Jan 22 AT 11:31 AM Nick Gray 57 Comments

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 unveiling set for March 22, first shipment mid-April


The HTC M7 and Sense 5 may be getting a lot of attention these days, but let’s not forget that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S IV. The majority of the phone’s details are still unknown at this point, but new information has been trickling in that suggests Samsung unveil its next flagship phone in March with an expected April launch date.

According to a “telecommunications industry” cited by Korea’s Asian Economies, Samsung will host an Unpacked event in the United States on Friday, March 22 to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S IV. SamMobile has also chimed in, claiming that Samsung will start shipping the Galaxy S IV in week 16 of 2013 (that’s the week of April 15 for those of you too lazy to pull up your calendar). New details regarding the phone’s specifications indicate the Galaxy S IV will ship with a 2,600 mAh battery. An optional dock and back cover with wireless charging capabilities will be available shortly after launch.

Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored specs

  • Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU
  • 4.99-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 Megapixel main camera
  • 2 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Option wireless charging back cover/accessories
  • Colors: black/white

There’s no doubt that Samsung’s next flagship device will be a huge success, but we have a feeling things will be a bit tougher this year. Do you think that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be as dominant as its predecessor? Or will Motorola, HTC, LG and Sony push Samsung around as they all try to eat away at Samsung’s market share?

Via: SamMobile

Source: Asian Economies

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • tdesai4

    wow…a 3 MP rear camera

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      yep, that’s a load of BS on the camera. It’ll be at least 8 megapixels.

      • Raphael Tal

        thats just a typo. 13*** megapixel.

        anyone else wish this baby was 4.6 inches not 5??

        • epps720

          I hope they were able to get the extra screen space by going the Motorola M route and having an edge to edge screen, then it wouldn’t be that bad.

        • LukeT32

          Agreed. 5 is getting a little big.

      • Richard Yarrell

        No squiddy20 you won’t purchase so don’t comment. These devices are for people looking into 2013 and beyond. Your current device is from 2011 on one of the softest carriers ever. You will never roll with the big dogs. Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will be all mines in 2013. Man up my brother your soft and so is your useless Galaxy Nexus.

        • squiddy20

          Well damn. I just commented. What are you going to do now, pimp slap me through the Internet? Why do you even bother trying?
          “Your current device is from 2011 on one of the softest carriers ever.” Despite the fact that the Galaxy Nexus was released on Sprint in 2012. -_-
          “You will never roll with the big dogs.” It’s hilarious that you think you currently do when you have a < $350 *carrier subsidized* phone. Try getting the $3700 smartphone from Tag Heuer and then talk to me about how you're a "boss" or "rolling with the big dogs". There are people poorer than you who have the same exact phone, and you brag as if you're made of money. What a joke.
          "Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will be all mines in 2013." Soooo… they'll blow up? Geez, try spelling like the adult you are instead of a stupid 8 year old.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      I was going to comment on this but you beat me to it. I hour it’s meant to be 13 and not 3. Or an 8 and someone got lazy filling it out.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Mali T658 Gpu in the Galaxy S4 vs the PowerVr SGX 544Mp3 Gpu in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3. Samsung has brought out that wip ass stick on everyone in the industry. Dual quadcore 28nm chip boy oh boy this is going to be a wonderful summer dweebs. Samsung rules this roast

  • ben

    Here’s that “1″ you forgot on the main camera specs. :-)

  • ajaxman93

    Pretty sure he meant to type “13″

  • redraider133

    Can’t wait to see what Samsung unveils this year for the s4. Hope most of these rumors prove true.

  • mustybooks

    That cpu sounds like an absolute monster!

  • RX-78-7

    Sounds like a beast, but I doubt the octa core is accurate, heck we haven’t seen the quad core exynos 5 yet.

    If it does turn out to be the real specs, then consider myself beyond impressed. I just hope they would use their PLS screens(the one used in the N10) over AMOLED, that’s the one thing I never liked about my GS2.

    • swazedahustla

      Its legit, although its a play on words. There are 4 A15 cores and 4 A7 cores, and the phone will run on a combination of ONLY 4 at a time. So anyone who thinks they will be running all 8 is just an idiot. The more multitasking the more of the newer cores you will run. The more less intensive tasks, the lesser cores will take care of that part. Its pretty much a gimmick but im sure there will be alot of “noobs” who think they are really getting something game changing, but its really not.

      • RX-78-7

        So it follows the big.little. Makes sense, up until today I didn’t know sammy had introduced a new entry in the E5 series(thought it was only the 5250).

      • rojo623

        Thanks for the heads-up.

      • Killmaxx

        What you say is true but it isn’t really a gimmick. If anyone listened to Samsung’s Keynote at CES the reason for the 8 cores, 4 newer and 4 older is as stated, low level tasks will run on the older cores and intensive tasks like video and game etc will run on the newer ones, the key point of this feature is that they claim you get better processing power but a 70%, yes they claim 70% increased efficiency for battery life. I hope it’s true because currently my S3 has pretty good battery life but an increase in efficiency is always welcome.

  • Thomas Biard

    I like the specs, but I’m not very fond of Sense UI. Maybe because I haven’t had it as my phone, and only use it when “fixing” other people’s phones, but it seems very rigid to me. I’ll probably root whenever I get my next phone so I guess I shouldn’t worry too much about the UI.

    This phone does look like a beast.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Sense UI? You mean TouchWiz?

      • Yash Jethmalani

        I think he thought this was the HTC M7 Post!

      • Thomas Biard

        Haha, oops, good call. My mistake. Makes me sound rather ignorant doesn’t it? haha.
        I guess a lot of people jumped in quickly to point that out ;)

        • Jake H

          Oh they love to point out your mistakes around here. Lol.

