Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 to be announced at MWC 2013 with a 5″ screen

by: ŠtefanSeptember 17, 2012

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been out on the market for less than four months. The iPhone 5 is going to hit store shelves this Friday.

And guess what? We just got our very first Galaxy S4 rumor courtesy of The Korea Times. They say that Samsung is going to announce the next Galaxy at Mobile World Congress 2013, it’ll start shipping in March, and that it’s going to have a 5 inch screen. Apparently Samsung decided on launching the GS4 at MWC 2013 just three days after Apple announced the iPhone 5. We have to remind you, this is a rumor, so take these “facts” with a pinch of salt.

Curiously, the source goes on to say that the next Galaxy will continue using a quad-core chip. That’s a bid odd considering that the ARM Cortex A15 is going to be all the rage next year. The first chips to use ARM’s latest generation processors will be dual-core variants, simply because the A15 uses way more power than the A9. As a reminder: The GS3 has four ARM Cortex A9 cores inside. Does this mean the GS4 will also have four A9 cores inside or is Samsung insane enough to use four A15 cores? Again, we don’t know.

Circling back to the screen size, we know some of you are rolling your eyes at the 5-inch display, but you shouldn’t. Earlier this year, another South Korean handset vendor, Pantech, announced a device called the Vega S5. It has a 5 inch display, but the phone itself is physically smaller than the GS3 because it makes use of thinner bezels and because the company decided to not put any buttons on the front of the device.

We certainly do hope that Samsung gives up putting home buttons on their phones. We’re huge fans of the Galaxy Nexus, so we can only imagine what a supercharged version of that would look like.

Cue the awkward drooling noises.

  • Anirudh Singh

    only 5 inches?? :P

    • True_Neutral

      5 inches is probably the maximum you can go simply by reducing the bezel size and all that.

      And Samsung going Quad-A9 again will be insane, especially since we now know that Apple has gone the Qualcomm Krait route and that the Apple A6 is likely a A15-ish core. Samsung needs an A15 part to compete.

      Seeing as the Exynos 5250 has more or less taped out (as evidenced by its presence at trade shows), I think it’s more likely the S4 will have the 5250.

      • Stefan Constantinescu

        I’m in full agreement with you, I too think the S4 will use the Exynos 5250, but the rumor suggets a quad core part. The 5250 is dual core. Oh well, no use getting upset over a rumor about a device that’s not due to be announced for another six months!

      • Luke

        Apples is not a15. Its maybe there own design but since they havent been singing from the roof tops about any of these i believe its prob just an a9 wirh some add ons which make some things twice as fast.

        • True_Neutral

          That’s true, but it’s likely faster than a plain vanilla A9 though:

          “The bad news is I have no details on the design of Apple’s custom
          core. Despite Apple’s willingness to spend on die area, I believe an
          A15/Krait class CPU core is a likely target. Slightly wider front end,
          more execution resources, more flexible OoO execution engine, deeper
          buffers, bigger windows, etc… Support for VFPv4 guarantees a bigger
          core size than the Cortex A9, it only makes sense that Apple would push
          the envelope everywhere else as well. I’m particularly interested in
          frequency targets and whether there’s any clever dynamic clock work
          happening. Someone needs to run Geekbench on an iPhone 5 pronto.”

          Also, the recent Geekbench results (assuming that they are not faked) will put the Apple A6 in the class of a A15 CPU, rather like the Qualcomm Krait.

          Regardless, I think the point here is that Samsung needs to move on past the Cortex A9. We know that Android is still pretty much single-threaded at this point, and my own lesson with Java threading made my head hurt…

          Class appleSucks implements Runnable(){
          public void Run()
          for(i = 0, i == 100000, i ++)
          toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),”Apple Sucks!”,Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

          You get the idea… :/

        • AusyCoop

          I agree with you. Just the fact that Apple is not forthcoming with the processor specs means (1) its not quad core and (2) its probably not really much more powerful than the A5. They’ve given vague specs about it like “approximately 2x faster than the A5 (at opening system apps) “. All that means to me is that they’ve stored system apps in the larger RAM so that they basically open instantly. Of course the calendar and camera and photo gallery will open super quick if they’re cached in the RAM. They’re always running in the background. So yes, it will feel faster, but that’s not directly related to the slightly upgraded processor. It’s more related to the increased RAM and the software process caching. That’s just my take on Apple’s claims.

