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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S4 Release Date & Features


The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been one of the best-selling smartphones of the year with Samsung selling more than 30 million units across the globe. The company will likely try and repeat this kind of success next year with the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung’s presumed successor that already has rumored features and a couple of rumored launch dates.


That being said, Samsung still have a habit of releasing products with staggered release dates. Just look at the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 which arrived on an assortment of release dates in the United States. Don’t expect Samsung to take a page out of the iPhone 5′s book with the release of the Galaxy S4.
So while the release date could come in May, carriers in the U.S. at least will likely release the Galaxy S4 where they see fit which could mean June or even July.

One thing that has stayed consistent with the Galaxy S smartphones is the price. Last year, while the Galaxy S3 release date in the U.S. was sporadic, the pricing was consistent with carriers besides T-Mobile offerings the device up with a starting price of $199.99. Don’t expect anything to change this year.
The Galaxy S4 will almost certainly come with an on-contract price tag of $199.99. Some U.S. carriers also offered the 32GB Galaxy S4 and those who want more storage should expect to pay around $249.


Flexible Display

There is a report out  that states that phones with flexible displays are coming to the market in 2013. However, rumors about the Galaxy S4′s display, which is supposed to be AMOLED and 1080p in nature, have not stated that the display is going to be flexible OLED.
Expect 1080p resolution on the Galaxy S4 display.
We expect the full 1080p and massive amount of pixels-per-inch to be the big draw of the Galaxy S4′s display. HTC just released a phone called the Droid DNA which offers 1080p resolution and a whopping 441 pixels-per-inch. Samsung is rumored to be playing catch up with a 4.99-inch AMOLED display with similar specs. That display will likely be the one on the Galaxy S4 but at this point, a flexible display seems to be far off in the distance.

Lack of T-Mobile 4G LTE Support

T-Mobile will be bringing its 4G LTE network to the United States at some point in 2013. The carrier is mum about a specific date but expect it to be in time for the arrival of the Galaxy S4 which will almost certainly be sporting 4G LTE connectivity.

The carrier’s Galaxy Note 2 has hidden 4G LTE support which the carrier says might be enabled with an update once 4G LTE goes live and if 4G LTE isn’t out by the time the Galaxy S4 hits, expect the same for it as well.
There isn’t a chance the Galaxy S4 arrives without 4G LTE support for T-Mobile.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Don’t expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to be on board. There are rumors that the device may have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as its operating system and that was bolstered by Google’s announcement that Google I/O will be taking place toward the end of May. The features of Google’s new operating system are as of yet unknown.
Now that Google I/O is set for May, Android 5.0 seems possible.
While it seems liek a bit of a stretch that a non-Nexus smartphone would get a major update that quickly, if any smartphone were to get a major update early, it would be a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Samsung has been deligent in getting out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to its customers and we also know that Google launched an Android APK this year that was supposed to help bring major updates to phones faster. Maybe the Galaxy S4 will be one of the first benefactors of that.
At the very least though, expect Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Ho-Hum Software

With the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung released some pretty powerful software features for the camera, for sharing and for multitasking. Don’t expect Samsung to sit on its hands with the Galaxy S4 software this time around.

Whether it’s refining some of these current features or introducing some new powerful additions, the company will almost certainly enhance its flagship smartphone with some tantalizing software.

Happy Verizon Customers

Those wanting a Galaxy S4 shouldn’t expect to be happy campers once the Galaxy S4 is announced. Verizon typically releases its device last, pushes out its software updates much later than its competitors – look at the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update and locks up device bootloaders.