Samsung Galaxy S IV rumour: another 1080p 5-incher, to launch at CES?

Samsung Galaxy S IV rumour: another 1080p 5-incher, to launch at CES?

So 5-inch Full HD screens are all the rage all of a sudden, aren't they? Just today we've had stories on the HTC Deluxe/J Butterfly and the Sony Yuga, but what would a crystal ball-gazing session be without a mention of our old friend Samsung?

Yes, that's right – someone has put two and two together and come up with Galaxy S IV, claiming that the next Galaxy flagship will also be a 1080p 5-incher, and could be unveiled as soon as CES in January.

That someone is Asia Economics, or at least one of its scribes, who claimed today [translated] that Sammy's next smartphone overlord will be of the 441ppi variety – AMOLED, naturally – a claim that sounds reasonable enough.

But in terms of it appearing at CES in early January, that would be a bit of a surprise for a few reasons.

First, it would cut a serious chunk out of the standard one-year cycle most smartphones run in these days. The current Galaxy S III was only announced in May, let's not forget, and was on the shelves in the UK less than a month later.

If the turnaround time for its successor followed the same pattern, that would mean a CES unveiling would be partnered with an on-sale date around the end of January – which seems highly unlikely.

We previously heard whispers that the Galaxy S IV (should that be what Samsung calls it – it refuses to confirm even that much at this point) would launch at Mobile World Congress in February, and while that would still mean a life cycle of less that a year, it seems far more plausible than a CES launch, especially since Galaxy devices have traditionally gone on sale in Europe before the US.

We'll hopefully have a better idea of the timing in the weeks to come, but we'd say the Full HD screen part of the rumour looks a near-certainty.

Via BGR

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Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 20:04

More they've put 2 and 2 together and got 75.
I think they'll stick to their own launch event, seems like it's been working ok

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2012 at 20:13

Too big. Zero interest.

blizzard7  Nov. 16, 2012 at 20:37

This is what happens when R&D goes insane and the market research guys have had a bit too much to drink.

Jim988  Nov. 16, 2012 at 21:36

Not convinced that the 1080p battery and performance trade off us worth it to be honest.

Treab  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:14

no one has asked the proper question... is this phone designed for humans? well IS IT?

Jim988  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:30

no one has asked the proper question... is this phone designed for humans? well IS IT?


Nope, designed for gorillas by the sounds of it.

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:37

Well as we've no evidence it's been designed at all....

Will be a lot of people asking why their Note 2 has a lower screen resolution as it's larger size. Could kill Note 2 sales dead..
Has there been any sign of a 1080p amoled screen even the Tab 7.7 wasn't near that.

Treab  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:47

Pondi we both know its been designed

Jim988  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:50

Well as we've no evidence it's been designed at all....

Will be a lot of people asking why their Note 2 has a lower screen resolution as it's larger size. Could kill Note 2 sales dead..
Has there been any sign of a 1080p amoled screen even the Tab 7.7 wasn't near that.


I actually don't mind my note 2 has a lower resolution, screen looks amazing with videos etc, and i'm not convinced a decent amoled 1080p screen is possible without cutbacks on quality such as pentile.

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:50

Pondi we both know its been designed


We don't. I don't think they can do that resolution in that size amoled (yet), didn't even manage it in the Note 10.1. Couldn't even get real 720p in the s3...

Treab  Nov. 16, 2012 at 22:53

Pondi we both know its been designed


We don't. I don't think they can do that resolution in that size amoled (yet), didn't even manage it in the Note 10.1. Couldn't even get real 720p in the s3...


we know the s3 is designed pondi it was being designed before the sgs3 was out... its what manufacturers do... they may adapt but the main design will be known...

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 23:02

we know the s3 is designed pondi it was being designed before the sgs3 was out... its what manufacturers do... they may adapt but the main design will be known...

I'll agree that the s3 was designed before it was released. ;)

I don't for a second think they knew much of the design of the s4 until they saw how the s3 went though and what kit they'd be able to use. If it had been perceived as too big by buyers s4 would have been smaller.
New kit like the new smaller faster 64gb internal storage chips that they've just started producing, 10x the speed of class 10 sd, though only twice the speed of current stuff. But 64gb seems to be base size so that's good :)

AhmadCentral  Nov. 16, 2012 at 23:04

It seems every manufacturer is bringing out a 5 inch 1080p phone
Even a couple of chinese companies are. Thats about 6 companies altogether that will if this rumour is right

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 23:14

It seems every manufacturer is bringing out a 5 inch 1080p phone
Even a couple of chinese companies are. Thats about 6 companies altogether that will if this rumour is right


All are lcd though and mostly using same screen I think, none of them have 4.8 and 5.5 phones already though.
Sharp (damn that's a big bezel), htc, oppo, sony I've read about but wouldn't be surprised with others.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 16, 2012 at 23:17

LG have a prototype as well. Huawei ans ZTE may have one as well if rumours are to be believed.

