Samsung Galaxy S4, 13.3-Inch Samsung Tablet and Galaxy Note 2 Refresh Coming in 2013?


The Samsung-related rumors continue raging on, as the Korean company will definitely be releasing a new Galaxy S phone sometime in 2013, most probably in the first half of the year. Previous rumors have tipped the device’s announcement to take place at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, but the latest scoop suggests it might be revealed a little later than that.

SamMobile reported this week that the “Project J”, which is apparently Samsung’s codename for the next Galaxy S, will be unveiled in April 2013 at a separate media event. Earlier this year, it was also believed that Samsung would be announcing the Galaxy S3 at MWC 2012, but as that didn’t happen, it was instead launched separately early in May, with the actual release date taking place a few weeks thereafter.

The new rumor did not mention anything regarding specifications and features, but there have been more than enough rumors regarding that in previous weeks. Like HTC and its Droid DNA, Samsung may be introducing a 5-inch, 1080p full-HD AMOLED screen to the Galaxy S4, and may also be including a quad-core processor clocked at an amazing 2.0 GHz.

Other rumored specs and features include the latest Android version at the time of release (either Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie”), a 13-megapixel rear camera and a larger battery.

In addition to the Galaxy S4, there are two other Samsung devices rumored to be due in 2013. One is a “budget” version of the Galaxy Note 2, probably similar to the low-end Galaxy S3 Mini released in October. According to the rumors, this lower-end Galaxy Note 2 may not come with an S Pen, and may have a mere LCD display without HD capabilities; it is possible this is the same device as the rumored “Galaxy Grand” with a 5-inch screen, 800 x 480 resolution and a 1.2 GHz dual-core.

Also, a 13.3-inch tablet may be launched next year, with similar specs and functionalities to the Asus Transformer tablet/notebook hybrid devices.