Samsung changes release date of S4 due to iPhone 5

There's no denying that Samsung has created a hugely successful phone with the Galaxy S3, selling over 20 million units in the first 100 days of release. The company is competing fiercely with Apple by trying to convince consumers that the Galaxy line is far better than the latest iPhone.

Now, according to the Korea Times, it looks like Samsung is moving the release date for the upcoming Galaxy S4 up to March, only nine months after the release of the S3. The reasoning is that this will give the Galaxy S4 more shelf time before the iPhone 6 is released, leading to higher sales and possibly eating into Apple's market share.

The new Galaxy S4 is rumored to have a slightly larger screen, increasing from 4.8" to a 5" display. It will also use the Samsung Exynos processor, forgoing the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. This move gives Samsung more control over the quality and timing of releases by reducing the dependency on Qualcomm. According to one industry executive, "Samsung’s edges in manufacturing will further shine after the patent disputes go further on. In markets, Samsung is confident to widen its lead over Apple."

The new phone is expected to be formally announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in early 2013.

Will this move alienate the millions of people who purchased the S3? Or should everyone already expect that the lifespan of technology is constantly shrinking?

Source: Korea Times via: The Next Web

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft loves to talk about anything other than Surface

Next Story

iPhone 5 lands over two million pre-orders in first 24 hours

77 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Wait. Wouldn't a 5" display make it a Galaxy Note?

Is this Samsung's answer to everything? Bigger screen? What comes after that then? What are Samsung going to do, because sooner or later its going to stop being a phone and start being a tablet that makes calls.

Love the product cycle though. Rush it out to compete with the iPhone 5. I thought the S3 was better than the iPhone 5? Isn't that what their adverts claim... so why do you need to release a new phone?

That's the final straw for me. I'm not buying Samsaung products anymore. They have killed their top tier product by releasing too many BS other devices with the same name.

I might wait until the S5 then...
I upgraded from the S time the S3 a few months ago. Jelly Bean will be enough to keep the S3 fresh for another 12 months or so...

That is Samsung for you. Upgrading a phone in 9 months? Greedy Greedy. Too bad their phone is not as good as a Windows 7 phone...

I feel bad for anyone who buys Samsung.

NeoPogo said,
That is Samsung for you. Upgrading a phone in 9 months? Greedy Greedy. Too bad their phone is not as good as a Windows 7 phone...

I feel bad for anyone who buys Samsung.

Coming from someone who never used a S2 or S3 international version. You should try it, and tinker with it, flash some roms as well. Great devices for people like me.

My mother just bough a Lumia 610 and god ... it's horrible. I told her, yeah you should buy it, Nokia Lumia are solid phones ... but wp7 is awfull to play around with. I prefer an iPhone over this .. And they say that its smooth, well I encountered occasional lag while playing around with it.

And this is coming from someone who will never buy any Apple devices ever again.

5" might be possible if they just pull an iPhone, elongate the display and get rid of the physical buttons. Doesn't have to mean the phone itself gets bigger.

Bahahahaha, forget that everyone is talking about a screen size and the comments are brilliant

Now I was thinking of getting an S3 around christmas, now I might have to wait

I feel sorry for the people that bought the S3 if the S4 really will be pushed out that quick. Plus releasing a new version at year intervals allows people to get into a good upgrade cycle. Pushing a new one out every 9 months screws up that cycle. Oh well, I'm sure it will sell okay.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I feel sorry for the people that bought the S3 if the S4 really will be pushed out that quick. Plus releasing a new version at year intervals allows people to get into a good upgrade cycle. Pushing a new one out every 9 months screws up that cycle. Oh well, I'm sure it will sell okay.

This is a one-time change - they plan on releasing every 12 months after that, but want more time between their release and the iPhone release.

Fezmid said,

This is a one-time change - they plan on releasing every 12 months after that, but want more time between their release and the iPhone release.

That makes sense.

SIII will be The equivalent of tha Iphone 4S and there are more reasons to rush a new phone and its due to the patent problems and its the right moment to crush apple, right now its really vulnerable and with a new phone no patent problem, they are cutting all the problems with this move

so...5 inches are alot but the only way to fit it on a galaxy SII its removing all the edges and making a digital botton or placing the home button on the back of the phone, plus removing the samsung logo space and removing the bottom and the upper dead space to the limit....if they do that "NO MAMES" will be a win for everyone

Black Heaven said,
SIII will be The equivalent of tha Iphone 4S....
Say what again? How do you figure?

Never mind. I assume you mean that it's because of the short time between releases? That's it's just their 'steppingstone' device. Sort of like Vista was for MS.

Edited by KCRic, Sep 17 2012, 4:50pm :

5" screen? Really? And Apple say we're post-PC era, we've been through it and we're heading back to larger screens again now.

