After several rumors and speculations, Samsung has finally sent out invites for a media event on March 14th to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy S Android-based smartphone, Galaxy S4.
Here’s what we know about Samsung’s next generation Galaxy S based on the rumor mill:
- It has been confirmed that fourth generation Galaxy S model will be called Galaxy S4. It is internally known as the GT-I9500 and apparently also as Altius and Project J.
- It could come with a 4.99-/5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD resolution display with 440 pixels per inch. Samsung is widely expected to drop the PenTile display technology, which has received a fair amount of criticism.
- It could be powered by eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor that was unveiled at CES 2013 in January and an 8-core Mali-T658 GPU.
- 13-megapixel back facing camera
- Support for NFC
- Support for 4G LTE networks
- 2600 mAH battery (to get an idea, iPhone 5 comes with a 1440 mAH battery)
- Storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
- It could come with the wireless charging feature and expected to support QI wireless charging technology. Though it will most likely not come bundled with the device.
- Android 4.2.1 or
There have been several purported images that show what the Samsung Galaxy S4 may look like, but none of them have been confirmed so far. Here’s one of them:
Even though these specifications are based on rumors, it would be safe to assume that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will very likely blow away the iPhone 5 in terms of specifications. But the fact that Apple managed to sell more iPhone 4S units than the Galaxy S3 (and millions more iPhone 5 units) in the fourth quarter of 2012, clearly shows that Samsung needs to do a lot more than just upping the ante with superior specs to stop the iPhone juggernaut.
I believe this year is going to be lot more about iOS 7 vs Android rather than the battle of devices based on tech specs.
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