Galaxy SIV could be launched in May 2013: Samsung Lebanon

According to a post by Samsung Lebanon on Facebook, the next smartphone in Samsung's Galaxy S series—the Galaxy SIV—could be launched in May 2013. Replying to a query about the launch date of the smartphone, Samsung Lebanon wrote that the smartphone will not be launched before May 2013. However, since almost all the devices in the Galaxy S line have been launched around the April - June period, we expect the SIV to be announced some time in May.

It is very likely that the company will want to emulate the success of the Galaxy SIII, which was launched in May last year. All everyone is waiting for now is the announcement of the phone. But thanks to the success of the SIII and the Note II, it may be quite some time before the company makes an announcement. While rumours point towards an announcement during CES, it is far more likely that the announcement will come at a later date, as Samsung seems to be focusing on showcasing displays at the event.

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The SIV may see a release in May


Rumours are all over the place about what the next phone by Samsung will be like, and one of these suggests that the device will have an unbreakable screen. The South Korean giant has been a popular name in the development of displays. Mark Newman, an analyst with Stanford Bernstein, even stated that Samsung will eventually go for unbreakable and flexible displays. "Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That's going to be a game-changer."

UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois stated, "Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S IV - compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S III. We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases."

Interestingly, reports also indicate that the Galaxy S IV will probably have a bigger and better display, quad-core processing power and a 13-megapixel camera, with picture density improving to 441 pixels per inch (ppi), which is a big improvement over the Galaxy S III's 306 ppi and is better than the iPhone 5's 326 ppi.

For Samsung to use a 13 megapixel camera on its upcoming smartphone, the handset would require more processing power as well as extra RAM, presumably 2GB. If Samsung does use this camera on its smartphone, then one would be able to capture images at a resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels.

Apart from the one about the camera, the other rumour linked to this handset is that it will feature a 2.0GHz quad-core Exynos 5450 processor. It is reported that this chipset will be faster than the one used on the Nexus 10 tablet that was recently introduced by Google; it will be made on a 28nm process.

Published Date: Jan 04, 2013 18:14 PM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2013 18:14 PM