Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumored to Ship in February at MWC

Android fans couldn't care any less about Apple's iPhone 5 launch, and luckily for them, there are other phones more to their liking on the horizon. One of them comes from none other than Samsung, which is reportedly going to unveil its Galaxy S IV device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February.

This information comes from The Korea Times, which claims it received confirmation from Samsung officials and local parts suppliers in the area. The timing makes sense, given that Galaxy S III devices are selling well -- over 20 million units sold in just over three months -- and should continue to do so throughout the holiday shopping season. From purely a hardware perspective, the Galaxy S III stacks up nicely against the iPhone 5, even exceeding it in several areas, including screen size, expandable storage, and so forth.

Galaxy S III

There's no concrete info on what the Galaxy S IV will bring to the table, though Samsung is expected to bump the screen size from 4.8 inches to 5 inches, while loading it up with more powerful hardware than what's found in the Galaxy S III. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also seems like a logical inclusion.

One of the big questions revolves around how the Galaxy S IV will look. Samsung lost a high profile patent dispute with Apple, in part for copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices in its Galaxy line, and was ordered to the pay the Cuptertino company over a billion dollars in damages. You can bet Samsung is taking appropriate steps to avoid another costly lawsuit with its Galaxy S IV device.