  • wyndslash

    i find it mildly upsetting that their release dates between devices are getting shorter. they should focus more on timely updates.

    • Butts_McButts

      I find it upsetting that all mention of the P10 tablet (or indeed, any non-Windows 8 Samsung tablet) has basically dried up. It’s like no one even wants to report on why we aren’t hearing anything.

  • Hikari0307

    don’t think so~~ if samsung wasn’t comfortable with this situation of announcing during MWC and releasing months later with the S2 that they didn’t do it for the S3, why would they want to do it for the S4? If they release it in march, the S3 won’t have reached the end of it’s life-cycle yet~~

  • Luke

    starting the SEO whoring early are we AA?

  • Cool, but Galaxy Note is the best!

  • Yamsen

    I know most of you guys care about screen size, but I really would like to see bigger technological advances in the battery sector. Sure I’d like to have a 5 inches phone but I’d prefer a better battery life.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      We all want better batteries, which is why we’re super excited that Motorola is now owned by Google. They seem to be the only company shoving *massive* batteries inside their devices.

    • True_Neutral

      Actually I don’t care much about screen size myself. No point having a ginormous screen if I can only stare at it for an hour or so. The thing is, we are pretty much stuck with Lithium Polymer until the most exotic technologies come around. Until then, we have to make do with the likes of the Razr MAXX.

      • AshdChap

        If you are having bad battery life with whatever phone try downloading “Juice Defender” from Google Play Store. I have the GS3 and some days the battery was wonderful and some days it wasn’t just like every other phone. So I was reading a random conversation like this one day and saw someone mention it so I tried it and it is awesome. It really helps battery go much much further. It is free unless you really like it you can upgrade to premium (which is what I am going to do lol) You should give it a try, won’t hurt :)

  • popomano

    5 inches would alienate most people … also how is the ‘s’ series
    different from the Note series .. if this were to be.

    • Uncle Woja

      When the first Android phones with 4′ screens came out, everyone said that they were too big and that nobody would buy them. They were wrong. When 4.2″ screens came out, despite only being 0.2″ bigger, the same argument. They were wrong again. The Galaxy Nexus with a 4.65″ screen was not going to sell 1 single unit because it was “almost the size of a tablet” according to some people. Wrong again. When the S3 was announced with a 4.8″ screen, guess what? It was “Too Big” “No-one wanted a screen that size” “It would alienate people” “It would suck down too much power” “The phone was going to be too massive for anyone to use comfortably” Need I go on? Samsung have sold over 20 million S3s, and they expect to sell over 20 million Note 2s with a 5.5″ screen. The community it sick to death of seeing people like you post that something won’t be successful because it’s not what YOU WANT! It might alienate YOU because YOU might not want a 5′ screen, but YOU don’t speak for MOST PEOPLE!

  • Cole Raney

    I don’t hope Samsung gets rid of the home button. I love having a home button on my galaxy s3

  • phoenix19861

    samsung galaxy s4
    – Exynos 5450 2.0 Ghz (28nm)
    – Mali T658
    – LPDDR3 2GB Ram
    – eMMC Pro Classe 1500
    – 16 mp 1080p camera
    – 4,5″ display ClorOled (358 ppi)
    – battery 3200 mAh
    Lte/Lte advanced

  • pitcher

    No home butto this time Samsung, please!

  • Charlie Klementowich

    i hope samsung keeps the button. My fat finger keeps hitting the home screen button when i try to type a spacebar. Jelly bean need to fix that for us obese americans