With Samsung's brand dominance, it could release the Galaxy S4 made out of card and wrap and still sell millions. In reality, its specs exceed those of most of its latest Android rivals, who will really use all that power? And what will it do with the mighty eight-core next-gen Exynos?
Turn It Up To 11
Looking at the leaked specifications of Samsung's next super-phone, to be announced in a couple of weeks, it is hard to tell it much apart from any of its recent Android rivals such as the new HTC One. The specs are all up one notch, but nothing staggering.
However, Samsung seems to think we'll flock to its new ultra-powerful, judging by its rumored 100 million device production run. That, a new Wallet app and the news that Samsung's next-generation Exynos 5 Octa chip (being demoed at MWC this week, and to be used in future tablets) is an eight-core phenomenon, just continues the crazed power game.
With millions of users happy with their last gen phone, aren't we more likely to be upgrading to the quirky phablet devices such as the new Note 8.0 (not that Samsung will mind some cannibalization within its own range), or waiting for the likely rash of watch-type devices/accessories?
Full Power, Captain
The specs as listed widely around the net by someone who seems to have been playing with a test device Galaxy S4 are:
- Exynos 5440 quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz,
- 5-inch Full HD display running 1080p,
- 13 Megapixel camera
- 16,32, 64GB models
- Android 4.2
- Black or white color
The extra storage may be welcome for app obsessives, but as all vendors are finding, no matter how much you throw at the hardware, there is less and less practical benefit they can offer users. When the official announcement does come that leaves only Apple to show its hand this year.
Will it really split the iPhone line and produce an emerging markets model (as Nokia and others are doing), while powering ahead with iPhone 6, or does it have something more imaginative in the works?
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