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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Now Rumored for April Launch Under Codename “Altius”

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According to a couple of reports this morning, the next-gen Samsung flagship phone could be announced in March during an “Unpacked” event with a launch happening shortly after in April. We’ll refer to the phone as the Galaxy S4, but as of now, that name is not necessarily official. One source claims that the Unpacked event will happen in the U.S. at Apple’s doorstep, while the other source is expecting London, New York, or even Korea. 

Outside of launch, SamMobile is reporting that the phone has a new codename of “Altius” and a model number of GT-I9500. Samsung will likely deliver the phone in two color options:  white and black. There will be a removable 2600mAh battery with a wireless charging kit sold separately.

The rest of the rumored specs at this point include a 4.99″ FHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 5 Octa processor, Mali-T658 GPU, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, and Android 4.2.1.

Last, the image above is being tossed around as an “official” press image, but we’re not buying into that.

Via:  SamMobile | Asia Economic

Cheers ItsASamsung!

  • RaptorOO7

    Either the Moto X-Phone or Samsung GS4 but I require 32GB of internal storage + microSD slot so no BS about 16GB+16GB microSD being 32GB, that is the base for me, then we top on to that all of the current stuff we have 1080p, 2GB RAM, 4.2.1, etc.

    • Nick

      Yep, I’ve been screaming the same thing for a while. If it’s going to be a flash/cloud only phone, at least give a 32GB option.

  • http://twitter.com/jomama_joker22 jomama

    I got the 3 sung now, i want the 4, and people in hell want ice water,i guess we all want the latest but i have no monies left to buy all the mobile toys , maybe later!

  • SemahjLam

    pls no pentile plsssssss

  • Master O’Disaster

    One spec you forgot to mention:

    – Cheap plastic back

  • http://www.facebook.com/radist85 Dion Stodghill

    Sony Xperia z/zl will dominate this year!

  • Tech Pro

    This rumor spec is less than Announced LG Pro. Samsung need to up their spec with ARM A15 processors or at least A9 in stead of A7 processor. Battery 2500<3000 even though AMOLED save power in showing Movie. It's bad for marketing.

  • S2556

    switch to on screen buttons and you fulfilled my wishlist. All the major parts anyways

  • master94

    I dont think it will be called GS4, not in Korea at least, its a sign of bad luck. Samsung always skipped the number 4, wonder if they will for the Galaxy series like all the others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

    Physical/capacitative keys just blew any chance of me buying this phone

  • Jimmyrustler

    Love everything except the AMOLED screen, I want the SLCD3 screen from the DNA or at the very least give us the samsung made PLS screen(same found in the nexus 10) at FHD.

    The battery being 2,600mah could be considered low, but remember there might me an official extended battery like the one they made for the S3(3,000mah).

  • Oscar De La Rosa

    watch them change the capacitive buttons to real buttons like on the droid x XD

  • SexciiP

    I really don’t get why some of you hate the home button. It’s not that bad.

    • Diablo81588

      Because its ugly and it lags. Nothing more than Samsung trying to copy the iPhone.

      • SexciiP

        Samsung has been using home buttons on their phones for years now ever since they started making windows mobile phones and 3G multimedia phones. So they’re not copying Apple, Apple is copying them and trying to act as if they started that. It lags?? If it’s lagging it’s because you have S-voice set to be activated through the home button. Disabling it makes your device respond a lot quicker when pressing the home button. Samsung rectified that with the Jelly Bean update.

        • Diablo81588

          There is at least a full 1 second delay before you’re back to the home screen. Try opening an app and hitting the back button instead. Instant response time. Jelly bean didn’t make any difference in that regard.

  • Fatty Bunter

    The 5″ screen mostly gives away that there will be on-screen buttons.

  • JC

    I’m really tempted to use an upgrade to replace my Nexus with the Note 2 but i know something else will come around soon. Do you think the Note 2 will still have decent resale value after the new phones release?

  • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

    If it wasn’t for that darn button, I would buy one.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReitzell Daniel Reitzell

    I have considered the S4 as my next phone, nah, not with the physical home button. Just can’t do it.

  • ddevito

    S4 or XPhone? Decisions Decisions

  • http://twitter.com/fritzo2162 DougZ

    Another 5″ phone. Soon Samsung will require two people to carry their phones.

    • Trueblue711

      So does that mean 4 people have to carry a tablet or iPad?

      • http://twitter.com/fritzo2162 DougZ

        Maybe, if they keep growing. Here’s an early prototype of the Galaxy V:

  • Booyah

    If the Moto X has the specs that are rumored, I’ll forget about this phone and my GNex.

    • Jimmyrustler

      which specs? Nothing I’ve read indicates that it will have better tech than this.
      I can guarantee you that the T4 wont perform better than this.

  • coolsilver

    This or Moto X will be my choices this year since no Nexus will be available soon for Verizon

  • http://twitter.com/DCBenson7 David Benson

    Still not liking the 2600 battery. Give me 3000+ and I will be buying. Of course the X phone sounds amazing.

  • Bionicman

    i have 2 upgrades this year so i’m excited. though im loving my Note II right now, the next 3 phones in my radar are the GS4, Note 3 and Google Moto X phone.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Moto, I know your reading this.

    THIS is your target for X. Mr Woodside, let the engineers make what they want and don’t let the bean counters and marketing team hamper them. This is a very important year for you, make it count.

