Feb 07 AT 7:23 PM Dustin Earley 59 Comments

Galaxy S IV rumor roundup: specs, announcement date, release window and more


If anyone had to name the most anticipated phone in the wide world of Android right now, it would undoubtedly be the Samsung Galaxy S IV. As such, the rumor mill has been hard at work churning out information on Samsung’s upcoming flagship device, including an announcement date, release window, specs and an interesting new way to interact with your smartphone.

According to SamMobile, who has a great track record with Samsung rumors, the Galaxy S IV will be announced March 15th, shortly after Mobile World Congress. Samsung is continuing the trend of backing away from trade shows to announce products, hosting their own Unpacked events to put new devices on display. Samsung has yet to confirm the event at which the SIV will be announced, but we’re expecting it any day now.

As for when the Galaxy S IV will released to the public, SamMobile says April for European and Asian markets, and May or June for America, Australia and Africa. This lines up nicely with what Samsung has done in the past, and makes sense from a distribution standpoint.

The latest rumors peg the SIV, or i9500, as coming in either black or white with a 5-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, an 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, Mali-T658 8-core graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. None of these specs have been confirmed, but Samsung has already announced the Exynos 5, so it only makes sense that we’ll see it in the SIV, and Samsung will supposedly start manufacturing 5-inch HD panels at the end of this month.

Another interesting rumor on the Galaxy S IV that has popped up today includes a new way to interact with the device. According to the Korean DDaily, the Galaxy S IV will feature floating finger technology. Utilizing new maXTouch sensors, SIV users will be able to make screen selections by merely hovering their finger over the display. This isn’t exactly entirely new technology, but Samsung’s implementation is rumored to be much more battery efficient and accurate than anything before.

That’s all we have on the Galaxy S IV for right now. Do you like what you’ve heard so far? Anything you’re still waiting to hear before you get really excited?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Pack a nice battery in there and I’m sold.

    • damambt

      I agree. Those 8 cores would certainly eat up the battery in Note2.

      • r4yN

        i think you misunderstood how “octa-core” is meant in this chipset (or I misinterpretated your statement, also possible as english isn’t my native language :D )

        It’s not like all 8 cores are being used at the same time. think of it more like a soc with 2 quad-core cpus, the one quad-core cpu being a powerful A15 one, the other a weak, but battery-saving A7-one.

        Depending on your usage the chip will unnoticeable switch between those two quadcore-cpus, so when you’re playing heavy games it will use the A15 one, whereas simple stuff will be handled by the A7.

        The idea behind that system is to actually save battery (thanks to the battery friendly A7-cores) but without losing the ability to play intense 3d games (in which the A15 will be active).

        With only playing 3D games, you won’t get a better battery life compared to other socs of course, because the A15-cpu will be used all the time, but for everyday usage it should save you some battery

        • fasdf78

          it’s not only the those power saving cores.It’s also the Computational lithography which is reduced to 28nm.This will have as a result to reduce power consumption,heat emissions and increase power.BTW,in wikipedia it is said on the Exynos wiki that the Exynos 5 octa will have integrated PowerVR GPUs rather than MALI .You can see this here :


          (Look at the bottom of the array which is around in the middle of the page.)

      • This_is_not_Jake

        Why did everyone down-vote this guy for not know what a octa-core is, how many of you knew what it was until the guy commented in response to him. Dont be a know-it-all dick.

    • masterpfa

      Spoiler alert.(HTC M7 on the horizon)

      It will be interesting to see what these phones come out with, but the cynic in me says all this talk about the SIV now is just to remove attention from the upcomming HTC phone

      • Dewed

        I’d prefer the HTC phone any day

        • TheTruthSquad

          How did you enjoy the Thunderbitrd? HTC has never recovered from that mistake.

  • damambt

    I better start saving my pennies since my upgrade was redeemed w/ the S3.

  • r4yN

    The Exynos 5 Octa SoC does not have an ARM Mali-GPU inside… unfortunately Samsung decided to go with the 3-core PowerVr SGX544MP3 by Imagination instead. It’s not a bad GPU, but compared to the Apple A6X’s PowerVr SGX554MP4 (which has been on the market for quite some time) it seems to be a little outdated (also keep in mind that we’ll probably see a new Apple-SoC soon).

    The ARM Mali T658MP8 would have been the better choice :/


  • hurracayne

    I haven’t made it ti to the GS2 yet.

  • nikhilverma

    Just cut off a little of my expenses. I , so badly need this one.

  • Nathan D.

    It’s going to be a good year, these rumored specs are mouth dropping awesome!

  • Scamsung Scam IV

    This phone is too big for those little asian fingers, but otoh the big screen is better suited for their tiny eyes. –!!!

    Make american phones instead for true americans (republicans, non asian)!
    Btw, i think Mitt Romney should be in oval office….

    • That guy

      Aaaaahaha. Awesome.!

  • breckdroid

    Just when I thought the Motoroogle X Phone was in the lead, the SIV comes roaring back. Its gonna be a tough, but fun time for those of us getting new phones this year.

