Samsung Galaxy S IV alleged specs have leaked, and they may come as a bit of shock.
The folks over at SamMobile claim to have learnt from their sources that Samsung's next generation flagship will come with Snapdragon 600 inside, clocked at 1.9GHz. It is noteworthy that HTC's recently announced HTC One is also powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, so the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have a slight edge in terms of clock speed.
When Samsung unveiled the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa at CES, it was widely expected that the Samsung Galaxy S IV would feature Samsung's latest innovation. However, according to SamMobile, Samsung seems to have run into some overheating issues with the processor, and Samsung believe the problem will not be fixed in time for the Galaxy S IV launch, hence the decision to switch to Qualcomm's chip.
Samsung is no stranger to using Qualcomm's chip in its flagship, with the Japanese and North American variants of Galaxy S III shipping with the dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960, instead of Samsung's own quad-core Exynos 4, that powered the phone in other markets.
In any case, the decision to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 will come as a disappointment to Samsung fans who were hoping that the octa-core Exynos 5 would prove to be a huge differentiator.
SamMobile also hints that the Galaxy S IV will come with a SoLux display, but there's no information if it's a LCD3 display like the HTC One. That means another major departure from what was widely expected, as the Galaxy S IV looks set to drop Samsung's infamous AMOLED display, as seen in the Galaxy S III and almost all other major Samsung phones. Samsung Galaxy S IV is likely to come with a 4.99-inch full-HD display, and according to SamMobile, the Samsung factory has run into problems producing AMOLED full-HD displays.
Other alleged specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S IV are same as what we had heard earlier, including 2GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB storage options, 13-megapixel camera and a removable battery. SamMobile further claims that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will come with a physical home button and touch buttons on a plastic body with aluminium sides, in black and white colour options. It has even gotten hold of the size and weight of the phone, and claims that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will measure 140.1 x 71.8 x 7.7 mm and weigh 138 gram.