Samsung Galaxy S 4: what we think we know
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Samsung Galaxy S 4: rumor round-up
1. Plastic body
Multiple sources hint that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be made out of plastic, including the company's very own executive VP of mobile, Y.H. Lee. Evidence presented in the form of leaked photos and videos also line up well with those rumors, meaning that the handset will most likely adopt the polycarbonate glossy shell of its predecessor, regardless of whether we like it or not.
Verdict: Very likely
2. 5-inch display, 1080p resolution
That Samsung is working on a 1080p display of its own is no secret given the evidence in support of this claim which surfaced during CES. The panel will have a diagonal size of 4.99 inches and will be made using an advanced variant of the AMOLED technology. Which Samsung product will get this screen isn't totally certain at this time, but the Galaxy S 4 seems like the best fitting candidate.
Verdict: Very likely
3. Curved or flexible screen
Yes, we know that it would have been cool if the Samsung Galaxy S 4 had a bendable screen of some kind, but that probably isn't going to happen. So far there is nothing reliable in terms of leaks to suggest the implementation of an Youm flexible OLED display or anything remotely similar in the upcoming device.
Verdict: Not likely
4. Green PHOLED display technology
Rumor has it that Samsung has developed a new screen technology based on AMOLED principles. The "Green PHOLED" tech, as it is now being called, is expected to debut in the Samsung Galaxy S 4 bringing a 25% increase in power efficiency and reduced susceptibility to color deterioration over time. Since this isn't the first time we hear about Samsung improving its AMOLED panels, thus bringing the aforementioned advantages, we'd dismiss this speculation as plausible.
5. Snapdragon 600 SoC used instead of Exynos 5 Octa
We've heard it multiple times that Samsung is having a hard time controlling the heat generated by the Exynos 5 Octa SoC, which is why the Galaxy S 4 will have a Snapdragon 600 chip ticking inside. But you know what, we aren't really complaining since Qualcomm's silicon packs quite a punch. As for those alleged Samsung Galaxy S 4 benchmarks testing the Exynos 5 Octa, those tests might have been done with an early prototype. But on the other hand, we probably won't know for sure until we've heard it from the horse's mouth. Perhaps a Galaxy S 4 variant sporting an Octa chip might be launched in select regions.
6. Typical Samsung design language
We aren't expecting to see anything radically new as far as the design of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is concerned. The handset will most likely follow the company's well-established design language with curved corners, a physical home key and a pair of capacitive buttons on either of its sides.
Verdict: Very likely
7. 13 Megapixel main camera
So far rumors have agreed on one thing, namely that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will sport a 13-megapixel main camera. Needless to say, perks like zero shutter lag and burst mode will be present, and we won't be surprised if the new sensor turns out to be capable of taking HDR videos as well. As far as actual photo quality is concerned, the Galaxy S III has already set the bar very high, but we hope that the increase in pixel count will lead to even better results.
Verdict: Very likely
8. 3D camera features
This wild rumor was sparked by a recently discovered patent application, suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 might offer 3D camera features of some kind. However, we aren't buying it given the fact that previous attempts to bring the third dimension to a smartphone weren't successful from a marketing standpoint.
Verdict: Not likely
9. New unique interface features
Several days ago, a set of screenshots revealed a handful of interface features that we expect seeing on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for the first time. These include Smart Scroll, which tracks your eye movement and scrolls whatever content is displayed accordingly, and Smart Pause, which will pause videos whenever the user isn't looking at the screen. There will also be an option to have the screen rotate automatically depending on how the user is looking at it.
Verdict: Very likely
10. Touchless gestures
According to sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is working on an alternative input method involving touchless gestures. In other words, one would be able to interact with a device just by hovering a finger over its display. This leads us to assume that the screen will be extra sensitive to touch input and might even work when the user is wearing gloves. Unfortunately, we aren't sure how exactly these touchless gestures will be implemented in the Samsung Galaxy S 4 interface, and the rumor mill has not revealed any details about them either.
11. Dual SIM variant
This one might go either way. On one hand, the dual SIM functionality is typical for low-end phones. In fact, we've never seen it on anything more capable than a mid-range device like the Samsung Galaxy Grand, for example. But on the other hand, a smartphone that is allegedly the Samsung Galaxy S 4 DUOS for China just leaked, so perhaps a dual SIM variant of the smartphone is really coming, albeit only in select markets.
12. microSD card support
The Samsung Galaxy S had a microSD card slot. Then both the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III after it had one as well. Will the Samsung Galaxy S 4 follow suit? Sure, most likely. The smartphone is expected to have a removable back cover and the microSD card slot will probably be situated underneath it.
