Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, specs and rumours
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Samsung Galaxy S4 release date
The lGalaxy S4 launch date has now been confirmed as 14 March. Get the full details - See also: Galaxy S4 launch date confirmed: Samsung phone to launch on 14 March.
Update: This is a new one even for release date rumours, so bear with us. There are now rumours circulating about the possible date of the event that the S4 release date is rumoured to be released at.
Directly below is the initial rumoured date, for the event where the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is believed to be announced, but fresh whispers have filtered through that suggest the event could take place a week earlier on 15 March. Take a look at Samsung Galaxy S4 gets new launch date to find out more.
Samsung Galaxy S4 release date set for March's Mobile Unpacked?
The guys over at Asian Economies News are reporting the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date to be announced at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked even on 22 March. While no specific Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is predicted, we can tell you from experience that smartphones' release dates are usually scheduled for a couple of weeks after they are announched. The S4's predecessor for example was launched on 3 May 2012 and available to buy on 29 May 2012. So bearing that in mind you can expect a Samsung Galaxy S4 release date to be anytime around mid-April. See Samsung Galaxy S4 launch and release dates revealed to find out more about this rumour.
Samsung Galaxy S4 release date to be announced at MWC?
The leak was reported by professional released date rumour spreader, The Korea Times, who claims to have been speaking to 'company officials and local parts suppliers'. The Korea Times reported that an official from the firm who asked not to be identified said, "Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at early next year’s mobile world congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona".
Now, we don't want to accuse The Korean Times of making up a load of twaddle, but the idea of Samsung launching the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress 2013 seems to be hard to believe.
The early rumours surrounding the S3, were saying the same thing last year, but instead Samsung decided to keep the device away from MWC and let the hype grow for a further three months before finally launching its flagship smartphone the, Galaxy S4. So when you consider that the success the Korean tech giant had with launching the S3 at its own dedicated event at Earls Court in May, the thought of the Samsung Galaxy S4's release date and launch happening at the crowded MWC event starts to look like a pretty far-fetched rumour.
Update: Samsung Electronics' official Korean twitter page @samsungtomorrow was quick to deny this rumour. We ran the tweet (that was originally posted in Korean) through an online translator, and even though the translation didn't make complete sense, it's pretty clear that Samsung is denying the MWC Galaxy S4 release date rumour.
Samsung Galaxy S4 specs
That's right chaps, the rumour is that Samsung will be equipping the Galaxy S4 with a whopping 4.99-inch full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
This rumour is based on a road map (see right) that Anandtech found. The chart plots a time frame of Samsung screen launches with correct dates and screens since Q1 2011.
PC Advisor's Chris Martin said this about the possibility of a Samsung 4.99-inch HD screen "This would make sense seeing as a number of smartphones announced at CES this year featured 5in Full HD screens including the Sony Xperia Z, Huawei Ascend D2 and ZTE Grand S. It would mean keeping up with the Jones' at least."
According to the tech website Ddaily, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch with wireless charging capabilities. The report suggests that the Korean tech giant will be making a wireless charging cover as well as a wireless charging dock for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The report goes on to say that Samsung will use Qi wireless charging standard for the Galaxy S4, what this means in layman's terms is that users can buy wireless charging docks from third parties as well as Samsung.
We'd have to say that this sounds like a very plausible rumour. It was initially rumoured that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would have wireless charging, but alas, it did not. But seeing as the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 both have wireless charging as part of their arsenal, so it would be very surprising if Samsung was to give it a swerve for its latest flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S4 specs: 4.99-inch full HD screen, a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and 13Mp camera
Samsung Galaxy S4 specs rumours have been published by GSMArena, claiming the Android smartphone will feature a 4.99-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED screen, a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and 13Mp camera. No Samasung Galaxy S4 release date was mentioned in the article, but GSMArena did report that the new HD 1080p Super AMOLED screens are expected to be on show at CES in January. See Samsung Galaxy S3 review.
The new big HD screen doesn't come as much of a surprise as Samsung has a bit of a love affair when it comes to producing big-screened smartphones. See also: Group test: What's the best smartphone?
However, if the rumour 'the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor' proves to be true then you can expect the S4 to be a real beast. To put the processor into perceptive, it's a quad-core version of the 5250 chipset that powers the Nexus 10, its power could be frightening. Take a look at Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5 comparison review too.
Finally, the 13Mp camera rumour isn't really a new one. It was initially rumoured that the Galaxy Note 2 would features one, but had to be dropped because Sony couldn't make enough sensors in time for the release date. This rumour has a slice of added credibility due to the fact the S2 and S3 both had the same number of camera megapixels (8Mp)...a nice numeric boost to the S4's camera would be just what the doctor ordered to separate the S4 from it's predecessors. Read more here - Samsung Galaxy S4 to get full HD screen and A15 chip.
S4 to have flexible display
New Samsungs Galaxy S4 spec rumours suggest that it could be the first smartphones to market with a flexible display. The fight is on between tech vendors to produce the first bendy phone. LG, Philips, Sharp, Sony and Nokia are battling, but it's Samsung which is tipped to get there first, according to the BBC. A flexible screen could well be the headline feature of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. See Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 could have flexible displays.
Samsung's screen will be: "foldable, rollable, wearable and more, [and] will allow for a high degree of durability through their use of a plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more flexible than… conventional LCD technology," according to a Samsung spokesperson.
The firm believes that the technology will be "very popular among consumers worldwide".
James Niccolai reports that "Samsung has announced its next Exynos processor for smartphones and tablets, an eight-core chip that uses a novel architecture to provide more performance without sucking up battery life."
The chip will be aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets, said Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics' components business, in a keynote at the International CES in Las Vegas.
We will continue to update this article with the latest specs leaks and rumours as they break. Watch this space.