The next escalation in the increasingly power-mad smartphone wars has snapped into focus with a seemingly official press picture leaked and a fix on the date for Samsung's next high-end model.
Do You Feel the Power?
What will developers do with the grunt offered by a quad-core Exynos 5440 processor? The majority of apps will probably leave it well alone. What would you do with a 13-megapixel image shot through a smartphone camera lens (apart from worry about how much of your free cloud storage it would eat up)? They are some of the questions thrown up by the possible specs of the next Samsung smartphone.
- 2GHz Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU
- Mali-T658 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 4.99” SuperAMOLED FULL HD resolution (1080×1920) Display
- 13 Megapixel Rear and 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
Still, if you feel the need for a new superphone, the web is alive with rumors of an April, or possibly May, release with the official unveil likely during February's Mobile World Congress. This news comes hot on the heels of Samsung's likely roster of a new Note 7 tablet and Chronos notebook at next week's CES show.
Painting A Picture
But, what will the Galaxy 4 look like? Is often the biggest question, and the answer seems to be pretty much like the Galaxy S3 according to a purportedly leaked shot of a press image. If genuine, and not a tabloid fake or paparazzi joke, then the home button for full touchscreen has been removed and the screen enlarged slightly to around 5 inches. Judge for yourself with the full image on SamMobile.com.
Further Adventures in Smartphones
While the newest models always sell a few million on launch to eager early adopters, often boosted when there's a new OS to play with, but that might not be the case this time around. Those aside, the biggest winners in recent product cycles when the new model shows up will be those looking to upgrade from their seriously older ones on a budget.
The massed ranks of Galaxy S2 and other now-limping Android phone owners will find Galaxy S3 models available for very little on a contract. Similarly, when the iPhone 5S or 6 shows up, there will be a world of Apple fans whose iPhone 4 or 4S models are starting to look a little short next to an iPhone 5.
However, this time around there is little sign of a new version of the Android operating system to really offer something new to users. Will it come with a tweaked version of 4.2 Jelly Bean, or will Samsung look to add in even more of its own apps and features?
Even if the picture is fake and the specifications are a notch or two up or down on what's expected, as with all things smartphone, it is becoming increasingly hard to veer too far from the beaten track and the chances of Samsung unveiling a true surprise are not that high.