Samsung Galaxy S IV - What We Know So Far
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The Samsung Galaxy S IV is undoubtedly one of the more highly-anticipated smartphone devices in 2013 and rumors about it have been off the rocket. These things come with no surprise since Samsung already proved that their devices are worth the wait. They currently dominate the Android world with the release of their flagship phones – the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III. This time, we'll get you excited with the Samsung Galaxy S IV (GT-I9500).
As much as we would like to see the upcoming device to do away with the toyish plastic build similar to the Galaxy S III, it looks like we will eventually be disappointed. All the leaked photos we've seen suggests the same form factor like its would-be predecessor. The same curved edges are also to be expected upon the arrival of the launch. We've gathered alleged photos of the Galaxy S IV but keep in mind that most of these are just concept arts rather than company photos.
One thing that got people wondering is the presence of the physical Home button which, according to a Korean news outlet, will probably be seen in the new device. It was also reported that the new Galaxy smartphone will feature touch keys but no stylus will be included.
So will the Galaxy S IV be a lot faster than the 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM of the S III? Well, there isn't much details going around but there have been talks about it running on a snappier Exynos 5 Octa (8-core) CPU, a Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, and 2GB of RAM, but nothing is yet final. The company might utilize the octa-core processor and split it into two divisions – one for data-heavy tasks and one for the light ones, merging power and efficiency into one.
Although a nearing release of a new Android version called the Key Lime Pie is about to arrive sometime in the middle of the year, the Galaxy s IV is expected to come sooner so there's a great chance of it still operating on the Jelly Bean platform.
Display-wise, the Galaxy S IV should be qualified in the "phablet" category with its 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, which is by far the most impressive display from Samsung. As far as pixel density is concerned, the upcoming device is also upgraded with 440 ppi, compared to the current flagship's 306 ppi. There were also hints that it might feature a flexible display, but was soon confirmed that the company will stick with its own OLED technology.
A photo that supposedly came from a Galaxy S IV surfaced on Picasa with a resolution of 2322 x 4128. If it were to be converted, it would show that at least a 10-megapixel camera took it. This supports the rumors that a 13-megapixel rear shooter is to mount the S IV, partnered by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
So when would the Galaxy S IV be launched? As early as September 2012, there have been rumors about the device launching in the Mobile World Congress 2013 (which is going to be held next week) and be released in March. On the other hand, Samsung Lebanon, thru Facebook, stated that "the Galaxy S IV will not be released until before May" but multiple sources have confirmed that Samsung will be taking the wraps off the Galaxy S IV on 14 March in New York City.
Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-review claims in his tweet that a big announcement is slated to be made on 14 March, followed shortly by SamMobile who alleged confirmed that the tweet is referring to the Galaxy S IV. Sources familiar with Samsung's plans told The Verge that 14 March is "definitely" the day when the South Korean company will be unveiling one or more devices.
As a recap, here are the rumors that will supposedly make up the Samsung Galaxy S IV:
|CPU||Exynos 5 Octa (8-core)|
|Display||5-inch Super AMOLED HD, 440 ppi|
|OS||Android Jelly Bean|
|Camera||13-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front|
|Release||March 14, 2013|
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