Well, tomorrow marks the second biggest day in the 2013 mobile calendar, or should that in fact be the biggest? Will the Samsung Galaxy S IV be more successful than the iPhone 5S? Will Samsung finally punch Apple in the flagship gob? Time will tell, I guess.
In any case, March 14 will go down in history as the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S IV, and the way things stand at the moment, there’s next to nothing we don’t know about the phone. Join me, won’t you, as I pick apart the Samsung Galaxy S IV rumour carcass.
We relayed the first Samsung Galaxy S IV spec rumours back in October 2012, shortly after the iPhone 5 launch. Since then, countless sources have painted a fairly vivid picture of Samsung’s next flagship. Let’s dive in.
Samsung Galaxy S IV specs
You’re all well versed in this by now, right? The Samsung Galaxy S IV spec sheet is expected to include a 4.99in full HD 1080p display (whose existence was quietly confirmed at CES), Exynos 5 Octa processor (which again appeared at CES), 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front shooter, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.2).
Samsung Galaxy S IV features
There are a handful of interesting things to note about the Samsung Galaxy S IV’s display, other than its gargantuan size and 1080p resolution.
For starters, it’s tipped to rock something called PHOLED (phosphorus OLED), which is “25% more efficient” and should ultimately mean better Samsung Galaxy S IV battery life. Sweet.
There’s also Floating Touch, a feature found on the Sony Xperia Sola. Essentially you’ll be able to carry out functions by hovering above the screen – as opposed to touching it.
Given the size of the Samsung Galaxy S IV’s display, it’s no surprise that it’ll reportedly be S Pen-compatible, and you’ll also – according to the New York Times – be able to scroll down and turn pages with your eyes. For serious.
Samsung Galaxy S IV design
Earlier in the year, the Samsung Galaxy S IV was tipped to have ditched the Home button, but a series of pics supposedly revealing the final Samsung Galaxy S IV design included a big old button beneath the display.
We were slightly disappointed to learn that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will – like its predecessor – be plastic, which isn’t exactly becoming of a £500 flagship. The South Koreans explain that it’s more durable and easy to mass-produce, though Samsung later claimed it said no such thing. Interesting.
Still, don’t be surprised if Samsung’s latest and greatest is indeed plastic. Bothered?
Samsung Galaxy S IV release date
Two trains of thought for the Samsung Galaxy S IV not turning up at Mobile World Congress 2013. Firstly, Samsung reckons its flagship is deserving of a separate launch event. Or maybe Sammo just wants a quick, Apple-style launch-release. The truth? Probably a bit of both.
As such, expect the Samsung Galaxy S IV release date to be around early April. Ish. Give or take.
Samsung Galaxy S IV price
Samsung Galaxy S IV price will inevitably be around the £500 mark, and there’ll reportedly be six variants, specifically 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, available in black or white. If the Samsung Galaxy S III is anything to go by, expect multiple Samsung Galaxy S IV colours to follow in due course.
And that’s the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Samsung fanboys will no doubt be bowled over by the multitude of ludicrous features, but it’ll be interesting to see if it can outperform the iPhone 5S.