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Samsung's Galaxy S4 event, release date, and other details reportedly leaked

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A series of rumors point to a March announcement and April release for the Galaxy S4
A series of rumors point to a March announcement and April release for the Galaxy S4
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A series of rumors point to a March announcement and April release for the Galaxy S4
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A series of rumors point to a March announcement and April release for the Galaxy S4

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.

Coming soon?

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.

Details

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.

Sources: SamMobile [1] [2], Asia Economic News

6 comments
Derek Howe
I will never understand superstitious people. So do none of the buildings in South Korea have 4 (gasp!) corners? Do none of their cars have 4 (gasp!) tires? Do their people not have 4 (gasp!) limbs? The list goes on & on... As for the phone, I've been wanting a new one for awhile now...since I'm still rockin the first droid incredible. As long as this phone is no more then 200 bones, I'll pony up and get it.
Tim Fougere
@Derek, The number 4 is unlucky, not the value 4. 4 things is not unlucky. Having the number 4 written or the number 4 in a title is unlucky. The word for 4 in Chinese is a homophone with the word "death". So it's not the value/count of something.
Paul Smith
I'm not sure about Korean but in Japanese, 4 is pronounced "shi" which is also the pronunciation for the word "death". As Tim F. explained, it is a homophone.
Charles Bosse
I have an idea: how about they call it the Nexus 5 and offer it off contract through Google without the usual bloatware overlay that we mostly just delete anyway? That would totally avoid the bad luck.
felix_
Trust me Derek, whatever a 'bone' is - it will cost more than 200 of them.
Chase Anderson
Actually, it will be less than 200 "bones", $199 starting price... rarely does a phone cost more than 200 dollars these days, if of course you are willing to upgrade or sign a new two year contract.