Samsung Galaxy S IV to launch in April with S Pen functionality?
Moreover, Korean sources agree that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will launch in April.
Along the way, we are hearing more confirmations that the S IV will indeed come with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, something that almost seems like a fact right now judging by what the competition is bringing.
Additionally, whispers are that the new Samsung Android flagship will run on Jelly Bean and be powered by a quad-core Exynos 5440 chip manufactured using 28nm high-K metal gate technology. It is also possible that it will use ARM big.LITTLE architecture with an energy-efficient A7 processor for basic tasks paired with A15 for more intense loads.
Other details about the upcoming Galaxy S IV are a 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera and slightly thicker, 9.2mm body, a development that would make it very Note-like. How does this all seem to you, do you think that a slightly thicker S Pen-equipped S IV is a good idea or not?
1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
No. S Pen should be a Note only feature. If the Galaxy S line were to get an S Pen, that would take some of the glory off of the Note line, and just make it a bigger Galaxy S.
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
True, and no need for rumor on JB thing, it's granted.
21. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Will be better if rumored to have Lime Pie
29. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
That wont happen until google announces it which they will probably do at IO
13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
... With an S Pen that grants extra functionality.
44. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That doesn't stop it from being an oversized Galaxy S phone.
49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
in a regard yes, it is an oversized Galaxy S device however it is not JUST an oversized Galaxy S. that's what he was trying to convey.
68. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Besides a few phablet features I don't see how it isn't just an oversized Galaxy S.
75. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
you just contradicted yourself. the Phablet features and tight integration with the S-Pen separate it from being an oversized Galaxy S. without them it would be a larger, higher end Galaxy S.
78. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I didn't contradict myself. Even with them the Note is still a larger higher end Galaxy S.
90. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You said the Note was JUST an over-sized Galaxy S. Now, you are saying it's a large Galaxy S, but with special features dedicated to that kind of device. It's those special features that separate it from the Galaxy S line and make more appealing to consumers.
You contradicted yourself.
92. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the key word you're forgetting here is "just".
60. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
If the Note is an oversized Galaxy the iPad is an extremely oversized iPod touch?
69. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Do your research first before you comment. You know the iPad has more features than the Touch. Can the Touch get a cellular connection through 3G and Lte?
76. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh you mean an optional feature separates the two? is that what you're saying? your trolling has been more weaksauce than usual lately...
79. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
What I am saying is that they aren't entirely the same. The iPad is a tablet, which can use many tablet apps that the iPod can't use. The only weaksauce here is the responses.
93. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that doesn't disprove CanYouSeeTheLight's comparison being equivalent to the one you made to the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. there's apps the Note can use that the S can't because of it's Phablet cclassification so yeah, all weaksauce.
84. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Sorry, bad analogy. What you say is completely correct, but that's the problem, you are correct, and he is wrong, so the analogy doesn't work.
65. ajc76 (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Then the iPad and iPad mini are both over sized iPhones using your same logic, correct...?
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Don't forget the larger screen. You can do more productive things on a larger screen. Sammy has an ad out about that concept. Have you not seen it? PA even has an article about Sammy's ad.
Net-net, Note II is a bit more than 'just' a bigger GS III.
50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
a Phablet is a viable alternative to those who don't want to carry both a phone and a tablet.
56. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Absolutely right, but there is nothing that states only tablets can use an s-pen or any kind of stylus. Options are always a good thing regardless...that's the beauty of Android.
62. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Except you are carrying both a tablet and a phone. The Note II gives you both functions in one package.
71. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I see more excuses than I do legitimate counterclaims.
128. CheapSocks (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
and he completely gives up after this last comment. Listen, if you're gonna start a troll war, then please have the balls to finish it.
83. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I have the S3 and my wife has the Note 2, and there are some differences. The Note 2 screen is more sharp and brighter. The S-pen comes in very handy as you can hand write and the phone convert it text for you. The S-pen does the screen shots, open tabs to view more option without having to select it. The quad processor and 2 gig RAM makes quick and smooth. Photo edit, slide tabs for for multi tasking and among other things.
For the Apple devices, I have seen and try them all. From the IPod to IPAd, they all the same, the difference are cellular phone and screen size. Yes most apps are available for IPod also, the big question is, is it usable for the end user to have it on a smaller screen? Every single devices are the same no matter how you look at it. They work the same and have the same future.
Mxy, what you don't get is, this is how Apple makes their money. They dont have to redesign for it each device, they only have to train their support on only one thing. They make it think they change things individually. We are just of them that falls for it.
You need to play with all the devices and brain storm how much difference they are. So you have an IPod and an IPhone, WHY????? They do the eact samething!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
97. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Better then all lookalike ripoffed bigger sized ipods.
98. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
and the ipad is just a bigger ipod, your point?
40. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
yeah , if the Galaxy S line will have an S-pen ,, then what's the point of the Galaxy Note line ?? i hope Samsung will think before releasing the Galaxy S IV
43. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
the note IS a glorified gs3...just more capable...
isnt it obvious?
i will buy a note 3 if it stays under 7" though
52. mxb545 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)
Now im all for huge phones, I own a note 2, and I will be buying the largest 1080 p display that has an external battery (so most likely the note 3) next year.
