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Galaxy S4 release date set for March, according to Korean analyst firm

A newly found document supposedly coming from a South Korean financial analyst company suggests that the Galaxy S4 will launch sooner than expected, at some point in March.
February 15, 2013

That’s right, folks, the Galaxy S4 rumor mill is churning out more rumors and leaks and today we’re looking at a supposedly leaked document coming from a South Korean research company that suggests the flagship device will be launched in March.

Naturally, we advise you to hang on to your grain of salt, as nothing can be confirmed at this time. As you can see in the following image, found by Italian blog in a leaked document, there’s no actual release date mentioned in the table other than the month, while certain handset characteristics including size, weight and screen type are not listed. Not to mention that the press image of the device is not available either.

What the spreadsheet does reveal is that the handset will sport an Exynos 5440 processor, therefore not an Exynos 5 Octa CPU, a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood. Some of these specs have already been mentioned in a variety of reports, although it’s not yet clear what CPU the Galaxy S4 will use. The Exynos 5 Octa is certainly one of the candidates, but depending on what rumor you read or what benchmark you check out, you’ll see Qualcomm Snapdragon and Exynos 5440 also mentioned.

In addition to the Galayx S4, other Samsung handsets are included in the document, all of the already available in stores: the Galaxy S3 LTE, the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 mini and the Ativ S. We’re looking at Figure 41 of the report, titled 1Q13 SEC smartphone lineup.

In case you’re wondering where all this comes from, you can check out the PDF that the image is taken from (second Source link below,) and you’ll see that it was supposedly created by financial group Mirae Asset Securities and has plenty of other tables in it, analyzing Samsung’s performance, its competitors and offering a forecast for the year. The report is 16 pages long, dated February 14, 2013, and offers a buy rating for Samsung investors.

The Galaxy S4 is apparently set to go into production in March, with the company currently gathering necessary components. A late-March launch, at least in some markets, following immediately the launch event, would make some sense. Again, we’re assuming this isn’t some elaborate hoax. At the same time we’d also remind you that analysts don’t always get their information right, so nothing they say is set in stone.

Previously, other rumors said that the Galaxy S4 would be unveiled in mid-March and would hit stores by early April, at least in some markets. But now it appears that the handset could be released a bit earlier than anticipated. Is Samsung trying to avoid losing customers to the Sony Xperia Z/ZL duo or HTCOne, that is if the report is accurate?

We’ll be back with more details about the Galaxy S4 as soon as we have them, so stick around!

Thanks, Andrea!