The Samsung Galaxy S IV (GT-I9500), currently codenamed “Project J” or “Altius,” has been tangled in a web of rumors lately and we have a few more to dish out to you today. The Galaxy S4 is now expected to be released on April 15 (week 16, subject to change) after it’s announced at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in the U.S. (likely New York) on March 22. There’s still a possibility we’ll see an unveiling or preview at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, but recent rumors suggest this will not happen. Instead, Samsung will use that conference to launch the Galaxy Note 8.0 and maybe even a pair of Galaxy Tab 3 Android tablets. That leaves the rumored U.S. event in March which could be accompanied by simultaneous events in London and/or Korea. The device will initially be offered in black or white color configurations.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is said to feature an Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core processor, Mali-T658 8-Core GPU, 4.99-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30FPS, 2MP front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording, and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
An optional wireless charging kit, which includes a replacement battery cover and charging base, will be available a couple weeks after the handset itself starts hitting stores. The technology behind the wire-free charging solution is likely based on the Qi inductive power standard. The Galaxy S IV will reportedly sport a 2600mAh battery, good for a 500mAh capacity boost over the current Galaxy S III.
That concludes this wave of Galaxy S4 rumors, but we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as they continue to roll in.