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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 In Pak

 Everything you need to know

 The rumour roller-coaster ride is almost over. The invites are in and now, finally, we know when we will first set eyes on the next Galaxy, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

On 14 March 2013 Samsung will unveil the Android phone to beat and which should, in theory, set the standard for all smartphones for the year to come. If everything goes to plan. But what do we already know and what has been rumoured? Read on to whet your appetite for what is to come from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S4 release date

Samsung Mobile’s Twitter account gave tech fans the world over sweaty brows when it announced "Ready 4 The Show" and "Come and meet the next Galaxy".

Alongside this Tweet is a press invite to a New York-based Samsung Unpacked event, with a reveal penned for midnight UK time on Friday 15 March. Given the history of these Unpacked events, Samsung will have the Galaxy S4 on show for us to take a look at.

What we can’t be sure of is just when the SGS 4 will land in stores and in the hands of customers. The Galaxy S3 was unveiled in London’s Earls Court on 3 May and put on sale just a few weeks later on 30 May.
Samsung could do much the same thing here, especially given HTC has already played its trump card this year with the new HTC One handset. Incidentally, HTC’s phone was announced on 19 February and launches on 15 March, so March will be a very exciting month for smartphone fans.

Unfortunately, though, it looks like we'll have to wait until the Samsung Unpacked event on the 14 March to get a firm release date.

Samsung Galaxy S4 screen

Rumours point to the SGS 4 being fairly big on the display front with a 4.99-inch HD Super AMOLED screen being its flagship feature.

READ: Samsung Galaxy S3 review

We wouldn’t be surprised if this became a reality, although with a screen that big things are closer to Note territory. A leaked roadmap also backs up this claim, with an apparent 441ppi screen shipping with the Galaxy S4.

However, more recent rumblings have suggested that Samsung is struggling with the manufacture of the display units at this size and may opt for LCD instead. This is no bad thing, as LCD displays, as in the HTC One, have been well received.

Samsung Galaxy S4 processor

Processor rumours for the SGS4 are especially exciting. A 1.8GHz Exynos 5 8-core processor has cropped-up and been widely suggested.

Benchmarks of a GT-I9500 have appeared online, showing a phone with a seriously high score in the AnTuTu benchmark test. While they don't verify rumours of an 8-core handset, they do show a 1.8GHz processor.

 Current rumours suggest Samsung might not even use one of its own processors in the handset, opting for an outsourced SoC instead. Given the number of quad-core chips in phones destined for release in 2013. It may well be the case that it emerges running on hardware from Qualcomm.

Samsung Galaxy S4 camera

HTC has kicked up a big fuss over how great the camera is in its new HTC One phone. Expect Samsung to be doing just the same. It seems that the 13-megapixel sensor is the norm for flagship devices, but will Samsung change tack like HTC?

READ: Sony Xperia Z pictures and hands-on

At the moment, there is very little to go on in terms of actual camera hardware. The only rumour we have relates to software. Samsung Orb appears to be an attempt at tweaking Google’s Android 4.2 Photosphere imaging tech for Samsung’s own phones, although it might be produced by Samsung in-house.

Whatever the camera turns out to be, expect both front and back to be HD capable, with 1080p video recording on the rear and 720p (at least) on the front.

Samsung Galaxy S4 design

Only one really good picture exists of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The leak comes from and shows what looks like a snap from a computer screen showing a picture of the phone.

The problem is that it could very easily be faked and its similarities in looks with the SGS3 also have us wondering if it is simply an enlarged version of that, with the home key removed, which we're not sure Samsung would do.


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