13MP camera tipped for Samsung Galaxy S IV

13MP camera tipped for Samsung Galaxy S IV
The Samsung Galaxy S III still seems like the hottest Android smartphone out there, but this doesn’t stop rumors about the next Galaxy S to surface here and there. First, it was the Galaxy S IV’s allegedly upcoming appearance at MWC 2013, and now a 13-megapixel camera module has surfaced and it’s said to be directly linked to the fourth generation Samsung Galaxy S.

Currently, the Galaxy S III sports a pretty capable 8-megapixel shooter. Increasing the megapixel count however is no easy task if Samsung wants to retain the slim body line of its flagship Android phone. Moreover, more megapixels also make it more challenging for a device to perform well in low light conditions due to the simple fact that pixels get smaller and noise gets in easier.

Still, we expect the next Galaxy S IV to bring some big camera improvements, and while we’re not sure whether Samsung will bump up the megapixels, that’s definitely one possible way to go.

The 13-megapixel sensor is said to have been originally intended for the third-gen Galaxy S and the second Galaxy Note, but never made it to those devices (both feature 8-megapixel shooters). If such a camera arrive in the S IV, it'd capture images with 4208 x 3120 pixel resolution.

source: Samsung Updates via UberGizmo

13MP camera tipped for Samsung Galaxy S IV

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1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S4...Already Legendary!

3. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

whys that? just like to know really

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

13 mp camera, exynos 5 dual or quad, 5 inch screen(probably), next gen ram(confirmed), bigger battery (mostly 3100 mAH), Android 5.0, New touchwiz, next gen AMOLED...need more?

12. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

13mp camera isnt anything special sadly the rest sounds like a great phone if all becomes reality. although im sure most who are interested in this phone would prefer it without touchwiz but go on if theres more

18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

13 mp camera in pixel count isnt that special but a new sensor could change things, new flash maybe...xenon? Touchwiz is not the most stylish but I think its got enough style not too much and the performance is great compared to other manufacturer UIs like Sense. You never know a new version of TouchWiz might be good. this is going to be the phone to beat and of course the global version should have LTE which the S3 or Note 2 dont have :( Wht i would like to see thoguh is a better chassis as well

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Out of that list, I think the most probable would be: Exynos 5, bigger battery, new RAM technology, 13 MP camera, new touchwiz, and some update to the AMOLED screen. I doubt that Google would jump to Android 5.0 by next February. Android 4.2 seems more likely. I also doubt a 5 inch screen as that would put it in Galaxy Note territory, unless they bump the Note up to a 5.7 inch or 6 inch screen (which is also unlikely). It could be done, though, if they used an edge-to-edge screen, but I doubt they would up the screen size even if it was edge-to-edge.

16. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

They are thinking of bumping the note up to 5.8 inches taking cues from the new GALAXY Player. Android 5.0 seems likely as most probably the phone will launch by May and Google is already telling manufacturers of the new Nexus devices to make some hardware changes that can take advantage of Android 5.0 so I believe Android 5.0 will come out sooner than later.

46. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just because Google is telling manufacturers to have phones that are part of the Nexus program to be able to update to a jump in Android (Android 5.0), does not mean it will come sooner rather than later. Part of the reason Google wants the Nexus phones to be able to do this is because the iPhone's have historically been able to update to the latest iOS even though they are running on older hardware (with the iPhone 3GS just now ceasing to get an iOS update). I believe that Google wants the Nexus devices to have a long tenure in the consumer's hands, which in this case means it having the ability to keep up to date with the latest Android build. Think about it, the majority of smartphone users sign a 2-year contract. As a consumer, you want that device to last the entire two years (or if you are a preferred customer then the time period until you are able to upgrade your device). Consumers, therefore, want a device that keeps up to date with the latest and greatest. I am just saying I doubt it would happen, not that it can't happen. And again, with the speculation about the Galaxy SIV having a 5 inch screen, I just think it would have to be an edge-to-edge screen if they were to do that. You also have to remember, a device is considered a phablet if it starts at a 5 inch screen up until a 7 inch screen.

30. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ha. Dr. Phil.

45. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, isn't samsung releasing a SGS 3 mini? I wonder if they'll do the same with a 4. Either way, I really doubt the SGS 4 will come with Android 5.0 out of the box. 4.2 is more likely, if even that, just like you said. Google's next i/o isn't till july next year anyway so we'll probably find out then about 5.0. Personally, I prefer raw stock android. None of the UI's that other manufacturers offer can compare.

15. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

design plz ?

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

no word on it yet mate but keep readin as I'll post and let you know :)

23. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

a 5 inch screen? yea thats were a cross the line. i want a freaking phone not a phablet!

24. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

then go buy something else, not forced to get it if thats true

13. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

Thank God I didn't buy the SGS3, which fail to achieve rumor requirement, now it's time for me to wait this in Feb

21. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

iPhone 5 already a flop

33. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

by the time galaxy s4 with 13mp launches, sony will already have made 16mp as their standard camera! lol

37. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

doubt it, besides everyones still playing catch up to nokia 13 will be the new standard for android and iOS soon, wp8 will prob follow too

41. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Dude if you get 13mp on a samsung its better than 16mp on a loser phone. Its not about the MP...if I get it on a device I like its cool otherwise even an 8MP shooter suffices for mobile screen viewing of photos

5. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

monster spec + big sensor! that's a big deal! :) but i'm still waiting more PureView smartphones this future!

6. No_Nonsense unregistered

That's only from Nokia.

7. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

IKR :)

8. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

" You cannot reach me on my Samsung I'm Busy Sexing the world and giving the universe my damn tongue." - Lil Wayne- ...... Samsung is the S***!! : )

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

A15 and 1080p also... waiting.

28. SleepingOz unregistered

1080p is kind of pointless on smartphones' screens. You won't be able to notice the difference with naked eyes and it'll consume more power as well.

34. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

if they will be planning 5" phones, ppi would go below 300 once again... if not 1080p, i'm okay with 900p :)

17. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Following the trail of the Nokia Lumia 920.

20. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

im hoping fr gud features in s4 unlike s3 but the most important thing would be a better material for body construction like aluminium

22. brock8687

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

the galaxy s series and the note series are sharing a very thin borderline and sammy must make sure product cannibalism doesn't take place.... coz their products are doing just fine at the moment..... but anything bigger than the s3 at present might eat into note 2 's market share coz the rest of the specs might be better except the s-pen and then they would have to bump up the note series screen touching a 6 incher which is just an inch shorter than the tabs.... tread carefully sammy..... these are dangerous waters!!! There is so much more there to innovate other than the screen!!!

25. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

I wish phones had better optic lenses, used larger sized sensors to capture more light, and had optical image stabilization. That would improve image quality more than just a higher MP count.

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