Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly set to launch in April

The next flagship smartphone from the Korean juggernaut may include wireless charging as a key feature, as well as a larger battery.

Samsung Galaxy S3
The successor to Samsung's Galaxy S3 could arrive in April. Josh Miller/CNET

The successor to Samsung Electronics' blockbuster Galaxy S3 could launch in April.

That's according to Samsung news Web site SamMobile, which pegs the phone's launch on April 15.

The Galaxy S franchise has emerged as a true competitor to the iPhone, and garners as much hype and anticipation as Apple's marquee smartphone. While early iterations of the Galaxy S phone faced a slow start, the Galaxy S3 catapulted out of the gate as a smash hit, and has held up remarkably well even as other competitive phones have faded. The phone has helped propel Samsung into the top spot among handset vendors.

The Galaxy S4 -- which ultimately might be branded Galaxy S IV -- will feature wireless charging as a key feature. But unlike other smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 920 or Droid DNA, the service won't be built-in. Users will have to buy a kit with a wireless charging station and replacement cover, according to the report.

The next Galaxy S phone will also reportedly feature a larger 2,600 mAh battery, compared with the Galaxy S3's 2,100 mAh battery.

With a launch date in April, SamMobile said Samsung could hold its own event in March, or possibly unveil the smartphone at Mobile World Congress, which begins in late February. The Galaxy S3 was unveiled at a Samsung event in May last year.

Even if the April 15 launch date holds true, that doesn't necessarily mean the Galaxy S4 will make its way to the U.S. at that time. As with the Galaxy S III, the phone may launch at different times depending on when the U.S. carriers want to release the phone, which could vary from days to weeks.

Samsung declined to comment on the report, noting that it wouldn't comment on rumors.

Updated at 10:12 a.m. PT: to include a response from Samsung.

 

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