18
Sep
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Yesterday, a great many tech sites were quick to jump on the bandwagon about rumors of a Galaxy S IV. It doesn't really matter what these rumors were - they were reported by The Korea Times, a publication that has regularly offered up Samsung leaks because of their geographical proximity to the company's supply chain. They also tend to get a little, shall we say, cheerleady about anything Samsung lately, so perhaps they jumped the gun on this one.

Regardless, Samsung has discounted the Times' rumors with a tweet from the official Samsung Electronics Twitter account, albeit in Korean:

Here's the translation, which Google Translate has nicely butchered:

[Please note that some media reported speculation that the Galaxy S Ⅲ subsequent models will be released "in a simple rumor is not true. Fixed'm not doing anything, why spread these rumors? ㅜ ㅜ

Short version: the rumors aren't true.

Let's get a few things straight. First, of course Samsung is working on a successor to the Galaxy S III. Given Samsung's highly creative internal device-naming strategies, it's very likely it will be called the Galaxy S IV. It's entirely possible it will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in February. It might even have a bigger screen, and it will almost definitely have one that's better. It's going to be faster, and it's going to have lots of new stuff.

Now more than ever, Samsung's products are becoming objects of desire and intrigue. And as a result, now more than ever, rumor-mongering is going to become a way of life for media outlets with access to Samsung's suppliers, partners, and employees. Every little detail, every tiny morsel of information is going to become an "exclusive" as long as it involves the Galaxy S IV, and it's going to spread like chickenpox at a preschool.

So, for the sake of all our personal sanities, let's put on our skepticism hats. That's what we try to do, at least. Right up until someone claims the Galaxy S IV will have a laser keyboard. (You heard it here first. But not really.)

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • toshistation

    I'll see your laser keyboard and raise you a bezel-less screen!

    • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

      I see your bezel-less screen, and raise you a screen-less bezel!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

        I see your screen-less bezel and raise you a keyboard-less laser!

  • master94

    Fox five, First to report news, First to get it wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thelastsaint Fernando Santos

    i wouldn't want a bigger screen, 4.8 inches is big enough, what about better dpi? increase the resolution and I'll be happy, also a quadcore LTE compatible chip and 3gb of ram, I;ve seen 2gb is ok but not the best. Camera should stay at 8gb, it just need to be improved. GPU should and it need to be better on this one, US version galaxy S III's GPU sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

      Companies focus too much on MP of cameras. Unless you actually ever print the pictures off, you never will see the difference between a 3MP and an 8MP camera. They just need to start making better, more accurate sensors.

  • Freak4Dell

    Bigger screen...that picture about the iPhone and the Galaxy S becoming a weapon and shield is coming true.