What we expect: Samsung Galaxy S4on February 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm
As one of the most rumored and anticipated devices of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to show up in the next few weeks. Well, at least an announcement is rumored for next month (March 15).
It’s no secret that Samsung has gone to great lengths to keep the details for the Galaxy S4 locked up and away from the public eyes. That is not to suggest, however, that the rumor mill hasn’t gone into overdrive these last few weeks. Spend some time looking around and you’ll no doubt see a handful of specs and features are out there just waiting to be confirmed.
We took the opportunity to gather up some of the juiciest and most likely rumors and put them in one place. What you’ll find below is a growing list of things we expect or feel strongly about as it pertains to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
If you see something that doesn’t look right or something we may have missed, let us know! We will update this post as we learn more about the Samsung smartphone.
5-Inch Super AMOLED Display
Rumors have long been in circulation that Samsung will go even bigger for the Galaxy S4, moving up from the 4.8-inch on the Galaxy SIII. Much of the chatter seems to be centered around 4.99-inch or 5-inch Super AMOLED displays with a true HD (1080p) screen.
Samsung Eynos Octa 5 processor
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely get its power from Samsung’s recently unveiled Exynos 5 Octa processor. As the world’s first “8-core mobile processor” it offers four Cortex-A15 processor cores (high-end performance) and four ARM Cortex-A7 cores (low power consumption). Sounds awesome and drool-worthy but we don’t expect Samsung to put too much emphasis on the benchmarks. Rather, Samsung will tout the benefits for real-world usage.
MALI-450 MP graphics
Gamers and heavy users will enjoy the Mali-450 MP GPU as it offers twice the performance over last year’s Mali-400. Average folks will be happy that it sips power at a slower rate than predecessors.
With many of today’s top Android phones inching upwards with battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S4 should keep pace. And, because of a larger display and bigger CPU/GPU, Samsung will need more than the 2100mAh battery in the Galaxy S III. According to recent reports, the Galaxy S4 will boast a 2600mAh battery.
Wireless charging capabilities
Given that Samsung is in the Wireless Power Consortium we would not be surprised if the next model were to include wireless charging capabilities. It’s the sort of thing that Samsung could sell separately (extra revenue) but it’s also something that many of today’s top phones employ. To not offer this would be seen as a misstep.