsung releases a Pentile fHD Super AMOLED display, but it won’t matter much as pixilation isn’t even seen at high pixel densities.
Design & Construction
While Samsung makes premium and extraordinary designs when it comes to TVs, notebooks and the like, the same cannot be said when it comes to their smartphones. The company has been strongly criticized due to their excessive use of glossy plastic on their mobile devices. However, we highly praise Sammy for their inclusion of the micro SD card slot & the removable battery. So again, like last year, we have no idea what it will look like; we’re highly hoping though that it finally comes out premium.
We’re guessing that Samsung will make it as compact as possible, even at the size of 5-inches. The SGS3 feels ergonomic despite the size – which many people loved. In our opinion, the idea of having a compact 5-inch device can only be attained through the use of on-screen buttons.
Weeks ago, we thought we’d be seeing a quad-core version of the Exynos 5. We were wrong. More surprisingly, Samsung unveiled an 8-core version of the Exynos processor, a combination of A15 and A7 cores. We can’t fathom the processing power that this chipset is capable of producing, so let’s leave that to the phone that could possibly showcase it.
The Rest of The Details
A lot of rumors have been going around in every corner. Some of it have been crazy too; a couple of speculations even indicated that an S-Pen will be included. We might also be looking at an improved Nature UX soon, along with 2GB of RAM. Although megapixels do not mean everything in photography, the Samsung Galaxy S4 should feature an improved 13 megapixel sensor.
In addition, a couple of benchmark leaks and documents led to a conclusion that the model number GT-i9500 may be referring to the next Galaxy.
By the way, the SGS4 won’t be probably out till May. For those excited, you now have a glimpse on what the future could bring. For the rest, let it be a cliffhanger.
Samsung Galaxy S IV predicted specs:
5-inch fHD Super AMOLED Display @ 1920 x 1080, 440 ppi
1.2 – 1.8 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
16/32/64GB Internal Memory
with micro SD up to 32GB
1080p HD Video Capture
1.9+ front-facing camera
Android Jellybean 4.2
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n