Samsung Galaxy S4 to be launched March 2013

Korea Times – Samsung Electronics plans to unveil the latest in its Galaxy line, the S4, at a European technology exhibition in February, according to company officials and local parts suppliers for the technology giant. This release will only be ten months after the Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched.

The Galaxy S IV will be the company’s most powerful smartphone to date and is said to include a 5-inch display (bigger than the 4.8 inch display of the S3), a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities.

Samsung is asking Apple to pay more to use its mobile application processors produced at its plant in Austin, Texas. The release of the S4 means more market share for Samsung as it is the only firm that can guarantee on-time delivery, output commitment and better pricing for mobile application processors,” said one executive.

The fast release will also help Samsung have models that completely avoid Apple patents.

Samsung has yet to decide whether it will use flexible display technology for the upcoming Galaxy due to production problems encountered by Samsung Display.

Market analysts and experts view the S4 as a “ clear message” to Apple. “ Samsung’s edges in manufacturing will further shine after the patent disputes go further on. In markets, Samsung is confident to widen its lead over Apple, though the legal fight is a totally separate issue,” said an industry executive who is familiar with the matter.

Samsung expects sales of the S3 to pass 30 million by the end of the year. It has already sold 20 million in just over three months.

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