That said one of the biggest advantages samsung has right now is they have the all comers phone in the s3 and the specialty note 2. If the rumors are true the s3 will end up like a mini note 2. IMO alot of people agree that 4.7 is the largest an average phone can be before you enter "phablet size"
Im sure everyone knows here that opinion on the note 2 is sharply divided on weather its to big or not. Right now though, thats not a problem, if the note 2 is too big you just buy an s3. This might become a problem when the note 2 is 6.3 inches and the smaller phone is a 5 inchs which is pretty much a "phablet"
63. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If the GS IV is equipped with a 5 inch display, unless they biff the design, the footprint of the IV will be only slightly larger than the III. We are only talking about 2/10ths inch increase in diagonal measurement.
72. AnTuTu (Posts: 972; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Some people are just barking around saying that Note 2 is an over sized Galaxy S, they either need a new life or need to understand technology.
I really feel pity on them why because they comment like this in frustration and they know they can't get these features, functionality and devices from their fruit shops...!!
86. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I think I know what's going on. The Note 3 will be 6"+. Although some people are happy with the size, 6"+ will be too big. Therefore, they don't want to lose customers who would like a Note roughly its current size. Thus, the S4 with the pen.
101. seier (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
Why can't the note just be a bigger, more durable, and bettery battery life phone that's enough diffentiation for one phone. I love stylusses so I'm all for all Samsung phones and tablets having them. Clearly you haven't thought about how difficult it will be interacting with tiny controls made smaller by 1080P. Your pinky is too fat, you'll want a stylus in some programs, especially drawing apps. That being said I hated the stylus on the Note II. My HTC Fuse and HTC Touch Pro 2's both had smaller, more precise, and better gliding stylusses.
102. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'm not talking about JUST the stylus. You could buy any run of the mill capacitive stylus for what you're talking about, I was talking about all the extra features that come along with the stylus in the Note II.
Sure enough, if Samsung brings the stylus to the Galaxy S line, they might as well bring all the software features of the stylus, and that will take half of the individuality of the Note series away, the other half being its pure size, which subsequently brings better battery life.
109. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I agree The S series doesnt need a pen. I got the note 2 for screen size and have never took the pen out yet. Most people would prefer thinner then with a pen. Thats just my experience from working at a store and seeing the surveys that have been done with how many people actual use the pen.
110. nihn75 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I want a reasonably sized phone and I want an s pen. Samsung should put all the best features in their latest phones. People who want an s pen should not have to suffer with a gigantic phone. All phones should have an s pen, its convenient and if you don't want to use it, it's not in your way. You declare to save the glory of the note line... HAHAHA. What do you care about the note lines glory? If the note is such a good phone, why not make a smaller version for people who don't want a movie screen in their pocket?
117. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 295; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Agreed, if Samsung does this they will take away the biggest distinguishing feature that the Galaxy Note series has to offer.
2. prokshit (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
I dont think its a problem, if they are a bit thicker if this helps pack a bigger battery,as the note and note II are pretty slim .. so it doesnt make much difference.. but the Bigger Battery is a MUST! the 1080p screen is the main criminal :D! for battery drain!.. 3000mah is a must for the screen and the new processor // GET THIS RIGHT! and it will be AWESOME DEVICE!
As for the s-pen, for me it no big deal. :P
11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
At 5" + edges and 9.2mm, a 3000mAh is pretty much a given.
Agreed, don't think S-Pen would be a misstep, although I don't think the rumor is true (rumor is likely for the "Note Mini"), but would make sense since Samsung needs and usually manages to differentiate itself from rivals, and pretty much everybody will have a 5" 1080p phone by Spring next year.
3. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
if all these rumors are true, this phone will defeat the purpose of it existence as a phone and become more of a (Galaxy note 2 mini ).
4. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Galaxy s line would be the high end smartphone class, i don't think they will get Spen feature as Samsung probably doesn't want to hurt galaxy note series sales
5. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
noooo, S Pen should be a note exclusive... i wont mind to have it on the GS IV, as a matter of fact i love it, but... it should be only for the note :P
8. MattGioff (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
I have nothing against bigger screens or stylus/s-pens, but I just hope the body of the galaxy S IV isn't large. I wish apple made an iPhone 5 with android and I'd be very happy.
112. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
So you want a manufacturer to make a phone running software that is in direct competition with them? Interesting.
9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This might change my mind about sticking to S3..I use the capacitive pen to draw on it but it's a far cry from the Wacom digitizer abilities.
It would be awesome if Samsung gives that to the S4- it may hurt the Note a bit, but it would further separate the S4 from direct competition!
Also, the 9mm thickness means only one thing - sweet, juicy battery to power that laptop-grade processor!
If the rumors are true, the S4 will be epic
10. amozhi (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
S-Pen would be a nice feature on S IV. I miss this feature on my S3. Since S line up reached 5 inch as a minimum size, Samsung would bring the note line up with even bigger size such as 6.3, 7 and 10.1 inches.
Now Samsung has to give importance to build quality and more software features to differentiate other competitors