Less than 3 months after the release of the S3, rumors of the S4.
The Galaxy S3 is a great phone, though it has only been available here in the US for a few months due to delays. So, it comes as a surprise that rumors of the Galaxy S4 are now starting to show up. And these rumors are coming with an announcement in February and a release in March for the next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy phone line. This rumor comes with some specifics which might tend to make it more believable. The unveiling of the Galaxy S4 is to happen at the Mobile World Congress next February in Barcelona, Spain.
This is all based on an article in the Korean Times where an unnamed executive of Samsung is being quoted and is providing this information. Some of the features are a 5 inch screen. While larger screens seem to be what is hitting the market, a 5 inch screen makes the phone a little to large to fit into a pocket or hold for some people. In the US, the Galaxy S3 has a dual core processor and we would hope that the S4 has a quad core processor here in the US. That would be a positive item for a future phone. In the report, Samsung is considering whether to use their new flexible display technology which they have been working on. What other innovation we might expect to see are not being talked about. And it is a little too early for that, though we do expect to see a new design for the coming handset.
The obvious question would be as to why Samsung is rumored to be shortening the annual release by 2 or 3 months. The most obvious explanation would be all the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung and the threats to ban a number of smart phones from Samsung. One of those is the Galaxy S3 and if Apple were to be successful in getting a ban in the US, it would have a major impact for Samsung. By coming out with a new smart phone which removes the patents which Apple is complaining about, it would lessen the risk for Samsung.
This is very early in the rumor cycle and we expect to see more information in the 4th quarter if this latest rumor is true.