Mere hours ago we were talking about how the Galaxy S4 won’t make it to MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain in late February and we now hear that Samsung may have scheduled a special “behind enemy lines” launch operation for this year’s flagship smartphone.

According to Asia Economy, Samsung has scheduled a special Mobile Unpacked event at some point in March right on Apple’s home turf, although Samsung is yet to confirm the media event.

The Galaxy S4 is rumored to sport a 4.99-inch Full HD AMOLED touchscreen display, an eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and Jelly Bean right out of the box. However, these specs are not confirmed at this time either.

What’s worth noting is that, traditionally, Apple unveils a new iPad in the first quarter of the year and launches it by the end of the period in several markets. We have no idea whether new iPad models are coming by the end of March – and certain reports out there seem to indicate that new iPads could be launched only later this year given that the fourth-gen iPad and the iPad mini were released just a few months ago – but Samsung’s play is definitely interesting, as it will certainly divert some attention from Apple products rumors to new Android devices.

As for previous Galaxy S announcements, the original model was unveiled in March 2010 at CTIA in U.S, the Galaxy S2 was announced in February 2011 at MWC in Spain while the highly-acclaimed Galaxy S3 was unveiled in early May 2012 at a special London-based event.

A March Galaxy S4 announcement means that the handset could hit some markets in the coming weeks, with late March or early April making a great launch period for the device.

Are you buying a Galaxy S4 this year or are you looking to other Android devices first?

  • Christopher Clark

    I’m all over the GS4 when it comes out. Unless there is something horribly wrong with it that would make the “deal breaker” list, or it sells out in 10 minutes never to be seen again.

  • S2556

    I’m content with my S3 but I’ll wait and see what 2013 offers before I rule anything out. Could always sell on craigs list. As of now the GS4 and moto X phone sound the best. HTC M7 does too but I need unlocked boot loader and HTC sucks for that. moto does too but hopefully with google pulling the reins now that will be different.

  • I’m all Xperia Z, rumoured to be shipped in South Africa as early as April. It is the great alternative.

    • snowmanjack

      Xperia sounds great, but I need to see a better track record from Sony in the US before I buy one.

  • yanomamoxtreme

    I want a Galaxy Note III with the following specs:
    -> 4G LTE
    -> 5.8 inch Super AMOLED (RGB Matrix) Screen (1920×1080)
    -> 4GB DDR3 Dual Channel RAM
    -> 256GB Mass Storage Memory (the fatest one)
    -> microSDXC Slot (2TB Support)
    -> microUSB 3.0
    -> Exynos 5 Octa Chipset, 2.0 GHz Processor, Mali T678 GPU
    -> 12MPx Camera with Dual PowerLED Flash
    -> Heavy Improvement in Speaker Output
    -> 4500mAh Battery
    -> IP57 Certified
    -> Fingerprint Scanner

    • And a laptop case to carry it over the backpack

    • Fatty Bunter

      They’d never make that because no one will pay $1500 for it.

      Can they make it? Sure. Will they? No.

  • mohdamr1

    I have an S3, probably will wait for the galaxy s5 (to feel the improvement if i bought one). S2 users should buy the S4 though and they will notice that it is a huge update over the s2.

    • seamus

      Sounds purely speculative … we have both S2 & S3 and notice only incremental improvement to S3 (and the odd annoying thing the S2 is better at)

  • Blaine Magee

    It’s gonna be a tough call for me between the S4 and the Note 3. I just don’t know if that extra screen space would be worth the trade off of how it feels in my pocket.

  • Benedict Chong

    If your Quad Core chip is having problem, do you think your Oct Core chip will not suffer the same? What is the point of having Oct Core processor while the Quad Core is not fully utilize to the maximum? Guess that is Korean technology, not as efficient and refine as the Japanese.

  • it’s like proposing me a very beautiful n fresh wife with more advantage yet mine is still new n good. should I add the 2nd wife? no wait for one more year. am waiting for s5 coz s3 is still sexy

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  • a_lx

    so… SGS-IV, HTC-M7, SXP-Z… and huffing and puffing a bit later to join the party, AiP-5s, 6?
    aargh… where to begin!?!?!

  • Prodigalson Vargas

    This is what the S4 will look like actually
    but like all other new phones this one will be quite “pricey so I will wait a while till price drops a bit

  • Black Malbec

    I just got my s3 2 weeks ago. I may get one. I LOVE my s3. First flawless handheld I’ve ever owned.

  • WilfreB

    The only phone that will replace my GS3 is the GS4

  • dilharo

    I I will pass It for the nexus 5…that is a huge update

  • Jason

    I’ll probably wait for Google and Motorola’s x phone to come out and compare the two