Samsung Galaxy S IV, the successor to the company’s hottest selling smartphone Galaxy S III, is all set to debut. The smartphone, whose pre-launch frenzy might nearly match Apple’s gadget launches, is all set to be unveiled as early as March 14.
For past many weeks, there have been speculations on the gadget’s possible specifications, looks and more. Several ‘purported’ leaked images of the device too have surfaced in the media.
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G Network||LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600|
Samsung Galaxy S IV is expected to come with a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED touchscreen, which the company also hinted at during Consumer Electronics Show in January this year. Its booth gave details of its upcoming display, such as support for full HD videos (1920x1080p resolution), 440ppi pixel density
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.99 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|– TouchWiz UI|
Unbreakable and bendable Screen
Samsung displayed its Youm display panel at Consumer Electronics Show in January. This panel is unbreakable as well as bendable and it has been rumored for long that the South Korean manufacturer will integrate it in its upcoming flagship smartphone, Galaxy S IV.
Processor and RAM
Samsung is said to have picked Qualcomm processor in place of its in-house Exynos chips to power Galaxy S IV. Recently, it was reported that the new smartphone will pack a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU under the hood, while the rumors of 2GB RAM have been going on for long.
Samsung Galaxy S IV is expected to sport a 13MP camera on the rear, taking over from the 8MP snapper that has been used in the last two flagship phones of the company. The company had reportedly run into problems with Sony in procuring enough numbers of the 13MP sensors for Galaxy Note II, but is expected to get lucky with Galaxy S IV.
Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S IV with 16, 32 and 64GB storage options, along with microSD card support up to 64GB.
|Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM|
Samsung may be trying to win the enterprise sector by beefing up the security features of Galaxy SIV with Knox, its security software. This software is similar to BlackBerry Balance and keeps personal and work profiles separate from each other in the same phone via Security Enhanced (SE) Android, released by the National Security Agency of the US.
Samsung is said to have included a 2,600mAh battery in Galaxy S IV, up from the 2,100mAh unit used in its predecessor, Galaxy S III.
Updated Features of Samsung Galaxy S IV
|OS||Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Exynos 5 Octa 5410|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 544MP|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Browser||HTML5, Adobe Flash|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Titanium Gray, Sapphire Black|
|– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart Stay eye tracking
– Dropbox (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
Samsung Galaxy S4 – release date
As stated above, Samsung has more or less slated the date for the Samsung Galaxy S3’s launch as March 14th.
A rumour reported to Sammobile from a “trusted insider” at Samsung pegs the Galaxy S4 release for March 15, 2013. Apparently, the handset will then go on sale in the second week of April, with Europe getting first dibs.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Price Prediction
As expected, leaks surrounding the S4’s suspected price have been thin on the ground, although we can expect it to cost as much as the S3 when it launched back in May – a wallet-busting £499. Once again though the tough competition from Google’s own Nexus 4 device may force Samsung to lower its price in order to compete – unless of course the hardware specification is a big step forward.
On contract you’re likely to be looking at £30-40 a month minimum, and considerably more with a 4G service such as EE. This will be an expensive handset, though probably still a little less than the iPhone 5 costs.