Samsung already acknowledged a while ago that they were working on the Galaxy S4, but it was only at MWC that they announced the date that it would be revealed. This will no doubt start a deluge of rumors as to the specs and the design of the new flagship handset, although there has already been a great deal of speculation already.
While the specs are always going to be important, we are more interested in the exterior of the Galaxy S4, because if Samsung wants to one-up Apple and their iPhone once again then they will need to stick with the polycarbonate back because this adds robustness to the design.
When the S3 was first launched consumers were unhappy because it looked cheap with its plastic rear cover, but it wasn’t until they learned that Samsung had used polycarbonate that they understood why they went with this material.
In various tests the S3 has proven to be a tough cookie, so any thoughts that the Galaxy S4 could have a aluminum back cover has been thrown out of the window. The reason we say this is because how fragile the iPhone 5 is and how easily it can scratch, and although the polycarbonate has a tendency to crack you have more chance of scratching your handset in your pocket with money or keys than you would dropping the handset.
With this in mind it makes perfect sense for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to still sport a polycarbonate rear because it’s just more practical. Okay, the iPhone 5 may look nicer being made from aluminum, but most people cover them up because of how fragile they are, so what’s the point in that?
We are still uncertain as to when the Galaxy S4 release date will be, but our best guess would be April, and the US could share the same release as Europe seeing as though Samsung is unveiling their new flagship model in New York on March 14.
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