It is being reported that the Samsung Galaxy S IV, the next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, will hit the shelves in April 2013 and include features from the Samsung’s mini-tablet, the Galaxy Note, such as the infamous ‘S Pen’.
This new report, coming straight out of Samsung’s homeland, South Korea, and claims that the Galaxy S IV will higher-quality include a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, in line with the plans being adopted by Samsung’s competitors, and much-enhanced performance.
If the latest whispers are to be believed, the new smartphone may include a quad-core Exynos 5440 chip; yet it has also been speculated that the S IV might instead be powered by ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, with a Samsung A7 for basic tasks like texting and internet browsing, along with a more powerful A15 chip for more resource-intensive tasks such as mobile gaming. The Galaxy S IV is also expected to include a larger 13-megapixel auto-focus rear camera, bringing joys to amateur photographers and photogenic children alike.
More interestingly, however, is the newly surfacing rumors which suggest that Samsung’s upcoming smartphone will share some cues from the company’s smartphone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note II. This slightly larger touch-screen device features an ‘S Pen’, a revival of the old concept of the stylus found in older PDA devices from the first half of the last decade, in order to allow for much more precision in carrying out certain tasks, sometimes difficult with touch-screen devices alone. If the newest rumors are to be believed, the ‘S Pen’ will make its way onto Samsung’s next smartphone.
There is quite a lot of debate among the smartphone enthusiast community as to whether recycling an idea, effectively discarded in the middle of the last decade, will do much more than enhance the device’s overall complexity. The need to look after an extra piece of technology, and a small and easy-to-loose one at that, might be quite off-putting to some users. At the same time, I’m sure that many can’t wait to be able to properly draw their art sketches on their smartphones on the way to work.
Will you be lining up to get one of these in April?
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