According to company officials and part suppliers, Samsung is speeding up its work on the Samsung Galaxy S IV which they claim will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. The design of the handset will maintain the “rectangle shape with rounded corners concept” Samsung used with the Galaxy S III this year, but the size may change a little as Samsung is planning to equip the device with a 5-inch display.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV will be powered by a quad-core Exynos chip with LTE connectivity which would allow Samsung to produce a single global device which would work in North America, Europa and Asia. Samsung plans on launching the Galaxy S IV a month after is it unveiled, resulting in a 9-month turnaround form the launch of this year’s Galaxy S III.
The new details about the Samsung Galaxy S IV aren’t terribly surprising. We wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung tried to pull a Motorola and managed to keep the Galaxy S IV the same size at the S III (or maybe even shrink it down just a little) even with a larger 5-inch display. If the physical design of the handset is not changing much from this year’s device, a nine months turnaround on the Galaxy S IV should be more than feasible and would give Samsung even more time to steal more market share away from Apple.
Do you think Samsung can maintain its lead in the market with an iterative update to the Galaxy S III or will Motorola, HTC, Sony and LG step into the spotlight to stabilize the balance of power within the Android ecosystem?