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Samsung Galaxy S4 rumor roundup

In anticipation for Samsung’s next flagship handset, the rumor mill has been churning out one speculation after another about the Galaxy S4. CNET gathers the latest (and craziest) rumors about the device.

Editors’ note: This piece was originally posted on January 24, 2013. We’ll continuously update the roundup until the device’s official launch. Please let us know if we missed any rumors ourselves.

Considering the popularity and success of the Samsung Galaxy S3, it’s understandable that whispers of its successor (presumably called the Galaxy S4) are circulating. From iffy launch dates to spec upgrades, GNz tracks all the talk and rounds up the latest GS4 rumors here.

February 6, 2013
March 15 presser in the works
Doubling down with its April sale date prediction, SamMobile is reporting that Samsung will hold a March 15 press event to unveil the handset. Citing a “trusted insider,” the site said it should expect a presser invitation after MWC finishes. Here’s hoping — because there’s nothing sadder than waiting for an invite to the coolest party of the year and staring down an empty mailbox instead.

February 1, 2013
Scratch that September rumor; you won’t see it at MWC after all
According to a source who spoke , it looks like the Galaxy S4 will be absent at Mobile World Congress this year. Instead, the company will probably put on its own event just for the device, similar to what it did last year with the S3 in May.

January 23, 2013
You may get your hands on the GS4 in April
It’s always interesting when rumors start ball-parking a release date, but SamMobile does one better and gives an exact date: Tax Day. Not only did the outlet report its launch day will be onApril 15, it also said the phone will have a larger 2,600mAh battery.

December 6, 2012
Superstrong, bendy display?
Reuters reported that the new Galaxy phone may be equipped with a flexible, ultra-tough touch screen. Although this sounds far out, we’ve seen firsthand what Samsung can do with its flexible Youm display. That’s not to say it’ll definitely come to the market any time soon, but it is evident that the company is working with such technology.

Samsung Youm flex displaySamsung’s Youm flex display at CES 2013. Will it be featured in the GS4?

December 4, 2012

It will get plenty of spec bumps
A 5-inch 1080p HD display, Android 5.0, and a 13-megapixel camera? Several S4 rumors from news outlets like Asiae.kr are popping up, reporting that the new handset is going to get several upgradesin hardware and software. With these rumors, a lot of cryptic code names are being associated with the handset as well, including the stale model number “Samsung GT-I9525” and the mysterious “Project J” label.

September 17, 2012
You’ll see it in February, at MWC 2013
According to a “company official” cited by the Korea Times, Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S4 at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Held in Barcelona, Spain, in February, MWC is a popular and global tech conference where many mobile companies debut their latest devices.

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