I’m not one to succumb to the allure of my ever gossipy colleagues in the tech blogging world but I couldn’t resist the temptation to also speculate on the most anticipated smartphone of 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
There are rumours making rounds in the blogosphere that the device will simply be known as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 instead of going with the Roman numbering like we’ve seen before on Samsung’s flagship devices. However going by the invitation to the Samsung Unpacked event in New York on March 14th, it is already a settled affair that it will be the Galaxy S IV regardless of whether the numbering will be Arabic or Roman.
What makes this device interesting? Two things:
- The staggering sales of the 2012 flagship smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S III (Samsung shipped over 30 million by November 2012, 10 million of those in the first 2 months of the launch of the device). The S III managed to floor the Apple flagship then, the iPhone 4S in sales in Q3 (Samsung shipped 18 million S IIIs in that quarter) and went on to set new records of its own in a year that saw Samsung establish itself as the king of Android smartphones and took Apple head on in both the US market and the global market. As such, the S IV (or S4) will be the device that will lead Samsung’s assault in 2013.
- Competitors. To say that the S IV will have an easy ride will be to lie to yourself. We’ve so far seen some great devices being unveiled. The S IV will come to face even stronger competition than its immediate predecessor the S III. From the heart of Blackberry, the Z10 to the aqua-friendly Xperia Z from Sony to the smartphone with new camera dynamics, the One from HTC to already established foes like the iPhone 5 and guests like the Lumia 920, it will be interesting how Samsung will market this device to the masses in light of such eligible competitors.
So where are we? There have been many rumours flying left, right and centre about the features and specifications that this device will pack. We’ve seen some mysterious hazy photos pop up, had some few fakes thrown our way and the benchmark watchers have kept us busy with new discoveries of late.
It’s just a matter of 9 days and all the mysteries will be solved. Will we finally see the full HD AMOLED display on the S IV or will we see a SoLux LCD as some leaks have suggested? Will it be an Exynos 5 (5410, 5440?) Octa processor clocked at over 1.7 GHz with a PowerVR SGX 544MP ARM GPU or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip? Will the display be 4.99 inches or will it go past the 5 inch mark as suggested earlier on? What about the “eye-scroll” feature that New York Times sensationally broke news of yesterday? We seem to have discarded the rumour that we will see the S-Pen, a preserve of the Galaxy Note family, appear on the S IV but will Samsung pull a surprise and intro this on the S IV? The S III US version had 2 GB of RAM while the international version had 1 GB. While it is almost guaranteed that the S IV will have 2 GB RAM, is there a possibility that the US variant of the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 600 processor while the international version sticks with Samsung’s in-house Exynos processor? What about the battery? A new TouchWiz flavor maybe to rival HTC Sense’s new Blinkfeed? Will the iconic home button be retained or scrapped off? Will the device tone down on hardware and go big on the software as suggested? What will be the design language this time round? Will it be S II-esque or will it retain the curves of the S III? Just what will we see?
If you love gadgets like I do then I’m sure curiosity is almost killing you.
I’m interested in hearing what features and specifications you expect from the Galaxy S IV. Share your preferences and also what you don’t like in the comments and on my Twitter feed too.
Psssssst before I forget, Samsung teased the next Galaxy in a video it released yesterday. Have a peek below if you haven’t already checked it out.
One more thing will the Galaxy S IV be designed for aliens since its predecessor was designed for humans? 🙂
PS: You might be wondering why I’ve never talked of the other flagships here. That is coming in the next few days. I’m waiting for the flagship list to be complete before I join my dots. Need I say how I can’t wait to lay my hands on that new beast, the S IV?
UPDATE (12th March 2012)
Two days to the launch of the #NextBigThing, Samsung Mobile US’s Twitter account just gave the clearest hint of what we’ll be seeing in a few hours.
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) March 12, 2013
Yesterday Samsung also continued with its teasing by releasing the second part of the video I referenced to a few days ago. Here it is:
That is not all. There have also been some leaks in several Chinese forums and from Chinese smart cover manufacturers who already have the cases on standby. While most people have said the device in question is more of Samsung’s newly unveiled device, the Galaxy Grand than its 2013 flagship, we don’t know what will really be unveiled on 14th. Posted in a Chinese forum, they may not be the real images of the next big thing but hey, have a peek:
- That the Galaxy S IV will feature a PHOLED display and not a HD Super AMOLED display as widely expected. PHOLED is better than AMOLED but we’ll have to wait and see what is in store since Jeremy in the above video teaser doesn’t reveal much apart from the fact that the device will be available in various colours. If you’re asking what is PHOLED then Sammobile got you covered. Check out their in-depth explanation of the technology that could power the display of Samsung’s next flagship device here.
- That the S IV will have a DUOS variant (in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last one year, DUOS is the branding for Samsung devices rocking dual SIMs). We ain’t sure of this but with the increasing targeting of device models for peculiar markets like the Chinese, this could as well be true. Still we’ll have to wait for 14th March to know.
- Patent Bolt also cites the filing of a patent that hints at a 3D camera for 3D images and 3D videos on the Galaxy S IV.