Samsung's Galaxy S series may not be quite as popular as the iPhone, but it's inching closer. So too is the hype surrounding Galaxy S leaks and rumors. Today's series of rumors, then, is as hype-worthy as it gets. It claims to detail the announcement date, release date, and some specifications of the Galaxy S IV.
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According to Asia Economic News, Samsung will hold a Mobile Unpacked event on March 22 to announce the Galaxy S4.
The reveal will allegedly take place somewhere in the U.S. at a standalone event (rather than a convention like Mobile World Congress). The source surmises that the U.S. location is a symbolic strike on Apple's home turf.
Somewhat consistently, SamMobile adds that the Galaxy S IV will release on April 15. Their sources, however, diverge a bit on the event details, saying that it could take place in London, New York, or Korea.
The source also adds some new info about the Galaxy S IV. Developed under the codename “Altius(J)," it would sell in both black and white models, and feature wireless charging capabilities. Samsung will sell a wireless charging kit, to juice up the device's 2,600mAh battery.
Previous Galaxy S IV rumors point to a 5-inch, 1080p display, with an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) processor and ARM's Mali-T658 GPU under the hood. Other rumored details include 2 GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Unlucky number four?
In one of the more bizarre alleged leaks, Samsung won't necessarily call their flagship the Galaxy S IV. The number four is believed to bring bad luck in Korea, with buildings often skipping the fourth floor. Therefore, the company reportedly hasn't yet made a final decision on branding.
The Galaxy SX line is mobile's most valuable non-Apple brand. Samsung would be foolish not to use it again. We expect their less superstitious marketing execs to prevail, and ultimately call it the Galaxy S IV – at least outside of Korea.