Following up after the unprecedented international success of its Galaxy S3, Samsung must yet again raise the bar and offer up a worthy successor and competitor to the iPhone 6. And even if in today’s app heavy world, features are king, the importance of flashy technical specs cannot be overlooked.
The new trend among smartphones in 2013 is to feature a quad-core CPU, a 5″ Full HD display and a 13-megapixel camera, as well as to bring back the usual suspects: 802.11g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC or MHL to name just a few.
And as expected, the Galaxy S4 is playing for keeps. Outfitted with spanking new 4.99″ Super AMOLED Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), this smartphone will boast a 441 pixels-per-inch (ppi) density, which is more than the human eye can distinguish.
But while the Galaxy S3 shone brightest in the CPU and raw power department, the Galaxy S4 raised the bar so much it is now in a class of its own. The brand-new octo-core (8-core — yes, you read that right, although only 4 can be active at any given time) Exynos 5 OCTA, build with the Cortex A-15 and Cortex A-7 architecture, combined with 2GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX-544MP3 GPU (instead of a Mali chip as the S3 used), is slated to be a monster of pure power. Raising the performance bar ever higher while lowering energy consumption, a 40% performance increase is expected compared to the S3 generation.
On the back side of the phone is the 13-megapixel camera. And fear not, this is no mere increase in pixel count, but a true step forward in image quality.
All this, while impressive, is certainly taken for granted when talking about the next Samsung flagship phone expected to carry the brand and take on fierce competition. And fierce it shall be. If the past models are any indication the iPhone 6 will be nothing short of lightning fast in Q3, and HTC, which recently dazzled with the exceptional One X and One S, surely has something crazy lined up for Q2 2013 as well.
All the more reason for Samsung to pack as many quality goods as possible in its next champion to seduce consumers and bring in what is sure to be boat-loads of cash.
Anyhow, enough talk. Here are the most up-to-date technical specifications for the Galaxy S4 according to the latest whispers in the mobile space.
This chart will be updated as announcements are made, leaks and rumors flow in and official details are released.
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm|
|Type||Tactile Super AMOLED Full HD|
|Specs||4.99-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels 16 million colors (24-bit)TouchWiz UI Nature UX 2Mutli-touch inputAccelerometer for UI rotationAmbiant light sensorProximity sensorGyroscope
|Alert types||Vibration, WAV and MP3 ringtones|
STORAGE / MEMORY
|Internal||16GB/32GB/64GB – 2Go de RAM|
|Memory card||microSD up to 64GB|
|GPRS||Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|3G||HSDPA, 21 Mbps;HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 with A2DP, EDR|
|USB||v2.0 microUSB, OTG|
|Main specs||13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, BSI|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile recognition, image stabilizer|
|Front camera||2 MP, 720p@30fps|
|OS||Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Octo-core Exynos 5410 1.6GHz processor, ARM Cortex-A15/Cortex-A7 architecture|
|Messages||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM w/ RDS|
|GPS||A-GPS and GLONASS support|
|MISC||NFCS TranslatorGroup PlayOptical sensorSmart PauseSmart ScrollAir Gesture/Air View
Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
Voice control (S voice)
|Type||Stantard battery, Li-Ion 2600 mAh|