Saturday, 22 December 2012

Technology is, by definition, a future-facing industry, so while us gadget-obsessed types fully appreciate the myriad joys that current devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Google Nexus 4 offer, it’s always with a quiet awareness that the best is yet to come. Part of the fun of nerdery lies in fantasising about the next big thing, and the mobile phone arena lends itself particularly well to the imaginative process.
So what do handset enthusiasts have to look forward to in 2013? There has been a healthy amount of chatter already, covering everything from the arrival of the world’s first 8-core handset – the ZTE Apache, apparently – to the fate of perpetually beleaguered Canadian manufacturer RIM and its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform. But somewhat inevitably, it’s the arrival of the next device from smartphone giant Samsung that has us rubbing our hands with anticipatory glee.
Given that it was first released in May 2012, the Galaxy S3 is well into its life-cycle, so it’s only natural that S4 rumours are becoming more and more substantive by the day. As a starting point, we know that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone is indeed called the Galaxy S4, as a company executive let slip the moniker at an event in France recently. What’s less certain is when and where the Korean multinational will opt to unveil the device.
Some speculation has the firm offering an initial teaser as soon as CES 2013 in January, possibly as part of the wider debut of Samsung’s new flexible display technology. However, the smart money is still on February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – the aforementioned bendy screen due to be shown off in Vegas has been sized up at 5.5in, which is suitable for a successor to the Galaxy Note 2, rather than matching the needs of the S4, in our opinion. Of course, ITProPortal will be in attendance at both trade shows, so wherever the next Galaxy S device surfaces, you’re assured of getting the latest news as it breaks.

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