Samsung is going to get a bigger lead over Apple anyways. Sammy has over 40% of the Android devices sold and I see that number topping 50% by Spring or sooner. No need for them to rush.

sonicthehedgehog said,
Mmm. I wonder if Apple will sue Samsung for using S4 (after iphone 4S)? XD

only if Samsung sue them for LTE 4G Patent Infringements.......

Mando said,
only if Samsung sue them for LTE 4G Patent Infringements.......
For the f***ing last time, they can't. Their LTE is a Qualcomm chip. Samsung would have to target THEM, not Apple.

Haggis said,
bloody hell, my upgrade is due in october and i was set onthe S3, i feel a bit like whats the point now

If you really want the the S4 can't you just go on a rolling contract for 6 months?

Haggis said,
bloody hell, my upgrade is due in october and i was set onthe S3, i feel a bit like whats the point now

Ask your carrier if you can renew your contract with the monthly phone fee (if there is one) and upgrade to a "with phone" contract later on in March.

You can with T-Mobile Germany, don't know about other carriers in other countries...

GS:win

Glassed Silver said,

Ask your carrier if you can renew your contract with the monthly phone fee (if there is one) and upgrade to a "with phone" contract later on in March.

You can with T-Mobile Germany, don't know about other carriers in other countries...

GS:win

This is 'Merica. We don't have time for that European logical nonsense. This country is all about who can screw everyone the hardest with the largest d*ck.

I will add that if a contract is up, one can go to a prepay plan. Or you can stay on a plan but keep your current phone. However, some carriers will only subsidize the price of a new one for 'new' customers. If you're already in a contract they won't do it even if you're using your own phone.

Edited by KCRic, Sep 17 2012, 4:50pm :

Haggis said,
bloody hell, my upgrade is due in october and i was set onthe S3, i feel a bit like whats the point now

Can it want a few months? Do you have to swap your phone out the moment your contract enables it?

KCRic said,
This is 'Merica. We don't have time for that European logical nonsense. This country is all about who can screw everyone the hardest with the largest d*ck.

All my lulz!

This is my problem with Android phones, they make them so fast that your shiny new phone is outdated the moment you get it

Rudy said,
This is my problem with Android phones, they make them so fast that your shiny new phone is outdated the moment you get it

and u dont rember nokia pumping out phones faster than anyone known to man?

Rudy said,
This is my problem with Android phones, they make them so fast that your shiny new phone is outdated the moment you get it

As opposed to your phone being outdated before it was even released? This now applies to almost all Android devices that aren't super phones and the new iPhone 5 and a bunch of other phones unrelated to those two.

Same thing has always happened with PCs, but people bought 'em, anyway. If you're the kinda person that's always gotta be on the cutting edge, then, yep, it sucks. If you're fine with having what works for you, it's not a big deal

Rudy said,
This is my problem with Android phones, they make them so fast that your shiny new phone is outdated the moment you get it
At leats its outdated after you get it, unlike iPhone which is outdated before its even announced officially and before you can even buy it.

I have been eying the new Note 2, but if the S4 is going to be just as big with the quadcore, I can wait. I guess i will just get the Note 10.1, because i love to draw, which is why I wanted the Note II.

TechieXP said,
At leats its outdated after you get it, unlike iPhone which is outdated before its even announced officially and before you can even buy it.

I have been eying the new Note 2, but if the S4 is going to be just as big with the quadcore, I can wait. I guess i will just get the Note 10.1, because i love to draw, which is why I wanted the Note II.

It depends by what parameters you use to define "outdated". I do not have an iPhone and I do not like it but.... I had a Lumia 800 which I sold when I bought the 900 because I preferred the bigger screen.

Rudy said,
I fail to see how the iPhone 5 is "outdated" since it beats every single Android devices in benchmarks

There are many variables when testing the product (apps, mode the phone is in). If you get a proper resource or do your own testing, iphone doesn't beat android devices. You probably read an article from an uninformed author.

Rudy said,
I fail to see how the iPhone 5 is "outdated" since it beats every single Android devices in benchmarks

You must be referring to the GeekBench benchmark, which we all know HAS TO BE 100% accurate because it is the only benchmark available for a phone that is not even available to the public yet, let alone review sites.

Also, comparing iOS to Android devices on benchmarks is like comparing a Linux and Windows machine in 3dmark, entirely different operating environments.

Rudy said,
I fail to see how the iPhone 5 is "outdated" since it beats every single Android devices in benchmarks
Ah yes because benchmarks are how the real intelligent people classify tech.

What was the benchmark on the "K" supercomputer? Tell me now, can it run Crysis? Nope... (ok, maybe but that's because it's got an insane amount of power). In the same sense, can your GPU that can run a came at max settings do the same stuff the "K" can?

