Samsung Electronics is one of the leading Android smartphone manufacturers to challenge the likes of iOS creator Apple and other smartphone heavyweights in the market including Nokia, Sony and HTC with its latest flagship device – Samsung Galaxy S3.
However, now the South Korean giant seems to be in the spotlight again for the successor of Galaxy S3 – the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is scheduled to hit global stores in February 2013. Reportedly, Samsung has begun production of the application processor that will power its next-generation flagship device.
If rumors are to be believed, the next-generation flagship smartphone is said to be unveiled at a European technology expo this winter, company officials and local parts suppliers, according to the latest Korea Times.
As per the report, Galaxy S4 is expected to be released during the first half of 2013, featuring the first-ever "system-on-a-chip." The rumored redesigned chip will be a quad-core processor based on the Cortex-A15 design. According to Digital Daily, the new processor is currently codenamed "Adonis."
The term “Adonis" is derived from a Greek mythological figure that was known to be beautiful and youthful. Samsung chose this word to describe the high performance of the device.
The first rumors related to Samsung Galaxy S4 emerged in the tech media world in mid-September when the Korea Times reported that the phone would debut at a European technology expo this winter.
“Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone - the Galaxy S4 - at early next year"s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona," a Samsung official who remained unnamed said to the Korean news source.
Further, speculations hacve suggested that Galaxy S4 will be Samsung's “most powerful" smartphone and will land with enhanced hardware and software features to compete in the aggressive smartphone market. Adding to that, executives from Samsung"s parts suppliers said the handset will “definitely use" LTE networks.
Ongoing rumors also have predicted that Samsung Galaxy S4 will be uncovered by the South Korean giant boasting a larger display than Galaxy S3, which will be around 5-inch OLED display.
Meanwhile reports have also claimed that Galaxy S4 will be offered in 16GB, 32 GB, 64GB and even 128 GB variant and will also come packed with 3GB RAM, 3,200 mAh battery, and a Skype-ready 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.
However, the anticipated price of the successor of Galaxy S3 still remains a mystery.