Samsung Galaxy S4 due February or March

Samsung will be unveiling its new flagship Android phone early next year, according to reports.

The newspaper The Korea Times has cited manufacturing sources as saying that the Galaxy S4 smartphone will be unveiled next February, at the Mobile World Congress.

This is leading to speculation that the phone will be released to consumers either later in February, or in March.

As for the technical details, the Galaxy S4 will reportedly have a nearly 5-inch display, with high-end OLED technology.

In August, the Galaxy S III sold more units than the iPhone 4S, making it the first to do so.

Samsung owns an astounding 30.6% of the mobile phone market as of last month. It toppled Nokia as the leader in the industry for the first time in 15 years.

And with more than 50% of American consumers now owning smartphones, and with Android as the most popular smartphone platform by far, owning that industry is a huge deal.

The Galaxy S III saw an almost unparalleled global launch on May 29, with 100 carrier partners already secured at dozens of countries throughout the planet.

That is exactly the reason that this phone has been such a success. The conventional strategy for cell phones has always been to secure a deal with one carrier in regions like the US, because when you do that, the carrier will give you favorable terms.

But that seems to be less of a worry now when customers care about the phone more than the carrier these days. It will be interesting to see if this carrier-agnostic phenomenon continues.