Rather than Ubuntu Linux or Linux-based Android, however, Samsung's handsets will be based on Tizen Linux, a mobile OS that was launched by the Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation in late 2011.
Samsung plans "to unveil competitive Tizen devices within this year," a company spokesperson reportedly told CNET on Thursday, though no further specifics were provided.
Samsung hasn't yet responded to my request for more information, but I'll post an update if and when it does.
An ongoing attraction
Generally considered a replacement for the long-struggling Linux-based MeeGo platform, Tizen has been the focus of Samsung's interest for some time already.
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in fact, Samsung executive Kang Tae-jin told Forbes that Samsung planned to merge its homegrown Bada mobile operating system into Tizen.
MeeGo, meanwhile, has since gone on to become a key part of Finnish startup Jolla's plans in the form of Sailfish OS.
A Linux-based world
In any case, it's truly striking what a huge part of the mobile world Linux has become.
Not only does five-year-old Android currently dominate the smartphone market, but we have more up-and-coming Linux-based alternatives emerging, including not just Tizen and Ubuntu but also Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) and Open webOS, among others.
This story, "Samsung: Tizen Linux phones will arrive in 2013" was originally published by PCWorld.