Samsung Galaxy S4 release date rumored as early as April

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A Samsung Galaxy S4 release date was probably the last thing about the phone left to be outed. It is already one of the most rumored devices on the company’s list, but now we hear another stating that it could be launched as early as April this year. A successor to the GS3 has long been seen as incoming, and with its specs having been ‘leaked’ and ‘dug up’ before, all we were left to figure out was a launch window.

This piece of gossip about the Galaxy S4 comes from PhoneArena. The web site says it has got its hands on photos of an internal document detailing a raffle in New Zealand. The prize for winning will apparently be the GS3’s successor. Now considering the raffle runs until April 8, the web site has put two and two together and is speculating that we could see the phone soon afterward.

But the rumor mill doesn’t wind down just yet. The site also points to a tip received by Geeky Gadgets, in a completely separate incident, from a source close to a retailer in the UK. This one suggests that we might see the phone launched possibly sometime in the third week of the aforementioned month. The source also seems to go along with previous speculation in suggesting that the device won’t be launched at this year’s MWC.

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Right at the end of last year we reported on another rumor which also pegged the device in question to launch in April and bring along S Pen functionality. Then there was a purported image of the smartphone attached to news of a March unveiling. And finally, and most recently, a trademark pointed to some nice features set to make their way into the handset.

From past rumors, the upcoming phone will run on Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2.1) and feature an Exynos 5450 quad core processor running at 2GHz. There should also be a Mali-T658 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a 13MP primary camera. The Super AMOLED screen will span 5 inches and nestle a 2MP front-facing webcam.

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch is set for this April or not should become clear in due course. But whatever the issue, the South Korean company’s next big thing will probably not make it to the MWC to be held later this month.