Earlier today, Samsung tweeted its invitation to the launch event for the next Galaxy S smart phone - launch date: March 14, 2013.
The event is called 'Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 1'. The company has invited people to 'come and meet the next Galaxy', and uses the numeral 4 in the phrase 'Ready 4 the show'. The current version of the popular smart phone is Galaxy S3.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, in New York on Thursday, March 14, 2013. A live streaming of the show will be available on Samsung Mobile's YouTube page. CNET had already received a confirmation from Samsung about the launch of the Galaxy S4, but the tweet from Samsung today was the official confirmation and the icing over the cake.
Not a whole lot is known about the Galaxy S4 smart phone, but rumors have pointed to several new features:
- The Galaxy S4 will come with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, and reportedly offer an eight-core Exynos processor and a separate graphics processing chip.
- The SuperAmoled display is expected to be 4.99 inches, and the smart phone is expected to come with 2GB of memory.
- Additionally, rumors have pointed to a 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capability, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera that will be included in this version of the Galaxy S smart phone.
CNET also reported that Samsung is considering outfitting the phone with an extra layer of security by utilizing its Knox software. The added security would be of particular interest to corporations and government agencies requiring tight security.
Another report from CNN today has indicated that the Galaxy S4 smartphone is anticipated to play a key role in Visa's mobile payment strategy. Samsung is the premiere partner for Visa's recently announced Visa Ready Partner Program, and is expected to incorporate Visa's PayWave mobile payment applet in its future devices, as well as use Visa to make it easier for customers to tie their Samsung phones to a financial institution and Visa account.