Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S launch rumors start filling the web

by: Chris SmithNovember 20, 2012

Open the Internet today and you’ll find a bunch of Galaxy S4-related rumors, all based on different, unconfirmed, reports, that we have covered thoroughly when they originally hit the presses.

In short, today’s articles say that Samsung could unveil the 2013 flagship Galaxy handset at next year’s CES edition and that the device may very well feature a 4.99-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 441 PPI, an Exynos 5450 quad-core CPU (Cortex-A15) and a 13-megapixel camera.

Nothing new under the sun, right? But the Galaxy S4 rumors are getting more and more traction even though the Galaxy S3 is still a strong product and we would expect it to sell quite well in the Christmas quarter too.  And while everything is plausible, we’ll still question everything until we get more details on the Galaxy S4’s specs and features.

Why would Samsung launch the Galaxy S4 earlier than we’d expect it to? Assuming the Galaxy S4 is announced at CES, then it would probably hit stores in the following month or months. That would mean the Galaxy S4 would be available to customers less than a year after the Galaxy S3’s launch.

Likeways, look for iPhone 5S rumors and you’ll find recent reports that say Apple is already working/producing on its seventh-generation iPhone and, not only that, but it will launch the new device in the summer of 2013 as opposed to an expected fall launch. Moreover, the most recent rumor says that Apple will not only launch the iPhone 5S in mid-2013, but also the next-generation iPad(s). Again, plausible but questionable rumors.

Are we that bored with current technology that we’re already looking at next year’s devices? That’s one some consumers are unimpressed with new releases and are quick to complain as soon as the new gadgets hit stores about them not meeting overly-hyped expectations. On the other hand, lack of rumors and hype do seem to lead to no, or low, profits for most mobile players, with Samsung and Apple collecting most of the cash in play right now.

On that note, and since we’re looking at the broad mobile environment and all its intricacies, we can’t but notice that you sure as hell don’t see any Nokia Lumia or BlackBerry 10 handset rumors for next year yet. And while we’re on it, there aren’t any Motorola device rumors hitting the web, as we still expect that at some point in the future, hopefully sooner rather than later, Google will start using that particular subsidiary for actually building hardware, maybe the Nexus kind.

Naturally, we’re here to cover all Android- and mobile-related rumors and reports for you, so we’ll keep up with them as rumor mill churns them out, but we’ll advise you to take everything with a grain of salt and not let them cloud your buying judgment. Don’t hesitate to buy today the smartphone you have chosen in hope that the next couple of months will bring about an even cooler device. Because that will definitely happen, especially in the Android universe where new devices get launched every few months or so and you’ll always find a reason to postpone a purchase.


  • chris125

    I am actually interested to see what samsung does with the s4. i love the s3 and can only imagine the improvements they will make with the s4. Hopefully these rumors hold true and once again samsung will have a global launch on all carriers around the same time.

    • From my chats with people within Samsung, and others closely connected to the supply line, the rumors are looking very plausible. What remains to be seen is if Samsung will try and ride out the S3 as long as possible. I need an S4 NOW!

      • chris125

        Well I have an upgrade in July so if its out by then I’d be happy

  • Still Frustrated with Verizon

    The Galaxy S4 will be out on Verizon before the Note 2

    • Joshhud

      Note 2 will be out on Nov. 29th.. But yes Verizon hates Android.

  • I still have over a year on my contract, so I’ll be waiting for the Note 3

  • It’s a bad move to Samsung change the design specs of the Galaxy SIII. The consumers like to have cases, docks and all a bunch of crap for their devices.

    The only manufacturer that understood this, was Apple. There are tons of equipment made exclusive for iPhones and iPad, because everyone knows that the next iPhone will be compatible with the last one (OK! That don’t happened with the iPhone 5, but happened with all the previous and PROBABLY will happen with the next).

    With Android you never know nothing! Even the charge connection you can’t tell if it will be in the bottom, or in the side.

    Even the Nexus Line, who has a dock connections on the side of the Galaxy Nexus, don’t have it on the Nexus 4.

    • Windroipple

      Companies make tonnes of accessories for Apple because Apple don’t launch products quickly.So less number of devices + more number of markets covered.
      Which means internationally , there is huge advantage.

