Samsung's Galaxy S III is still flying off store shelves, but rumors surrounding the next iteration flagship, currently dubbed "Project J," suggest the phone may launch as early as April. That's if the current rumors are correct, however. What can we expect when Samsung actually does announce the Galaxy S IV? There are plenty of high-end hardware features mentioned in the latest rumors, including a quad-core processor, a 1080p HD AMOLED display and a 13-megapixel camera. All neat options, but here's a few other features that I also want the phone to offer.
Improved Sharing Support
The Galaxy S III and the Note II are amazing for sharing playlists, photos and movies with other devices. You can use S Beam to share files quickly among other supported Galaxy smartphones, too, and I love it. I'd really like to see Samsung expand on this feature and make it even easier. What if you could touch two Samsung smartphones back to back and have it automatically ask if you'd like to activate S Beam? And then you could choose what you'd like to share: a contact maybe, or a video or photo? That would eliminate the need of having to activate S Beam in the first place, and I think NFC could be used to bring up the menu option. Or what if you could tap your phone to a Samsung tablet and watch your files dump out onto the tablet? I believe Apple has the tech patented – the ability to see files "pour" onto another device, but I haven't seen anyone implement it. Not that we need another lawsuit or anything…
The Lumia 920, the Nexus 4 and Verizon's Windows Phone 8X all support wireless charging, and I'd like to see Samsung implement it in the next Galaxy smartphone. It's not necessary, but I really enjoyed being able to drop the Lumia 920 on a Qi-certified charger to give it some extra juice. Samsung will need to choose between Qi and another competing standard, PMA, but I think Qi would be a nice route since there are third party options available from Energizer. Come to think of it, I'd actually be really surprised if Samsung didn't include the option.
S Pen Support
Ok, I know this is typically reserved for the Galaxy Note line of products, but hear me out. The S Pen is actually pretty darn useful and it's one of the features I really like having on the Note II. I think Samsung should offer it in the next Galaxy. It's an easy option and it will help the phone stand apart from competitors even more. Plus, I think a lot of people gravitate towards the Note and Note II for the larger screen and maybe not entirely for the note taking aspects alone. Samsung could still easily offer a Note III with a bigger screen. Maybe it will launch a Note Mini, though. Who knows?
A wide-angle front-facing camera and an improved sensor
I love the wide-angle lens on the Windows Phone 8X from HTC. It's a great feature that allows you to see more of the landscape behind you, or include more people in a photo, without having the hold the phone further than an arm's reach away. Samsung's front-facing cameras are already decent, but I'd love to see it follow in HTC's footsteps. In fact, I think every phone maker should move to wide-angle front-facing cameras. In addition, I think Samsung should (and will) improve the camera sensor. Its 8-megapixel camera is already great, but adding an even better camera will help it compete against competitors.
Premium Industrial Design
The Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III are beautiful devices, don't get me wrong. I absolutely love them, even if they are made with plastic covers. Plastic makes it easier to add in a removable battery and expandable storage, which are hard to offer when a device has a unibody design. But I'd love to see Samsung step out of its plastic boundaries and offer us something we haven't seen before. I want to see an aluminum backside, or maybe a full polycarbonate plastic design like Nokia offers in its Lumia products. Sure, it might hurt the profit margins, but Samsung needs to start showing that its smartphones lo0k and feel as premium as they perform. Imagine a quad-core processor, a killer 1080p HD display, NFC, wireless charging, 4G LTE, a 13-megapixel camera and more all tucked inside an aluminum body? I'm already drooling.
What do you want from the Galaxy S IV? I can think of a few other things I'd like to see, like stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but I don't think Samsung is going to ditch TouchWiz anytime soon.