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Samsung Galaxy S4 coming in March 2013?

The Galaxy S3 may not have even been out for six months yet, but rumours abound that Samsung is readying the follow-up as we speak.

The S3 has been a runaway success since its release at the start of the summer, and is about to go head-to-head with the iPhone 5 in the smartphone showdown of the year.

So we could hardly believe our eyes when reading a report from South Korea which claims the Galaxy S4 could be hitting the shops in the not-too-distant future. So what do we know about the Samsung Galaxy S4 so far?

Samsung Galaxy S4 release date

The report from The Korea Times claims to have spoken to a Samsung executive, who has seemingly dropped the ball over the company’s next flagship device.

According to the report, the South Korean tech giant is planning to unveil the Galaxy S4 at MWC 2013 in February.

Not only that, but Samsung will release the device as early as March next year. It’s a bold claim given the usual yearly product cycle – the S3 is likely to still be selling well in March next year, and any new launch could damage sales.

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs

It wasn’t just a release date that was spilled; this loose-lipped exec was also quick to tell us about the specs for the S3 follow-up.

According to the report, the S4 will have a larger 5-inch screen, with an HD AMOLED display that could possibly utilise Samsung’s flexible screen technology.

We’ll also see a quad-core Exynos processor, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system as standard, and LTE capabilities.

True or false?

The specs claims all sound very reasonable, and we’d expect to see some or all of these included. But that doesn’t mean this rumour is true by any stretch of the imagination.

Our main concern is with the launch date and location. After such a huge solo launch of the S3, Samsung is unlikely to revert to an MWC launch for what will be a very important product.

We also can’t see Samsung jumping the gun with the release. The yearly product cycle works, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Then again, stranger things have happened in the tech world.

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