    • kazahani

      Wait, did we decide on Motoroogle?

      I liked Googarola. I must have missed the vote :<

      • breckdroid

        Haha! No official vote that I’ve seen. They are both fun to say. I just enjoyed saying Motoroogle over Googarola. To each his own…Well at least til the Official Vote, that is;)

  • Motorola ATRIX TV XT682 GPS

    This is interesting to know that rumors has it with the coming of Galaxy S IV, all techie savvy and business persons are pretty sure excited of this phone and I assume it will exceed what iPhone 5 offered. http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/

    • z0phi3l

      Considering that the S3 already beats the iPhone5, I’m completely sure the S4 will be lightyears better

  • renyo

    For one I don’t like the build of the Galaxy S3… Seems like if you drop it, it would break apart… I hope the S4 has a better build… Moreover I find their customized android very buggy… But I do like their specs… Will see how this plays out…

    • z0phi3l

      You obviously have never actually handled the S3, it’s fairly durable because the plastic can flex when dropped and TW is possibly the only half decent custom UI that isn’t vanilla Android

      • This_is_not_Jake

        Bull shit, when-ever you drop the gs-3 the screen would be destroyed.

  • Burnd

    Ho ho ho, so many iSheep in Samsung version. How can you already know you’re going to buy this GSVI when Samsung didn’t even officially announce its specs (and price)? Aren’t you just as thrilled and curious to compare and hold the HTC M7, or perhaps even the Sony Xperia Z? Buying a phone like this is a longterm decision and definitely not a cheap one. No offense, just trying to help!

    • z0phi3l

      The only other phone I’m waiting on so far is the next Nexus phone, HTC and the others have a long way to go before getting to Samsung levels of quality

    • Burnd

      I actually think 6-8 months is a pretty long period of time. That aside, I don’t see why people are attracted to companies. Buying an HTC because it’s HTC, to me that makes you no different from every other Apple fanboy; Supervisual and easily manipulable. I too like to push the market forward, which is why I pick a product for what it has to offer, not for the logo it carries.

      • Burnd

        I just used HTC as an example. I’m not talking about you. You might as well replace “HTC” by “Samsung” or whatever. :]

  • fingers26

    This is great news, I have my Note 2 with a cracked Screen, I will wait to change the phone with this one..!!!

  • dbuck

    My contract ends the end of May…I can only hope this is available then!

  • pjamies

    I just don’t know .. I think I am going to wait to see what happens at the Google i/O conference, and take it from there ..
    I am looking to see if Motorola makes any Nexus statements, and I will decide after that ..
    I do know that I want to stick with an unlocked Nexus phone (have others), as they seem to be the only 1′s that get updated in a timely fashon.
    I don’t know about you, but it has been some time since we heard any OS phone update news..
    I also have a Note, and am still at 4.04, Not going to hold my breath that it will ever get to 4.1 or 4.2 !! :(

    • jon

      Could be worse. Thunderbolt owner here. Just received 4.0.4 last week.. lol.. Glad I waited for a new phone though. looks like a good year for this guy

  • aranea

    Samsung is giving a though race to nexus series. I love the stock android and quick upgrade of nexus phones but those specs are irresistible.

  • alexanderharri3

    Considering how well Samsung has gone incognito for the GSIII, the IV could very well surprise everyone in at least a couple regards. Samsung is keeping this tightly sealed.

    We can only hope they pull out something above the Octa…GPU is important!

  • donger

    Bring on the Note 3.

  • NamelessTed

    Am I the only person that doesn’t think phones need to be this big or have such crazy fucking CPUs in them right now?

    5″ is huge, I don’t think I could ever use a phone that big. 4.7″ is the absolute maximum for me. I have smaller hands than most people, so anything bigger just gets impossible to use with one hand. Faster is also better, but I think they are pushing those boundaries too much right now because a lot of other tech is just falling behind.

    For me, BATTERY and DURABILITY. If rumors are true then the X Phone is what I am really looking for. Current generation phones are fast as fuck, we know we can make them faster, that isn’t a problem. But it is absolutely meaningless how fast a phone is if it only lasts 12-16 hours or actual use or just fucking explodes from a simple drop. I want a phone that will take some moderate abuse over a 2-year period.

    • surethom

      I agree I have normal man sized hands & 5inch screens are nice but the phones are too wide 4.7inch Max please. That will make the phone less wide and more usable.

      Battery is the most important thing not massive screen size.

    • Tim

      That’s why there’s so many different phones on the market right now. There’s plenty that offer what you’re looking for. I however, would love a 5″ screen and with all of my multitasking and gaming, the faster the better.

    • Cwalden21

      Ever heard of Flygrip?? people quit complaining about the screen size growing larger and larger and get you one of these..http://shop.flygrip.com/ Or just get one that’s not that big. That’s one of the things that makes Android so great…There’s tons of choices out there!!

