We’ve talked a lot about the Galaxy S4 release date, but more and more rumors are coming out and it’s the most awaited smartphone of the year, along with the Galaxy Note 3.
What we know for sure is that Samsung is not going to release the Galaxy S4 at MWC 2013, which will be held shortly in Barcelona. We believe the reason is that Samsung wants an event focus entirely on their flagship smartphone, so it can grab more attention.
Earlier rumors have been talking about a March 15 release date, but now it seems like the sources have changed their mind and it will actually be March 14. Though this doesn’t make much of a difference. Samsung will have to move fast, because one of its main competitors has already released its flagship device, the HTC One.
Until now HTC didn’t pose a treat for Samsung, because their phones didn’t manage to grab very much attention. Though the HTC One could make a difference, because it’s a really awesome smartphone. With this in mind, Samsung could move the Galaxy S4 release date a little closer, in order to let the people know what to expect from their next generation flagship.
When it comes to new features, we don’t believe Samsung is going to revolutionize anything, though a lot of people might be impressed by their Octa core. And I’m talking about people who aren’t very informed, because that processor actually consists of two quad-core CPUs that don’t run simultaneously. This means your Galaxy S4 will run either on a very powerful quad-core or a more battery-friendly one. But we can’t be even sure if Samsung is going to use the Octa CPU for the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 might come with few design changes, now that Samsung finally managed to get a pleasant design and got Apple off their back. We expect them to lower the display-to-case ratio, so they can be able to increase the display size while keeping the same size for the device. It might be a bit thinner too.
We might see some more features like Smart Stay, which definitely helped Samsung to market their Galaxy S3 and Note 2 better. What I’d personally want to see is an improvement of the S Voice feature, especially that now they can use Google Now’s voice recognition. It would be great if we could control more parts of the device by using just voice.
On the hardware size, the Galaxy S4 might feature a 1080p 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 8-core Mali-T658 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP primary camera. Most likely it will come with Android 4.2 out of the box and it will get an update to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, provided that Google releases it soon. We’ve already seen some leaked benchmarks that prove it will be a true beast. Also it might come with built-in wireless charging, which became a trend nowadays. Other rumors talk about a 1.9Ghz Snapdragon CPU, though I believe it’s less likely.
Once we find out more about it, we will let you know. We are eager to see what Samsung is preparing, because they did such a great job with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.