Samsung may show off its rumored 4.99-inch full HD 1080p display for the upcoming Galaxy S4 at CES 2013, but that doesn’t mean that the device will arrive soon. In fact, according to a new report, Samsung may have to delay its slated Galaxy S4 release date due to production issues with the display.
According to a new report from hit-or-miss publication Digitimes, Samsung is having issues producing its rumored 4.99-inch AMOLED display, also rumored to have 441 pixels-per-inch. The company is apparently having issues obtaining panels for the display from Samsung Display which evidently is causing issues with mass production. Apparently, these delays may cause Samsung to push back its “proposed” release date for the Galaxy S4.
Previously, we had heard that Samsung would be announcing the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress in February with a release date slated for mid-2013, possibly in the month of May. It’s unclear how these issues affect those rumors given that Samsung has yet to comment on the prospects of a Galaxy S4 or its release date. If they aren’t solved however, it could be that Samsung pushes its plans back.
Last year, Samsung opted to skip both CES and Mobile World Congress for its major announcements but thus far, several reports peg the company as changing that trend this year as MWC 2013 has been pegged multiple times as the launch date for the Galaxy S4 smartphone.
This makes perfect sense considering May was when Samsung launched both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphones. It announced the Galaxy S2 at Mobile World Congress 2011. Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 at a separate launch event in May of 2012.
And given how well the Galaxy S3 is still selling, the device has sold more than 30 million units worldwide, Samsung is likely in no rush to push out the Galaxy S4 which means that a mid-2013 release date, even with a reveal in February, seems likely at this point.
The device itself is rumored to be sporting a full HD 1080p display measuring in at 4.99-5-inches in size as well as a rear 13MP camera. Other likely features include a quad-core processor, 4G LTE data speeds, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.