Samsung’s Galaxy series has taken to Google’s Android platform like a duck to water, and the release of the Galaxy S III earlier this year was by far the biggest Android release of the year. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that, after just a few months, the rumor mill is now picking up tidbits on its eventual successor – the Galaxy S IV.
We’ve heard quite a few murmurings hitherto, and while most of them have pertained to a generic ensemble of upgrades we’d perhaps accept as a given, new coverage paints the upcoming device in an even more impressive light.
It’s already presumed the next handset in the flagship series will pack in a 1080p display, and late last week, it emerged a 4.99-inch full HD Super AMOLED display – which Samsung will be showing off at CES – could be the one Samsung plans to pack into the S IV. At a whopping 441 ppi, that was impressive enough in itself, but now it appears the handset may also pack in a 13-megapixel camera, and launch as early as February.
When talking about a smartphone camera, or in fact any camera, the number of megapixels doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. As is often the case with processors, consumers would automatically presume that a 13-megapixel is better than an 8-megapixel, or a quad-core processor is better than a dual-core, but unless you take into account all of the accompanying factors like focus, exposure, low-level lighting performance and such, you could end up with a 20-megapixel heap of junk.
While Samsung may well have brought its own Android-based snapper to the market, the camera of the S III leaves a lot to be desired, and is outperformed by the iPhone and the Nokia Lumia 920 in the battle of the flagships. With that said, we can’t help but get a bit excited by that old trick of upping the megapixel ante, and I’d certainly be interested to see the quality of imaging and video on a 13-megapixel Galaxy S IV if it were to bear fruit.
Reports are suggesting that it will launch after the Mobile World Congress in late February, and as well as the display and camera, Samsung may also go with the Exynos 5450 quad-core A15 processor. To put things into some perspective, that’s double the 5250 of the Nexus 10, and although there’s no real beef to any of these arguments, we’re allowed to get a little bit excited, aren’t we?