Galaxy S IV rumored to ship in April

Samsung's Android handsets have become extremely popular in recent years and after the SIII released, we've heard plenty of rumors about a successor. SamMobile states the company's upcoming flagship is identified as "Altius(J)," having been changed from "Project J". The codename Altius doesn't seem to relate to anything in particular, so it's unlikely that there's a treasure trove of details floating around.

The phone is meant to come in black and white, but it's unlikely they'll be shipped with such plain names. The blue SIII was Pebble Blue; we'd likely see similar  naming coming to S IV colors.

The Altius devices are apparently meant to ship April 15 and it is probable they'll be accompanied by a showing at MWC or another event around March. Alternatively, Samsung might host another Unpacked event to show the phone off; 'Unpacked' is the name Samsung chooses to use for their keynote presentations.

But you're here for the specifications, aren't you? Well, they haven't changed much from the rumors doing the rounds. 

  • Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU (announced at CES)
  • Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU
  • 4.99" Super AMOLED (1080x1920)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera; 1080p recording at 30fps
  • 2MP front camera; 720p recording
  • Android 4.2.1

The Exynos 5 Octa seems to have been a big part of the SIV rumors. It has appeared in AnTutu benchmarks and other sources, so it's beginning to look plausible.

The press-shot for the T658 points out improved performance over the Mali-400MP; the SIII's GPU.

While we're not able to verify the specifications, SamMobile considers the following details to be 'Confirmed':

  • Code Name: Altius
  • Model Number: GT-I9500
  • Colours: Black / White
  • Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
  • Special: Wireless Charging Kit

The wireless charging will seemingly stem from a separate dock and back cover with charging capabilities. Wireless charging can already be packed into the Galaxy Note 2 if you've got the gear (a Palm Pre Touchstone cover and dock, among other things). You can see it being made to work on YouTube.

You'll notice the GT-I9500 number doesn't flow with the SIII, which was identified as I-9300. Korean tetraphobia seems to be the reason. Wikipedia excerpt below:

In Korea, tetraphobia is less extreme, but the floor number 4 is almost always skipped in hospitals and similar public buildings. In other buildings, the fourth floor is sometimes labeled "F" (Four) instead of "4" in elevators. Apartment numbers containing multiple occurrences of the number 4 (such as 404) are likely to be avoided to an extent that the value of the property is adversely affected. The national railroad, Korail, left out the locomotive number 4444 when numbering a locomotive class from 4401 upwards.

Assuming these specifications are correct, Samsung might just have given themselves some free publicity across the internet.

Source: SamMobile | Images via SamMobile and Anandtech

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I've mentioned this before but i don't understand why they need to release new hardware each year. Nothing even taxes the S3 at the moment. So why not concentrate on upgrading their software and give us a decent update for current users. I know its android and already runs the latest version of that. Their TouchWiz UI though could do with an overhaul.

Lingwo said,
I've mentioned this before but i don't understand why they need to release new hardware each year. Nothing even taxes the S3 at the moment. So why not concentrate on upgrading their software and give us a decent update for current users. I know its android and already runs the latest version of that. Their TouchWiz UI though could do with an overhaul.
I guess it is the competition with the iPhone and other smartphones. They have to constantly improve the hardware to not lose out in the battle.

Lingwo said,
I've mentioned this before but i don't understand why they need to release new hardware each year. Nothing even taxes the S3 at the moment. So why not concentrate on upgrading their software and give us a decent update for current users. I know its android and already runs the latest version of that. Their TouchWiz UI though could do with an overhaul.

No profit from updating the software.

Hope it will run lag free. My Note 2 lags like anything and it is supposed to be the fastest Android till now. All the user reviews about butter smooth experience were obviously lying.

Maybe Mali 400 is a crappy GPU.

sanke1 said,
Hope it will run lag free. My Note 2 lags like anything and it is supposed to be the fastest Android till now. All the user reviews about butter smooth experience were obviously lying.

Maybe Mali 400 is a crappy GPU.

No. Samsung kind of screw up the project butter. Try the Nexus 4, smoothest Android device for now. I think even the Galaxy Nexus 4.2 beats Note 2 in terms of how smooth is the animations.

So what's going on with wireless charging and the S3??? The official Samsung kit was supposed to be out months ago, but I haven't heard anything about it recently.

Almost wished I didnt get the Note 2. However I love having the pen. The Galaxy line has single handed-ly just about killed everyone else. This is why Apple was off to stop it. The progressive and aggressive stance of Samsung is scaring everyone...especially the fruits in CA.

My wife loves her GS3. In fact we both had an iPad 3. I stopped using it after I got the GS3. So she gave her iPad to her son and I gave her my iPad. I have the note 2 and I gave her my GS3. Now she seldom plays with her iPad. I wonder how many others find themselves doing the same. The Galaxy devices are so hard to put down. I am always doing something on my Note.

This GS4 is going to make the iPhone 5 look even more like a kids toy. The next iPhone needs to turn into a frikkin plane and fly you to the otherside of the world to get the attention Samsung is getting now.

Releasing it in the fourth month of the year, you reckon? Might not go down well with the tetraphobics.

i own iphone 5 32 Gb Black and my wife and i own the GS 3 as well so the S IV will be out there soon AWESOME i can't wait . i will love to have it in black color. the soon i get the SG 4 i will sale the GS 3.

This will probably be the first Android I might settle for alongside my next long due iOS device. I endure for performance and a lot of style .

April, you say? Time to start putting some cash away. Having owned the galaxy s and currently owning the S3, I can't see myself moving to a different manufacturer anytime soon.

Curious as to why? I feel the build quality of the Nexus 4 is much better. Samsung stuff has always felt rather plastic. Galaxy S III seems as overhyped as the iPhone once was. I just don't get it really. Then again I haven't owned one so I'll admit my experiences are fairly limited compared to yours.

I don't mind the quality of the device's shell (sorry, case), it's normally covered by a protective case anyway. For me though I don't mind the size for what I use it for, and I've never had a serious issue with it.
Ultimately though, it's just personal preference. The device hasn't steered me wrong so far, and I'm more a guy for having his fingers in operating systems, not individual devices running the same OS, if that makes any sense.

Axel said,
Curious as to why? I feel the build quality of the Nexus 4 is much better. Samsung stuff has always felt rather plastic.

I'm still rocking the Captivate after almost 3 years. I was at a party a few months ago when the conversation turned to tech and people were praising Apple and the iPhone line. I took my Cappy and launched it across the room on a tile floor. I asked if anyone with an iPhone trusted their device enough to do that... No one took me up on my offer.

My point being, I don't care if a device "feels" cheap and like plastic... I just want to to not break if/when I drop it or throw it across a kitchen floor. ;-)