Samsung Galaxy S4 Tipped for February 2013 Launch

NEW YORK | Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 3:33am EDT

The Galaxy S4, is rumored for a February 2013 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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The South Korean electronic company plans to unveil its new model Samsung Galaxy S4 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February next year, , not at CES 2013 as was rumored earlier, company officials and its local part suppliers told reporters. Photo: Kongnutt Worasupphaisarn/Flickr

A company official who spoke on the condition of anonymity that Samsung is “ready” to present to public the Galaxy S4 in Barcelona next year, and the new device is expected to hit shelves globally a month after the event.

Latest reports also suggest that the highly anticipated smartphone is likely to feature Samsung’s Exynos 5450 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and a 13MP camera.

The news came from GSMArena, which said the rumor about the Galaxy S4 featuring a 13MP camera seemed to be true.

“We’ve heard that the Galaxy Note II was supposed to have a 13MP shooter, but in the end Samsung went with the old 8MP because Sony couldn’t make enough sensors (and it had already made a deal with LG for the Optimus G),” the report claims.

“Plus, Samsung can’t have three consecutive generations of Galaxy S phones using the same camera,” it reads.

As the camera of the Galaxy S3 leaves a lot to be desired and is also apparently follows the products of Samsung’s main rivals – the iPhone 5 and the Nokia Lumia 920 – Samsung is predicted to do something with it.

As far as the Exynos 5450 chipset goes, the quad-core version of the 5250 chipset that powers the Nexus 10 tablet, the website doubts on it.

“We’re still very skeptical of that – four Cortex-A15 cores at 2GHz will make minced meat of current mobile chipsets, but will probably also suck a battery dry in record time,” the report adds.

Executives from Samsung’s local part suppliers revealed that the new flagship device will “definitely use” LTE networks, and sport its in-house Exynos-branded application processors and quad-core chips, ZDNet reports.

Currently, the S3 version is using both Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors depending on the country of a user.

The screen size of the expected smartphone is predicted to be 5 inches compared to the current 4.8 inch screen size of its S3.

Some sources also suggest that the Samsung’s latest product will use Google’s Android software and sport an organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.

“Samsung wants to keep its one-year product schedule and the Galaxy S4 will be the first to match that strategy. The S4 will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept,” an official from one of Samsung’s local partners told reporters.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012, Strategy Analytics admitted last month.

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said: “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, the Galaxy S3′s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived.”

“The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.”

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