It’s one of the most hotly anticipated gizmos in the smartphone world just now. And, if reports are true, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get the first official glance of the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
According to SamMobile, a website dedicated to the brand and known for previous reliable leaks, the Korean tech giant is set to showcase “at least one new device” in a US event on March 14.
News of the date comes after an image, said to show the new Galaxy S IV, was also leaked online. The picture shows a device not strikingly dissimilar to the Galaxy S III. The only noticeable differences are a lack of physical buttons on the front of the phone and a longer screen.
But, given that Samsung was well known in the run up to the launch of the Galaxy S III for deliberately releasing misinformation in a bid to keep its new smartphone under wraps, the image could easily be a fake.
In 2012, Samsung passed previous title-holder Nokia to become the world’s best-selling phone handset maker, with sales of the Galaxy range helping the firm to record an impressive net profit increase of 91 per cent, year-on-year for the third quarter.
During the year, Samsung continued to add to its successful Galaxy S group, bringing the S III and the S III mini to the family. The Galaxy S III went on to staggering success in 2012 – selling more than 30 million handsets in only seven months, according to statistics released by Samsung.
Clearly, Samsung will be hoping the latest in the Galaxy generation helps sales to continue heading skywards during 2013. Analysts are predicting that Samsung will continue to steal a march on arch rivals Apple, with the gap between the competitors expected to keep on growing.
A date of March 14 to show off the new device would appear to make sense as Samsung has continually moved away from revealing gadgets during trade shows, preferring instead to host its own events for product launches.
The firm has previously updated its Galaxy S range during April or May. But Samsung is expected to unveil something else during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week – the new Galaxy Note 8.0, a mid-sized tablet.
With power and advanced technology, Samsung is sticking with the winning formula of the S Pen, which brings together innovation with tradition for those who can’t quite kick the habit of pen and paper.
Running on Android 4.2 Jellybean, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is powered with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. With 2GB RAM, it comes with either 16 or 32GB of inbuilt memory, which can be extended to up to 64GB with a microSD card.
There’s a five-megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.3 megapixel at the front. And, this time round, the new generation Galaxy Note comes packed with lots of handy pre-loaded content and apps. Chat-On has been upgraded to make instant messaging and group chatting easier. Then there’s Awesome Note for making all those diary and must-do lists. Flipboard brings all your news, social networking and other feeds together in one convenient format.
It looks like another exciting year for Samsung.