Samsung Galaxy S4 release date confirmed?
February 18, 2013
The Galaxy S IV is coming. This we’ve known for a while. What wasn’t so clear was exactly when Samsung would reveal the successor to the world’s most popular Android device. Today we appear to have the answer, as multiple sources are pointing to an announcement coming in less than a month.
The madness began when mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin tweeted that Samsung would rain on HTC's parade on March 14. Soon after, well-connected SamMobile added that the event would take place in New York City. The Verge then completed the leaky trifecta with a "definite" confirmation of March 14 in the U.S.
None of the reports mention a ship date for the handset, but we'd expect a staggered global rollout beginning several weeks after the event.
Until Samsung delivers invitations, this is as close as we’ll get to an official confirmation. But today’s porousness wasn’t likely an accident. HTC is set to reveal a new device (almost certainly the HTC One) tomorrow, and Samsung just stole some of its rival's thunder.
The alleged event date also comes a couple of weeks after Mobile World Congress. With Apple not expected to release new iPads until later in the year, that leaves mid-March as a prime-time slot for the Galaxy S4 to dominate headlines. It’s PR chess at its finest.
Previous Galaxy S IV leaks suggest a 5-inch, 1080p display, an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) processor, and ARM's Mali-T658 GPU under the hood. Other rumored details include 2 GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Stay tuned to Gizmag for more Galaxy S4 coverage as the event approaches.