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This metal-clad Galaxy S IV concept render should be framed at Samsung's design desk

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This metal-clad Galaxy S IV concept render should be framed at Samsung's design desk

Concept phone renderings are where the imagination can run wild and very rarely jibe with production and marketing realities at big companies, but one can dream, right?

This Samsung Galaxy S IV concept, however, is actually very down to earth, and doesn't shoot for the specs or crazy design stars, just features a solidly built handset carrying components most of which have been speculated so far to indeed find their place in the final production version.

Well, the concept sketch does have some exotic thoughts built into it, or otherwise it wouldn't be a concept worth its salt - namely the metal chassis, which, as far as we know Samsung, and given the ever-increasing screen size of flagship Androids, is unlikely to happen. Other than that, the design takes cues from the company's build tradition so far, and the specs are pretty much what we might see in Samsung's finest this year.

source: TamerAli (Twitter) via AndroidCommunity

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posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:54 49

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Take note, Samsung. This thing is beautiful.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:13 5

10. fugglyPhone (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


the s4 will have LAST gen GPU!--- all you samsung sh33ps can only dream of these specs... when the next iphone comes out it wil have the world fastest gpu period and will crush the likes of g4. BWAHAHA.....drool :D

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:21 41

14. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


you need some serious help

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 04:53 1

41. iphoneluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


the only people who needs help are android users with their buggy os snd last gen gpu

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 15:51 1

65. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Is that all you got... "buggy os"?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:22 33

15. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


The iphone 5 has a very good gpu no doubt, but its still the worst and most boring smartphone you could ever use with its puny little lcd screen, hmmm what can i say to the next iphone....you can wear a tuxedo on a goat, but its still gonna be a goat!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:30 1

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Actually, the next iPhone will probably have a PowerVR SGX554MP4, the same as in the iPad 4. Or maybe a SGX554MP3, like they did with the iPhone 5; previous iPad's GPU -1 core and up the clock speed. The next iPad will probably have the Rogue series, which will be the most powerful GPU, but certainly not the next iPhone.

All evidence seems to point to the Exynos 5 Octa (which will most likely be in the GS4) having a PowerVR SGX544MP3, which certainly isn't bad, but still not very competitive seeing as though it's not up to par with even the current iPad's GPU, and will get demolished by the next iPad's GPU.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6654/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-powered-by-powervr-sgx-544mp3-not-arms-mali

Seems like a bad move by Samsung.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 04:45 2

38. iphoneluver (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


yes the s4 will have the 544 but the fact still remains its last gen gpu and will be crushed when the new iphone comes out with the powervr sgx 554

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 05:06 2

42. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's why I hope that the evidence is wrong and the Exynos 5 Octa will have a Mali-T678 instead of the PowerVR SGX544MP3. Though I haven't seen any official benchmarks or performance claims for the Mali-T678, except for vaguely remembering reading something about the Mali-T658 being twice as powerful as the T604 on Anandtech, and the T678 being 50% more powerful than the T658; so the Mali-T678 should be about 150% of the Mali-T604 if I'm remembering correctly, I wouldn't count on that though.

If Samsung doesn't use the PowerVR Rogue series or the Mali-T678, they're basically handing over victory to Apple in terms of GPU power.

But, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Samsung, so I don't see why I'm thinking of this. I want to see how the Adreno 330 stacks up to the competition.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 20:48

68. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Um the iPhone 5 doesn't use the 554 and neither will the iPhone 6 unless the battery is huge and the screen res is jacked up to iPad 3 red, which has a zero percent chance of happening.

Besides, Samsung doesn't exactly need the best GPU with a quad core A15 set up.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 06:38 1

47. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


How do you know next iphone will have the world fastet gpu in the world ?comparing sgx 554 to gtx690 the sgx is just a toy if you talking about mobile gpu the novathor a9600 soc will use next gen power vr rogue gpu

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:23

57. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Your thoughts are more fuggly than your name!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:55

60. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Are you serious? ohh the iphone is more powerful. I could put a rocket engine in a Volvo still a Volvo. I'd rather have a farrari engine in a farrari. It could always be faster doesn't matter its still boringgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg​gg 5s will be a 4 door rocket volvo

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:50

73. zhiae (unregistered)


this is sexy

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 05:12 4

43. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Metal Clad? Goodbye NFC. -_-

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 05:27 4

45. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm pretty sure that was only if metal was on the back plate of the device, not the sides like it is in the render. As long as there is no metal over the NFC chip, which it isn't in the render, I think it's fine. Correct me if I'm wrong though.

There's metal around the sides of the render and matte polycarbonate (I'm guessing) for the actual back plate which doesn't interfere with NFC. This design seems very nice, especially when compared with the glossy polycarbonate and faux brushed aluminum band on the GS3. The front speakers are also a nice touch.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 06:45 1

48. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


oh so thats why HTC stop doin metal uni-body to their phones?! i kept wonderin why because it was great! but it the NFC cant work with it- it make sense now =\ i liked it

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:54

2. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Actually looks pretty good. Albeit somewhat iPhone 5-ish at the bottom. But I guess the 5" Full HD screen soon clears up the difference :P

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:57 16

3. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


No where near the beauty of the XPERIA Z

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:13 5

11. fugglyPhone (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


nor the prefection of the Iphone

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:23 24

16. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


We aren't discussing iCrap history here so please refrain yourself.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:29 7

21. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


in your dreams ish33p, go to a corner and use your little toy iphone ok, allow the big boys and girls to use their proper smartphones

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 04:46 3

39. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Xperia Z: iPhone's a phone?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 14:42 3

63. s.mrabet (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Sure its a phone, you can call and text, but is it a SMARTphone??

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:36 6

24. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


But the Xperia Z is laggy. #fail

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 04:05 9

30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


How can you call it laggy when all the reviews on it are based on pre-production software? Wait for reviews of the official release model with final software before calling it laggy.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:00 3

50. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


lol mad sammy fanboy is mad.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 04:44 1

36. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


and if you take a look at those specs near the picture, you see that there is no great difference between these specs with those of SXZ

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 08:23 1

56. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Sammy separates from the competition with SOFTWARE. And it isn't even close.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 17:22

67. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


So true, xperia z is beautiful smartphone ever... And take note of water resistant

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