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Samsung (SSNLF.PK) expects to announce the Galaxy S IV in February and begin selling it soon...

Samsung (SSNLF.PK) expects to announce the Galaxy S IV in February and begin selling it soon afterwards, a company exec tells the Korea Times. That would translate into just a 9-month lag from the time the very popular Galaxy S III arrived - Apple, on the other hand, seems intent on maintaining its once-a-year timetable for new models. The S IV will reportedly feature a ~5" display and (like the international S III) use a Samsung Exynos app processor. Major Samsung suppliers include PANL, MXIM, BRCM, and SWKS.
Comments (17)
  • 5" starts to sound excessive.
    17 Sep 2012, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • The current phone is ~5" (4.8). They could make the screen slightly bigger and keep the same form factor (in theory).
    17 Sep 2012, 05:45 PM Reply Like
  • Looking at the S III's form factor, Samsung might be able to get rid of some empty space at the bottom and keep the phone the same size. But making it any taller/wider would definitely be questionable.
    17 Sep 2012, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • Hey, they sell the Galaxy Note (5.3") like hot cakes, and CNET users recently ranked it the highest of all rated phones. Now, Samsung is introducing the Note II in October at 5.5", a "phablet."

     

    A 5" phone is no problem. Apple's going to discover this soon.
    17 Sep 2012, 05:55 PM Reply Like
  • Which is probably all the more reason to keep the S a bit shy of 5". Having one phone at 5.2" and another at 5.5" seems a bit counterproductive.
    17 Sep 2012, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • The Note definitely has its fans, but I think Samsung will readily admit it's not for everyone. Whereas the Galaxy S phones are Samsung's flagship models. Make them too large and you risk alienating the mass-market.

     

    FWIW, I use a Galaxy Nexus (4.65" display). The big display is useful for a lot of stuff, but it's not as comfortable for one-handed use as a smaller phone. I can see how that could bother some iPhone users.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • SA:

     

    Have a Nexus, too, and love it. So much of a smartphone's usage is non-phone related, at least for me, that I'd never give up utility in that area to be able to play phone jockey with one hand.

     

    Also, there is an increasing number of people who are discovering that with larger screens, they no longer need to pay for or lug around two devices, a phone and a tablet. This is not an inconsequential observation.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Probably the number one reason for the Note's success and a great reason to own one. An example of Samsung's "product proliferation" strategy working. I know it wildly exceeded their expectations.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:17 PM Reply Like
  • I like the display too - I'm not a fan of the battery life and unreliable radios, but those are separate issues. The display size is worth any convenience trade-offs for me. Though I'm sure my mom would feel differently :).

     

    Don't think it can replace a tablet. But then again, I find 7" to be too small for a tablet, and a lot of people clearly don't. I'm guessing some of them are alright with the Note as a tablet substitute.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • It is really a godsend for road warriors. I don't think it so much as a tablet replacement, but it really fits a category of people that need a little more than the basics but need as much convenience as possible. If I were on the road even twice a week, I would get one in an instant.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:32 PM Reply Like
  • Samsung must first deal with its copyright infringement issues stealing designs and features from Apple. They are pretending it's business as usual but it is not. Apple may end up owning a piece of Samsung or forcing them to yank their phones from the market and re-design them. Samsung's big error was to rush out new product withoiut making sure they were not infringing on Apple. They always rush things. What they need to do is slow down and innovate new type phones from their ownn designs and copyrighted features.
    17 Sep 2012, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • They better release the next Galaxy soon, because the. Current one is likely to get banned in December in the US at least.
    17 Sep 2012, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • Feeling the pressure Samsung? I'd be very upset if I had to buy a new phone every 9 months vs 12 months to stay up to date.
    17 Sep 2012, 10:59 PM Reply Like
  • Haha that's funny, Apple should works on IPhone 6 and announce it after Galaxy S IV.
    18 Sep 2012, 06:16 AM Reply Like
  • Apple leads the whole smart phone industry. It would be a very bad strategy to disrupt their release schedule (that they've had in place since the original iPhone) to "follow" Samsung.
    18 Sep 2012, 10:29 AM Reply Like
  • The 5" screen (and growing) on a phone reminds me of the good old days when people (who can't afford a Sony Walkman) carried a huge 'ghetto blaster' radio on their shoulder, trying to look cool in da 'hood.
    It'd be a blast if people continue to buy bigger and bigger phones to a point that the phone is larger than the big screen TV.
    18 Sep 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • Bring back the Palm Pre!
    18 Sep 2012, 12:43 PM Reply Like
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