Verdict: Very likely
13. Bone or tissue conducting earpiece
The image you see here was posted on Twitter by Samsung itself. It is clearly a teaser reminding us of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4 announcement, but it most likely isn't a rendering of the actual device (although it probably reveals its shape). That's because the front-facing camera and proximity sensors are missing, in addition to the earpiece. Yet the absence of the latter was interpreted by some as a sign that the Galaxy S 4 will feature bone or tissue conducting tech for transmitting audio to the user's ear. Sorry, guys, but this awesome tech is probably not coming to Samsung's next flagship.
Verdict: Not likely
14. Wireless charging support
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S III, the S 4 will probably support wireless charging. However, the functionality might not be included out of the box, rather leaving users who demand having it with the option to purchase a wireless charging back cover and a compatible dock separately.
Verdict: Very likely
1. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
It will easily be the #1 selling phone of 2013, that's guaranteed.
2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
if it was a fair game without the brainwashing advertising in the billions , Samsung will surely feel the heat from Apple , Nokia,HTC,Sony and even LG
10. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
It will be successful no doubt about it , but I expected atleast a better design.
and I may be in the minority who doesn't care about the removeable battery and microsd card slot but needs better looking phone.
even worse Samsung will throw many cheap copycats of this flagship model to further downgrade its value.
this year is gonna be tough as competition like HTC, SONY , Nokia and even LG are making good phones.
21. akbarkool (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
yeah the nokial lumia 920 looks way better
46. muhsen (Posts: 191; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
apparently u r the one who's smoking crack, because looks don't mean necessarily better. true fact is lumia 920 does look way better than s3(and s4 if the leaks r right and if it turns out that the s4 is nothing but a bigger s3). and not just lumia 920. iphone 5,xperia z,htc one and even asus padfone infinity all look alot better than s3 and note 2(and the leaked s4)
51. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Anyway people always keep compaining.
With the unibody design: OMG no battery renovable, no micro SD card
With the removable back cover: OMG plastic, cheap build quality. How the hell can we have a removable aluminum back cover?
52. MrPhilo (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Yes I was gonna post this too. Plastic has a longer durability and we can remove battery, aluminium is great but it has limitations.
Also everyone has there own preference of what device looks good and what doesn't. I think the design is pretty decent on S4 if it is, even if it looked similar to an S3, it still looks good.
64. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Well then don't make removable. I have a note 2 and I have never open the back. You see if samsung put a good battery in its devices there wont be no need to open it. The SD card can be placed on the side or something.
37. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Amen brother Amen!
I am so psyched the S4 is here! What makes me even more psyched is I can only expect even more improved upon features in its bigger brother!
69. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Ewwwwwh. Samsung is so last year. And so plastic. *pukes* :DD
3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I have nothing to say. But, these are just rumors, let's just wait for 2 days more before we get shocked or disappointed. :)
8. Yaldo_27 (Posts: 28; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
I think we'll get dissapointed instead of shocked....
I feel that samsung made a something wrong with this device..
13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I'd rather have initial disappointment to find out just how great things an ugly device holds over stunning looks saddened by poor viewing angles, bad battery life or laggy UI.
If the worst thing you can hold against the Galaxy S4 is looking like a bezel-less Galaxy S3, Samsung did something right.
62. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
but stunning toughness and durable in any wheather condition
72. rgxVOiD (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Stop the viewing angle s**t, and it's battery has been tested, it last long enough and what laggy UI? You mean touchWiz?
70. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
well, i wish it has a flexible screen...:D
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Just to get facts straight: it won't be made of plastic - it will be made of gorilla glass (front), metal (side) and plastic (back), with the latter being easily replaceable if you want something else though a "plastic phone" is the most durable on the market (Lumia 920).
Why ppl. are overlooking the different materials is beyond me.
66. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
I guess it is because Samsung plastic feels cheap. They should start using the same polycarbonate that HTC is using.
5. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
If you think different and make believe it would be quietly brilliant to produce something incredibly creative that would be designed for humans which when starts connecting people we can all say life's good.
6. jonartpop (Posts: 152; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
The design ugh. HTC One/Xperia Z looks better imo. I love Samsung I just hope the design rumour isn't true.
23. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
They do look better, but am I the only one who doesn't think the S4 looks bad at all?
Made a size-accurate comparison based on leaked specs and with the thinner black bar around the screen, thinner bezel and thinner protective side cover (which will be metal), the design actually is a step-up looks-wise. Rounded yet less toyish,
43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You're not the only one, I couldn't agree more with what you're saying.