    • michael arazan

      Problem is they want it to be affordable at full retail price, this phone will be $600-700 at full price and Google will want the Moto x to be around $450, I would like the Moto x to have 8gb on board with an sd slot up to 64 gb, that way they can keep high end specs with minimal memory.

      • Trueblue711

        Agreed. High on-board memory is so unnecessary. Stick 8GB internal and put an SD card slot on there. I just bought a 32GB MicroSD card for $15 on sale. I’m a bit annoyed Google is dropping support for external memory.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Sounds awesome! It’s still early, but it’s not giving me too much envy yet, coming from my S3. I’ve really been eyeing up the Note 2 though. Any word on a new Note handheld or tablet?

  • Stew560

    This or the X?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Depends on if you want a bigger non removable battery or not.

    • Captain_Doug

      Depends on if you want great build quality or not.

      • hkklife

        …and great radios, and great battery life, and standard microHDMI out and a non-cartoony UI that’s as close to stock as you’re going to get outside of a Nexus.

        (and likely a lousy camera too, but you can’t win them all!)

        • Captain_Doug

          So true. Although a phone camera isn’t super important to me as long as there is one.

        • Big_EZ

          I had been a Motorola fan until a few weeks ago, I avoided Samsung because of problems I had a while back. I decided to give Samsung a shot since the Note 2 had me salivating, and it has as good or better radios. The gps is way better than Motorolas. I expected to have less battery life since the Note 2 has a smaller battery by 200 mah, a 5.5″ screen compared to my RAZR Maxx’s 4.3″ screen and it HD, but I’m getting better battery life. Blur may be the closest to stock, but I still had to flash stripped and aosp roms on my RAZR, I’m running a touchwiz based rom because it has amazing features and doesn’t bog down the phone.

  • T4rd

    It should at least have a 4K SAMOLED+ SLCD3 hybrid display and a GTX 790m GPU to drive it =p.

    • Jonathan Bunch

      and mayyybe just maybe…you will get an hour of battery-life. :)

  • jcorf

    I’m really hoping they switch to on screen buttons.

    • Trevor

      It may seem minor, but that’s the main reason I switch from my GS3 to my Nexus. I have CM10.1 installed on both, so the software is essentially identical, but I miss those onscreen buttons!

    • Dominick_7

      Really hope they don’t.

      • http://twitter.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

        Same, that’s why I went from a Galaxy Nexus to a GSIII

  • TheWenger

    If they don’t lose the physical home button I’m for sure waiting until I/O to see what Google does with this “X Phone” rumor.

    • Captain_Doug

      All Moto is missing is an unlocked bootloader. If they can bring their great hardware together with AOSP, we’ll have a winner. Personally I’d rather they ditch the Amoled too. Throw in a 4.7″ 720P/1080P LCD display. Yum.

      • hkklife

        If 4.7″, 720P. If 5″, 1080P or bust. I just want a 1080P quad-core Moto phablet with spectacular battery life sooooo bad!

      • S2556

        Too each their own but I really like OLED displays

        • TheWenger

          Sames

    • http://www.paulnewcomb.com/ Paul

      The physical home button is my favorite feature of the phone!

      • Trueblue711

        Agreed. I don’t understand the obsession with the on-screen buttons. Is it because Google says it’s great?

        • Nick

          No, it’s because on most custom roms, they’re fully customization (size, color, shortcut to apps, re-arrange, etc.). I was against on-screen buttons until I used them.

          • Trueblue711

            Okay.. but Samsung shouldn’t design their flagship phone to a very small subset of its users who use custom ROMs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Slainte-Threeseventeen/100003377967363 Slainte Threeseventeen

        Not a huge fan of the physical home button, but I love the S3 itself. But there are software options like LMT launcher that allow you to add a soft home button to every screen.

  • jb

    I’m looking forward to upgrading to this phone from my htc Blunderbolt.

  • ts14

    And my upgrade is due in May. Well played, Samsung. Well played, indeed…

    • capecodcarl

      I miss being able to look forward to an upgrade. Verizon basically ruined that by getting rid of upgrades for unlimited data customers.

    • coolsilver

      Mine has been due with my Thunderbolt. Still holding to pay retail on a phone I can say will be a good phone for another 2 years unlike that one. No HTC, LG not sure. Samsung or Moto where it is at.

  • possomcrast1

    I’d bet they finally switch to on-screen buttons.

    • Steve Benson

      Please let this be true.

    • mustbepbs

      I bet they won’t since the home button has been a feature of all the Galaxy phones (Galaxy S in Europe had the home button, our variants did not). They want people to think it’s as memorable as Apple’s home button, but in reality, we all hate it.

      • Detonation

        Note that’s “we” as in the android developer community. The rest of the world may think differently.

        • mustbepbs

          Did I say the whole world? I said “we” as in “us” as in the DL community.

      • Trueblue711

        I don’t hate it. The fact of the matter is, the Galaxy S3 is the first Android phone I’ve seen that is reaching average-user adoption similar to the iPhone. Not in numbers, but in the fact that it’s becoming the most popular single Android phone. Many average users may not like having no physical buttons. If you remember, Samsung had a prototype GS3 with no home button, but their market testing must’ve shown people prefer it.

    • Detonation

      Doubtful, they’ve built product recognition with their Galaxy styling, home button included.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    I know its a lost cause by asking but i really hope they lose the home button. :/

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

    Gimme gimme.

    • EvanTheGamer

      YES! That’s what I say.