What is GALAXY coming to cook for me?

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    As you know, Samsung recently revealed maps regarding the announcement of the “fourth dimension of the Galaxy” (we don’t have any confirmed data that the new flagship will be called Samsung GALAXY S IV, so we won’t use it in a post): the presentation of the advanced smartphone will take place March 14th at Radio City Music Hall, New York City! The event will be broadcast live on Youtube. The main throne smartphone will be shown a day later - March 15. In the meantime, we propose to plunge into the abyss of rumors, speculation, fantasies and frank fakes, which on the eve of the launch of a new device is full of Internet.

    So, why did the yellow (and not so) pages come up with this from the moment of the first news about the development of a fresh Samsung flagship?


    It's no secret to anyone that Samsung Electronics is actively working on flexible displays. Prototypes of mobile devices ( TIME and TWO ) based on these technologies were already presented in January this year at Mobile World Congress 2013. Of course, after that, rumors began circulating that the company plans to use this technology in the new flagship GALAXY.

    “Flexible displays are perfectly folded, they can be twisted, worn on the wrist - a lot of possibilities, limited only by our imagination. Plus, the flexibility of the screen allows you to provide a high degree of strength through the use of a plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and much more flexible than any LCD-based screens, ”said a Samsung spokesperson in an interview with BBC.

    It is expected that the flexible OLED screen on the Fourth Galaxy will be equipped with Full HD-resolution (1920 × 1080) or even higher, and its diagonal will be as much as five inches (on the face there is an encroachment on the niche of Samsung GALAXY Note II). More modest and realistic expectations in terms of the screen come down to the usual Full HD LCD, Super AMOLED (RGB, like GALAXY Note II) and the screen diagonal is no larger than that of GALAXY S III.

    Portal Hi-Tech.mail.ru at MWC 2013 came across a curious booth demonstrating the evolution of Super AMOLED matrices. The extreme point of development of Samsung technology was a 4.99-inch display with Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 440 ppi. It would be logical to assume that this is the same screen for the very smartphone.


    In recent months, there was no shortage of allegedly leaks of specifications of the Fourth Galaxy: they didn’t declare secret data obtained from the Samsung camp, except, lazy.

    According to the Korean site Ddaily, the Fourth Galaxy will carry on board the quad-core Exynos processor, built on the 28-nm standard of those. process. It will be smaller in size and faster in performance than the processor hidden inside the Samsung GALAXY S III. New processors, along with an increase in speed, should take focus on increasing the efficiency of interaction between the cores. And this, in turn, means that the Fourth Galaxy will be able to quickly and simultaneously process many tasks and work for a long time from an autonomous power source.

    There are suggestions that the new smartphone will be equipped with WiFi 802.11ac technology, also known as 5G + WiFi. Roughly speaking, with such opportunities for mobile Internet, the speed of web surfing can equal the wired connection. Another source, androidgeeks , claims to have a Broadcom BCM4335 chip in its device, which includes WiFi 802.11ac along with Bluetooth 4.0 and an FM radio.

    Some people are convinced that the Fourth Galaxy can be equipped with a new eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor ... of course, if these screenshots are benchmark benchmarkscan be trusted. Model numbers SHV-E300S and GT-i9500 were previously mentioned as possible identifiers for the new GALAXY smartphone, and screenshots were taken in the popular AnTuTu benchmark application. They show that the processor under test has a speed of 1.8 GHz, which corresponds to the capabilities of the eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor. In addition to the greater power and speed of the new product, you can offer a longer battery life.

    There is another unconfirmed leak of benchmark results from the LazyTechGuys.com portal. If this is not fake, then the results are really impressive.

    January 4, SamMobile website published unconfirmed specifications of the new flagship Samsungallegedly obtained by their spy, scouring the company’s camp. They look as follows:

    Processor: Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU, 2.0 GHz
    GPU: Mali-T658 GPU
    RAM: 2 GB
    Screen: 4.99 inches diagonal, SuperAMOLED, Full HD resolution (1080 × 1920)
    Main camera: 13 megapixels
    Front camera: 2 megapixels
    Operating system: Android 4.2.1 (out of the box)

    Specifications provided by the LazyTechGuys portal on March 4 look like this:
    Processor: SoC Exynos 5 Octa;
    GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP
    RAM: 2 GB
    Screen: diagonal 4.99 inches, Full HD resolution (1080 × 1920)
    Main camera: 13 megapixels
    Front camera: 2 megapixels
    Operating system: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
    Communication: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC

    A month earlier on the same specifications published on one of the android forums were published on the site:

    Operating system: Android 4.2 w / TouchWiz UI
    Screen: 5 ″, 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED +, protective glass Gorilla Glass 3
    Processor: 2 GHz A15 Exynos 5450, quad-core
    RAM: 2 GB DDR3 RAM
    GPU: ARM Mali T658 GPU
    Main camera:13 megapixels
    Front camera: 2 megapixels
    Battery: lithium-ion, 3,100 mAh
    Memory: 16/32/64 GB
    Network: 4G, LTE
    Communication: Bluetooth 5.0
    Optional: Memory expansion slot for SD cards, dedicated shutter button for the camera, front Columns

    But the large information portal GSMarena.com, which bypasses all the rumors and real leaks, gathered around such an impressive technical specification plate in detail :

    Concept art, layouts, renderings and fakes

    On January 4 this year, SamMobile portal showed a photo of the new GALAXY smartphone:

    We see a huge display framed with an even thinner frame than in the previous generation S III, and all the navigation buttons below it are completely eliminated. Despite the realism of the picture, there is an assumption that this is only a high-quality fake, made from combined images of the GALAXY S III and GALAXY Premiere smartphones.

    Another nameless render was shown by the same LazyTechGuys:

    And this concept appeared on one of the French forums at the end of January:

    The most straightforward mock-ups were made by craftsmen from the online retail store of mobile devices called Expansys: in early March, such “bricks” appeared to the world:

    But most of all the noise was caused by yesterday's leak, which the user of the Chinese forum 52samsung.com shared with the whole world. The author claims that he got into his hands an engineering sample GALAXY S IV, adapted for the local Chinese market - with support for two SIM-cards. The model has a GT-I9502 number and is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera (Sony IMX135 Sensor, but without 3D), an Exynos 5410 Octa processor, PowerVR SGX544MP3 graphics accelerator and 2 GB of RAM. The smartphone screen is created using the new Green PHOLED technology, and the thin frame around the case is made of aluminum.

    Here is a set of rumors, myths and legends we have collected for your familiarization. We will know very soon which of them will be confirmed, and which will remain empty speculation.

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