'Trusted source' reveals Samsung Galaxy S IV specs: 5-inch AMOLED, 8-core processor

To the disappointment of many – but the surprise of no-one – Samsung decided not to reveal the latest and greatest addition to its Galaxy handset range at the Mobile World Congress last month. Indeed, while it used the Barcelona event to launch the Galaxy Note 8.0, the company confirmed that it plans to announce the new Galaxy S IV at a standalone event in New York on 14 March.

Details of the new handset have so far been scarce, and much of what has been written about it has remained the stuff of fantasy; the product of over-excited imaginations and wishful thinking. As with everything that the rumour mill churns out, we won’t know how accurate these reports are until Samsung finally shows the handset to the world – but until then, the rumours will keep on coming.

For now, we turn to Pocket-lint, who claims that one of their “trusted sources who has been right many times in the past” has confirmed key details of the mighty new Samsung’s specifications. As ever, keep a pinch/fistful of salt handy.

According to the source, the device will feature a sizeable 5-inch AMOLED screen – a jump up from the 4.8-inch version on its predecessor. A 13MP camera will sit around the back of the handset, with a 2MP cam up front.

Finally, the source claims that the S IV will indeed have the 8-core processor that’s been widely discussed, although further details such as its speed were not provided, while battery capacity and longevity also remain unknown. It’s expected that the processor will feature four Cortex-A7 cores to handle routine and low-intensity operations and tasks on the handset, with four Cortex-A15 cores available to cater for higher-end performance requirements such as gaming, as needed.

Will this latest rumour turn out to be true? We’ll find out next week. 

Source: Pocket-lint

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To all complaining, when it outsells all other phones in the world, id like to see the insults then, if you dont like it then say something non-childish.

8 Cores should be good esp when it comes to the phone being more than a smartphone, having all of your things, but battery life is key!!!

Tbh this will be the trend of ALL COMPANIES. FULL STOP. so don't bitch about higher specs when every other company in the world will do the same!!!!

Nexus 4 user here btw!!!

Wow 8 cores. I'd rather see efficiency and performance go up than just cores and GHz. Kinda like how AMD's processors compare to Intel's, same GHz, same cores, different performance kinda thing.

1. Just coz its got 8 cores dosnt mean more power draw. The td watt is the same as a 2 core CPU if the rest are idling.

2. Android isn't a multi tasking is like windows where 2 apps run at the same time. Only 1 does. Even with a browser. 2 tabs don't run at the same time.

8 cores is really still 4 plus 4.

The reason for the more cores will prob b for gfx. Ie ruling it at 1920x1080 res ESP gaming. Android is slow so look to have some dedicated os cores and ui and them the rest for apps.

i don't really give a damn how much core samsung is willing to put inside a phone because they really need to learn how to make a better device instead of fooling the consumer with those spec. Cheap material with plastic is what S IV is freaking outstanding compare to the fruit company. Consumer just love it. Just WOW!

So basically an oversized phone with tons of battery life sucking cores that you won't need 90% of the time. Yeah, Samsung has a real game changer there. When will manufacturers learn that just having the best specs on paper is not good enough?

8 cores makes sense. Seeing as quad-core is now the norm, but for day to day tasks, scale down to a slower, less hungry quad.

As long as Android has no idea how to handle even a quad core properly there is hardly a point. It looks cool on a specsheet which is the only 'justification' for it.

paulheu said,
As long as Android has no idea how to handle even a quad core properly there is hardly a point. It looks cool on a specsheet which is the only 'justification' for it.

Android is getting better and better at scheduling threads. I made the jump from a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus to a quad-core S4 Pro and the difference is pretty big. Cores are turned off or clocked down when they're not needed so battery life doesn't suffer either.

8 cores? Is there anything that will even utilize that?

Samsung makes cool phones but I am sticking with the Nexus line. Most likely the GIV will have touckwiz.

buletov said,
They will never work at the same time. AFAIK, it's logically a 4 core processor.

Ok, does anything on a phone use 4 cores.

techbeck said,
8 cores? Is there anything that will even utilize that?

Samsung makes cool phones but I am sticking with the Nexus line. Most likely the GIV will have touckwiz.

Seems like Samsung's tactic is to sucker people into thinking more is better. But the joke will be on them when the battery life is terrible. The S3 ran perfectly fine, so all they should have done is slap in a better quality screen and call it a day.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Seems like Samsung's tactic is to sucker people into thinking more is better. But the joke will be on them when the battery life is terrible. The S3 ran perfectly fine, so all they should have done is slap in a better quality screen and call it a day.

My ol' Sidekick 4G had a normal battery pack and a single core, it died easily. I don't think cores are much of a worry nowadays. They prove it by making more cores and providing the same battery life or at least an hour or 2 more. I doubt they'd risk it.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Seems like Samsung's tactic is to sucker people into thinking more is better. But the joke will be on them when the battery life is terrible. The S3 ran perfectly fine, so all they should have done is slap in a better quality screen and call it a day.

It's supposed to be a BIG.little quad-core architecture, with four A15 cores for power hungry tasks like gaming, and four A7 cores for less power hungry tasks, like using your calendar. The A7 cores will use much less power than the A15 counterparts.

If anything the new processor should use less power for day to day usage than the S3.

That said, the 1080p screen (double the number of pixels as the 720p screen in the S3) will probably counteract any battery improvements.

Astra.Xtreme said,

so all they should have done is slap in a better quality screen and call it a day.

You mean, just like Apple does, every single time? Just slap on a (perceived) better quality component - and the iToots will still tick tock to it.

Now THAT'S what I call iCONfidence on the fellow iTootingzombiezealot army.

javagreen said,

You mean, just like Apple does, every single time? Just slap on a (perceived) better quality component - and the iToots will still tick tock to it.

Now THAT'S what I call iCONfidence on the fellow iTootingzombiezealot army.

You must feel really proud of yourself for having the opportunity to use those clever innuendos...