Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S4

    Considering that rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S4 started to show up, it’s the time for a Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 head-to-head, to see how much will the new flagship is going to bring over the current version.

    The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android smartphone announced by Samsung in March 2010 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Back then, the device featured 1 GHZ ARM “Hummingbird” processor, 8 or 16 GB of internal flash memory, 512 GB of RAM, a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display, and many other high-end features. After only one year and seven months, Samsung announced that they sold the Samsung Galaxy S in over 30 million units. Galaxy S was running Android 2.3.6.

    February 2011 arrived, and Samsung decided to present (also at Mobile World Congress) Samsung Galaxy S’ successor, the Samsung Galaxy S2. This new device came with a whole different appearance and significantly improved hardware. Back in 2011, Samsung Galaxy S2 was one of the thinnest devices in the world, mostly 8.49 mm thick except two small bulges where the dimension was 9.91 mm. The device featured a 1.2 GHz dual-core “Exynos” system on a chip (SoC) processor (significantly powerful than it’s predecessor’s), 1 GB of RAM (they actually doubled the internal memory), a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (with 0.3-inch larger than the Samsung Galaxy S’) and one 8 MP rear-faced camera instead the 5 MP the Samsung Galaxy S had. The Galaxy S2 got sold in over 20 million units until this very moment, and it setted a new record (broken by the Galaxy S3): 3 million units sold in only 55 days. The Galaxy S2 had also ran Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 but the device received an update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 in May 2012 and will receive another update in September or October to Android 4.1 JellyBean.

    But time passed, and May 2012 came along. People were absolutely nervous, and they wanted too see the next high-end device designed, developed, built and marketed by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Unlike the other two products, the Koreans preferred not to present their new device at Mobile World Congress, so they came up with a special event in Samsung Galaxy S3’s honour. The 4.3 inch display transformed into a 4.8 inch display, the RAM memory got doubled again, the 1.2 GHz dual-core “Exynos” system on a chip (SoC) processor transformed into a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 (international, AU, and KR versions) , the flash memory turned for 8 or 16 to 16 or 32 GB (the 64 GB version coming out in October 2012) and so on. The Galaxy S3 runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 and will receive an upgrade to Android JellyBean 4.1 in late October 2012.

    The Galaxy S3 needed less than two months two reach the 10 million units sold border. Samsung have crashed all his competitor with this new, futuristic device they got out. The Galaxy S3 was highly appreciated both by the users and the critics, and it seems like Samsung managed to destroy Apple’s iPhone once and for all. The question we ask is, Galaxy S3 is already a great device… How will the Samsung Galaxy S4 be?

    Rumors say that Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona (which kind of surprises me regarding the stand alone event Samsung organized for it’s predecessor, the Galaxy S3) and that it will feature a 5-inch display, slightly larger (only with 0.2-inch) that the already popular S3).  This concerns me a bit. Are the Koreans trying to make the Galaxy S4 some sort of Galaxy Note? Are they willing to make the Galaxy Note even bigger? I’m starting to be afraid that Samsung smartphones won’t be fitting my pocket soon enough!

    But as Samsung have show us before, they will significantly improve the Galaxy S4′  both hardware and software. Google says that the next Android operating sistem will the fastest ever build! Coming back to the S4, the Korean Times announces that the device “will definitely use” 4G LTE networks.

    At this very moment, Android-running smartphones have been outselling the iPhone for a while now, but we can’t make 6 Apple devices to compete with hundreds of Android-running smartphones, can we? Back in 2010-2011, Apple was the detatched leader of the sales criteria, with Samsung right on their tail. The things changed completely when the Koreans have launched the S3. The device was successful enough to grab that 1st place from the americans, and bring it to Korea. Now that the iPhone 5 was launched, in spite the large amount of orders and pre-orders Apple had, no one expects that the new iPhone will be popular enough to beat the Samsung Galaxy S3. There is only one device that can and will do that, and that is the Samsung Galaxy S4.

    The online publication Android and Me have published one really interesting report, saying that Samsung is already testing one of the Galaxy S3′ successors (we don’t know if the news it’s related to the Galaxy S4 or to other Samsung and possibly Nexus devices) with the new “new Cortex-A15 processor.” I think it’s clear for each and every one of us that Samsung will deny all the rumors related to Galaxy S4. In my opinion, they want to protect this new device (and to create the buzz at the right time) and to promote the recently released Galaxy S3. It’s understandable, I say!

    But Rightaware, another Android-related publication, have spotted and posted a few pictures with the new Samsung TE4. According to some of the “Samsung’s employees”, the Samsung TE4 (should that “4” in the code name mean that it’s the Galaxy S4?) will certainly be able to support a 1280 x 752 resolution display, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a Mali-T604 GPU – possibly the Exynos 5 SoC Samsung showed-off earlier this year. The fact that Samsung will be the first producer to offer a Cortex-A15-based chip was confirmed by Samsung’s officials in several press conferences in the past months.

    Will Samsung Galaxy S4 manage to get sold in more units than the Samsung Galaxy S3 will ever be? I don’t think so… I know so! The Koreans managed to reinvent their products year after year, and I’m sure that is what they will do with the Galaxy S4 as well. Unfortunately, I’m starting to feel a bit bad for Apple’s hopeless direction, but I assume that’s what happens when you lose Steve Jobs. Let’s hope that for the iPhone 6 (or 5S, or whatever), the Americans will be much creative. As far as I’m concerned, Samsung fully deserves their #1 in sales because they came with something new at each and every product.

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