Galaxy S IV rumoured for early 2013 launch again
This time it might be showing up at CES in January
Published: 19 November, 2012
Back in September a rumour emerged that Samsung would be launching its Galaxy S IV at the Mobile World Congress in February, now it seems as if it might arrive even earlier according to the latest chatter. The news comes from Asia Economics which claims that Samsung is set to unveil its next flagship at CES in January and even sheds some light on what kind of specs it's going to feature.
If the report is accurate then the Galaxy S IV will be showing off a 4.99" display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 441ppi pixel density at its Las Vegas debut. This is inline with September's rumour that similarly claimed Samsung would be expanding the screen from 4.8" to 5". It's also believed it will come with a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE connectivity.
Should the rumours turn out to be true then January will see the Galaxy S brand move firmly into phablet territory, assuming the 0.01" doesn't mean it still qualifies as just a smartphone. While the bigger is better philosophy seems to have worked for the Galaxy Note series, which has always been aware of its identity crisis, it's going to be interesting to see how it works for the flagship range. Samsung has slowly been pushing up the screen size of the Galaxy S devices with each new version but this will be the first time it steps over that smartphone/phablet boundary.
Judging by the number of smartphone makers who have been influenced by Samsung's strategy it seems like bigger handsets are here to stay and are going to become much more common in 2013.
What's more surprising about the news is that Samsung is supposedly ready to launch the new device so soon after the Galaxy SIII which has already broken its predecessor's sales records even with the competition it has faced in the form of the iPhone 5.