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New device to be unveiled in New York City

If you're a fan of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, you will be glad to hear the latest rumor making the rounds. Sources are indicating that Samsung is set to announce its next high-end smartphone called the Galaxy S IV on March 14. The mid-March introduction date was unveiled started with a tweet from Eldar Murtazin.

Murtazin wrote, "Save the date for a big announcement - March 14 :) And keep silence ;) HTC will miss HTC One sales again :( Like it was in 2012."

The Verge backs up that tweet, stating that March 14 is "definitely" the day that Samsung will be unveiling its latest generation flagship smartphone.

Another interesting tidbit that comes from the sources claiming to be familiar with Samsung's plans is that the manufacturer will focus on features rather than raw specifications.

The sources said, "The leap in cool new features from [Galaxy S III] to the next flagship will be bigger." That would seemingly mean that the leap and features would be bigger between the S III and S IV that it was between the S II and the S III.

Source: The Verge

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Features, not specs?
By woody1 on 2/19/2013 1:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
When they say that the phone is focusing on features, not specs, I assume that they mean software vs hardware. Given that Android is highly upgradable by flashing ROMS and installing apps, seems to me that features provided by Samsung are not so useful. Hardware is what differentiates the phones. Given the specs of the Galaxy S3, I don't see a lot of room for improvement. What I would want most is better battery life, minor improvements in video resolution, and better sound quality through the speakers. Otherwise, proprietary features provided by Samsung would not entice me a lot.

RE: Features, not specs?
By xti on 2/19/2013 3:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
the amount of people who flash ROMs are a very small to the average joe looking to buy what they see in ads on tv, it will have more of an impact than you think.

but agreed, samsungs bloat is a bit annoying. Dont get me started on kies...

RE: Features, not specs?
By woody1 on 2/19/2013 4:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, for average users, the features are a big driver. For hard-core flashers, the features just get in the way and it's the hardware that matters. The hardware is already pretty good, so any incremental improvements probably won't make a big difference.

I'm looking forward to new hardware features, e.g., built-in projectors, higher quality speakers, kinect-like 3D scanning, stuff like that. Those kind of features will take development, more CPU, better batteries, etc. I'm sure that radical new hardware is down the road, but, until then, minor software features are not going to distinguish the phones much.

RE: Features, not specs?
By Jeffk464 on 2/19/2013 5:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
Given the specs of the Galaxy S3

Yup, great processor, great screen, great camera. I don't see that there is that much room for improvement.

RE: Features, not specs?
By Falacer on 2/19/2013 6:15:01 PM , Rating: 2
Better body construction? I like the solid body of the original Galaxy as opposed to this plastic whateveryoucallit on the S3. That is probably my only gripe about the S3 other than the speaker still on the back of the phone.

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