Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S IV or Galaxy S4 at the Mobile World Congress in 2013, a new rumor suggest.
The rumor comes from the South Korean publication The Korea Times which cites different unnamed officials from Samsung and Samsung partners in the country.
One official who declined to be named reportedly told the publication that “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.”
According to the report, after the launch in Barcelona on February, the device may be released as soon as March.
Other details that come from the report is that it will use another in-house and more advanced Samsung Exynos processor and that it will be an LTE phone.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t revealed by The Korea Times’ sources if this Exynos processor will have LTE built-in a single chip as the system on a chip like the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors.
Furthermore, the report mentions that the screen of the Galaxy S IV may reach a whopping 5-inches bringing it closer to the territory of phablets which its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note II, has so often been called.
This new display is said to be another OLED display. Fans have been calling for Samsung to include a Super AMOLED Plus screen with its flagship gadgets.
Meanwhile, another executive who talked to the publication also revealed that Samsung is leveraging its performance to ask for a higher price for components from Apple.
“Samsung is asking Apple to pay more to use its mobile application processors produced at its plant in Austin, Texas. The release of the S4 means more market share for Samsung as it is the only firm that can guarantee on-time delivery, output commitment and better pricing for mobile application processors,” the executive is quoted as saying.
Samsung supplies the new applications processor in Apple’s newest smartphone, the A6 chip inside the iPhone 5.
With the Galaxy S IV, Samsung is expected to normalize a one-year release cycle for its flagship smartphone. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note III may also be launched by Samsung in August of next year.
“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 executive with a Samsung partner is quoted by the paper as saying.
The launch of the Galaxy S IV at the MWC, if it turns out to be true, will be a departure from Samsung’s earlier launch of the Galaxy S III at a separate event after it denied that it will launch the Galaxy S III at MWC 2012.