The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been a major source of industry hearsay since its announcement last year – we even reported on it ourselves back in November – but as the March 14th launch date grows nearer the number of leaks and rumours has only increased. It’s been a whirlwind period of development, especially since the S3 is still selling at a premium price point of around £400-500, so get you up to speed we’ve put together some of the most popular speculations – only time will tell which ones were on point!
“We’ll unveil it in February”
In September 2012 The Korea Times reported that a “company official” had confirmed the unveiling of the S4 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the following February. This never came to light, however, and insiders are now predicting that the company will put on its own event just as is it did for the S3. Fan site SamMobile has cited a “trusted source” and predicted a March 15th press event – they’re expecting invites to be sent out as soon as the MWC finishes.
No, he’s not the latest sponsor for the device, although it may be more appropriate than you’d think. A rumour surfaced in December that the S4 would be the first to feature Samsung’s new flexible, super-strong touchscreen. The company’s bendy Youm-display technology was launched at CES earlier this year, and while it might seem a little early for it to feature on a new flagship handset, that hasn’t stopped speculation around the idea.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
The hardware and software rumours have ranged from fairly exciting to plain ridiculous, but industry experts have managed, with the help of a couple of leaks, to put together what sounds like a realistic upgrade for Samsung’s S3. Popular predictions, as of February 19th 2013, include a five-inch touchscreen with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution, 2GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm eight-core processor. It’s thought to be running Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the latest version, and may even support wireless charging. Photos apparently taken with the device suggest the handset is sporting a 13MP camera – supported by a much larger battery than current smartphones.
Secrets and superstition
With so many rumours and moles working their way through the industry, a number of mysterious aliases have been associated with the device, although it’s impossible to know which are real. A model number “Samsung GT-I9525” has been suggested, as well as the cryptic “Project J”. An interesting point of fact is that the number four is considered to be unlucky in Korea, where Samsung is based, prompting many to refer to it instead as the S IV.
Most sources seem to think the S4 will hit the stores by April 15th, a month after the projected reveal date and just in time for the new tax year. However, there is no suggestion from Samsung themselves on the subject, and they’ve been characteristically cagey about giving anything away. It looks like tech enthusiasts will have to wait until the press event to find out more – watch this space for updates!
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