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According to Korean News Site, Samsung Could Unveil the Galaxy S5 in January

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According to a recent article from South Korean news site Naver, Samsung could look to unveil the next Galaxy flagship device this upcoming January, 2014. But why would Samsung rush production and release of the Galaxy S5, when the Galaxy S4 has only been on the market for less than half a year? Apparently, sales of the Galaxy S4 were not as high as initially projected by Samsung, and if the report is to be believed, launching the next device early could help with that. 

From what Naver states, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 in January, with the device hitting the global market in February. In doing so, the S4 still wouldn’t even be a year old, so it is really hard to imagine that Samsung needs to meet any type of sales figures that badly. The issue is that many people are stuck on a two year contract with the Galaxy S3, and upgrading to the S4 just isn’t a possibility for most. It’s almost like a dreaded iPhone upgrade cycle, and the Galaxy S5 will be the one most existing Samsung fans would look to upgrade to.

According to the source, the Galaxy S5 will feature the teased 64-bit Octa-core Exynos processor, plus a 16MP OIS back-facing camera. On a personal note, while beefy specs sound great, that just sounds overkill these days.

It’s only October still, but is it already time to start hypebeasting the Galaxy S5?

Via: GigaOm | Naver

  • Jerald Lee

    If only is Samsung Touchwiz would be optimized to its hardware. I also wish that the UI would follow the Google guidelines – more holo-fied touchwiz that is!

  • equestrian_colt

    Ok so people who just got the S4 can’t update for 2 years so why do they keep throwing these phones out every other month they should at least wait 2 years to come up with the next model phone.

  • Fel Pe

    February sounds great. I want the Note 4 water proof, stereo speakers, flexible 6″ Full HD display, fingerprint reader and better battery, all that without increasing the actual overall size and weight of the Note 3!! I want it on June 2014 of course, that’s all. (Tip: if you buy a top end phone and take care of it, you can get most of your money back by reselling it after several months). =)

  • BJ

    Better specs aren’t overkill yet. Until there is no interface latency when performing searches, using voice input, and switching between apps, there is substantial room to improve. When we use devices, waiting unnecessarily is a huge collective waste of time and shouldn’t be blown off. No phones are free of application and UI latency issues.

  • Pj29

    You can easily replace the touchwhiz UI with Nova launcher and have a stock look and feel. And still retain some useful Samsung apps no rooting needed

  • HotInEER

    I wasn’t impressed with the S4 and sold my S3 and got the HTC One which I really like, but the tech upgrade bug get’s me every time. I”m looking at the LG G2 and trying to wait and see if the Nexus 5 comes out this month or next on Sprint before making up my mind, however I would love to see what the S5 has to offer. If they could make it feel more premium like the HTC One, tone Touchwhiz down a bit and do away with some gimmicks I would really be interested.

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    I’m on an S-3 but am holding out as long as I can for something truly awesome. I’m hoping Samsung gets the memo that competing with the iPhone with it’s legacy technology is just not interesting. Give me a phone with a flexible HD screen and a very hi-res stable low-light camera that has excellent reception and long battery life. I was in “Middle of Nowhere” Idaho in the mountains and though my S3 could not get any kind of single my Son’s iPhone was getting 3G data. Of course it’s limited to 3G unlike an S3 on BigRed with LTE but he got a decent signal and I got NOTHING. So Sammy buddy, please put down the Kimchi and go back to the drawing board. Optimize the crap out of those radios BEFORE adding all the Whiz-Bang stuff. Please I think I speak for several million Samsung devotees. Give us GREAT connections then give has everything else Apple Doesn’t have like NFC, Flexible Hi-Res screens, LONG Battery Life, etc….

    • BReal34

      I agree completely. My S3 has the worst reception of any phone I’ve owned in the last 10 years. It’s on the verizon LTE network. Great technology just cant make or receive a call in certain areas and I know other phones are fine. Frustrating being stuck for another couple months even though I was one of the first in the states to receive it.

  • Stacey

    Samsung seriously needs to trim down TouchWiz, at this point it’s overwrought and bloated. I personally think it’s a bad thing if I have to do a sort of orientation to get used to a device and fully use it’s features. The lack of clean skinned devices made me switch to iPhone 5s. I like Android but the breakneck speed of devices coming out (and lack of support) is a buzzkill.

  • Releasing a device in January isn’t going to make people buy the phone since they need to finish the 2 year contract. They need to release it around June/July to get people to buy the S5 from the S3.

    • For the “Samsung Galaxy S” Family an late Spring/Early Summer would be better particular for those on contracts.

      There is some rumours of an “Samsung Galaxy F” series range coming soon (F presumptively Flexi)

      Samsung Olympic Initiative is called “Samsung Galaxy Team Russia” – Samsung seriously have something planned for the Winter Olympics! http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=26361

      The S3 launch was centred around the Summer Olympics as the Unpacked Event was in London a few weeks prior to the Summer Olympics. The S3 was Samsung’s Flagship device for the London 2012 games! Samsung did not have “Galaxy” branding with London but used “Team Samsung” instead for items such as the Torch Relay!

  • yolo_jake

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    • Gnex

      Shut your stupid whore mouth.

  • January has a good probability on the stipulation that similar circumstances of the S3.

    What is that you may ask? – Samsung being an Long term Olympic Partner!

    With the S3 It was announced in London in May 2012 with a release later that month prior to the London Summer Olympics in July!

    February 2014 will see the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Russia).