Rudy said,
This is my problem with Android phones, they make them so fast that your shiny new phone is outdated the moment you get it

Nokia Lumia 800 owners?? how annoyed must they feel?

I dont feel my notes outdated and ive had it a good while now serving me well.

Rudy said,
I fail to see how the iPhone 5 is "outdated" since it beats every single Android devices in benchmarks

Benchmarks are sooo important for smartphones...

Minimoose said,
Benchmarks are sooo important for smartphones...

It's funny hearing this when the argument many make for the S3 is how awesome the tech specs are, how much memory it has, and what have you. People need to make up their minds with their arguments...

Rudy said,
I fail to see how the iPhone 5 is "outdated" since it beats every single Android devices in benchmarks

Does it really? I saw a Galaxy S3 with a higher score than the iPhone 5 on Geekbench. Not that any of that stuff matters. I guess it matters if you think Apple is on top.

'The reasoning is that this will give the Galaxy S4 more shelf time before the iPhone 6 is released'
And dumping support for the S3 sooner I presume?

n_K said,
'The reasoning is that this will give the Galaxy S4 more shelf time before the iPhone 6 is released'
And dumping support for the S3 sooner I presume?

In before "you can still use it!!!11!" crowd!

GS:win

n_K said,
'The reasoning is that this will give the Galaxy S4 more shelf time before the iPhone 6 is released'
And dumping support for the S3 sooner I presume?

I doubt it, the Galaxy SIII is out and the SII is still fully supported (and still a dammed good phone for the masses), its next for Jellybean right after the S4.

Cant see Samsung ever changing that support cycle tbvh.

jasonon said,
wowow S4 already?? jeeze... plus nobody wants a 5" screen

Actually, 5" would be about right for me but 4.8" would be more likely for the S4. My current phone is 4.3" and I'd like to go a bit bigger for my next one. I wouldn't want to go any bigger, as then it would be heading into tablet territory.

jasonon said,
wowow S4 already?? jeeze... plus nobody wants a 5" screen
Thank you Steve Jobs. You had your time now GTFO. If nobody wants a 5" screen they simply won't buy it and they'll opt for the S3 or another phone.

YanksOnTop said,

Speak for yourself. 5" is right on for the amount of time I spend on my phone doing remote admin work. Im actually waiting for sprint to get the new Note 2. The larger screens are definitely welcomed.

then get minitablets like note 2 or 7'' tablet. smartphone just shouldn't be larger than 4,3. even 4'' is too much.

BGM said,
a 5" display?! that's just ridiculous

I'd like to see them offer a few sizes... 4", 4.5", 5" maybe? Everybody wants something different. Anything between 4 and 4.5 is good for me.

BGM said,
a 5" display?! that's just ridiculous

Indeed it is, I felt very comfortable with the 4.3" of the HD2 and then the HD7; I bought a Lumia 800 and I missed the bigger screen therefore I bought a Lumia 900. I might buy a Lumia 920 but I want to hold it before making any commitment.
And yes 2/3" could make a difference.
5" is way too big for me.

BGM said,
a 5" display?! that's just ridiculous

yea, 5" might be a little too much... the size of the s3 is perfect for me... unless they can make the bezel smaller somehow

BGM said,
a 5" display?! that's just ridiculous

I thought the same until I went for the Galaxy Note, with its 5.3" screen@1280x800, id not ever go smaller again on screen size, changes the way you use it, more as a media/web browsing device than a phone (landscape), Ive been doing that for a couple of years prev on another phone and it feels a progression, hybrid "phablets" are the future. You do feel a bit of a dork answering it as a phone though but usually im either driving so bluetooth is hooked up or im at home so no biggie it works for me perfectly.

no-sweat said,
I'd like to see them offer a few sizes... 4", 4.5", 5" maybe? Everybody wants something different. Anything between 4 and 4.5 is good for me.

Then get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. 4.3".

Just updated mine to 4.1.1. Love it.

BGM said,
a 5" display?! that's just ridiculous

I thought phone makers were getting somewhere when they seemed to tick between 4.3" to 4.8". Any larger and it just seems unnatural in my hand.

Captain555 said,

Then get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. 4.3".

Just updated mine to 4.1.1. Love it.

The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65" display not 4.3"

drazgoosh said,

... between 4.3" to 4.8". Any larger and it just seems unnatural in my hand.

That's what you said; she didn't agree.

CJ33 said,

depends which galaxy nexus.

With one of the largest screens found on any smartphone at 4.65 inches, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels delivered at 316 pixels per inch......

http://www.mobilebloom.com/ver...-features-reviewed/2221954/

They're all the same size, screen, dimensions and resolution, whether it's the GSM or LTE version the only differences are the internals.