And, awesome job with that comparison!
PA should hire you!
68. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
you are not the only one... i love the GS3 design...
7. N-fanboy (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
+1 This s**t will sell like a hot cake #FACT
22. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
that's true and fact,,,while in the land of nokia nevermind stillllll.....
11. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
I'd be interested to see if the rumours that Samsung will also launch the Galaxy Altius on Thursday are true. It does look pretty nice (if the leaked pictures are real)
12. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
i like the metallic finish around that screen, but please, make it more proportionate..\
i would like the shape be more like this
i know that was fake esp when i saw the video, its just so LAGGY that s4 wouldnt be..
14. kvk066 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)
"IF" this is the real phone then, Sammy is certainly guaranteed for some thrashing from ne, Xperia Z. Take my word dude...remember this comment on this date and come back
18. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
XZ price will be fastest to crash if one compares GS4/HTC/Sony ... :mark my words as this is real history of Sony high end Phones :)
24. papss (Posts: 3387; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I somehow Agee with both of you.. It's unfortunate that Sony somehow just doesn't get it right when compared to other flagships because they have a great design/build quality and pleasing UI... On the other hand if this is the s4 then that back is about as ugly as they come
16. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
PowerVR SXG 544 graphics for s4 and octa 5410...confirmed....that two alone blow competition away...perfect combi...power and smoothness...
63. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
and ugly design and easily to crack the screen
17. knights4life03 (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
They still haven't finalized the design which is good and I'm pretty sure its prototype is wat we have seen. For me the processor and useful features of the software is key
19. FoneAddict (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Samsung really need to up their game when it comes to production quality! For a phone that will cost £500+ it should at the very least look classy and not like a cheap plastic toy.
20. papss (Posts: 3387; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
First off.. That SS phone in that picture looks terrible
SS will more than likely dominate this year due to the countless lemmings that buy what their buddy buys
25. djoscar4u (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
Nat not again please!!! if is just like the samsung s3 I will pass on this one.
26. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
it must be trick..
s4 can't sell very vell when htc one is there with solid design and to many great spc..
58. NokiaFTW (Posts: 723; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Its not only about the design , or hardware or specs that matters . Its also about the software features and functionality and thats why the Galaxy S3 is sellling well bcuz it some software features that no other smartphone has .
28. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
Sorry if this is a dumb question but do any phones aside from the iPhone 5 use nano sims and do you think it's likely that the S4 will stick to the micro sim?
I'll be going past my local phone provider's store tomorrow so I'm going to get my sim changed from a standard to a micro. Once the S4 has been announced I'm going to make the decision to buy either the S4, the HTC One or an Xperia Z and I know the later two both use micro.
34. papss (Posts: 3387; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
No the l920 uses micro SIM cards too.. You can always buy a new tray if you get yours cut down now.
29. Diego! (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Check this out... black & white... and stripes once again!!!
What are the stripes we are seeing in every ad for?
30. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
The 3D features on the camera could be similar to those found on Sony phones... the 3D Sweep Multi Angle is very impressive and always receives "wows"... So a feature similar would be nice to see...
I would love for Sony to bring some software features like the ones found on Samsungs new phones... and for Samsung to implement also unique features that Sony do... like CEC (for HDMI), wet tracking (waterproof xperias), touchless gestures (xperia sola), 2 finger scrolling (for list that does not have a scrolling bar)...
But choice is still here on Android...
32. Marcus_h (Posts: 41; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Truly inspiring.......zzzzzzzz.....ooops, dozed off there. I'll it has got really fast......zzzzzzz
33. maurellemejos (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I think the actual device is behind the phone in #13.
36. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Has it ever occurred to you that Sammy use plastic as it is a better material? I bet aluminium phones cannot take part in NFC anywhere near better than a plastic Sammy and the plastic itself allows for better width and durability...next time judge the phone by the specs in software aswell,...
38. papss (Posts: 3387; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Agree 100% that it doesn't have to be aluminum or glass BUT if it is going to use plastic they need better quality polycarbonate and or better paint ie not hyper glaze
39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5636; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
PLEASE WAIT TILL THURSDAY i hate looking at false SPECS design and pics. its only 2 days away
59. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
The rumors and leaks that are revealed about 5 days before launch are mostly true, but who knows.
40. jeremyc (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Regardless of whatever the specifics are, the galaxy series (well, except for the galaxy nexus) has been steadily increasing in the market and this phone will be no different. I look forward to what Samsung has to unveil on Thursday.
41. etxx321 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Hint hint! It is released on 3.14! It is pi day! and the birth day of Einstein! Doesn't that mean something?