Samsung Galaxy S5 rumored to launch at MWC 2014

Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S5 is expected to launch at the Mobile World Congress 2014 according to an informal Q&A with a company executive.

It was reported earlier that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S5 earlier than its flagship launch time-frame of April-May due to weak sales of the Galaxy S4. Now, Dong-hoon Chang, Vice President and Head of Design at Samsung, has revealed to reporters during a New Year party in Seoul, that the smartphone launch might take place during MWC 2014.

The upcoming flagship from Samsung, which is rumored to feature a 64-bit true octa-core Exynos processor, 2/4GB of LPDDR4 memory and a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, will be made from a "new material," according to Chang. Samsung has not yet decided whether to include a flexible screen on the Galaxy S5.

Samsung has not commented on Mr. Chang's claims and readers should take the rumor with a grain of salt as nothing can be confirmed at the moment. HTC is also expected to launch the successor to HTC One around the same time as MWC making for an interesting few weeks leading to the event. MWC 2014 kicks off on February 24 and hopefully we will hear more about these devices soon enough.

Source: iNews24 (Korean) via GSMArena | Image via NDTV

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Have to admit this is one market where I'm quite steadily being left behind as the pace at which these companies launch new phones, in their continual desperate bids to outdo each other, continues to accelerate.

The Galaxy S4 hasn't even been out a year - in fact it was launched at the end of April 2013 so 8 months. For that to be bordering on obsolescence, as Samung look to supersede it, is sheer insanity. I know they're continually trying to keep up with and out-do Apple but.. 8 months is nuts.

Quite glad I got out of the 'rat race' to have the latest and greatest mobile phones some time ago.

well it is simply the same with all new hardware toys when companies get the grip of the production. they just push out better stuff. you have seen the same in the pc history. it will slow down. I would say it already is on the decline anyways

GDI. I can upgrade as of Feb 1 (been using the SGS3 since the first day it was available) and was fairly certain I was going to go with the Nexus 5 for the pure Google experience, getting updates faster, and simply being off contract. But if this is true for end of Feb I may wait to see. TouchWiz isn't the greatest but I can deal with it as I have for the SGS1 and SGS3.

I have a friend who works at Best Buy as the Samsung expert and from what he has said their top selling phone is the S4. I wonder where they got the idea of weak sales.

Mandosis said,
I have a friend who works at Best Buy as the Samsung expert and from what he has said their top selling phone is the S4. I wonder where they got the idea of weak sales.

The Galaxy S4 can be Samsung's best selling phone at Best Buy... but that still might not mean much in the grand scheme of things.

Don't forget... Samsung sells about 80 million smartphones every quarter... WORLDWIDE.

The Galaxy S4 does not make up the majority of Samsung smartphone sales... even if it is the best selling *single* model.

I don't care how good this phone is. I can't stand Samsung's TouchWiz UI. It's probably the ugliest front-end touch interface from a big company. They should release a Google Play Edition version for the people that want stock Android.

Curious, why from Samsmug <did you see what I did> then?
I mean Sony and Moto, to mention 2 rivals among others, do great devices I'm not trying to start a 'thing' but would like to know why touchwiz is so hated, but people will buy the Sammy anyway...?

Agreed. Bloated crap. I sold my S4 as I couldn't get on with it. Moved to a Lumia 925 but finding I am missing key apps an awful lot. Looking to sell the 925 to get a Nexus 5 now.

No there was rumor the iphone 6 in spring or summer. It would make sense because the i-watch suppose to come out in 8-9 months.

This year maybe different because I doubt apple wants to release a new ipad, iphone, iwatch and itouch at the end year. And remember they used to release the iphone in june.

Doubtful, I would take those rumors you have heard and regard them like a grain of salt. What I have said is based on what apple has done for many, many years and is doubtful to change. A good place to keep up to date on things such as that would be Cult of Mac where the do articles specifically related to apple products.

Melfster said,
No there was rumor the iphone 6 in spring or summer. It would make sense because the i-watch suppose to come out in 8-9 months.

Every iPhone is rumored to come out in the spring.

I just hope it releases in time for when I'm due for a new phone (I'm cutting it fine with contract end date of 31st March). I missed out on the S3 last time due to it releasing a month after my contract end date, so hoping might get lucky this time. However, I seriously doubt I will. I'll probably have to settle for the S4 which is a damn good phone in its own right, but hoping to get the S5 since will stuck with the phone for 2 years (I can't afford to buy the phone outright and just upgrade when I want). Support for the S4 will most likely be dropped 1 year into my new contract, while I can go to XDA, I prefer official OEM support. Alternatively I may go the N5 (as my carrier offers it) if the S5 is a no show. However, after getting burnt on my carrier supported Galaxy Nexus, I am a little wary of getting another carrier supported Nexus device (the phone I wanted, the S3, ironically got updates faster and more often then my Galaxy Nexus did). So while it was a fantastic phone it was no better then any other OEM phone. If I could afford to buy it directly from Google, I'm sure I would of had a much more positive experience and I don't doubt the Nexus phones are great but since purchasing via contract with a carrier is my only option. Going Nexus isn't an obvious choice.

