Samsung strikes back: iPhone 5-killer Galaxy S4 due in Feb

It’s raining smartphones: September launches include Nokia/Microsoft, Motorola, Amazon, Apple and HTC

It’s raining smartphones. The month of September has seen a barrage of smartphone launches – first to dial-a-launch was the Nokia/Microsoft duo, which unveiled the Lumia range of phones (the 820 and the 920) on September 5.

On the same day, Motorola unveiled its updated RAZR range (RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD), while Amazon launched a new HD version of its Kindle tablet the very next day.

Then, of course, Apple’s big announcement came that swept everything away – it was indeed the launch of the iPhone 5 on September 12. There also was the iPod Touch and iPod Nano sideshow releases.

Now, on September 19, HTC is rumoured to be unveiling three new Windows 8 phones – the Zenith, Accord and Rio handsets – the entry-level to elite phones about which we heard rumours back when Windows 8 was revealed.

So that’s 12 devices and counting – just in the month of September alone.

But wait, where’s the leader of the smartphones pack?

Not to be outdone, Samsung has now expectedly joined the fray, with the only difference being that we’ll have to wait until February 2013 to lay out eyes on its new offering.

Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S4 at a European technology exhibition in February, company officials and local parts suppliers for the technology giant have told Korea Times.

The Korean paper quotes an unnamed official of the company saying that “Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone – the Galaxy S4 – at early next year’s mobile world congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona.” The new device is expected to hit shelves globally in March at the latest, the daily added.

That’s the latest in the line of the iPhone-killers that Samsung has launched. The Galaxy S3 was indeed a super-hit, surpassing iPhone 4S sales by a handsome margin. Can the Galaxy S4 do it again for Samsung?

Watch this space.

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