A new rumor coming out of Phone Arena says that the next Nexus phone isn’t going to have a 1080p screen; it’s going to have a 720p panel that measures just 4.5 inches diagonal. The display is said to occupy 88% of the front of the device. To put that number into some perspective, the 5 inch screen in Sony’s Xperia ZL takes up “only” 76% of the front of the device.
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Huawei, the Chinese handset maker that seems to announce a new flagship smartphone every other month, is allegedly going to unveil a device in April that pretty much has the exact same specifications as the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. There’s a 4.9 inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, Huawei’s own K3V3 chip, which has four ARM Cortex A15 processors and an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and to top it all off, there’s supposed to be a 2,600 mAh battery. All that power in a body that’s going to be 6.3 mm thick.
Phone Arena, for as long as I’ve been reading them, has always been one of the first websites to get hardware in for review. How do they do it? I wish I knew, especially since they’re based in Bulgaria, which isn’t exactly known as a country that has early access to devices. With that in mind, here’s their nine minute video review of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. There’s also a four page written review on their website, but I feel that the video is more comprehensive.
The Verge makes the best videos on the internet. Period. It’s not even a contest. But who sits in second place? That’s a huge area of contention, but for me it’s an easy answer: Pocketnow. They’re not the biggest tech news site on the internet, but they damn well deserve more attention.
According to Mobile Magazine, Samsung plans to spend 20 million British pounds to to market the Galaxy S4 when it launches in the UK on April 26th. That translates to $30.5 million. Considering that the UK has a population of just over 62 million people, that’s the equivalent of Samsung giving every man, woman, and child enough money to buy a small bar of chocolate.
SamMobile, the Samsung fan site that has an above average track record when it comes to rumors, claims to have photos of Samsung’s as yet to be announced Galaxy S4 mini. Like the Galaxy S III mini, the Galaxy S4 mini simply looks like a shrunken down GS4. It’s said to have a 4.3 inch qHD display (960 by 540 pixels) and a dual core 1.6 GHz processor. Not much else is known.
Steve Litchfield has been around the block a few times. He’s been covering the mobile industry longer than some of you have been alive. While sometimes I disagree with the conclusions he comes to, I always respect his opinion.
Size is important, as so the cliché goes. Depending on the type of person you are, you either hate that smartphones are getting larger and larger each and every year, or you welcome the added screen real estate. Myself, I used to be a firm believer that the 3.5 inch iPhone 4/4S was the perfect form factor, but then I wanted to buy a tablet.
You’re probably expecting me to say something about how boring the Samsung Galaxy S4 is. How the phone looks exactly like the GS3, thus making it a complete joke. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s just not how I feel. Not at all.
Two days ago, Samsung announced their 2013 flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. I’ve been watching quite a few hands-on videos of the device because I was unable to attend the product unveiling in New York City, and here are, what I think, the best videos currently on YouTube.