"Beware the Ides of March" for Samsung Galaxy S IV reveal?

In January, the fan site SamMobile claimed to have received an image from a tipster that showed a render of the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone. Now that same website claims to have gotten word on when Samsung will make its official reveal of its latest phone in its flagship smartphone series.

The site claims that Samsung will hold press events for the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, otherwise known as the "Ides of March" if you are into history and/or Shakespeare as the date when Roman leader Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. If this date is correct, that means Samsung is announcing the phone about two months earlier than it did with the Samsung Galaxy S III, which was announced in early May 2012.

The same SamMobile story today claims that the Galaxy S IV will go on sale in Europe and Asia before the end of April, while other territories like the US, Australia and Africa will have wait until May or June to get their hands on the smartphone.

Leaked, but unconfirmed, hardware specs claim the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have a 4.99 inch screen, Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean).

Source: SamMobile | Image via SamMobile

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OO, I'll be eligible for my discount upgrade right after this comes out. Currently on a Galaxy S II so this would be a pretty spanky upgrade!

man, seriously keep releasing phones with bigger screen and more horse power but yet no words inventing newer battery technology because I'm getting tired have to recharge twice a day or buying extended batteries...

I was asking this over on BGR but no one could give me a good answer. The SG4 is still just a phone so why does it need a Exynos 5 Octa processor (8 core cpu) to operate??? What in the hell is running that intensive that it needs that much power? You can't tell me that any game or movie or os function is so badly coded that it needs 8 cores in order to run properly. I think we can mostly agree that the lag issues with Android have been worked out so it's not like they need this horsepower in order to actually run the os.

LOL you're actually saying it's too much power? So you'd rather buy something that isn't as future proof or cant run the latest games a year or two later? Small mind. Game devs could leverage the extra power pretty quickly, and you have to remember it will almost definitely have a 1080p screen, thats a lot of pixels to drive for game at native res.

This don't use all 8 cores at once anyway. 4 of them are performance A15 cores that are enabled when needed (gaming and launching apps). The remaining 4 are A7 low power cores, which are in use most of the time for doing basic tasks and when the phone is idle. This means the phone will use overall less power than the current quad core S3. But it's impossible for all 8 cores to be in use at once.

1Pixel said,
LOL you're actually saying it's too much power? So you'd rather buy something that isn't as future proof or cant run the latest games a year or two later? Small mind. Game devs could leverage the extra power pretty quickly, and you have to remember it will almost definitely have a 1080p screen, thats a lot of pixels to drive for game at native res.

This don't use all 8 cores at once anyway. 4 of them are performance A15 cores that are enabled when needed (gaming and launching apps). The remaining 4 are A7 low power cores, which are in use most of the time for doing basic tasks and when the phone is idle. This means the phone will use overall less power than the current quad core S3. But it's impossible for all 8 cores to be in use at once.

Your proving my point without me having to say anything. It is a phone, no phone needs 8 cores. Any device that requires 4 cores to launch apps or game on a 5" screen is insane. Maybe it is time to stop marketing this as a phone and sell it like it is, a multimedia device that includes cellular and data connections. And then just include a voip solution such as skype or vontage or offer cellular packages.

1Pixel said,
LOL you're actually saying it's too much power? So you'd rather buy something that isn't as future proof or cant run the latest games a year or two later? Small mind. Game devs could leverage the extra power pretty quickly, and you have to remember it will almost definitely have a 1080p screen, thats a lot of pixels to drive for game at native res.

This don't use all 8 cores at once anyway. 4 of them are performance A15 cores that are enabled when needed (gaming and launching apps). The remaining 4 are A7 low power cores, which are in use most of the time for doing basic tasks and when the phone is idle. This means the phone will use overall less power than the current quad core S3. But it's impossible for all 8 cores to be in use at once.

I haven't read anything about the exynos 5, but if you're right and it provides more horsepower with longer battery life I think we'll all be happy.

#Michael said,
I was asking this over on BGR but no one could give me a good answer. The SG4 is still just a phone so why does it need a Exynos 5 Octa processor (8 core cpu) to operate??? What in the hell is running that intensive that it needs that much power? You can't tell me that any game or movie or os function is so badly coded that it needs 8 cores in order to run properly. I think we can mostly agree that the lag issues with Android have been worked out so it's not like they need this horsepower in order to actually run the os.

Welcome to 2013 where a horribly slow OS called Android is making CPU MFRs happy, as the current generation of performance is still not acceptable.

Seriously, if Windows was this slow and forcing higher end devices, people would be out with pitchforks calling it a horrible fail. Yet Microsoft is getting better performance out of the full NT OS than anyone is getting out of Android.

PS Curious about the problems with the overhead of managing concurrent threads, as 8 cores start to hit the thread management overhead problems in both Linux and Dalvik.

#Michael said,

It is a phone, no phone needs 8 cores.

Just like "No computer needs 64 KB of RAM." Right? I'm glad you're here to tell us what we need in our hardware.

While I like the coincidence with the date Caesar was murdered, I doubt a Korean company would plunder Roman history on purpose

Sounds awesome. I bought my last phone (One X) off contract so I'll have an upgrade soon. The Exynos 5 sounds absolutely fantastic. I don't know if they need an 8 core, that's a little silly, but a 4 core Exynos 5 with 2 GB of RAM would be ideal for me this year. We'll have to see though. I was really looking forward to the SGS3 until they announced it too. Ugly cheap plastic crap. I'll definitely be watching HTC too, though. They only lost last year's battle with the S3 due to marketing. The One X is a superior phone (unless you NEED a microSD slot, I don't).

I think the screen will be longer (but the same width, think iPhone 5) because they're adopting the bottom row (like vanilla android, back home menu are on the screen) and removing hardware buttons. So the "useful" part of the screen will be approximately the same (4.8").

No it's not. Don't buy it then

The size of the phone will be the same as the S3, it's just that the screen will take more space. Like the Xperia Z

My Galaxy S3 is a good size. That has a 4.8" screen and Samsung could easily get a 5" screen in to the same form factor by having thinner bezels and trimming down the top or bottom areas. If anything i expect the S4 to be overall smaller (mostly thinner) than the S3 but with a larger 5" screen.

In case you were wondering, Ides comes from Latin idus, defined as the day in the middle of the month.

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