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Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S4 in New York on March 14

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According to two reports this evening, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 at an event in New York City on March 14. This date had previously been rumored, but both AllThingsD and Reuters are citing company reps of Samsung that have confirmed the date. Samsung’s mobile chief JK Shin has also told Edaily news that his company had multiple requests from U.S. carriers to announce the phone in the States after last year’s London unveiling of the Galaxy S3

Rumors have suggested that we’ll see a 4.99″ FHD (1080p) display in the device, along with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of Samsung’s own Octa Exynos. Other than that, the device is somewhat of a mystery, but we expect Samsung to show off some sort of innovative new software as they have done over the last year in both the GS3 and Note 2.

Well, folks, it looks like we’re getting the new Galaxy much earlier than we have in years past. I guess I have a plane ticket to book.

Excited? Predictions?

Via:  AllThingsD | Reuters

Cheers ItASamsung!

  • nightscout13

    I have an S3, and I don’t consider S-Voice, S-Suggest, or the tactiles Innovation. I don’t use these features, because they are gimmicks. Google did a good job with Google Now, etc so stop stepping on toes Samsung

  • DanWazz

    Samsung fanboys are stoked.

  • Andrew Merewitz

    I wish the public could get into these events.. I live in NYC and always wish I could go to all these release events

  • EvanTheGamer

    HELL YEAH! I have a shiny new upgrade ready(well, my own cell phone number’s upgrade is this Aug, but I’m using someone elses upgrade instead of waiting, possibly, then that other person will get my upgrade in Aug)!

    Just need to save up now. Can’t wait!

  • Detonation

    But how soon will it be available to buy once it’s announced?

  • turb0wned

    Am I the only one getting sick and tired of Samsung already. I’m rooting for the under dogs that make much better quality phones. HTC, Motorola, Sony….

    • Joe

      Yes, you are the only one.

      • Diablo81588

        No he’s not.

  • Tim242

    LG just bought WebOS from HP for use in its SmartTV’s. CNet has pulled the article, but here is the cached article. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http%3A%2F%2Freview…

  • Flyinion

    If it doesn’t have on screen “soft keys” like the Galaxy Nexus, I’m avoiding it. Since ICS introduced those with the GNex, there’s no reason for Android phones to have hardware based versions of those anymore. I went from an OG Droid to a GNex on its launch date and haven’t missed “physical” buttons at all. Ever. Giving the phone no physical buttons creates a nice clean looking device that IMO can’t be beat.

    • Tim242

      A cleaner look, but wasted screen space.

    • Joe

      God bless, if I have to hear about soft buttons again, I’m going to puke

  • Richard Yarrell

    There is no better place to have a unpacked event of this magnitude other than Manhattan New York City. Samsung is full of surprises and you can bet the house that they will pull out all the stops on this one. I will definitely be in the house for this one.

  • CapnShiner

    Isn’t it a bit unusual for a new flagship product to be announced on a Thursday? I know it’s Pi Day (3.14 is March 14th for those who never heard of it before) but that’s kind of an unusual occasion to want to coincide with a phone launch. I’m guessing the rumor is false.

  • axrd

    It’s just going to be another touchscreen smartphone with loads of horsepower, a large and lovely display, and no stylus or similar device (such as the Note’s S Pen).

    If the current definition of “cool” or functional design just happens to be stupid, then the definition needs to change. With the stylus that came neatly tucked into the body of my ancient Samsung SCH-i760 running Windows Mobile 6, I efficiently took notes (way faster than screen typing plus you can sketch in accurate arrows and so forth), highlighted documents as I read them, and made simple drawings.

    How is it that my “horse and buggy” phone was so handy for things you really can’t do well on modern phones that are optimized only for fingers? The screen on the SCH-i760 is half the size, so we clearly don’t require a device as large as a Note to use a stylus. (Or far better, an S Pen or something like it. Palm rejection at minimum now that the screens are large enough to sometimes require your palm or lower fingers over them.)

    It’s a ridiculous waste. All this power and screen sharpness and the thing is crippled for important functions. If someone doesn’t want a stylus, it won’t get in the way. But it makes a ton more sense for these phones to have them — and be optimized for them — than not.

    • CapnShiner

      Then get a Galaxy Note or get a 3rd party capacitive stylus. The reason those old phones used a styles is because they had to. The screens were resistive, not capacitive. There was no multitouch on those. I think most people can actually take notes faster with an on-screen keyboard than with handwriting recognition, which, from what I remember, was not very accurate. But with current technology, you can use either one.

