Just hours away from the official launching of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (S IV), a new set of purported photos surfaced online together with some technical specifications and features. In the past few weeks leading to its official announcement, millions of articles flooded the web speculating what could make the Galaxy S4 better than the S3 and more competitive than Apple’s soon-to-be-announced iPhone 5S.
While there have been a lot of renditions of what the device would look like, nothing beats pictures from a good source even if it is a Chinese forum. The new set of photos can be found in one of the China-based forums. What made those photos appear more legit is their very high resolution.
Contrary to what many believe, the Samsung Galaxy S4 seems to be packing the company’s proprietary chipset known to many enthusiasts as Exynos 5410 with a processor that has two sets of quad-core processors.
It is tempting to think that the Galaxy S4 would be twice as fast as the Galaxy S3 but it’s not really the case. The Exynos’s octa-core processor actually functions separately. Four cores are expected to process heavier and high-performance operations while the other four cores will handle a little housekeeping. Nevertheless, the phone has a power that nobody could find in other high-end smartphones in the market today.
There were rumors about the S4 packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset because the Exynos 5 has some compatibility issues with 4G LTE in the U.S. and heating problems. Analysts, however, believe that there would be two variants as far as the chipset is concerned. Others believe Galaxy S4 units destined for distribution in the U.S. would pack the Snapdragon while the international version may get the octa-core processor.
A couple of new features, Smart Scroll and Floating Touch, is what made the S4 even more popular than its predecessors. This time, Samsung seemed to have built a device smarter than any other smartphones today.
In the next 5 hours, Samsung will official announce the Galaxy S4. Stay tuned for more updates.