Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in January

Though the Galaxy S4 hasn’t been on the market for that long, the latest report claims Samsung is already getting ready to launch its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, with a launch date as early as next January.

According to this report, which cites “people inside Samsung”, the giant company is displeased with the sluggish sales of the S4. Apparently, even though the current Galaxy handset broke previous sales records, its numbers are still below expectations. As such the Korean based company has decided to advance the release date of their next Android flagship to January of next year, up from the previously scheduled March release.

Samsung has already publicly confirmed the Galaxy S5 will feature 64-bit support, similar to the latest chip from Apple, and according to this report it will also include a fingerprint scanner, an octa-core CPU, and a 16 Mpx camera with Samsung’s latest sensor and OIS technology. The new handset will also supposedly run Android Kit Kat out of the box.

While this info may be accurate it also raises up some questions. For example, if the current Galaxy S4 is selling below expectations ahead of the holidays what chance does a new, more expensive device have in January, when most companies usually go through a post-holiday downturn? And does Samsung actually have a chance of reaching those impossibly high sales expectations?

We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be true, and what Samsung is actually up to next year.

Source: Naver Via: IBTimes

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I go for HTC when purchasing Android phones, Samsung is just yuck.

Lets see what will S5 looks like. Let me guess, it will be thinner, lighter and faster covered with metal.

I have a iphone 4s now and was going to get the galaxy s4 when i'm due for a upgrade in 6 weeks time now I don't know if I should get the s4 or wait to see if this rumour is true.

I haven't got the S4 because i am still tied into a 24 month contract from getting the S3 when that came out, i wonder how many other people are in the same situation (in Europe), which may account for the lower sales figures of the S4, hell when the S5 comes out in January i will still be 4 months away from being allowed to upgrade from my 24 month contract.

If Samsung are going to bring out a new version every year (or potentially 9 Months between the S4 and the S5), then they need to expect the consumer to skip a version which will result in dipping sales figures.

Exactly! I bought a launch S3, and while the S4 looked cool, it was mostly the same and since I was under contract anyway, why would I buy a new phone?

bobcat said
i wonder how many other people are in the same situation (in Europe)

European carriers are way different than the ones in the US. I would actually say that the way it's done in the US is hurting the market because carriers have way too much influence.
Take my country for example, Denmark. Contracts can be no longer than 6 months according to the law and no carrier is branding anything, no logos or software to slow down or delay updates. Also, all networks have the same bands, so whatever phone you have it will also work on all other carriers, no limits.
Also for this reason, all carriers carry every phone. There are no exclusive deals because it only hurts the market. Whatever high-end phone you want, they all have it since it's the unbranded and unlocked version straight from the manufacturer..

Edited by Amplificator, Oct 12 2013, 7:02pm :

Octa-core CPU = what battery life? Also, not sure a phone really needs 16 Megapixel cameras. The Nokia one is a special case because it's using all those Megapixels with a downsampling algorithm to improve low light performance, but on the S5, the 16 MP will more than likely simply just be 16 MP. That resolution makes sense on my DSLR which can make use of the pixels...

Keep in mind that Galaxy S4 is already octa-core, by octa-core meaning two quad-core CPUs, one stronger, but more power hungry, and other slower, more battery friendly, for background tasks.

It's just a numbers game, they will also put in a bigger screen so that they can also fit a larger battery and shave another tenth of millimiter on thickness, making the device even more fragile and increasing revenue on repairs due to more cracked screens.

Personally i wish Samsung would work harder to get the updates out, my Galaxy Note 10.1 from last november is still on 4.1.1 i would like to take advantage of the new lock screen and other things in 4.2.2 let alone 4.3. I could put another rom on it, however i don't want to affect stability and i like the SNote integration (the reason i brought the tablet).

I think having a better turn around would show that buying a Samsung device is well supported and samsung is a reliable company, currently all i see is a company in a rush to get the latest and greatest, ignoring their customers who have paid for their products and expect a reasonable level of support.

I decided after two Galaxy phones and miserable experiences with official platform updates to never get a Samsung device again. It looks like they've still not improved their ways, it's always "next device, let's skin people for as much money as we can and forget about past customers". It's bad enough when Apple release new hardware and make their previous device redundant, but they at least make some effort to bring the new version of their software to their older phones (even though after seeing my gf's iPhone 4 running iOS I'm convinced they've programmed it to make it extra sluggish so you will want to upgrade the phone...).

Anyway, I've moved to Windows Phone now, updates are somewhere between iOS and Android, but the underlying OS is the most efficient so the phone never feels like it's struggling (well, so far anyway, guess I need to wait a year for WP9 or whatever and see then if my phone is still ok, but so far so good).

i agree i hope Microsoft can start applying a little more pressure on carriers as a lot of the issues with release of updates stems from them holding it back and taking their time to release the update.

I genuinely believe that salespeople (who are on higher commission in phone stores on apple devices) can use the 5 > 4 argument within their tone. It's easily done.

Nik Louch said,
I genuinely believe that salespeople (who are on higher commission in phone stores on apple devices) can use the 5 > 4 argument within their tone. It's easily done.

I was with a friend when he bought his Galaxy S (the first one) and the salesman's genuine upsell for the galaxy over the iPhone 4 was that it was an A4 chip vs Cortex A8. His logic was that 8 was bigger than 4...

Nik Louch said,
I do sometimes wonder if it's just a numbers game... Catch up to Apple with their 5.

Although it is silly version number has an impact on people. I remember when Word jumped from V2 to V6 to match Wordperfect numbering. And yes, at the time Wordperfect was still a competitor.....

myxomatosis said,
Hey Samsung... a new design please? The S3/S4 are great phones... but they look so dated compared to the HTC One for example

You mean dated compared to ever other high end phone? Yes.

Galaxy devices are hideous.

artnada said,
It won't happen. Samsung tend to have a yearly cycle. The S5 will be released October 2014.

The S4 came out in April so January isn't totally out of the question.

I wouldn't dismiss this rumor just yet.. I think they missed the boat with Apple including a fingerprint sensor, and they will want it too, but not as another S4 Plus or something.

InTheSwiss said,

The S4 came out in April so January isn't totally out of the question.

Sorry, I was thinking of the Note series

Steven Parker said,
I wouldn't dismiss this rumor just yet.. I think they missed the boat with Apple including a fingerprint sensor, and they will want it too, but not as another S4 Plus or something.

That boat that Samsung missed is leaky and deserves to be at the bottom of the Atlantic.

Finger print scanner that was hacked in 3 hours with a 1.0 kit by baby developers? Now that's new tech created by aPple!