Ka-boom, skidoosh, ba-bang or whatever sound you make in anticipation of the launch of something as popular as the Galaxy S4. Right, I used the word ‘popular’ instead of awesome/hi-fi/innovative/futuristic for several reasons, most of which have something to do with ‘the truth’. But yes, despite my personal opinion The Galaxy S phones do have a habit of setting the benchmark for every major phone release. It’s like the cliche, love it or hate it you just can’t ignore it.
Vice president Samsung Mobile has confirmed in comments made at Mobile World Congress 2013 that the Galaxy S4 is indeed being unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York City. Samsung have sent out invitations for the event and the rest of us have the privilege of a live-stream. Mark March 15th 4.30AM (IST) on your calendars.
And I’m sorry but the teaser looks terrible. Idiot with Photoshop involved here.
As with the trend with CES, MWC and obviously Samsung the S4 will have a bigger screen. The latest craze is 5-inch 1080p displays but I expect Samsung to be bold enough and be original – a 4.99-inch Full-HD display then. Flexible screen rumoured but both of us know that’s not gonna happen. To keep the length and width in check we might see and edge-to-edge display.
At the heart the S4 might get either of two things – Exynos or Snapdragon
If it’s an Exynos then it’ll be the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa. This baby is based on the power-hungry Cortex-A15 unsuitable for smartphones so lets see how Samsung pulls it off.
They could also go the Qualcomm way with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 or 800 SoC. The latter features a 28nm HPM (high performance mobile) process but with a clock speed of 2.3GHz we’re really in tablet territory.
This cat is still in the bag.
13MP camera check, LTE check, NFC check, 64GB inbuilt storage maybe maybe-not, wireless charging check, 2GB RAM check. Cat totally out of the bag.
Expect the S4 to take up 140.1 x 71.8 x 7.7mm of air and weigh in an incredible 138gram (it’s a 5-inch phone remember). At 7.7mm the S4 would be incredibly sleek
and a sight to behold. NO! It’s gonna be enclosed in Samsung’s trademark CHEAP PLASTIC. Honestly, I don’t see why the flagship of the world’s largest electronics company has to have a shoddy build quality with a toy-like body. Samsung need to explore richer materials.
The device will run on Jellybean 4.2 with the latest TouchWiz…………… *enters berserk mode*
ARGHHHHHH! TOUCHWIZ! ABOMINATION. I REPEAT. ABOMINATION. IT’S LIKE TAKING OUT THE BEST THING ABOUT ANDROID, THE OS ITSELF, AND TAKING A GINORMOUS DUMP ON IT!
Google should just ask Samsung to stop calling the OS as Android and start marketing it as TouchWiz. Forget how bad the name is but skinning is a disgrace and should be punishable by law. There is not a single person on this planet, or any other, who can say the words “gee, I really like TouchWiz”. Why the hell do Samsung do it in the first place! It takes people to develop and deploy skins and many man hours to do this every version of Android Google releases. I know what you’ll say, differentiation. But at the end of the day people spend all that $$$ on getting a good device so can’t Samsung simply leave the OS to the experts, Google. How hard is it to NOT do something?
No case can be made for skinning. Period.
At the end of the day I think it’ll just be another phone with a larger screen and better specs. I would love if Samsung went to the basics and worked on things like battery life, build quality and durability but that would be too much to ask. In a weird sense I think that it is quite improbable for Samsung to surprise me and yet I am pretty excited. The internet speculates that the device will go on sale in April itself.
The S4 will check the faster, larger boxes but we’ll have to see if it checks the better box. Oh and there’ll be a huge amount of S stuff revealed along with the phone; S Pen 2, S Charger, S Guide, S Packaging, S whatever-you-can-think-of.
UPDATE: I sincerely hope for Samsung’s sake that the S4 is infinitely better than this piece of shit teaser/ad my eyeballs had to go through. I do not recommend that you watch it but wunder the article 56 subsection B paragraph 3 of the Bloggers Code I must post it. WARNING, WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK.