Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, specifications, news and rumours – Updated

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has finally been announced, and now it’s time to take a look at the specifications and put the rumors to rest.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 release date

Samsung is scheduled to unveil the Galaxy S IV on March 14th at a press event in New York City. The event can be watched live on YouTube at 7pm US EDT (10am Friday March 15 AEDT).

The unstoppable wave of Samsung Galaxy S4 release date rumours and leaks has started remarkably early this time. It seems more than likely that Samsung will avoid MWC 2013 once more for the release of its top handset, instead focusing on the launch in March 2013, which we’d really like to see. The leak was reported by professional released date rumour spreader, The Korea Times, who claims to have been speaking to ‘company officials and local parts suppliers’. The Korea Times reported that an official from the firm who asked not to be identified said, “Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at early next year’s mobile world congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona”.

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A recent teaser by Samsung promised something at CES in January, but this is really rather unlikely. This is for a number of reasons: time to allow the current customers to buy the S3, being able to scoop up all the customers about to come out of contract from the S2 and also not making its fans feel like its throwing out a new flagship phone every three seconds. However, that didn’t stop the rumour mill deciding that the Galaxy S4 launch was set for March 2013, based on something a Samsung representative said to the media. The brand quickly took to Twitter to discredit the rumours, so it looks like the middle of the year launch is still firmly on the cards. Another source has written off the chance of the Galaxy S4 appearing at CES 2013 and MWC 2013 – giving the suggestion that an April event is on the cards more weight.

According to a post by Samsung Lebanon on Facebook, the next smartphone in Samsung’s Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S4, could be launched in May 2013.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 screen

Samsung-Galaxy-S4-leak-photos-7The Galaxy S2 had an amazing Super AMOLED Plus display. The S3 upped the screen size from 4.3-inches to 4.8-inches and the pixel density went from 217 to 306 to take a run at the iPhone’s Retina Display. But, Samsung also opted for a PenTile approach. What does that mean for the end user? Well, the screen looks great but you can make out pixels if you really, really strain. And some of the vivacity and colour saturation is lost. On the plus side, Samsung reckons the screen will last longer – but we’d rather see a much more S2-like screen with a sharper resolution – and given that’s now appeared on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we’re pretty hopeful we’ll get it on the Samsung Galaxy S4 too.

Alternatively, there have been a number of rumours that Samsung is going to bring a flexible screen to the Galaxy S4 – but given the Korean brand is already pushing the delivery of such tech back into 2013 for its customers, we think we’ll be in Galaxy S5 territory before that happens.

There seems a much more likely option in the shape of the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen that could offer up an eye-splitting 441ppi, making it easily the highest res out there. It would probably need to be shrunk down a drop to fit into the palm, or Samsung could actually just make the phone even closer to the edges of the screen.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 design

Samsung Galaxy S4 official imagesSamsung became the king of Android makers but also is known as the king of plastic. This is a double-edged sword: plastic can be used to help keep the phone lightweight, but also looks cheap and we hope to see some new metal design with better quality and style on the Galaxy S4.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 specifications

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The Galaxy S4 is rumoured to feature:

  • 4X ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.6GHz
  • 4X ARM Cortez A7 cores at 1.2GHz
  • 28nm Samsung manufacturing process
  • Graphics: PowerVR SGX-544MP3 at 533MHz

– 2GB of RAM

– 4.99” SuperAMOLED FULL HD resolution (1080×1920) Display

– 13 Megapixel Rear Facing Camera

– 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera

– Android 4.2.1 (Out of the box)

There’s not a lot around about specifications at the moment, but a lot of rumours have been published. The first is that the S4 will have a Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz. The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is a chip that was announced at CES 2013 on January 10 2013. The Exynos 5 Octa is built on Samsung’s 28nm process (5000X thinner than a human hair) features four ARM Cortex A15 cores (1.6GHz) and four Cortex A7 cores (1.2GHz). Technically, the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa features 8 cores as its name indicates. However, only four cores can be active at any given time.

Samsung Galaxy S4 official images

The other big news that we think should be on our wish list is the fact that Samsung’s internal storage bods have been hard at work bringing the flash memory down in size and up in speed… so think even thinner phones with higher capacity that can be written to up to 10x faster. We’re now looking forward to the S4 even more now.

Finally, the 13Mp camera rumour isn’t really a new one. It was initially rumoured that the Galaxy Note 2 would features one, but had to be dropped because Sony couldn’t make enough sensors in time for the release date. This rumour has a slice of added credibility due to the fact the S2 and S3 both had the same number of camera megapixels (8Mp)…a nice numeric boost to the S4’s camera would be just what the doctor ordered to separate the S4 from it’s predecessors.

 Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications

Specification

Samsung Galaxy S4

Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean TouchWiz Nature UI
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Display type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.99-inch (12.67cm)
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 Full HD
Pixel Density 441ppi
CPU International version

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410
    4X ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.6GHz
    4X ARM Cortez A7 cores at 1.2GHz

US version

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
  • Quad-core Krait 300
  • 1.9Ghz
GPU International version

  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 3-core, 533Mhz

US Version

  • Adreno 320
RAM 2GB RAM
Internal Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB
MicroSD card slot microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Main camera 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front camera 2 MP, [email protected], dual video call
Battery Li-Ion 2600 mAh
Networks GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, LTE (market dependent)
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Connectivity microUSB, MHL 2, USB host, DLNAInfrared blaster
Bluetooth

Radio

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

No

GPS A-GPS, GLONASS

* Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

5 Comments

  1. azli ismail

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN THE s 4 is released for sale

    • We are a few hours before the announcement : )

  2. niwesh

    Why isn’t there radio in its feature….doesn’t it should have one in S4… that’s weird

    • I googled it and there is nothing official. It is not listed in the official specifications page of the Galaxy S4.

  3. manish

    without radio, its not worth