So 5-inch Full HD screens are all the rage all of a sudden, aren't they? Just today we've had stories on the HTC Deluxe/J Butterfly and the Sony Yuga, but what would a crystal ball-gazing session be without a mention of our old friend Samsung?
Yes, that's right – someone has put two and two together and come up with Galaxy S IV, claiming that the next Galaxy flagship will also be a 1080p 5-incher, and could be unveiled as soon as CES in January.
That someone is Asia Economics, or at least one of its scribes, who claimed today [translated] that Sammy's next smartphone overlord will be of the 441ppi variety – AMOLED, naturally – a claim that sounds reasonable enough.
But in terms of it appearing at CES in early January, that would be a bit of a surprise for a few reasons.
First, it would cut a serious chunk out of the standard one-year cycle most smartphones run in these days. The current Galaxy S III was only announced in May, let's not forget, and was on the shelves in the UK less than a month later.
If the turnaround time for its successor followed the same pattern, that would mean a CES unveiling would be partnered with an on-sale date around the end of January – which seems highly unlikely.
We previously heard whispers that the Galaxy S IV (should that be what Samsung calls it – it refuses to confirm even that much at this point) would launch at Mobile World Congress in February, and while that would still mean a life cycle of less that a year, it seems far more plausible than a CES launch, especially since Galaxy devices have traditionally gone on sale in Europe before the US.
We'll hopefully have a better idea of the timing in the weeks to come, but we'd say the Full HD screen part of the rumour looks a near-certainty.