Sources close to Samsung quoted by South Korean media claim that the Galaxy S5 release date has been set for January, adding that the next-gen Sammy flagship will hit the stores shelves a month later.
Naver publication writes that the Galaxy S4 maker is not pleased with its latest flagship sales and that the company is already working hard to develop its follow-up, the unofficially dubbed Samsung Galaxy S5. Never’s report checks with previous ones saying that the Galaxy S4 sales are below expectations.
We will begin by saying that this is just a rumor therefore it should be taken with a pinch of salt. Still the market debut date mentioned in the report checks with other rumors talking about early launches for Samsung’s flagship. In fact, over the past couple of years, both Samsung’s flagships were launched before their predecessor celebrated its first birthday: in 2012 the Galaxy S3 was introduced in early May and debuted at the end of same month, while this year the Galaxy S4 was officially announced in mid-March and released on the market in late April.
The Korean publication also talks Samsung Galaxy S5 specs. According to their sources the Galaxy S4 successor would come with a 64-bit Exynos 5 Octa chipset (reportedly true octo-core CPU), fingerprint scanner, and a 16 MP camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
Today’s report kind of negate JK Shin’s statements made after the iPhone 5S announcement. Back then, Samsung’s executive said that the company’s first 64-bit processors will not be launched “in the shortest time.” It will be interesting to watch whether the first 64-bit Exynos chipset will power the Galaxy S5, or whether the new processing unit will be used for the first time on the Galaxy Note 3 follow-up.
As a refresher, Samsung recently announced a 13 MP sensor with OIS that will be used for the smartphones launched by the Korean company in 2014. Even though report talks about a 16 MP unit with optical image stabilization capabilities, my guess is that Samsung will use the 13 MP camera with OIS for the GS4.
I also remind you that the rumor mill speculates that the Galaxy S5 will be water and dust proof. As about the fingerprint sensor, it’s no surprise at all given that Apple already has one on the iPhone 5S and HTC is also on the verge of launching the One Max which is also reported to come with fingerprint scanner.