Galaxy S IV Driven by Quad-Core Exynos 5440: Linux Patch Leak

A Linux kernel patch change-log may have blurted out what drives Samsung's next flagship handheld, the Galaxy S IV. Google's Android operating system is based on the Linux kernel, which is what lends the leak a mountain of credibility. The Korean tech-giant is expected to deploy one of its fastest SoCs, the Exynos 5440, which packs four ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores, and two Mali-T658 GPU cores. The chip is built on the 28 nanometer silicon fabrication process.

The choice of processor reveals quite a bit about the upcoming Galaxy, whose fan-art is pictured above. The chip can conjure just enough power for full HD (1080p) video playback, recording, light transcoding, and gaming. It's likely that Samsung can install 2 GB of RAM, if not more. According to a PCGamesHardware report, Galaxy S IV could feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920) pixels AMOLED screen, and a 13-megapixel camera module.

According to the report, Samsung could unveil early versions of the Galaxy S IV at CES 2013, held in January, and could launch the phone in the March-April time-frame.