As I'm unaware of your locale, Might I ask if your provider offers a rolling contract at the end of your term like O2UK does? it helps when waiting for a new device, not to mention you can to a degree, dictate terms when renewing your contract

On Telstra in Australia. Once my contract ends, it automatically renews to a new 2 year contract. So for example, if I wait another month (or even just a day) after the deadline for the current contract to get the S5, they will automatically renew my contract for another 2 years and charge me a full contract early termination fee and require me to sign up for a new contract to get the phone. Only way to get around that is to cancel my contract (i.e. don't renew it) and buy a prepaid and wait for the S5 to release. Too much screwing around for my liking to be honest.

I'm thinking about getting it, or possibly the rumoured Nokia but purely as my s3 is nearing 2 years old, the update I got hasn't felt slower on a 1 gig ram model i9300 but I do understand some users have had problems, touchwiz is ok in my book, and I like the changes, but I find myself agreeing with something adza33 said,

The way Samsung are going, the phone will do every thing but make calls....
There is too much tech being crammed into what is supposed to be foremost, a mobile phone albeit a smartphone

I was liking my S4, until the latest patch came out and the device started eating batteries for lunch and dinner, the internet apps are slow and lag for a brief nano-second each time you swipe after viewing a lot of stuff, and the overall responsiveness has went down hill.

F***, it was probably done on purpose to drive folks to the S5 - of which, I will NOT be one of them.

Skin said,
I was liking my S4, until the latest patch came out and the device started eating batteries for lunch and dinner, the internet apps are slow and lag for a brief nano-second each time you swipe after viewing a lot of stuff, and the overall responsiveness has went down hill.

F***, it was probably done on purpose to drive folks to the S5 - of which, I will NOT be one of them.

They cancelled the rollout of that update and fixed it so it doesn't do that any more. Either you got the first update and not the second or you don't actually have an S4 and you're just regurgitating a news story you heard.

M4x1mus said,

They cancelled the rollout of that update and fixed it so it doesn't do that any more. Either you got the first update and not the second or you don't actually have an S4 and you're just regurgitating a news story you heard.

Well since you are so versed in how my phone is doing and what my carrier has done, then you already know that they didn't roll out a second patch, and my ticket is still open with them due to the battery draining fast, getting warm while charging (two batteries) and the responsiveness of the OS. Also, you would know that their community support area, as well as the internet, is littered with the same issues from many people.

I am glad you know everything about this issue and can make concrete judgements - mayhapse you can also fix my phone?

Skin said,

Well since you are so versed in how my phone is doing and what my carrier has done, then you already know that they didn't roll out a second patch, and my ticket is still open with them due to the battery draining fast, getting warm while charging (two batteries) and the responsiveness of the OS. Also, you would know that their community support area, as well as the internet, is littered with the same issues from many people.

I am glad you know everything about this issue and can make concrete judgements - mayhapse you can also fix my phone?

When did I make a concrete judgement? I said either you didn't get the fix or you're lying. That's two possible conclusions; hardly a concrete judgement. It sounds like your carrier still hasn't rolled out the fix, but its not exactly a rare thing for people here to make up bad things about Android phones you know.

M4x1mus said,

When did I make a concrete judgement? I said either you didn't get the fix or you're lying. That's two possible conclusions; hardly a concrete judgement. It sounds like your carrier still hasn't rolled out the fix, but its not exactly a rare thing for people here to make up bad things about Android phones you know.

So, you cannot help fix it? Ok then, good chat, and thanks for your pearls of wisdom.

Skin said,

So, you cannot help fix it? Ok then, good chat, and thanks for your pearls of wisdom.

Lol, im not here to fix your phone for you, but if its that bad, just get a custom rom or something.

fredrichman said,
it still sells well... second to iphone.. no one care about comments like u and me..

it is bloated but who cares

It would be bloated if it ran slowly because of all those apps, but it doesn't so it just has a lot of features that go unused.

Better build material and upgraded internals is not going to to do much as long as they keep piling on their bloat ware. Be expecting to pay a good price as well.

techbeck said,
Better build material and upgraded internals is not going to to do much as long as they keep piling on their bloat ware. Be expecting to pay a good price as well.

Mainly this. I will never buy a carrier infested android, ESPECIALLY a Samsung because of the bloatware.

All about that nexus. I will however appreciate Samsung making a non ****ty plastic phone. Now fix that ****ty launcher you call touchwiz and maybe I take Samsung seriously.

I am looking into windows phone with the intro of gdr3 with multi core support and dat 1080p. I'm more about screen then internals because both iOS and WP run much better on 1/3 the hardware of a android flagship.

The nice thing about the Galaxy line is because they are so incredibly popular, there is almost always a huge selection of ways to "fix" it. Custom ROMs are released quickly.

Oddly I've gone back to stock ROM for a few features I like (PiP video player) and some other stuff. The bloatware is extremely annoying and aggressive but it can be overcome.

Im all for roms, but you shouldnt have to buy a phone to liberate it. Also usually roms arent available for up to a month. That is in stable form. I want to be able to use my phone stock without needing to chuck it out the window.

