Samsung Galaxy S4 rumours
By Steve Morris, S21, last updated 25th Feb 2013
Remember the Samsung Galaxy S3? That was so 2012! Here we're looking forward to the release of the next Galaxy phone. Rumour, uninformed speculation and gossip. Bring it on!
Latest (25 Feb 2013): Samsung Mobile today announced that it will announce the Galaxy S4 on 14 March in New York.
Rumour 1: The next Galaxy Phone will be called the Galaxy S4
Galaxy S. Galaxy S2. Galaxy S3. Why change a naming system if it isn't broken? Well, there's the tricky business of Roman numerals for one thing. Since Samsung has always insisted on calling the phones the SII and SIII, that would make the next phone the SIV, which sounds like "sieve". Could that be a good enough reason to name it something completely different?
Update: OK, the wording in the invitation (Ready 4 the show) indicates that it will be The Galaxy S4. Just don't say sieve.
Rumour 2: It will be the best phone ever released
Yeah, yeah, obviously. Let's move on.
Rumour 3: It will be unveiled at MWC 2013
MWC is a tech trade show that takes place each year in February in Barcelona. Lots of cool stuff gets announced there, and the Korea Times has written that the Galaxy S4 will be announced there in 2013. However the Galaxy S3 was announced at its own special press event, so who knows?
Update: So, Samsung announced at MWS2013 that it will announce the S4 in March. Wheels within wheels, veils behind veils.
Rumour 4: It will have a 5 inch screen
The same report in the Korea Times also suggested the S4 would have a 5 inch screen. That's only a tiny bit larger than the 4.8 inches of the S3. The surprising success of the Galaxy Note with its 5.3 inch screen demonstrated that consumers want bigger and bigger screens. Unless they prefer Apple products.
Update: Sony got there first with the Xperia Z and its 5 inch 1080p screen. Hurry up Samsung, or you're going to lose your edge!
Rumour 5: It will be 4G
The Galaxy S3 is launching a 4G LTE version, so it makes perfect sense that the next phone will also have this feature. Maybe you'll even be able to use it in the UK if the networks get their act together.
Update: Well, everything is 4G now. Except the phone networks. But they're getting there soon.
Rumour 6: It's going to be so thin you won't be able to see it
That's right. Turn it sideways and it will literally disappear from view. The S3 measures just 8.6mm, and now that Apple have trumped this with the 7.6mm of the iPhone 5, the pressure will be on Samsung to start ironing their phones even flatter. Remember that Apple was even prepared to jettison their 30-pin connector design in order to make the new iPhone as thin as science could make it.
Rumour 7: Android Jelly Bean
The S3 runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and should be updated to 4.1 (Jelly Bean) by the end of 2012. Since this is the latest version, it seems a fair bet that this is what the new phone will run. There's a faint possibility of 4.2 (Key Lime Pie) being released in time, but we doubt it.
Update: Still no sign of Key Lime Pie, but Android 4.2 is out. It's still called Jelly Bean though.
Rumour 8: S Voice is going to be better
Love them or hate them, voice-activated command systems like S Voice and Siri aren't going away. Expect to see a lot more of them in the future, and not just on high-end handsets. The first version of S Voice on the Galaxy S3 didn't cause a big stir, but we bet it's going to get smarter at each iteration, until one day we find ourselves asking it, "S Voice, how did I ever manage without you?"
Rumour 9: Someone's going to get sued
This is becoming boringly predictable. Every time a new phone is released, someone gets sued. Apple sues Samsung. Samsung sues Apple. Apple sues Motorola. Nokia sues Apple. Oh, we're bored just typing it.
Rumour 10: There will also be a Galaxy S4 Mini
Although nobody will want one, judging from the performance of the Galaxy S3 Mini.
Rumour 11: It will be a complete sales flop
Ha, ha! We're joking of course. It's going to be massive! But, let's speculate for a moment. What if it's just another quad-core Android phone with a full HD 5 inch display and a groovy camera? What will make the S4 better than the Sony Xperia Z or the HTC One? What can Samsung do to make the S4 truly stand out?
An octo-core processor? A 100 megapixel camera? A battery that will last all week? A case made from unicorn tail mixed with asteroid dust? In short, in a world where every new phone is amazing, what is the next great leap forward?
Do you know something we don't? Do you have a friend who's second cousin works for Samsung? If you have an unconfirmed rumour or a hunch about the Galaxy S4, please share it with the world below.
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