In the past couple of years, Samsung devices have become the benchmarks of the industry we know today as “smart phones” especially in the Android market. That’s the reason why whenever other smartphone manufacturers release new devices, we often compare them to Samsung’s flagships.
This year, Samsung is set to release its new flagship called the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is apparently the fourth generation of its Galaxy S series. It promises to be twice as fast as the Galaxy S3 but I say there is no way Samsung could produce, at least this year, a device that would be two times the power and performance of the international variant of the S3. But I am positive that there would be a noticeable difference in overall performance between the S4 and the S3. Other manufacturers would find it difficult to equal the performance of Samsung’s flagship this year.
But what if other manufacturers use the same components, or even better, as with the S4?
That’s actually the case with ASUS’ PadFone Infinity. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel camera sensor and a huge battery pack. It is definitely one of the most powerful devices in the Android market this year and based on recent rumors, it has the same specs (and probably the same components) as with the Galaxy S4. This time it might be Samsung that’s going to put some modifications in its flagship just to beat the ASUS PadFone Infinity and continue with its superiority in the Android high-end market.
Since Samsung hasn’t officially announced the specs of the Galaxy S4, all information about the device in this post are based on rumors, speculations and unconfirmed reports. We don’t guarantee their accuracy.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Must Have A Faster Processor
Processors are the central nervous system of smartphones. Manufacturers that want to gain the bigger piece of the piece in the mobile market put a close attention to the kind of chipsets they are going to use to gain the upper hand.
The Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, which powers ASUS PadFone Infinity, is one of the latest innovations from Qualcomm, the leading chip manufacturer. It is reportedly thinner and more energy-efficient that its Snapdragon predecessors. Not to mention that it packs a quad-core processor.
Perhaps, one of the glorious moments for Samsung fans is when rumors about the S4 packing Exynos 5450 Quad chipset surfaced. Rumors have it that the chip packs 8 cores; 4 of which handle high-performance processes while the other 4 handle low-to-normal processes. Had it not because of the chipset’s compatibility issues with 4G LTE networks and heating problems, the Galaxy S4 could have become the first smartphone to sport an 8-core processor.
Recent rumors suggest that the flagship phone will instead sport the Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T. That’s the same CPU as with the PadFone Infinity, LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One. Basically, all these devices will have the same processing power even if the S4 was rumored to have its processor clocked higher at 1.9GHz. According to the official specs sheet of the PadFone Infinity, the device’s processor is clocked 1.7GHz but the Snapdragon 600 can actually reach up to 1.9GHz frequency.
One of the factors that could help the Galaxy S4 beat its competitors in the high-end market is to have a faster processor. So, perhaps Samsung would pack the Exynos 6450 Quad for the international version but would stick with the Snapdragon for variants destined to be distributed in the U.S. market and other regions where 4G LTE is massively used; the same case as with the Galaxy S3.
Unless Samsung delays the release of its flagship this year and wait for the release of Snapdragon 800, there is no other way it could beat devices with Snapdragon 600 as far as processing power is concerned.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Must Have Better Display
The ASUS PadFone Infinity sports a 5-inch Super IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring 1080 x 1920 pixels full HD resolution. That would give us around 441 ppi pixel density, which is pretty high for a smartphone. It also supports up to 10 fingers multitouch. In other words, the device is geared to dominate as far as display is concerned.
This factor, however, is easier for Samsung to beat being one of manufacturers that produces top-notch mobile displays. The mere mention of a Super AMOLED display would leave an impression that the Galaxy S4 would come packed with brighter, more colorful and more vivid display.
Recent rumors, however, suggest that the flagship may not feature the company’s Super AMOLED technology. Rather, it would use the SoLux Display, which is believed to be more energy-efficient and could beat any LCD technology in terms of brightness, resolution and pixel density.
In order to beat the PadFone Infinity, Samsung has to prove SoLux Display is better than the latest In-Plane Switching (IPS) and LCD technologies. It should also feature 1080 x 1920 pixels full HD resolution and offer higher pixel density. Moreover, reports saying SoLux Display is more energy-efficient and much brighter should also be verified. Otherwise, its flagship would fall being in the second place after the ASUS’ flagship.
But just a though, perhaps one of the reasons why Samsung wouldn’t use the Super AMOLED technology is because it fears that the sales would be affected by the ongoing battle against LG Display over AMOLED technology. The company had to find a new technology that would stand as a good competitor against popular display technologies in the market today.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Must Have A microSD Card Slot
It was officially announced that the Infinity would come with a microSD card slot. Instead ASUS put in a considerably huge built-in memory–32 gigabytes. This is where the device fell short; 32GB of storage (or even 64GB) is not enough to hold files users may accumulate over the years, although the company can blame users for content mismanagement whenever they run out of space. But the thing is, there is no room for expansion!
Samsung devices, at least majority of them, always come with microSD card slot. The Galaxy S3 even supports up to 64GB of external storage aside from having three variants with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB built-in memories. Therefore, it is almost certain the Galaxy S4 will have a microSD card slot that could support up to 64GB of external memory with hopefuls given an option to choose from three different variants.
This factor is a clear win for the S4 against the Infinity.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Must Have Bigger And Removable Battery
Everybody knows how important a battery is for a mobile device. I’m pretty sure manufacturers know the importance of bigger and removable batteries. What I can’t understand is why they build devices with fixed batteries like in the case of the PadFone Infinity.
The device has 2400mAh battery pack, which is considerably huge for a smartphone. According to the specs sheet, it can reach up to 19 hours of straight talk time and 410 hours in standby mode. If this information were true, then the company was right in using the word “infinity” as the name of the device. The problem is, it’s not removable, at least, not for average users. This could be the reason why it used Li-Po cells, which could last longer than Li-Ions.
Rumors pointed out that Galaxy S4 will sport 2600mAh Li-Ion battery that could last up to 24 hours of talk time and way higher when in standby mode. It wasn’t clear, though, if the battery is removable. But based on previous Samsung devices, the batteries were always removable and replaceable. So, it would too unlikely for the company to release a device with non-removable battery this time.
It seems to me that the S4 can win the battery battle against the Infinity.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Must Have Premium Apps and Features
The Galaxy S3 had its premium features and functionality that brought people to excitement when it was announced last year. In fact, those features helped a lot in building hype and buzz over the device that gained the company 10 million buyers by the time it was released. In order for the Galaxy S4 to beat the S3′s record, Samsung would also have to give the device newer, cooler features that would attract even the first time Galaxy users.
There are some S3 features, however, that needed to be retained or improved like the Smart Stay, Multi-Window View, etc. For now, there is no other information as to the features Galaxy S4 would sport. But Samsung always had really good surprises for its users ever since. So, let’s wait and see what it has to offer this time.
The Bottom Line
Samsung said it could attract 60 million buyers for Galaxy S4. That could be a realistic estimate for the world’s number 1 mobile phone manufacturer. However, there are new devices that pose a really good competition against its flagship like HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro, ASUS PadFone Infinity and, of course, iPhone 5s.