Samsung Galaxy S 4 review posted early, new sub-pixel arrangement confirmed

Samsung Galaxy S 4 review posted early, new sub-pixel arrangement confirmed
We're pretty sure that whoever posted this detailed Samsung Galaxy S 4 review shouldn't have done so, yet they did, presumably in order to rake up some page visits ahead of the smartphone's official announcement. Unfortunately, all of it is in Chinese - a language we're not fluent in, yet good thing that we have Google Translate to rescue us.

First of all, the review confirms a number of Samsung Galaxy S 4 specs, including the use of a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC running at 1.8GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. The main camera is also said to be of 13 megapixels, just as we expected.

But here's where it starts to get really interesting. Close-up photos of the smartphone's 5-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED HD screen reveal that a new sub-pixel arrangement is in use - an arrangement that has not been present on any other Samsung display. What's the benefit from all that will be known with certainty in a few hours, but our guess is that it might have something to do with that fancy new PHOLED technology we've been hearing about.

The reviewer also confirms the presence of an infrared blaster on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 - a feature we saw not long ago on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Basically, it allows one to use the smartphone as a remote control for their TV or home entertainment system. We won't be surprised if there's a dedicated TV guide application available on the Galaxy S 4, made to recommend channels and TV shows and capable of switching to the channel currently running that content.

Interestingly, there is no wireless charging present on the Samsung Galaxy S 4, according to the review. That becomes evident from the photo of the smartphone placed on a wireless charging pad with its battery clearly not charging up.

More about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be known in just a few hours. The smartphone's official announcement is scheduled to begin at 7PM Eastern time so stay tuned for our coverage!


source: it168 (translated) via The Register

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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69 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

that escalated quickly ...

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

does anyone else see (especially in 4th and 5th pic) the GS4 seems a bit dimmer as compared to S3 and we all know S3 is already pretty dim when compared to LCDs

20. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

dont worry.. i'm 100% sure that they put the brightness setting randomly.. not the exact same with those phones..

63. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I would love to see a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S IV display and HTC One display rather than Sony Xperia Z display.

68. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

2. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Really disappointed by the lack of wireless charging on these new devices. Nokia must have been ahead of its time in this department or Manufacturers aren't taking it seriously (HTC only on Verizon devices?). It really is a good innovation. The galaxy S 4 is nice, but still not perfect. I would like new materials and design, until then I'll favor the HTC One.

18. StevenFranklin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

they''ll proabably have a back cover that has wireless charging calm down

30. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Irrelevant. Im buying a $200 device so that I don't have to spend more to put my phone up to par. The sIV should have wireless charging, no excuses.

38. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

$200* on contact. Without a contract this will be atleast $600.

59. papss unregistered

More like WELL over 600.00 dude

19. grassed

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

WELL - what about the Palm Pre - that had wireless charging, and I am pretty sure that was before Nokia. I really just miss that OS I guess.

25. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

For under $30 you can pick up a wireless receiver and a Palm charging pad and if you look harder you can find kits for less. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Palm-Touch-Stone-Wireless-Charger-Dock-Set-work-with-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Note-2-PT-/400424478483?pt=AU_MobilePhoneAccessories&hash=item5d3b28a713

31. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

You're right, wireless QI charging is a feature that's worth it's salt, and I have no clue why Samsung decided to omit something useful that is relatively easy to impliment. Power charging sleeves do offer that capability, but it's a pain if that feature is not built into your device...

33. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Thing is we really don't know, this is not an actual s4 finished unveiled handset,the model unveiled tonight may well have wires less charging

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

amazing how you predict every iphone and not an Android... which by the way u have been wrong on that as well

47. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Nokia was ahead of the curve? LMAO Wipe all that Nokia off your chin, off the top of my head Palm beat Nokia to that

51. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

GET READY "4" THE NEXT PLASTIC THING I'm getting the HTC one

67. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

are you people crazy what purpose does wireless charging have cause as soonas the average human being picksuptheir phone to text it's not charging anymore

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Xperia Z !!

5. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I usually don't care about viewing angles, but the xperia Z screen really disappoints in that aspect.

16. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Sony disappoints me in every aspect.

39. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

If the Xperia Z would have come out in 2012 and uses a better screen it would have been the best phone.

41. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

you're not as clever as your profile picture pretends. you'd better stick to your LG.

52. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Thanks, I will !

53. SleepingOz unregistered

As usual..

65. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

well.. unless you are one of the dorks who spends more time using smartphone underwater than on dry land..

4. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Man that gs4 screen looks like it's going to be amazing! Can't wait to see how the phone performs.

22. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Pentile again...

24. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

yes it's pentile but can you see the pixel arrangement?? it's so close just like full rgb..

62. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

still it's close-up fades away when compared to Xperia Z's RGB matrix. However, I do appreciate the darker blacks on S4

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