Samsung Galaxy S4 Release Date: Summer 2013 Could Bring Redesigned Smartphone Launch [REPORT]

By iDesign Times Staff Reporter November 7, 2012 4:24 PM EST
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Samsung Galaxy S4 release date rumored for Summer 2013. (Photo: Concept renderings / @FlossyCarter)

The Galaxy S4 is already sparking release date rumors, and it's only been six months since Samsung released the massively popular Galaxy S3. Recent reports from Asia suggest that the South Korean tech company could release an redesigned Galaxy S smartphone this coming summer, according to the Southern Daily Press.

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According to anonymous sources close to the company, Samsung is hard at work developing a new top-of-line processor to power the Galaxy S4.

"According to insiders, Samsung plans to launch their upcoming flagship in the summer of next year," the Souther Daily Press reports, citing Korean news-site DDaily almost six months earlier than Apple's yearly release of iPhone products.

The smartphone launch cycle for companies like Apple and Samsung, who remain bitter rivals following their drawn out patent infringement trial, takes about a year. So it makes sense that Samsung would release the Galaxy S4 next summer since the S3 was released in June 2012.

While in past years the iPhone was often considered to be the most hi-tech smartphone available upon release, in the past year Samsung has begun to express it's dominance. The Galaxy S3 was released to compete with both the iPhone 4S and 5, and has stood up to both Apple smartphone's in comparison reviews. A next generation Galaxy S Android device would likely surpass the iPhone 5, at least when it comes to hardware.

According to DDaily, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will run on a quad-core processor based similar to the Cortex-A15 design architecture by ARM. Little is known about the upcoming processor, which has been code-named "Adonis," but we expect that it will incorporate the brand new 28nm high-K metal gate process. This new type of processor allows for increased trasistor density, meaning better performance with smaller chips that stay cooler and don't use up as much battery power. So in other words, the Galaxy S4 "Adonis" processor chip will make your smartphone run faster, last longer and stop it from overheating.

The "Adonis" is based on the same Cortex-A15 processors used in Google's brand new Nexus 4 smartphone. These chips run as much as 80 percent faster than the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2, which feature the Cortex-A9.

Tech Spot reports that Samsung is already testing the rumored 28nm Exynos CPU, and predicts that the chip will be ready for mass production in time for the rumored summer 2013 release date.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumored Specs and Features:

-Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

-Redesigned OLED display replacing the AMOLED screen used in previous Samsung Galaxy devices

-Larger, 4.8-inch screen

-16GB, 32 GB, 64GB and even 128 GB models

-Quad-core processor clocked at 2 GHz

 -3GB of RAM

-3200 mAh battery

-13 megapixel camera 

-Skype-ready 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera

-Rumored starting price of $599

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