Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S IV to debut in February at 2013 MWC

Apple's A6 processor is faster than any current processor in an Android device, but as we pointed out, it probably won't be long before it is leapfrogged. One device whose processor will almost certainly surpass the A6 will be the Samsung Galaxy S IV, and on Sunday the Korean giant announced when that new family member will be introduced.

Samsung told the Korea Times that the Galaxy S IV will be announced in February of next year, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Samsung official added that the device will launch globally in March, at the latest.

Samsung is going to up the screen size yet again, pushing it from the current 4.8-inches of the current version to 5-inches. The company's new phone will "definitely use" LTE networks, and carry the company's in-house Exynos-branded quad-core application processors and quad-core chips.

The GS3 uses either Samsung's Exynos and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors depending on the country and technology involved; quad-core processors are incompatible with LTE, although a Korean carrier reportedly tweaked the phone's design to allow it. U.S. versions of the smartphone use dual-core Snapdragon CPUs.

The company recently announced it had sold 20 million Android-powered Galaxy S III smartphones in its first 100 days.

Speaking to the Korea Times, an official from one of Samsung’s local partners said, "Samsung wants to keep its one-year product schedule and the Galaxy S IV will be the first to match that strategy. The S IV will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept."

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