Is this the Android powerhouse.-- and has Samsung ditched the home button? We may have to wait until May to find out, as Samsung apparently confirms a release date for the next generation of
That's if we believe Samsung Lebanon, which told a Facebook fan that the S4 "won't be released before May 2013".
Meanwhile a purported "insider at Samsung" sent the above snap to SamMobile, claiming it's the follow-up to the Galaxy S3. It does look similar to the S3 design-wise, and seeing as that's shifted a phone or two I can see Samsung sticking with the formula -- with one massive change.
Unlike the S3 and the rest of the Galaxy range, there's no home button at the bottom. Could this mean the S4 will be completely touchscreen, with on-screen buttons only? That would certainly distinguish the S4 from its bitterest rival, the iPhone 5.
The bezel also looks thinner than that on the S3, hinting it'll either take up less space in your pocket -- or that's a bigger screen. Standing 4.8-inches across, the S3 wasn't exactly dinky, but rumours peg the S4 at closer to the 5-inch mark. The trend is for bigger phones right now, and I imagine that from Samsung's point of view the smaller it makes the iPhone look, the better.
The alleged S4 also looks quite a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Premier, which hasn't reached us Brits yet.
There's no word on specs, but word on the street predicts a cutting-edge 2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. It'll run, according to the rumours. And on the imaging front, we're hoping for a 13-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel front-facer.
Samsung has, where the rest of the industry unveils the year's new phones. The S4, like the S3, is almost guaranteed its own event. And if Samsung's Beirut branch is to be believed, it seems we'll have to wait until late spring until we get our hands on the new phone, perhaps even longer than a year after the S3 made its debut.
Additional reporting by Richard Trenholm.