    • Eben1277

      I fat-finger everything. I’ve got big ass man hands, I prefer a big screen. I’d be happy with a Note sized screen. Just not from Samsung. I like my GNex, but the build quality makes me crazy. My Droid X? That shit was bad ass, it felt like a brick, I could not someone out with it. Biggest problem with my Droid X was Verizon being my carrier, and after that the screen was too small.

      • Eben1277

        knock not not

  • spidremann

    I can’t say the idea of any kind of hover screen tech leaves me all warm and fuzzy. I already have enough unintentional screen taps because of how close my finger is to the screen, at times.

  • RRR

    Do u realize that if all the phones gradually become 1080 all twice larger tablets 10″+ tin size must. starting to move toward 4k?

  • surethom

    If this has a massive 5inch screen and is wider than the s3 then NO thanks phones are getting Too wide.

  • muii

    Yeah I can’t agree more… I remember the times where Ericsson did the T28S, we were all seeking for the smallest device. It was really good to carry in a pocket and it could last almost a week ! Ok, there were only a screen with few text lines, but we could live with it.
    Now I wish some manufacturer to take this path (the last was again sony-ericsson with the X10 mini pro, that was a good first Android phone for the company and could be dropped without exploding and fit in a pocket, what a revolution ! )

  • madsalad

    I’ve been impressed by the rumors over the M7, X Phone and the SGIV. I do like HTC and appreciate the Galaxy but I’m so curious about the X Phone. I’ll be up for some renewal on TMOB in July. I should have a pretty good idea by then about which phone is for me. They all sound pretty awesome in their own way (even if the X Phone is more rumor-y than the other two).

  • Derek

    Nice phone but why are all these phones getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Who the heck wants a 5″ phone to lug around? I had the HTC Rezound and it was almost perfect at 4.3″ and still was 1280×720 resolution. I had the first Galaxy S and it was really good at 4″ screen. The Note was a phablet at 5″ now the Galaxy S4 is a phone at 5″. Bigger isnt always better, no matter what “she” says. lol

  • Tico4674

    It’s between the S4 and the X phone. I only buy phones with large developer communities which they both should have if Verizon doesn’t meddle. Can’t wait to see the final products.

  • 311

    And the announcement of Galaxy tab 2 311 – The Wi-fi version of Tab 2 for price lesser than Nexus 7!


  • zolikaaa666

    I was hoping for a new design but it seems they aren’t going to change a lot….:S

  • the5thdimension

    I’m sure the SIV will be very nice, but I definitely need to wait and see what’s really going on. I passed on the S3 cause I felt they just through a bunch of useless features on that phone. I’m a Nexus guy anyway. I’ve owned every Nexus phone and I currently use a Nexus 4 of course, but I would like to be tempted by something new, something different.

    The only phone that has peeked interest enough for me to use as a daily phone was the iPhone 5. I used it for two weeks. It’s a great phone, but it’s not Android and it’s not a Nexus 4. Samsung has done great things with their Galaxy phones, but not enough for me to buy one. I have been contemplating picking up the Note II, but damn that shit is big. I’m very excited for the continued growth and advancement of Android. I’m also very excited about this rumored X Phone. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Oh and why the hell would I want to control shit on my phone by hovering my finger over it. Seems like it would actually be more work than just putting my finger on the screen. One of more useless features to come?

  • brady

    i think the 8 cores will all help to handle any load, thus eliminating overload or high loads .. thus preserving battery power

  • Richard Yarrell

    Everybody already knows the deal with me…..2013 will be filled with excellent devices..Htc M7, Lg G pro, Galaxy S4, Motorola X-Phone, Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, and on and on.

    • Squiddy20

      Omg Richard, there are so many things wrong with what you just said. Let me list them all and see if I can make myself look like an even bigger jackass…

      • squiddy20

        … Except (for once) everything he stated is pure opinion or wide generalization and so can’t be wrong (or right). Jackass.

        • Neopanther

          I gotta tell you that you two are the funniest two human beings I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen posts going back a few years of you arguing with Yarrell. I think he’s slow or something, but whatever he is it’s freaking HILARIOUS. You should have your own radio show or something. You couldn’t PAY for this type of entertainment….lol!!!

  • klacebo

    If it is 5″, shouldn’t it be named the Galaxy Note Mini?

    This trend with larger screens is getting ridiculous. I have a GSII and I can picture myself handling a 4,5″-4,7″, but nothing larger.

    And to the (retarded) argument “if you don’t like larger screens on top speced phones don’t buy them” all I have to reply is:

    If you want a larger screen, buy the Note (or any other phablet)

  • hass

    All I hear in the flagship devices’ rumours/announcements is “Faster, slimmer, bigger screen”. But what I would love to hear is “Now with two days of battery life on standard usage”…

  • tobegone

    i’ve seen pics of the gs4 w/2 front speakers at the bottom of phone- any word on that?

  • Myla Tongcayo

    The most anticipated and most promising smart phone ahead. What you need in the phone was here.See more post here http://www.oneclickroot.com/android-manufacturers/samsung-galaxy-note-3-rumor-roundup-march-2013/ . It was so cool. The specs was great….