Galaxy S3 Release Date Just Months Ago, Galaxy S4 Rumors Already Surfacing

Despite the Galaxy S3 release date taking place just a few months ago, Samsung is already planning the launch of the next-generation model, the Galaxy S4.

New rumors surfaced in the Asian publication the Korea Times earlier this week that point to the handset being unveiled in Feb. 2013 at the next Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The publication also stated that the device should be available in the early part of 2013.

Samsung reportedly made the decision to move forward with the Galaxy S4 shortly after the iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple last week. The Korea Times said that the company hopes to have its next flagship smartphone out by March of next year.

Rumored specifications for the Galaxy S4 include a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p HD display making it Samsung's first full-HD screen. The device might also be called the Galaxy S HD, according to the Korea Times.

It seems like Samsung might be jumping the gun after a pretty successful year with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note. Making the screen larger on the Galaxy S4 might not be the right move since the S3 is already 4.8 inches wide. Apple's new iPhone is only 4 inches, a size the company probably picked for convenience reasons.

Apple's iPhone 5 will be available this Friday and the company has already reported that this sold over 2 million pre-orders for the device. Some analysts predict that Apple could move as much as 8 million units before launch weekend ends.

This is not such great news for Samsung who recently reported that the Galaxy S3 sold 20 million units in just a few months. If analysts are correct about the iPhone launch, than Apple will have cut the Korean-electronics giant's sales in half in just three days.