      • axsd

        I’m not talking about handwriting recognition. Maybe later I’ll run recognition/OCR against my notes if I need to. (And the more convenient, fast, and accurate they make that the better.) I’m talking about handwriting. Very few people can take notes on a smartphone screen even close to as fast as they can write them. Plus with the stylus you can quickly and accurately include arrows, lines, small sketching, etc. Fingers also aren’t well suited for highlighting text in the body of a document, writing notes “in the margins” of PDFs, or drawing with any precision.

        Doesn’t make any difference that older devices “needed” the stylus. Doesn’t change the fact that fingers are by comparison way too imprecise for those functions. And it’s not just a matter of using a capacitive stylus. There’s a reason Samsung went with a very different device, a Wacom pen Samsung calls the S Pen, in their Note series. Features such as palm rejection and pressure sensitivity are a big deal on the new, larger, higher resolution screens. For such functions, at minimum the devices themselves need to be optimized for stylus use. Optimally, they should offer a device with S Pen capabilities.

        What it comes down to is functionality. There are no good reasons for smartphones with so much more horsepower and screen quality not shipping with significant capabilities enjoyed in “yesterday’s” touchscreen phones. How would you like if no new cars offered a sound system or even spaces to install one? Or air conditioning? In the “premium” cars, no less.

        The stylus, and related device optimization, will come back into popularity with easily pocketable phones sizes. It’s a matter of when, and who’s smart enough to get a head start tapping into that market before others jump on the bandwagon. Who remains to be seen, but the sooner the better.

        • ceejw

          So you’re basically saying that you think every new smartphone that comes out from now on should have a wacom digitizer built in for stylus use. The reason your old windows mobile phone worked so well with a stylus is because it used a resistive touchscreen and no one is going to start using resistive touchscreens again because they’re virtually unusable with finger input.

          • axsd

            Not every new smartphone necessarily. But probably more of them than not. As far as “unusable with finger input,” obviously Samsung found a way with their Note series (that digitizer pen), which has sold fantastically.

            This isn’t overly complicated. Unless you’ve got tiny pointed fingers, there is no way you can take notes, highlight text, or sketch as well with your finger as you can with a stylus (or yes, something like it such as the S Pen). It makes no sense than the newer phones have all but lost that capability. And with the stylus/digitizer tucked into the body of the phone, if you don’t want to use it it’s not going to be in your way.

            People freak out when you suggest change. They get sold by marketing on what’s “cool” and can’t imagine going to something they’ve been convinced isn’t “cool.” A digitizer pen or some variant simply makes sense. Enormous sense.

            No way to know for certain, but I’d be willing to bet a market leader on providing that, so long as the phone is otherwise desirable, will eat other manufacturers’ lunches.

    • Daniel Aceves

      I had that phone too. Great phone. Still my favorite keyboard of all time.

      • axsd

        Agreed, those spaced out raised rubber keys were awesome. No comparison. And I must have whipped open and closed that solid slider 100,000 times and I never had a problem with it.

        But I’m cool with touchscreen only keyboards, especially on the nice big screens we have now. Losing the precision stylus capabilities, though, is kind of ridiculous.

  • JulianZHuang

    hope it has a new UI.

  • I still have doubts that they are going to announce it on the 14th. That’s just way too soon. S3 just came out last summer. It be a bad move if they did. I know Samsung has a track record of hashing devices out by the buttload but I’d figure Samsung would be very delicate with their Galaxy S# brand.

    • Austin Warren

      So a company confirming it means they actually won’t?

    • Tim242

      The S III released last Spring in the US….May and June. They confirmed they are announcing it on that date and even explained why they are doing it in the US. Why would you question fact?

  • Tim242

    I’m worried it will just be a design rehash. I hope they make a major change.

    • Austin Warren

      Make it taller. /s

      • Tim242

        Make it out of something other than glossy plastic /for real

    • Richard Yarrell

      A major change isn’t necessary for the Galaxy S4. People who purchase Samsung devices do so for the software and features solutions that are offered from Samsung nobody compares. Bottom line here things are reaching saturation from a specs standpoint. In 2013 and 2014 it will be about software to a tee.

