Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors: Slimmer Design, Expanded Battery Lifespan

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A market analyst has released some predictions on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that may see the upcoming flagship come with a thinner design thanks to new Wi-Fi chip technology.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors: Slimmer Design, Expanded Battery Lifespan

According to Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang, his supply chain checks have revealed that Samsung will be using a Broadcom 4335 Wi-Fi chip in the Galaxy S4. This chip happens to be the first to support 5G Wi-Fi, and will be the first to do so on a Samsung gadget. Aside from faster Wi-Fi connectivity, this chip provides other, arguably more important benefits, namely a thinner design and more economical battery usage.

Broadcom’s 4335 chip is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2013, which is just around the time Samsung will purportedly be announcing the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 is expected to be released sometime in April.

You may remember Broadcom’s chips as the ones used on the Apple iPhone 5, and they were indeed quite instrumental in helping Apple put the iPhone on a “diet”, as the iPhone 5 is only 7.6 mm thick. Likewise, the 4335 could help Samsung achieve an extra-slim design on the Galaxy S4, while at the same time allowing the device to support the rumored 4.99-inch full-HD display without putting much of a strain on the battery.

Moreover, the Broadcom 4335 supposedly reduces Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interference once users are accessing the Internet on 4G LTE. This will provide an auxiliary benefit in terms of 4G LTE support, although Broadcom wasn’t too clear on what it means by reducing interference.