Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming Soon?
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming Soon?


Although the rumors surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone — presumably called the Galaxy S4 — have been around for quite a few months now, there has not been any official word from the company relating to the device. But the silence has apparently been broken as a section of Samsung’s own website has revealed a new smartphone with the model number GT-i9500X. Many reports are now suggesting that this could be the highly anticipated Galaxy S4.

SamMobile reported that the South Korean tech giant has begun to list the next-generation Galaxy S smartphone on its Global Download Center page under the model number GT-i9500X. It also added that although nothing could be downloaded at this point of time, “Samsung [just] gave us all a free hint about a new upcoming high-end device.”

In addition, the report listed some key features and specifications of the Galaxy S4 smartphone, based on ongoing rumors:

- Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz

- Mali-T658 GPU

- 2GB of RAM

- 4.99” SuperAMOLED FULL HD resolution (1080×1920) Display

- 13 Megapixel Rear Facing Camera

- 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera

- Android 4.2.1 (Out-of-the-box)

According to a Christian Post  report, the “X” in the device’s code name indicated that there could be more than one version of Galaxy S4. It also suggested that the device could be “a high-end Samsung handset that belongs to the 'Galaxy S' family.”

The leaked model number GT-i9500X also corresponds to last month’s reports  claiming that Samsung was busy with efforts to introduce a new high-end smartphone with the model numbers of the device already confirmed. Two model numbers – GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 – were reportedly leaked, with the latter version supposedly pertaining to the 4G LTE-capable model.

Based on the leaked model numbers, Android Authority  reported that considering the existing Galaxy S3’s model number is I9300 and number four being considered unlucky in Korea, Samsung could skip I9400 in favor of I9500 and I9505 for its next flagship smartphone.

However, there is some confusion about the operating system of the Galaxy S4. While many reports have said that the handset will run either Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or the rumored Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, some other reports have also suggested that Samsung could also go with TIZEN, an open source, standards-based software platform.

Bloomberg reported last week that Samsung would start selling handsets running TIZEN OS this year, in an effort “to reduce its reliance on Google (GOOG) Inc.’s Android operating system after the Internet search company acquired handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in May” last year.

As noted by the Christian Post, TIZEN “will basically allow Samsung to have its own ecosystem. With Tizen, the company will now have full control over updates, features and hardware specifications of all of its products.”

Kukil Bora is a reporter for International Business Times, where this piece original appeared.

March 10, 2013 at 14:02

How much here in Philippines? And when is the target date to launch.

March 4, 2013 at 04:34


February 19, 2013 at 03:48

When is tha galaxy s4 coming out in Cincinnati?

February 17, 2013 at 11:55

you shouldn’t be on this blog anyway if you don’t like sansung

February 10, 2013 at 04:43

When will it come out In long beach ?,

February 1, 2013 at 15:09

assalamo alekom
When will it lunch in Saudi Arabia?

February 1, 2013 at 08:46

crap samsung and the people who use it

January 13, 2013 at 03:18

When will it launch in Malaysia?
I would like to have 1……………

January 11, 2013 at 00:51

Iphone sucks

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