      And another reason is , Apple dictates carriers but not vice versa.So everywhere apple products look same , very identical and have minimal differences.

      • Agree…

        But the others manufacturers can keep some identity in theirs flagships evolution. It will make more easy to the accessory makers put some products in the market that don’t will get obsolete in one year…

    • MasterMuffin

      *anything not nothing, but yes I totally agree

      • Noted.

        English is not my first language, and I make some mistakes …

        • MasterMuffin

          Nobody’s perfect, but our English teacher always says “it’s anything not nothing!” :)

    • JJ

      3g to 3gs and 4 to 4s is not a new product. It is ripping customers off making it a apple trend. Controlling your mind to buy a iphone every year. I have been using since the 3g up to 4s and I felt stupid for the past years. I did not regret buying a note 2 and it has proven that it is the time to use android. It’s time to move on and stop forcing yourself to buy the same product over and over again and for a new “chip” and added extra “tiny” RAM.

      • You forgot the iPhone 1. iPhone->iPhone 3G->iPhone 3GS. 3 years, one phone.

        I Agree… Apple don’t release new Phones. They release hardware actualization. And no one need to be always with the last model. Only who don’t have love for their money should change from the iPhone 4 to 4S!

        But, IMHO, it would be nice if all the extra gear that someone bought for the Galaxy Nexus he/she could use in the Nexus 4. And share some of them with the Nexus 7 or 10… Basically, I’m talking about the dock-stations.

    • casinrm

      The iPhone 5 changed the dock connector, the position of the headphone jack, the size of the phone, and more. The iPhone 4/4S also meant accessories had to be redone. Same thing with 3G/3GS.

      • Yes, but you take the same everything to the iPhone 1, 3G and 3GS. Then you only have to change the case for the 4 and could keep it for the 4S. 5 year and the only thing you have to change is your phone case 1 time. Everything else are compatible.

        Now they change the connector and the form factory. Every iPhone regular user will have to change their docks (or by a adapter) and can’t use their old cases. But probably this form factory will remains for 2 years, and connector will keep the same for years! All the accessories made for iPhone 5 (I repeat PROBABLY) will be compatible with the next year phone, and the major will be compatible for more couple of years…

        • Windroipple

          No , they won’t.

          For example some accessories (only some but not all) , won’t work for 3GS , 3G while they work for 4 and 4S.
          While some accessories work for all devices.Then Again , 2005 30 pin accessories won’t work with 2007 ones (some of them).

          Fragmentation exist in 30 pin connector , some companies are implementing it well , so that it works with every single apple product from 2003.

          To prevent this confusion , Apple took bold steps in lightning connector , so that only limited accessory makers make accessories for iDevices.I think it has some sort of encryption to prevent other manufacturers to spam accessories.

    • GFJDGJ


  • Joshhud

    I like that bit of advice at the end. I am going to get the Note 2 in the next few weeks. But i would be lying if i wasn’t thinking of waiting for the S4.

  • All this “my specs are bigger than yours” is getting a bit “meh”.

    This is why I like my Samsung GNex so much, it keeps on getting better with each new release of Android (looking forward to 4.2 landing) and reduces the need to upgrade the hardware. 4.1 Jellybean was a revelation and made the phone feel as quick as the S3 in many respects. Proof that there is value in focussing on the software, not just constantly raising the hardware stakes: that can lead to bloated, inefficient software – look at Windows for a case in point.

    • I’m itching to get a Nexus. My old Defy will make 2 good year, and it only get officially updated to Froyo… Recently I installed the CM10 beta, but it is a never ending process. Always have some bugs.

      I’m waiting to see the possibility of get a Nexus 4. But if I can’t (Don’t know if it will ever be sold in my country) I’m planing to get the Galaxy Nexus.

      My fear is that the Galaxy Nexus already is a one year old phone, and who knows how much updates it will handle…

  • arcwindz

    oh, you mentioned something interesting, Motorola 2013 rumor. There have been none of it, at all, which kinda disappointing for me since I expect more of them in 2013 since the launch of Razr HD.