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Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors: Specs, Release Date, And More

By Jordan Mammo email: j.mammo@itechpost.com , Jan 23, 2013 07:36 AM EST

Usually it's just the iPhone that gets people speculating like crazy, but these days Samsung is giving Apple a run for its money. With the South Korean company's popularity peaking these days and its success in a number of different markets, more and more people are devoting their time to speculating and reporting on possible improvements to the next iteration of the wildly popular Galaxy S3 - the Galaxy S4.

The latest rumblings have the Galaxy S4 slated for an April release, with an event in March planned to give the public a formal unveiling of the product. More specifically, the event will be titled the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2013, and will take place on March 22.

With electronic companies like Sony and Huawei revealing phablet-sized phones at the 2013 International CES, a round-up by CNET is suggesting that Samsung is planning on incorporating a 5-inch screen in the new Galaxy S4. Not only that, but there's been speculation that the screen itself will be one of those fancy bendable displays that the company showed off at CES. That could mean a more durable product and a screen that needs a lot more damage inflicted in order to break.

Not content to simply go bigger, Samsung is also rumored to bump the resolution on its new 5-inch screen all the way up to 1080p. Throw in an octa-core processing chip and a 13-megapixel camera, and you've got a pretty daunting phone for competitors to stare down. And that's not including whatever surprises Samsung could have in store.

The most noticeable thing, however, could be that when the Galaxy S4 is announced, you won't even know it right away. Because the number "four" is unlucky in Korean, Samsung might opt to go for a different name for its phone so as not to jinx the stellar run the company has been on (five consecutive quarters of record profits). In fact, look through Samsung's past phone models and you'll see that you can't even find the number anywhere. Apparently "four" in Chinese and Japanese sounds like "death," while in Korean it can mean "kill." And that's the last thing Samsung wants to do - except to Apple, maybe.

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