I think with all these demands, with kevlar body and big rams, it would drive the cost of the phone up to over $1k. (Even though people will be shocked when they learned the cost for all the actual parts that make up the device.)
Originally Posted by Lock-N-Load
2gb of RAM is not unrealistic
a quad core chip with better power management is not unrealistic for USA
No the S4 is going to be better battery wise being 22nm and based on the Cortex A15 and using same battery size. Secondly, I'm not trying to play Crysis or have 20 apps spy on me at the same time to need 3gb of ram. It would get Cyanogen installed very quickly.
There are some positives. It's Exynos quad core makes it the fastest phone out right now. For those who is going to buy subsidized carrier locked version, too bad. And the Wolfson DAC alone is a compelling enough reason to get it.
I prefer Samsung design, where the frame edge is protruding so when it drops face down on a flat floor it won't break the screen. Plastic is fine because that makes it more flexible so break less easily. This can potentially makes it easier to open up the phone and replace parts too, unlike the One X. I do think the look of this phone is too metrosexual. My ideal look is a monolithic block like the Xperia S.
There is no camera shot posted so I can't make a conclusion, but at least it has the same shutter speed as the Nexus, but better image quality. If its as good as the SII then I'm happy enough, that is mighty fine for cellphone quality. However, this also means one less reason to upgrade if you already have an SII. Front camera, well the 2MP for the Note can show faces clearly, it should be as good.
Overall, I'm guessing the price for USA will be about $750 after VAT, which is about the same price as the Nexus and Note when they were released. The thing was, when I bought the Note, I came from a slow single core phone, I was willing to pay that high price. If I already have an SII or Note or Nexus, its just not as compelling to spend that much again for not as big of change (unless you have money to burn of course). Samsung will have to reduce the price to compete with the HTC One series or lose sales, in the end I think its good for customers but we need more of these flagship devices competing so it drive down the cost. I just can't imagine spending $800 on a cellphone again like for the Note, as good as a device it was, this is due to all the reduction in price for some very good recent devices (Nexus $399, Note $499, HTC One X $600). Anyway, SIII is a skip for me, unless my price estimation turned out to be $150 too much, in that case, I'll wait for the American release date where the international version will lower even more.