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 23:24

It's LGs screen in many of them I think so not surprised, think making nexus 4 could keep them busy for a while though.
Only zte 1080p rumour I saw was that wp8 monster but wouldn't surprise me.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 17, 2012 at 00:40

There's no way Samsung will release or announce the phone at CES, but they may show off their 1080p AMOLED technology (though it'll most likely be PenTile as they only cracked RGB 720p panels on the Note 2).

In all honesty, I'm not convinced there's a need for 1080p displays on phones, I think they'll just be an unnecessary and extreme drain on already relatively poor batteries. Not to mention the fact that pushing "normal" (aka not the Note) high end phones to 5" is getting a bit ridiculous; remember how the 5" Dell Streak was seen when it was released.

Pondlife  Nov. 17, 2012 at 01:00

1080p amoled for their tablets maybe...

Yeah I'm not sure about 1080p but reviews do keep saying they are surprised by how much better they are. Reading android police article the droid dna battery is better than expected, somehow. (That said having read it, it seems pretty light usage

True about the Dell but things moved on a touch and man did that have bezels, let alone the weight, dna is much nearer to s3 than dell streak..
streak 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm 220 g
dna 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm 138 g
s3 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 133 g

Actually makes me think that a 4.7" screen with similar slimming down might be possible for me at some point....

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 17, 2012 at 01:04

1080p amoled for their tablets maybe...

Yeah I'm not sure about 1080p but reviews do keep saying they are surprised by how much better they are. Reading android police article the droid dna battery is better than expected, somehow.

True about the Dell but things moved on a touch and man did that have bezels, let alone the weight, dna is much nearer to s3 than dell streak..
streak 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm 220 g
dna 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm 138 g
s3 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 133 g

Actually makes me think that a 4.7" screen with similar slimming down might be possible for me at some point....

I read something earlier today about Samsung showing off a 4.99" 1080p SAMOLED panel at CES, I'll try and find the link to it.

There's also the minor point that the Dell Streak was crap :p.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:52

1080p amoled for their tablets maybe...

Yeah I'm not sure about 1080p but reviews do keep saying they are surprised by how much better they are. Reading android police article the droid dna battery is better than expected, somehow.

True about the Dell but things moved on a touch and man did that have bezels, let alone the weight, dna is much nearer to s3 than dell streak..
streak 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm 220 g
dna 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm 138 g
s3 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 133 g

Actually makes me think that a 4.7" screen with similar slimming down might be possible for me at some point....

I read something earlier today about Samsung showing off a 4.99" 1080p SAMOLED panel at CES, I'll try and find the link to it.

There's also the minor point that the Dell Streak was crap :p.


http://www.gqindia.com/content/three-reasons-why-dell-streak-rocks LIAR :p

Pondlife  Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:11

I read something earlier today about Samsung showing off a 4.99" 1080p SAMOLED panel at CES, I'll try and find the link to it.

There's also the minor point that the Dell Streak was crap :p.


Probably similar to this though. If they've not managed it on tablets or Note sized phones seems odd that they've made a 5 inch one.

Trivial detail ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 17, 2012 at 17:21

I read something earlier today about Samsung showing off a 4.99" 1080p SAMOLED panel at CES, I'll try and find the link to it.

There's also the minor point that the Dell Streak was crap :p.


Probably similar to this though. If they've not managed it on tablets or Note sized phones seems odd that they've made a 5 inch one.

Trivial detail ;)

Samsung use LCD panels in all their tablets (bar the 7.7, which uses a very nice SAMOLED+ display). SAMOLED is easier to make small, not big.

Pondlife  Nov. 17, 2012 at 18:51

Ok but they've not made a real smallish 720p amoled seems a jump for 1080p possible I guess. Yep the 7.7 display is nice but not high res.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 17, 2012 at 18:59

Ok but they've not made a real smallish 720p amoled seems a jump for 1080p possible I guess. Yep the 7.7 display is nice but not high res.
It's about 200 PPI, not bad for a pretty old tablet (it was HD too SAMOLED+ too).

AhmadCentral  Nov. 17, 2012 at 20:25

Xperia s is 4.3 inches and 720p. So is xiaomi and the new meizu phones from china. Id like to see smaller phones with s3/xperia s specs. Something in the 4 inch range like the iphone. Rather than crap phones like the s3 mini that don't deserve the s3 branding

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