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Galaxy S4 Release Date: Samsung Launching New Flagship Android Smartphone On March 14 [REPORT]

By iDigital Times Staff Reporter on February 18, 2013 8:12 PM EST 0

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is March 14. Details about the Galaxy S4 specs are still uncertain. (Photo: iDigital Times)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most highly anticipated gadgets of the year, and if the latest rumors are true, it could be out as soon as next month.

Galaxy S4 release date rumors have suggested that the device would launch on March 15. Other reports indicated that it wouldn't be made available to the public until mid-April. Now, there's reason to believe the surmounting information surrounding the mid-March, mid-April Galaxy S4 release date.

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Mobile-Review's Eldar Murtazin suggested that there's a big announcement coming on March 14 in a recent tweet. He added that whatever the announcement is would interrupt HTC smartphone sales. Shortly after the tweeted from Eldar Murtazin, Sam Mobile, a site dedicated to Samsung rumors, tweeted a similar to the other suggesting that the Galaxy S4 release date is going to occur on March 14. To add to the mounting evidence, The Verge is reporting that March 14 will "definitely" be the day that the Galaxy S4 is launched.


It's still unclear which carriers the Galaxy S4 will be launched on, but at this point, it's all but certain that Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S4 at a special media event in New York City. There's a strong chance that the Galaxy S4 will be made available on several carriers, especially given the success of the Galaxy S3, which is still the most popular Android smartphone of all time. "The leap in cool new features from [Galaxy S III] to the next flagship will be bigger" than the leap between the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 reports The Verge.

The Galaxy S4 specs rumored to be included are scarce. One of the new pieces of technology that will reportedly be featured in the Galaxy S4 is Atmel's MaXTouch S controllers, which all users to navigate the phone without needing to touch the screen at all. The feature will be extremely similar to one that's included on the Galaxy Note 2. On the Note 2, users can use the "S Pen," Samsung's proprietary stylus, to hover over elements on the screen and interact with them using a feature called "Air View." The feature is one of the most popular on the Galaxy Note 2, which is why it's no surprise that the company might be interested in adding a similar feature to the Galaxy S4.

Aside from finger-hovering features, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely be packed with some of the best technology on the planet. One of the features that is almost certainly going to be included in the Galaxy S4 is the inclusion of the new Samsung Exynos processor. Samsung initially introduced its popular Cortex-A15 mobile processor in the form of the Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core chip that was included in Samsung Chromebook. At CES 2013, Samsung announced the Samusng Exynos 5 Octa processor that's based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture.

Very little information is actually known about the Exynos 5 Octa, but the brand name suggests that the processor will include eight cores. Give n the history of development of Samsung's processors, there's a strong likelihood that the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor will use four high-powered CPU cores and four low-powered CPU cores to ensure that the device almost never stalls or lags. In short, the Exynos 5 Octa is one of the fastest and all-around best processors on the planet, which is why we can't imagine Samsung including anything else in the next-generation Samsung Galaxy-branded phone.

There's also reason to believe that Samsung will include a stylus on the Galaxy S4. "The Samsung Galaxy S IV might be the first handset in the series to launch with an S Pen and the accompanying functionality as Samsung is allegedly looking to unite its Note series with the flagship Galaxy S IV," reports Phone Arena, citing a Korean blog called Enuri.

The Galaxy S4 display will likely be 5 inches according to most reports. Most expect the 5-inch AMOLED Display to support 1080p resolution. The screen will be extremely sharp, packed with 441 pixels-per-inch, which is significantly higher than the pixel density in the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.

The Galaxy S4 release date is reportedly going to coincide with the release a weaker, lighter and smaller version of the smartphone that's been dubbed the "Galaxy S4 Mini" by many members of the media. The Galaxy S4 Mini is rumored to be part of a secret initiative within Samsung that's called "Project J." Under the umbrella of the initiative are several projects. One has been given the moniker "Project J Mini," which has many experts guessing that Samsung will release a low-tier phone based off of similarities to the Galaxy S4 in the same way that the company released the Nexus S and Galaxy S3 Mini -- both of which are cheap counterparts to popular phones.

Here's exactly what Sam Mobile says:

"One of the devices is of course the Galaxy S IV or GT-I9500 or Altius or Project J, just how you like to call it. The other 2 devices by Samsung is the Project J Mini which uses the codename Serrano. The Project J mini Serrano simple hints to the Galaxy S IV mini. This device uses almost the same accessories as the Galaxy S IV only this device can't use the wireless charging dock."

Thankfully, we won't have to wait long to find out what's true when it comes to Galaxy S4 technology. The Galaxy S4 release date is expected to be March 14 at a special media event in New York. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available surrounding the event and the device.

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