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As we roll into the first quarter of 2013, it is evident that the successors of all the leading smartphones of 2012 will debut to score the market share against each other. Hence, in that case, how can the Android smartphone king, that is, S3 successor be forgotten. Yes Of course! Rumors are already rife about Samsung's upcoming flagship device - Galaxy S4, which will be the successor of the hottest selling Android smartphone in 2012 - Galaxy S3.
In the past couple of month, reports have already came up with several anticipations, guessing on the beefed up specs of the upcoming smartphone. However, till now the information was very scarce, reason being, there was no authentic information confirming that if the next generation smartphone really existed or rather any other details about S4 release date.
However, recently, reports came in disclosing that the Samsung VP finally confirmed that Galaxy S4 will debut soon. While, it was not revealed as to when the handset will get launched, yet, just after a couple of days, a Korean newspaper Asia Economic News report has claimed that The South Korean tech giant will be unwrapping the highly anticipated Galaxy S4 at a special Mobile Unpacked event, rumored to be held in U.S. on March 22, 2013.
Further, the report also revealed that the handset will be released for the consumers to purchase from April 2013. Well, analysts, believe that the latest speculation regarding the release date goes in sync with the earlier rumors, which also suggested an April 2013 release for Galaxy S4.
Specwise, the new Galaxy smartphone is estimated to be a killer handset, rumored to boast a 4.99 inch AMOLED HD display along with 1920 x 1080 pixel of resolution accompanied with remarkable 441 ppi pixel density, 2GHz quad core Cortex A15 processor, 13MP rear camera, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage options.
Going by recent reports by the folks a PhoneArena citing industry sources, " Samsung is experimenting to achieve ultra high 440ppi+ pixel density for its smaller AMOLED display panels aimed to go in smartphones this year," which is definitely Samsung Galaxy S4.
"Samsung has been developing those by utilizing the Laser-Induced Thermal Imaging (LITI) production process, which is cheaper and allows for much smaller subpixels to be laid out than the conventional Fine Metal Mask (FMM) process it's been using so far for the Galaxy line," said the report.
Further, ongoing rumors also suggest that Galaxy S4 will come with some stunning features including wireless charging and stylus support, 1080p display, 2GHz processor, Android Key Lime Pie and more.
Well, but Samsung is not along to be preparing a killer contender to unleash the smartphone battleground, there are others in the arena as well. Tech titans like HTC, LG and Apple are also the rumored to be coming with their biggest bets for 2013 with plans to erode the market with their heavyweights.
Hence, here is a list to top 5 cut throat rivals of Galaxy S4, who are expected to escalate the smartphone fight to a new level in 2013. Flip through the slideshow to know more about their ground breaking anticipated specifications.
HTC is reportedly working on M7, which is rumored to be the successor of One X. Going by earlier reports, M7 will boast a 4.7 inch 1080p SLCD 3 display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor with a new GPU, 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, LTE, HSPA+, Beats Audio integration and a 2,300 mAh battery.
LG Optimus G2
LG also has no plans to sit behind, after gaining much fanfare last year with its Nxus 4. The South Korean kin of Samsung is in news to launch Optimus G2. The successor of LG Optimus G is speculated to have a 5.5 inch 1080p display with 440 ppi pixel density, 2GHz quad core processor, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, 13MP rear camera, 3GB RAM and more. If LG launches Optimus G2 with such advanced features as in Galaxy S4, the handset could definitely set aside the Samsung offering in 2013.
Apple iPhone 5S
When the talk is about Samsung's next generation smartphone, how can we forget its biggest rival Apple. The Cupertino giant is swirling in news these days, for iPhone 5 successor -- iPhone 5S. The heavyweight smartphone is rumored to come enthrusted with 4 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1917 x 1080 pixels, quad core ARM Cortex A15, 12MP rear camera with Sony Exmor RS lens, iOS 7 and a host of updated features including NFC, Retina Display and more that were missing in iPhone 5. Further, iPhone 5S is speculated to come in different color options instead of the same old black and white variants.
Apple might incorporate these above mentioned specs that are quite new on iPhones in order to retain its position in the competitive smartphone market.
Google Nexus 5
A Nexus 4 successor is also making rounds these days in the tech media world. Google and LG are reportedly prepping the successor - Nexus 5, which will feature a 5 inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, quad core Tegra 4 processor, 8GB/16GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, Android Key Lime Pie operating system and more.
Analyzing LG's product lineup, Optimus G Pro, which has been announced for Japan could be the next Nexus smartphone - Google Nexus 5.
Sony's 6.44-inch Handset
Sony has launched Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES 2013, but that is not all as the company appears to be having more devices in tow for the year. After launching 5 inch 1080p display incorporated smartphones, Sony is rumored to be working on a handset with a 6.44 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
The other details of the behemoth Sony handset are not known, but the handset might be a threatening competitor to the Samsung offering once if it is launched with killer specs.