      • Tim242

        As a former Sprint corporate store employee, I can assure you that most people buying the S III are buying it because they heard the “Galaxy” is cool. People buy phones for many reasons. I bought the Note II full price from Verizon on Nov. 29th. I like many things about it, but hate the glossy plastic. I do not use cases, so materials are important to me. That said, anybody that slaps a rubber or plastic case on their phone have no right complaining about “cheap plastic.”. I am aching for a phone with better feel. I hate shiny, slippery plastic. Samsung is really only behind in that. It bothers me to no end.

        • EdKent

          You need to feel the iPhone 5 in your hand. It’s not that cheap plastic feel you have from Samsung products.

          • Tim242

            Hmmm…did you read my post? I worked at Sprint. So, I’ve held the iPhone 5 in my hands. Yes, it feels nice. However, the screen is too small and it doesn’t do what I need my smartphone to do.

      • ceejw

        I’ve owned a few Samsung phones and can assure you their software and feature solutions had nothing to do my purchase. In fact, if I didn’t have the ability to get rid of all Samsung’s terrible software and flash cyanogen mod I would not have purchased the phones.

      • squiddy20

        This brought to you by the idiot who “knew” the Galaxy Nexus would be Verizon’s flagship phone -_-
        You have no clue Richard.

        • TylerChappell

          Richard is also one of the biggest, most immature trolls that patrols this site so you gotta be careful. If it’s any device other than a Samsung, he does nothing but childishly bash and curse about it.

          • squiddy20

            Oh, believe me, I know. A year ago, he was on a Verizon/Galaxy Nexus kick, and everything else was getting “pissed/shitted on”. A few months before that, he was alllll about Sprint/Evo, even going so far as to say how the “legendary” Evo 3D would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012”. He tells people they’re “useless” when they prove him wrong (as I’ve repeatedly done), but then goes right along spewing his hilariously wrong BS.

  • This vs the x phone is going to be a thing for me isn’t it

    • michael arazan

      X phone hopefully, Notice Samsung is unveiling this early to beat the X phone and Google I/O, last year the SG3 was unveiled in june

      • Austin Warren

        Samsung isn’t trying to compete with the X Phone.

  • ßen Murphy

    I think we have bigger issues. Like why McDonald’s stops serving breakfast at 10:30am.

    • Tim242

      Because it takes 30-45 minutes to switch over from Breakfast to lunch. Changeover is chaotic. It is a biotch.

      • Nicholassss

        24 hour breakfast. some times I want a McMuffin at 4pm and sometimes I want a cheeseburger 7am.

        • Tim242

          I hear ya. However, McDonald’s isn’t set up for that. A lot of the equipment is used for both. Not to mention, breakfast would have to be cooked to order. You’d have to wait about 20-30 minutes. They couldn’t cook up a stock, because it would all go to waste.

        • Bob G

          Jack In The Box, mate. They even serve Spring Rolls at 4am. Mmm Mmm.

          • Nicholassss

            I just moved near one in AZ. Im from michigan so id never seen a jack in the box until I moved out here.

          • Nicholassss

            Oh, by the way, really excited to have the s4 revealed. Haha

          • ostensibly

            I think they all closed in MI in the late 80s, after the E. Coli outbreak.

        • jeff

          That is why we have cracker barrel, waffle house and huddle house…

          Sometimes breakfast for lunch just hits the spot…

        • sean.yesmunt

          Agree x 1000

    • KleenDroid

      I agree. Its complete nonsense.

    • the reason I never get MCD’s breakfast

    • Austin Warren

      2am and you’re making me hungry for Mc Donalds the breakfast. Son of a bit..

    • Futbolrunner

      Steak, egg & cheese bagel all day!

    • S2556

      In my home town the mcdonalds changed from 8am – 9pm to 9am – 7pm. It stayed like that for a few months before closing down. Never heard of a mcdonalds closing at 7 before though.

    • a) youth.in.asia

      Where I’m at it’s 11 AM, bro

    • EvanTheGamer

      That’s not an issue, but a luxury we can’t afford to lose. Wait…what?

      All joking aside, we all know that Jack in the Box is a much better breakfast serving establishment and they serve breakfast around the clock ya all!

      • We don’t got these up north.

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  • Guest

    is the event open to the public?

    • Justin Winker

      Typically they are invite only.

  • Thomas

    Excited you ask ? Your God **** skippy we are 😉

    • Tech Pro

      Looks like Samsung runs out of ideas, S4 will be HTC ONE rehashing. Maybe S4 will have dual speakers too.