Galaxy S4

Samsung has confirmed that it will launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone on March 14. Samsung will launch the S4 (also known as the Galaxy SIV) smartphone at an event in New York. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 comparison review. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S4 launch: live coverage.

The much-anticipated samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to build on the huge success of the Galaxy S3, improving the specification with a faster quad-core processor, higher-resolution OLED display and a more powerful camera. Rumoured specifications for the yet to be unveiled Galaxy S4 include a 4.99in Full HD screen, Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13Mp camera, 2Mp front facing camera, wireless charging and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, specs and rumours.

An early 2013 launch for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is in line with previous models: the first Galaxy S was launched in 2010, the S2 (SII) at MWC in February 2011, and the Galaxy S3 (SIII) last summmer here in London. The news of the March launch comes as the Mobile World Congress tradeshow starts today in Barcelona, and will be viewed by some as a way of Samsung keeping the limelight as the show opens, after the announcement of its Galaxy Note 8 tablet. Find all the latest Mobile World Congress news on our MWC news page.

"We introduced the Galaxy S III in London last year, and this time we changed the venue (to New York)... as we were bombarded with requests from US mobile carriers to unveil the Galaxy S IV in the country," Samsung Electronics' mobile division chief JK Shin was quoted as saying on the Edaily news website. See also: Samsung to launch Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Watch.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch in UK: 8in Android phone/tablet.