    • tdesai4

      It a Samsung device so its Touchwiz UI, not Sense

  • Max.Steel

    4.99 inches screen size. Wow. These phones are getting out of hand with their screen sizes. Literally.

    • RX-78-7

      Not that much of a jump compared to the s2 to s3 jump, it should be around the same size.

    • jeshep

      I find the Nexus 4 with its 4.7″ screen to be at the upper range of what I find comfortable to use for a phone(both use and pocket-ability). I love the size of the screen when reading but find it a bit to large to easily reach the entire screen area without moving the phone in my grip. Unless they can fit the 4.99″ screen into the same size housing or improve the ergonomics of the phone, it is too big for my tastes.

      I really hope the phone manufacturers start/continue to make high end phones with smaller housings. Not sure how much bezel they can get rid of.

    • redraider133

      Well some leaks showed a smaller bezel so it shouldn’t be much if larger than the s3. I agree screen sizes are getting crazy but hopefully smaller bezels will make the phones stay same size while incorporating larger screens.

  • R.S

    Love that wireless charging will be available!

    Would have been much better to include it rather than make it an optional accessory but I’ll take it none the less.

    • nobara

      Same love here. Let’s hope there won’t be exploding S4′s, wirelessly :)

      Interesting rumors about the specs and nothing about the design (e.g. waterproof, bulletproof, etc.). More rigid plastic will be appreciated.

      Anyway, I can’t wait… can anyone?

  • epps720

    This is going to be tough I’m up for an upgrade in June but was contemplating getting rid of Verizon and going the non contract route with a new Nexus when it comes out but not sure I can wait that long for a new phone.

    Ugh…first world problems

  • RX-78-7

    Is the E5 Octa using Powervr or the Mali gpu?
    I searched for info and the powervr is the only one being mentioned.

  • af13

    April 15th? Just in time for tax refunds.

  • Nate B.

    Interesting. I’ll just wait and see. One thing I’ll be very irritated about is why they always launch manufactured accessories way after the launch date of the phone. Why not the same time?

  • Co1e

    8 cores. Man, things have progressed quickly. Now we just need battery tech to try to keep up. Gotta love the way things are going right now though.

  • dbuck

    And my contract is up in May! Guess I’m looking to upgrade my S2 to an S4.

  • Jorge Eslava

    If I can’t get a Nexus 4 by the time this is released then I might get this.

  • Mike

    ONLY a 2,600 mAh battery???
    Others coming soon are of a much higher capacity.
    How weak!

    • domi1k

      I agree. I love Samsung Galaxy phones (S1 / Note owner) but with such an amount of pixels it must drain it very fast. For those doubting, check your battery stats and see what is eating your battery most.

  • jamal adam

    Looks to be another success story for Samsung. I thought I heard rumors that the Exynos 5 Octa was going to use the PowerVR GPU.

    • RX-78-7

      That’s what I’ve been wondering.

  • barondebxl

    I cant wait for this phone!

  • Joel

    Nothing is going to ‘push Sammy around’. The SIV could be a crap phone and STILL sell like hell. But it won’t be crap…will it?

  • donger

    I’ll wait for the Galaxy S5.

    • aufan1

      Since I got the S3 a couple months ago, looks like I’ll be waiting for the S5 as well.

  • Nathan D.

    Those are some amazing specs

  • Dirge

    Damn, sounds like a beast. This year seems to have a much better lineup than last year. So far, we have the GSIV, GSNIII, HTC M7, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, and the Motorola X. Geez, and that’s not even including this year’s Nexus phone(if there is going to be one).

    • Steven

      How so? I mean we are only getting the same phones as last years with slightly tweaked specs and a model number incrementation but no real improvement. What I mean by this is, it is all well and good having 8 cores in a phone, HD screens etc But I would prefer phone manufacturers to focus on the battery technologies for a change give us a 6400mAh battery and fit it in to a slim case. That would sell!

  • bondx99

    Although it might be a beast..i suggest people to wait till Google I/O where Android 5.0 will be released before buying s4..or youll be stuck in the crying-for-updates train (if google brings out something awesome like project butter, google now, etc) just like happened with s3 after Jelly bean was announced..sammy finally gave the update 4-5 FREAKING MONTHS later..so have patience before boarding the s4 train :)

    • frmorrison

      Samsung is still the best for giving updates among the OEM. The SII which came out in Oct 2011 (in the US and May in EU) is getting Jelly Bean update.

  • Andre

    I currently have the Samsung Galaxy S3 and got it as soon as it was released (which also involved waiting for the phone due to inventory issues with Sprint) and I LOVE my GS3!!! Having said that, after seeing the rumored specs in this post I almost feel like the GS4 is following Apple’s lead in releasing less than revolutionary devices because they can. The rumored releases from HTC and Motorola sound much more appealing…at least for right now.

  • RushAOZ

    For the love of god Android and Me, can you PLEASE ban either Richard or Squiddy. Maybe ban them both? So tired of seeing these two love birds quarrel over and over and over… it’s getting to be extremely annoying.


  • CJ LaFleur

    This will be the dominant phone of the year. With the first octo-core processor, it will dominate sales for the foreseeable future.

  • domi1k

    I’m astounded about the 2600 mAh battery. Expected better as this beast will surely be a lot hungrier than it’s predecessors.

  • Frankie

    Much more I’d like to see a decent tablet from with 3G/4G/LTE and HD display (1080). Seems they don’t want to do this, as the rumoured Note 8 will most likely only have a 1280×800 display.

  • Daniel Montilla

    Honestly, I’m not very excited about the gs4. I’m more stoked for Note III. 6.3″ screen? I’ll deal with the bulging pocket, that shit is phabulous.