Samsung Galaxy S IV launch preview

Samsung Galaxy S IV launch previewWell, 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.

Other Samsung Galaxy S IV features expected tomorrow include “wireless charging” (complete with wires, of course), and Samsung Orb, the latter being Samsung’s take on Jelly Bean’s Photo Sphere.

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 launch preview

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.

Conclusion

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.

Forbes' Haydn Shaughnessy is pessimistic, predicting that next year - 2014 - will be Samsung’s time to shine, but Sammo is predicting a whopping 100 million sales. Good luck, chaps.

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 13:44

I never have understood the plastic hate. Neither aluminium or glass are actually premium materials, I mean, you can buy sub-£1 drinks in containers that are made of either for god sake. Plastic doesn't dent or chip as easily as aluminium, or shatter as easily as glass, it seems the perfect thing to make something that's going in and out of your pocket all day and gets dropped on occasion out of. One final point, most people put high end phones in a cheap plastic case anyway, so who cares what the back and sides are made of? They're covered up for 99%+ of the phone's life.

/Rant

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 14:16

It's not the plastic hate - it's the fact that compared to plastic fare from other OEMs Samsung's looks the business... Cheap, that is.
C'mon - you gotta be honest. Yes, the SGS 2 and 3 and the Notes are rock solid. But the casing looks cheap. Some people don't like that in high-end produce. I've seen blister packs in supermarkets more appealing than a white SGS3 :p

B1zarr0Prim3  Mar. 13, 2013 at 14:53

"but it’ll be interesting to see if it can outperform the iPhone 5S"

The 5S isn't even out for a few months yet.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 14:56

Oh man....
And if there IS a 5S it'll be the same 4-in dwarf in comparison... I don't think anyone would be undecided between the 2. Well, maybe there are some? I'm new to this species...whaddo I know.

an1  Mar. 13, 2013 at 17:07

You're expecting £500? I'd have thought they'd put it higher because they think they can get away with it now - in the same manner as Apple. My bets are on £550, though I would be happier with £500 of course :D

Regards construction I'd be much happier to see the case made out of an aluminium-magnesium alloy. Some premium laptops are made out of it in case you want to know what it looks and feels like. It's strong and light.

shuwaz  Mar. 13, 2013 at 19:01

Lets not forget, like the iPhone series, the Galaxy S series is an improvement on the original Galaxy S phone. They're just making the best, that little bit better.

krogothnx  Mar. 13, 2013 at 20:23

looks like an s3 with ever so slightly newer but still completely overkill internals and a barely noticeable screen spec bump. all these new touchwiz features sound as gimmicky as ever.

the US version will probably skip the new exynos and go with a snapdragon 800. if it still has removeable battery and microsd, it'll sell millions

krogothnx  Mar. 13, 2013 at 20:28

also, regarding the plastic construction: i have no qualms with it. however, i'm a little surprised there isn't some sort of galaxy variant with a metal construction. considering the dozens of crap variations that aren't too different anyway, seems like a market gap they could easily fill with something forgettable.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 20:37

Yes, and Samsung's own Wave 3 had an excellent metal construction... At half the price. Of course, when you intend to churn out a hundred million units things are different.

Also, whatever :p I won't touch the thing

ian2606  Mar. 14, 2013 at 01:12

I have the original Galaxy Note and even though the back is flimsy plastic when taken off the phone, its fairly strong when on....As someone said, it doesn't scratch or shatter like metal or glass and if it does need replacing its easier and cheaper than other materials.....Also 99% of smartphone owners have their phone in a protective case which means it doesn't matter what the back cover is made of. Its same with phone colours, when in protective case it really doesn't matter what colour the phone is.....

lutin  Mar. 14, 2013 at 10:44

I'm no samsung fan, but my last two phones have been the s2 and the note 2.

I value function over form, but I really, really wish samsung would concentrate a bit more on the latter and make something that actually looks desirable. Something which, before you even turn it on, makes you go "ooooh!". I'm no apple fan, but they've pretty much got that nailed.

If all the rumours and leaks are true regarding the look of the s4, then if I was in the market for a phone next week, I would definitely go for the HTC One. I'm also secretly hoping that HTC turn things around as they do make some fantastic hardware.

mightyforest  Mar. 14, 2013 at 11:36

i agree the HTC one when i saw it i thought it looked very nice and much better looking than the SG3 or reported looks of the SG4.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 11:41

Yep... Likw the Sony Z the HTC ONE really delivered that rare thing - a nicely designed Android phone (though, Sony's clunky glass slab isn't quite my cup of tea). I believe the Uberpixel cam was a mistake. Too confusing. Nokia's 41MP Pureview tech was as confusing, but boy, it had "41MP" in it. HTC's reply: confusing 4MP... Hm...

lutin  Mar. 14, 2013 at 11:43

Yep... Likw the Sony Z the HTC ONE really delivered that rare thing - a nicely designed Android phone (though, Sony's clunky glass slab isn't quite my cup of tea)

Had a look at it yesterday and have to agree - the slab look doesn't work for me.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 11:55

Yes, it's a bit like a magnified iPhone 4S - looks good on a dark table... But cold, slippery and uncomfortable... Kinda like the table.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 12:44

Lets face it, the plus points of both the One and Z are purely academic; the S4 will outsell both put together several times over.

mightyforest  Mar. 14, 2013 at 12:52

academic or not the consumer like myself aint bothered about how many they sell once i get mine. i want style and performance, and at the minute only 1 of them mentioned ticks those boxes

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 12:55

academic or not the consumer like myself aint bothered about how many they sell once i get mine. i want style and performance, and at the minute only 1 of them mentioned ticks those boxes
True, but that doesn't stop HTC hemorrhaging cash left, right and centre, though, does it?

You may well not buy an S4, but millions of other people will. Samsung's profits and market share will grow, HTC's and Sony's will fall. Eventually, someone's going to run out of cash...

mightyforest  Mar. 14, 2013 at 12:58

yea me :)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 13:02

yea me :)

Haha, I know the feeling all too well. These expensive phones are all too tempting :p.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 14, 2013 at 13:02

Hahaha
Well said, mightyforest.
We argue about who's best suited to rob us blind with stuff that didn't exist 20 years ago LOL We're a weird little species. Why they fit us with a brain is beyond me.

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