KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung will announce the Galaxy S4 smartphone in February 2013 with a release to follow in March, according to a Samsung executive.
No, we can't quite believe that we're writing this either, but a loose-lipped Samsung executive has reportedly let slip when the company plans to announce its next generation flagship smartphone.
Speaking to The Korea Times, the unnamed executive has revealed that the Samsung will announce the Galaxy S4 at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona next February.
He 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," adding that the phone will start arriving on shelves no later than March.
He even shed some light on the Galaxy S4 specifications, which will be "more than enough" to take down the Iphone 5. These prematurely leaked specifications include support for LTE networks, a quad-core Exynos processor, the latest version of Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and a 5in HD AMOLED display, which could make use of the firm's flexible screen technology.
While this all sounds well and good, we find it a bit hard to believe. First off, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was released towards the end of May this year, and Samsung typically releases its flagship Galaxy smartphones annually.
What's more, Samsung last year shunned MWC in favour of a glamorous, standalone launch event in London similar to those held by its arch-rival Apple, and we can't see the Korean company opting for a less extravagant launch of such an important product.
Unsurprisingly, Samsung said it was unable to comment on rumour or speculation. µ
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