The Samsung Galaxy S III may only have been around for half of this year, but the focus has now well and truly turned to its eventual predecessor. The past couple of weeks have seen a notable spike in Galaxy S IV rumors and general coverage, and although much of it has been conflicting, we’ve seen some very interesting tidbits of information. The status of the Galaxy S brand certainly justifies the excitement building up, and in the latest revelation, it would seem recently-leaked handset – codenamed "Project J" – is going to be arriving circa April 2013.
It’s obviously just speculation at this stage, but with a list of specs set to put every other smartphone to shame, the Samsung Galaxy S IV, it’s hard not to follow the tracks of Project J. The eventual device is said to pack a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Of course, the on-paper doesn’t necessarily guarantee a seamless real-world experience, and you only have to look at the distinctly average performance of the 8-megapixel snapper of the SGS III to see that, but it would seem the Korean consumer electronics giant is keen to impress next time around.
With the Galaxy S III mini now out and in the wild, it also looks like Samsung will be pulling a similar stunt with the larger-than-life Galaxy Note II. The sequel to the original Note released fairly recently, and a cheaper version could soon be hitting the European market. In order to knock the price down, Samsung will reportedly do away with the S Pen, and use of a lower-end AMOLED display. While I understand the display logic, I don’t get why Samsung would ditch the stylus. The Note is, by very definition, a device for the creative, and without an S Pen, it’s essentially a large S III. Still, nothing’s set in stone, so we’ll keep an eye out for more info on this reissue of the Note II.
Samsung may use CES 2013 as a platform for the launch of the Galaxy S IV, but is also said to be toying with the idea of running its own separate event to showcase what’ll likely wind up being the biggest Android product of the year.
We’ll keep you in the loop.