The rumor mill is abuzz with the news of an impending unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 at the Mobile World Congress in February next year. Rumor has it that this Samsung smartphone is set to be released in the market and replace the Galaxy S3, the current flagship device of the Korean giant company, in March 2013.
Quoting unnamed sources, The Korean Times has reported that Samsung is set to make an official announcement about the new Galaxy S4, although details about the event, including the exact date of release, remain sketchy.
Observers agree that we should take these unverified and sketchy reports about the S4 unveiling and release with a grain of salt. Samsung has always preferred to make major announcements in events that they themselves have hosted. There is a strong indication that for the successor of the S3, things would not be different. An Unpacked event may be hosted by Samsung as run-up to the 2013 edition of the MWC and provide a sneak preview of the Galaxy S4.
The S4 will obviously take the place of the current Galaxy model in the market today and the news comes close at the heels of the formal launch of the iPhone 5. Curiously, Samsung has been known to be a stickler to the one-year cycle rule with regards to the release of new products into the market. The Galaxy S3, which was released in the market in May of this year, is not expected to be supplanted by another model until May 2013. An earlier launch, which is seen to coincide with the trade show in Barcelona early next year, practically shortens the cycle by at least a couple of months.
At this point, it is safe to assume that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will run on the newest version of the Android platform – version 4.1 Jelly Bean – given the fact that the current Android phone by Samsung is due for an OS update by October. Of course, the next big thing about the Galaxy will definitely be its 5-inch “giant” screen and there is also this rumor that it will be shipped with a 13MP camera and LTE capability.
Latest unverified reports point to a design for the S4 which is generally similar to its predecessor. Thus, the familiar rounded corners and rectangular shape will be retained in the S4. But there will definitely be an increase in its size to make room for its “giant” display. The Android device will be powered by Exynos quad-core processor. Unnamed “local parts suppliers” are also talking about the possible use of flexible screen technology in the Galaxy S4, although Samsung has reportedly not made any final decision yet. This is reportedly due to some production issues that they need to address first.