Go no further than any popular electronics site like Engadget or Gizmodo to see the vitriol these two camps throw at each other in an attempt to persuade others that their handset is better than their competitors.
When the iPhone 5 was released in September, Galaxy S fans scoffed at Apple’s latest offering, deriding the product as a feeble attempt at offering what the Galaxy SIII already did months before when it was launched. It was then that the hype for the Samsung Galaxy SIV began in earnest. “Can you imagine what Samsung has up its sleeve for its next handset?” was a familiar refrain in the handset industry, as Samsung had firmly established itself as the innovator of the smartphone market.
Speculations abounded over what the next iteration of the Galaxy S would offer. Flexible screen? Eye-tracking? A new flavor of Android unseen on any other handset? Would Samsung be able to deliver on what was rumored as the next big thing in smartphones?
On March 14, at a press event in New York City, Samsung officially introduced the Samsung Galaxy S4. Looking to overwhelm their competitors in the smartphone space with an array of features not yet seen before in other handsets, the Galaxy S4 went with the “bigger is better” adage.
Now incorporating a 5-inch OLED display (taking a cue from the success of the Galaxy Note family of hybrid tablet-phones), certain models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will also incorporate the first processor to utilize eight cores--he Samsung Exynos Octa. Using Android’s Jelly Bean 4.2.1 operating system, the Galaxy SIV features some technical firsts such as smarter eye-tracking software, for example Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, and a “hovering” feature that utilizes air gestures and finger movement to navigate through the OS.
Allan : looks like you are the first with teardown of the S4. How about the size and speed of the new LPDDR 3 type of DRAM you found in it. How many dies for the DRAM ? How are they packaging all his ? PoP ? How much gap beteen the 2 packages stacked one over the other ?
I received a couple of the Qualcomm variants of this phone last week. Although I am impressed with the RFID and IR remote capabilities and other features (oh yeah, and the phone), my main issue is the locked bootloader that hinders flashing of standard Android on the device for those who don't care for the Samsung flavor. This is the main downside to me for getting a non-nexus Android phone regardless of features.
That is correct. The original Google mantra of the "open" Android system has since essentially been closed by the US carriers as far as the consumer is concerned. The maintenance of the original galaxy S phones were discontinued years ago, yet I had the most recent Android jelly bean on my 3 year old phone simply because it was flashable and therefore self-serviceable. Now I've lost hot spot, flashability, and some other carrier crippled features as a consequence of "upgrading".