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Is Samsung planning to introduce the Galaxy S 5 in January?

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Will Samsung’s next big Galaxy go into orbit soon than expected? A report on South Korean news site Naver suggests that Samsung could be readying the Galaxy S 5 for a launch as soon as January 2014, with a release to follow in February.

The reason for the rush? Weaker-than-anticipated sales for the Galaxy S 4. Business Insider recently reported that Samsung missed its sales targets for the Galaxy S 4 and must rely on its components supply arm to balance out its earnings. Introducing the Galaxy S 5 sooner than later could turn this around.

Of course, you should take this news with a major grain of salt, as Samsung is expected to report record-breaking third-quarter earnings, likely due in part to the popularity of the Galaxy S 4.

In addition to a potential January announcement, the report tips a 64-bit octo-core Exynos processor and a 16-megapixel OIS camera for the Galaxy S 5.

Samsung has traditionally introduced its new flagship Galaxy phones in the second quarter. Introducing the Galaxy S 5 early next year means the Galaxy S 4 won’t even be a year old. I’m not so certain Samsung is strapped for cash badly enough to do that.

9 Responses to “Is Samsung planning to introduce the Galaxy S 5 in January?”

  1. Im an S3 user and saw no need to upgrade to S4. If they do decide to launch S5 earlier than usual AND its build quality, materials looks and feel is as impressive as the I phone then I would ditch the S3 in a heartbeat to upgrade. Come on Samsung, give us a phone with the wow factor!

  2. Galaxy S4 not popular? I wou have believed it but looking at the trend I see around my office, it doesn’t seem like it. We are 15 employees and 7 of them are S4, 2 are on S3, 2 are on S2, 2 on iPhone and rest are Blackberry. I would have to say I am seeing far more S4s than any other Samsung phone these days. S4 is doing really well.

    • If you don’t control the entire product, like Apple, this is mainly a chicken and egg issue.

      Going 64 bit would mainly be for marketing, but but during the life of the phone there will be a 64 bit Android OS. It wouldn’t surprise it that that would occur during the first year of the first 64 bit phone’s life.

      In reality though, absent going over 3 GB of ram there’s little reason to go 64 bit on a smartphone. It’s certainly not going to something that will get me to upgrade.

      • annoyamouse

        Kinda wrong there. Dalvik is very closely related to Java. So there is a bit of tendency to write once run anywhere on Android that seems to work a lot of the time. Also many of the cross platform bumps have been sorted out for example one can compile for ARM v6, v7 and x86 with the Android NDK. So what would be adding x64 and v8? I am not saying it is a cake walk I am just saying there are a lot of smart people that have gotten Android past this bump in the past and got their piece of it.

        Also Apple sandboxes applications they don’t do a VM. This is very different and very software and hardware dependent. This is similar to jails which are commonly used by web hosting services.

  3. They’re missing targets because people don’t need to upgrade smartphones as often. Lots of S3 owners did not upgrade. I have an S4 and I’m hoping not to upgrade until the around the time the S7 is released. Given that the S4 was such a great piece of hardware that may be very doable.

    If Samsung wants to sell more, they need to follow Apple’s lead and intentionally leave features out.