Well when you find the perfect or even better solution, I'm all ears. WP don't have the apps or tinker ability want, Apple's ecosystem isn't something I can stomach despite impressive hardware across the board and that leaves Android, which for my carrier the Galaxy line is their top offering.

There's a reason for all the crap we have to deal with as consumers. Be it bloatware, inflated prices, walled gardens etc. When companies become large enough to just ignore consumer gripes, you get these kinds of problems, all three companies I mentioned fall into this category unfortunately.

techbeck said,
Better build material and upgraded internals is not going to to do much as long as they keep piling on their bloat ware. Be expecting to pay a good price as well.

Exactly. Thats why I never like samsung:
1. They added lots of codes and shiny skinning on the top of already cramped and bloated android.
2. Lots of unnecessary animations and childish sound effect. Water effect...
3. Bloated with unnecessary and redundant software apps which is more gimmicky rather than useful.


trojan_market said,

Exactly. Thats why I never like samsung:
1. They added lots of codes and shiny skinning on the top of already cramped and bloated android.
2. Lots of unnecessary animations and childish sound effect. Water effect...
3. Bloated with unnecessary and redundant software apps which is more gimmicky rather than useful.

Wrong. You can change the software by putting a custom ROM, but you can't change the hardware....
So, good hardware and bad software = still GOOD

Dot Catrix said,

Wrong. You can change the software by putting a custom ROM, but you can't change the hardware....
So, good hardware and bad software = still GOOD

See, thats the point. not all people wants to use custom roms. I think custom roms have even more bugs and prone to get viruses. plus you automatically void factory warranty which is not wise in many ways. yes samsung hardware is good but not as good as apple and nokia. so I am going to pass. I do have a nexus 5 though and the build quality is reasonably good pure android, google code. fast update iteration which I like the most and no bloatwares , the camera is not the best which is why I carry around my Lumia 1020

Edited by trojan_market, Jan 3 2014, 4:17pm :

Yes, give us stock vanilla... The way Samsung are going, the phone will do every thing but make calls....

doesn't that grind anyone's gears???

adding a plethora of absolute useless features (smart stay, s voice, tv remote, apps u cant remove) slowing down the OS and making the UI buggier...

Familiar story. Company becomes large enough to endure screw up after screw up. Samsung is fortunate that it's hardware is good enough to tolerate their software. The first chore of Galaxy owners is always rooting to install Titanium backup and "freeze" all the crapware or just flash a new ROM.

adza33 said,

adding a plethora of absolute useless features (smart stay, s voice, tv remote, apps u cant remove) slowing down the OS and making the UI buggier...

root it and remove them all

"due to weak sales of the Galaxy S4"

Huh? The S4 has some of the best sales of any phone. It sold 10 million in under a month in the UK alone. Anyway, i have an S3 but looking to switch to WP8.1 once its released. Just need there to be a good 4.7 - 5" phone with 1080p and great camera, like a successor to the Nokia 1020.

NoClipMode said,
"due to weak sales of the Galaxy S4"
Just need there to be a good 4.7 - 5" phone with 1080p and great camera, like a successor to the Nokia 1020.

You mean like the 1520...?

I was under the same impression... it sold a lot better than S3 and it is one of the best selling after iPhone.. no other phone can take that crown yet its weak.. wow I am loosing faith

Wait for this year, next flagship of Nokia 1020 is coming. I am hoping for 5" phone as well.

NoClipMode said,
"due to weak sales of the Galaxy S4"

Huh? The S4 has some of the best sales of any phone. It sold 10 million in under a month in the UK alone. Anyway, i have an S3 but looking to switch to WP8.1 once its released. Just need there to be a good 4.7 - 5" phone with 1080p and great camera, like a successor to the Nokia 1020.

Xenosion said,

You mean like the 1520...?
The 1520 has a 6" display. It's considered a phablet and too big for most people.

NoClipMode said,
"due to weak sales of the Galaxy S4"

Huh? The S4 has some of the best sales of any phone. It sold 10 million in under a month in the UK alone. <snip>


What? Are you telling me 10 million of a 63 million population bought an S4 - in one month?

What a load of rubbish.

Elliot B. said,

What? Are you telling me 10 million of a 63 million population bought an S4 - in one month?

What a load of rubbish.

I don't know where he got the "in the UK alone" bit, but it did sell 10 million in the first month worldwide and hit 40 million by October. Those are hardly "weak sales".

Sounds like a tasty phone indeed. Hopefully android 5.0 with ART (native programming instead of dalvik virtualisation) will launch on it. I hope they launch a stock android rom edition version too on launch day.

torrentthief said,
Sounds like a tasty phone indeed. Hopefully android 5.0 with ART (native programming instead of dalvik virtualisation) will launch on it.

ART is simply AOT (ahead of time) compilation instead of Dalvik's JIT (just in time) compilation. There is little if any difference in programming, only in compilation.
The term virtual machine is being thrown around a lot for Java, Dalvik, and even ART, but it has nothing to do with virtualized hardware as in VMware products and the like. It's just a loose term for an environment capable of compiling byte code (whether AOT or JIT) and providing a set of runtime libraries.