Samsung, the Korean mobile gaint is gearing up to launch iPhone 5 killer in coming months and the device should be none other than successor to Galaxy S III, dubbed as "Samsung Galaxy S 4," expected as early as by March next year.
"The Galaxy S4 is expected to hit shelves globally in March at the latest" following an initial announcement at early next year's mobile world congress (MWC) in Barcelona, a company official reportedly told Korea Times.
The timetable of Galaxy S4 was released just three days after Apple introduced the iPhone 5.
The new Galaxy, expected to be the firm's most powerful handset yet in terms of hardware specifications and software advancement, will help the Suwon-based outfit further cement its leadership in the global smartphone market.
The official said that the new flagship mode of the smartphone, due out nine months after the May debut of the Samsung Galaxy S3, will be more than enough to curb Apple's latest iPhone, compatible with long-term evolution (LTE) networks.
And, while it would retain the "inspired by nature" design language of its predecessor, the screen size of the Galaxy S4 is expected to reach 5-inch from the the current 4.8 screen size of the Galaxy S3, Samsung's part supplies claim.
It will use Google's Android software and sport an OLED display, said the officials.
Galaxy S IV will also sport its in-house Exynos-branded application processors and quad-core chips. As, the S3 is already using both Samsung's Exynos and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors depending on the country.
The company has yet to decide whether it will use flexible display technology for the upcoming Galaxy due to production problems encountered by Samsung Display.
Samsung Display officials declined to comment on the new Samsung smartphone project.
Samsung is asking Apple to pay more to use its mobile application processors produced at its plant in Austin, Texas.
"The release of the S4 means more market share for Samsung as it is the only firm that can guarantee on-time delivery, output commitment and better pricing for mobile application processors," said one executive.
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