*UPDATE* After the blogisphere flooded with reports that Samsung was intent on releasing the Galaxy S4 as early as March 2013, Samsung responded via Twitter. The company tweet denied such rumors and silenced rumors of the premature update if the S Series.
Not one to be daunted by Apple’s crowing about record iPhone 5 pre-orders, Samsung has some news of its own. According to a report by The Korea Times, Samsung could release the Galaxy S4 as soon as March 2013 to better compete with the iPhone 5. If true, the S4 would be announced at MWC in Barcelona in February.
Other sources say that the new smartphone in the S series could make the leap to phablet territory with a 5 inch OLED display. The Exynos quad core processor and LTE support are also rumored to be included in the plans for the Galaxy S4. Obviously, the smartphone would still have Android and almost certainly, Jelly Bean.
It’s been proposed that the Galaxy S4′s camera resolution could be more than 8 megapixels. Samsung had hoped to up the resolution on the Galaxy Note 2, but HTC’s quasi monopoly with the Optimus G prevented that particular update.
Samsung aims to differentiate itself from Apple by not prolonging the wait between updated smartphones. Samsung wants to stick to an annual release schedule in order to remain competitive and innovative. Pushing out a new release before Apple can get their update out has proved very profitable. The Galaxy S3 is, after all, the first smartphone to dethrone the iPhone.