Samsung is changing lanes and speeding up production to aim for a March 15 launch for the Galaxy S IV, according to SamMobile, who claim to have gotten their info from a trusted insider. The report also states that the phone will have the model number GT-I9500 and will be seen in black and white colours.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S IV at the Unpacked event in March and not at MWC, just like last year when it launched the Galaxy S III. But the source believes Samsung is waiting for the Barcelona event to conclude before sending out invites.

Follows a design similar to that of the SIII and the Premier

A leaked image shows a design similar to that of the SIII

Sammobile states that the smartphone will be out in Europe first, before it is launched pan-Asian by the end of April. The handset will make it to the shores of North America, Australia and Africa by the end of Q2. This is in line with what we heard earlier this year from Samsung’s Lebanon office, who said that the Galaxy S IV would be out by May, which is towards the end of Q2.

A March launch also makes sense considering that the company will put its 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display (expected to grace the front of the S IV) into mass production at the Samsung Display plants near the end of February. The displays should be with Samsung Electronics in early March, just in time for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III's successor.

The 4.99-inch display, which was shown off by Samsung at their booth at CES 2013, will have a pixel density of 440ppi, and according to Korean publication DDaily, it will be manufactured using Samsung’s Fine Metal Mask method. That indicates a PenTile display, but the company’s last big smartphone, the Galaxy Note II, came with a different sub-pixel arrangement. In any case, we can’t even think of a scenario where we can complain about the crispness of a 1080p display.
   
The rumoured specifications of the Galaxy S IV include:

  • 4.99-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 440 PPI
  • 4G LTE, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi HT40, WiFi Direct, WiFi hot spot, NFC
  • GPS with GLONASS and A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v4.0 with USB 2.0 Host
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyro-sensor, compass
  • 13 megapixel camera with full HD video recording, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions with expandable support up to 64GB via Micro SD card
  • MHL for AV out

The phone will be powered by a whopping 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, will have a 8-core Mali-T658 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It will sport a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

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