Samsung Galaxy S4 speculation hots up

19 Feb 2013

Samsung’s anticipated next-generation Galaxy S smartphone has become surrounded by an iPhone-esque rumour mill, with the device expected to be announced in March ahead of availability in April.

With Samsung having sold 100 million Galaxy S series device since launch in June 2010, the line has become the only consistent competitor to Apple’s iPhone. It has seen roughly annual refreshes, and the current proposed timeframe is similar to that for previously incarnations.

According to reports, a version of the Galaxy S4 may use the eight-core processor unveiled by Samsung at CES 2013 earlier this year with 1.8 GHz clock speed, although there was also some suggestions it will use a 1.9 GHz quadcore processor, an upgrade to that in the current Galaxy S III.

With the current Galaxy SIII, Samsung uses a different processor in the LTE version (dual core) than the HSPA device (quad core), meaning that it is certainly possible it will offer variants of the new flagship powered by different chips.

The device is expected to include a 5-inch full (1080p) HD display, putting the screen size on the borders of the ‘phablet’ category – and having crept up incrementally from 4-inches on the first Galaxy S. Other mooted features include a 13 megapixel camera.

In addition to the hardware changes, the device is expected to see some software innovations. This could include some “touchless” input support, for example with raising the device to an ear automatically answering calls.

Also mooted was eye-tracking technology, based on patents filed by Samsung using the name “eye pause” and “eye scroll”. The existing Galaxy SIII uses eye monitoring to know if a user is reading a screen, in order to intelligently dim screens when not in use.

It was also suggested that following the pattern seen with the Galaxy SIII, a “mini” version of the Galaxy S4 may be in the works, with an official launch slated for May.

Likely to have a 4.3-inch screen and 720p HD display, other specifications mooted include an 8 megapixel camera, LTE support and integrated NFC.

It is worth noting that in some ways, the Galaxy SIII Mini is closer to the Galaxy SII than the full-fat Galaxy SIII, meaning the Galaxy S4 Mini may prove closer to the existing Galaxy SIII.

  • aton6358@gmail.com

    Look guys all the reports you have heard about the galaxy s4 benchmarks having a quad core has been US variants such as sprint and Verizon and a Korean version.. so most likely the US versions of the S4 will possibly sport the quad and the international expected to be i9500 may sport the Exynos 5 Octa, and the Korean version according to benchmarks i9505 will sport an upgraded Exynos Quad. Its really important to pay attention to version and model number of this upcoming device. If you run into one rumor that involves one of the models of the supposed galaxy s4’s. That rumored spec could just be for that model not all of the models.

  • MikyXT

    Interesting, I wonder how it will all turn out in the end. I recommend you guys visit http://samsung-galaxy-s4-news.blogspot.com/ as well since it has a lot of S4 news too.

  • Uriah Romero

    I am looking forward to seeing what new features Samsung will stuff into the new Galaxy SIV. I’d really like to have a 1080p display on my next phone, so hopefully the new Galaxy has one. I like streaming my live and recorded shows on my phone during the trip to and from work at DISH, and I think that a higher resolution display would benefit me. I’ve got the DISH Anywhere app on my current Galaxy SII, which lets me stream my shows from my DVR anywhere I go, and I think it’d work perfectly on the next one.

  • JC dfdsxs

    Actually, I think its a winner. Samsung came back to their sense and Mayweather vs Guerreroa phone in the color Black! There just might be hope for this device!

  • Sanjay Negi

    After the launch of Samsung galaxy s4, everywhere users are talking about this phone, really high quality phone to buy.

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