Just as Apple announced two million iPhone 5 pre-orders and admitted to demand exceeding the initial supply, the latest word on the street has it that rival Samsung is readying its answer, a successor to its Galaxy SIII flagship handset which became the most serious challenger to the iPhone based on shipments of 20 million units in its first hundred days on market (they expect to ship 30 million by year’s end).

The Galaxy S4 should launch in March 2013, a month following its public introduction at the annual Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung officials reportedly are convinced that the device will be capable of curbing the iPhone 5, which has a bigger four-inch Retina display, twice as fast processor and fast 4G LTE and WiFi networking capabilities, plus a two-tone form factor and a host of other hardware tweaks…

According to The Korea Times, quoting an unnamed Samsung executive, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is rumored to appear at Mobile World Congress , the world’s biggest mobile devices trades show which takes place in February 2013 in Spain, Barcelona.

It should feature a five-inch screen (versus 4.8-inch on the SIII) and LTE capabilities and will allegedly run Samsung’s quad-core Exynos processor. From the outside, Samsung’s phone will “retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept”, said one executive.

The upcoming device is expected to hit shelves globally in March 2013 at the latest.

The timetable was released just three days after rival Apple introduced the iPhone 5, which has received a mixed response from industry experts and consumers as it is seemingly lacking in innovative features.

It’s interesting how Samsung is continuing to refresh its flagship annually, just like Apple’s been doing with its device:

Samsung wants to keep its one-year product schedule and the Galaxy S4 will be the first to match that strategy. The S4 will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept.

Samsung was rumored to sue Apple over its 4G LTE implementation in the iPhone 5 the instant the handset hits store shelves this Friday, September 21.

The South Korean conglomerate has also run an interesting ad in certain newspapers which compares hardware features of the Galaxy SIII to the iPhone 5. The “it doesn’t take a Genius” tagline featured in the ad and on Twitter is a direct pot shot at Apple Store Geniuses (though its own retail stores and employee T-shirts seem to copy Apple’s).

At this rate, the Apple-Samsung rivalry could yield something like this in a few years time.

According to unverified Geekbench tests, the iPhone 5 has faster performance overall compared to both the Galaxy SIII, which runs the new Samsung-made Exynos chip, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip.

The Apple-designed A6 chip which debuted on the iPhone 5 is believed to be the first Apple chip to incorporate fully customized ARMv7 platform as opposed to using stock CPU cores from ARM in earlier variants of Apple’s silicon.

What do you think, will Samsung manage to leapfrog the iPhone 5 with the Galaxy S4 come March 2013?

Note: the top image represents Samsung’s invite for the Galaxy SIII introduction from earlier this summer.

  • Kok Hean

    And to make it even more exciting, it will be inspired by fire and the OS will switch to Bada.

    • goofygreek

      lol.

    • *Tizen.

      Samsung has almost practically thrown Bada out in favor of Tizen.

  • Samsung would most probably never release their next Galaxy Smartphone in such a short time interval. It would send a bad message to current S3 owners and would indicate that i5 is better than S3 (which is entirely untrue).

    However, if this comes out to be true, it would only mean that Galaxy S5 (probably the last in S series) would be just out of the world!.

    • goofygreek

      well, s2 came out in feb, s3 came out in may. so, i think the earliest it should come out is in april.

      • Exactly, now you see there was a gap of 15 months between Galaxy S2 and S3. If S4 comes in Feb then there would be a gap of only 9 months which’s too early for a powerful smartphone like S3 to vanish.

    • ummm samsung and many other companies constantly flood the market with crappy android phones that are cheap and lame…. yes the S4 will come and iPhone will still be number 1 phone on earth

      • Kok Hean

        The next Nexus phone will pwn the S4 even if both are not released yet.

      • Agreed

      • Shadowlink

        cant wait to see the next nexus compete with iphone 5

    • Evostance

      Not to mention a 5″ screen? Thats the Note is it not?

  • Gerard Hampton

    oops you just published 2 sets of rumors that are being laughed at on most mobile phone websites.

    • You have to laugh at Samsung and not iDB for posting this. Wait , I suspect you might be a member of the League of Shadows devoted to the OS that should not be named

      • Gerard Hampton

        I have all OS in my household. i am equally critical of all of them 😉 Keeps everyone honest and no fanboyism that way 😛 unfortunately for everyone on this site samsung has converted me with the s3 away from my old 4s so they have to put up with my criticism of apple, mainly because they have done some pretty average things lately . When apple make something better (for me) than samsung do then i may come back. May be a while though >:]

      • iNfAMOUS70702

        Samsung didn’t post this…and most android sites are laughing at this rumor

  • @dongiuj

    That picture’s funny! lol

  • Owais

    I hope Samsung s4 will be better than iPhone 5 I am waiting for sgs4. IPhone fuck all model have same operating system iOS is all same the iPhone 5 is slightly different from iPhone 4s by top aluminum piece. iPhone suck very bad company in the world.

    • Ryan

      Your english just gave me cancer.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 — Feb
    Samsung Galaxy S5 — June

    Samsung Galaxy S6 — Sept
    …..
    …… and so it goes On…..

    • goofygreek

      galaxy s releases will probably always be before summer. everyone knows end of summer is iphone time.

    • Yujin

      WRONG

      Galasy s4 5 inches – feb
      Galasy s4 5.1 inches – jun

      Galasy s4 5.2 inches – sept

  • goofygreek

    “According to unverified Geekbench tests, the iPhone 5 has faster performance overall compared to both the Galaxy SIII, which runs the new Samsung-made Exynos chip, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip.” Why post something about a phone that hasnt been put on shelves yet? I mean, you dont see me comparing my iphone 6 to other phones, and it beats the shit out of them. (oops, wasnt suppose to say that)

    • 1337lolzorz

      They tested it already quit blabbering

    • Yujin

      the few lucky testers that got a test model have tested it dumbass..read..bitch!

  • Johnathan Jennings

    It’s going to be called the Galaxy S III-S

  • Yujin

    i predict the following:

    iphone sales will go down at around june and samsung will beat them in sales
    iphone 5S will come out and sell 5 million in 1 hour…
    samsung will innovate again and bring their own 3d maps, and also connect with yelp..

  • They don’t let their customers enjoy their devices, that’s like Apple announcing the iPhone 5 & a few months later saying “Get ready for the iPhone 6”. People would go crazy just because everybody wants the latest and greatest.

  • Yuvi Love

    The writer is a fool.. The galaxy s3 is beating iphone 5

  • thumbs up for 0 sail of the s4

  • james

    why Samsung have to release new Samsung galaxy phone so soon, i just brought Samsung galaxy s3 and from what i can see there’s really no need any better than what currently the Samsung galaxy s3 has. Also why would anyone wants a 5 incher in their pockets? 4.8 incher is big enough?