Samsung Said to Release the Galaxy S5 in January

The Galaxy S5 will see its official announcement in January next year, sources claim.

The earlier than expected release of the next generation smartphone is dictated by low sales of the Galaxy S4. Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release is reported to come in the first month of the next years, according to a new report in Korean media which asserts that the Korean company’s executives are loose-lipped about plans to bring an iPhone 5s competitor to market quicker.

The reports comes at time when Galaxy-maker is already talking about a 64-bit processor for the new version of the popular device and rumors of a metal Samsung Galaxy S5 are circulating.

The Korean tech giant is also reportedly skipping fingerprint sensor technology for its next model, though a recent report claimed it was part of the Galaxy Note 3 before Samsung pulled the feature.

If previous reports are true to live, Samsung is developing a new look for its handsets called “Design 3.0,” in which future handsets such as the Galaxy S5 would feature an aluminum exterior, writes The International Business Times.

“In addition, Samsung is reportedly shopping for suppliers to mass produce metal chasses for the Galaxy S5 prior to its rumored second-quarter 2014 release. More specifically, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled around March, similar to its predecessor the Galaxy S4,” the publication adds.

The new version of the famous smartphone is predicted to feature an updated 16MP camera with enhanced low-light performance and optical image stabilization.

The tech company has previously spoke of its ISOCELL image sensor, which is expected to debut on the upcoming flaghip.

“Apple may also be a reason for a faster Samsung Galaxy S5 release date. Samsung typically enjoys a longer window of exceeding the iPhone in new specs and features thanks to a Spring release cycle for the Galaxy S series and a fall iPhone release cycle,” writes Gotta Be Mobile.

“Rumors suggest Apple may use 2014 to deliver an iPhone 6 with a bigger screen. The latest credible report suggests a 4.7-inch Galaxy S5 competitor and a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 competitor could be on the way from Apple in Q2 2014. If true, this would deliver an iPhone 6 release in close proximity to the Galaxy S5.”

The news comes a couple of days after the company has announced a variant of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved display, moving a step closer to introducing wearable devices with flexible screens.

Curved displays are on the frontlines of Samsung’s innovation war with rivals such as Apple Inc and LG Electronics Inc, as the South Korean firm seeks to expand its lead in the slowing market for high-end smartphones.

“It’s a step forward for having unbreakable gadgets and flexible devices eventually. But for now, the new phone is more of a symbolic product,” said Hana Daetoo Securities analyst Nam Dae-jong, adding that Samsung did not yet have capacity for large-scale production of curved touch-screens for the new Galaxy Round.

The Galaxy Round is Samsung’s attempt to gauge consumer appetite for curved phones although its lack of other eye-catching features means it is unlikely to be a hit, he concluded.

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