    Samsung’s Sponsorship that ultimately would include like London the Torch Relay includes “Samsung Galaxy Team Russia” Source: http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=26361 (initiative for 2012 was “Team Samsung” http://www.samsung.com/uk/london2012/everyones-olympic-games/team-samsung.html )

    With the S3, Samsung set an presidence of tying Unpacked with Olympics in an Olympic Year therefore anyone wanting to risk a good bet would be Samsung doing an Unpacked Event for 2014 in Sochi (or Moscow). For the “Olympic Hype” this have to be prior to the Winter Games so ultimately January is the good bet but looking at January with the view of retail January do spoil the selling power which would be more favourable earlier such as an December release would bring – lots of disposable income available prior to Xmas or obtained as Xmas Gifts while January traditionally people often taking stock of December finances.

    A problem with doing the an unpacked event for Winter Olympics then 2 years later swapping to an Summer timetable is those on 24 month (2 year) contracts such as taken out for example in the S3 case say May-September 2012 (Note: Paralympics ended in September) these people when able to device update could be at least 3-6 months old and in the world of technology every day its changing and how many might think the device has lost its flagship edge but should be cheaper.

  • Stephen D

    I remember the same rumor about the S4 last year. And it also doesn’t make sense “Apparently, sales of the Galaxy S4 were not as high as initially projected by Samsung, and if the report is to be believed, launching the next device early could help with that”. It outsold the S3 and even the iPhone for awhile. But sales are below what they expected? I don’t believe this one bit.

  • dirtyfingers


  • frankie

    rumor, nuff said

  • Mark

    Of course it didn’t sell well. People are still pissed about their shattered S3’s screens. I’m hoping that this trend of their phones not selling well continues. Nobody wants a greasy feeling plastic piece of junk full of useless gimmicks.

  • Guest

    I just barely got my phone

  • maxx1987

    sounds like they’re keeping with their 10 month interval started with the S3 –> S4.

    i’d be fine with that if it focused more on things like a new design and more optimized software and battery life. camera should be impressive though!

  • Skittlez

    serious post time: why would they feel the need to release a device already? maybe since all these cell companies are saying you can upgrade every 6 months at a lower cost, samsung wants to be there to be the device that makes you upgrade.

  • pookietookie

    Yeah, no thanks. I’ll take the Nexus 5 with on-screen buttons and stock Android.

  • joejoe5709

    Yeah January in Korea, maybe. But it’ll still be March or April before we see it over here.

    That said, if the Nexus 5 (officially) doesn’t make its way to Verizon and there are zero rumors indicating that it might in the future, I think I’d probably wait the couple extra months for a Galaxy S5 rather than impulsively getting the LG G2. I guarantee the S5 is going to kick some serious butt. It’ll be at least as good as the G2, probably better.

  • Armus

    Verizon will make sure that any such device doesn’t make it to the US until March, and with lots of bloat and cut hardware corners

  • mustbepbs

    I don’t think Samsung understood that people are in TWO YEAR CONTRACTS and the runaway success that was the GS3 is still in people’s hands for ANOTHER YEAR. Maybe the GS5 will be successful in their eyes.

    • 24 month contracts might be an thorn that might come back to harm.

      Some that “upgrade” may go elsewhere as better devices could be available at renewal as they deem an S5 February 2014 release as not flagship enough May onwards but the premium cost probably would dropped. Also there would be those who might end up waiting for anticipated “soon” next years Note device!

  • DJyoSNOW

    As an omnia and droid charge owner I will wait and buy a 5! I love how easy they are to root!

  • Brody Patterson

    What if this isn’t an S-series but instead the beginnings of the F-series. The F-series is suppose to have “premium” technology. Some, even though it is few of the features seem to be premium technology, especially 64 bit and the camera? Com’on Samsung isn’t that stupid, if there were to release something new in January it would be either A. The F-series or B. Some low end device for dirty cheap price.

  • SMART MOVE by Samsung.

  • Christopher Moore

    I’m tired of Samsung. 4.3 for the Note 2 and Note 10.1 should have been released weeks ago. But no; Sammy would rather sale you a Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 first while keeping their loyal customers waiting. And it’s so obvious why the Note 8 got updated to 4.2. The new model is still 6 months up.

  • shamatuu

    That is a huge leap. So If that is true than will the note series move to April or a bit later?.

  • Skittlez

    man, in looks just like an S4

    • hoodieNation

      and an S3, and Note, and Note 2, and Note 3

    • cheese

      hey retard, the photo is that of the S4.

      • Skittlez

        no man, this is about the s5. clearly thats a photo of the s5…retard

        • cheese

          /me shakes head in despair… there is no hope for you.

          • Skittlez

            exactly. you should read the title of the article. i feel bad for you

          • cheese

            you idiot. everyone knows the photo on the post is that of the S4. Droid-Life sometimes uses last model phones to talk about the next iteration.

            You’re dumb. I’ll let all the downvotes that will soon be coming your way do the talking. You’re wrong!

          • Skittlez

            dude i’m not wrong. i have an s4. it looks nothing like that!

          • cheese

            you’re a troll. gtfo.

          • Skittlez

            lol finally! you get it. i was just joking in my original post

          • cheese

            nice try kiddo.

          • Skittlez

            lol it worked.

          • joejoe5709

            I can’t believe you guys made me waste 30 seconds of my life to scroll through all that.

          • Skittlez

            blame it on cheese! he did it!

          • Justin W

            I can’t believe cheese fell for it the whole way through. Lol.

    • Ej McCarty

      Someone get this kid a helmet and keep him away from the crayons. They aren’t good to eat.

      • Skittlez

        scroll down and read through this

        • cheese

          ok ‘Gomer Pyle’ from Full Metal Jacket

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    I think we’ve reached a point in the specs race where the average person doesn’t need to upgrade as often. Screens don’t need more pixels. Cameras don’t need more pixels. Nobody needs fingerprint recognition. Quad core is sufficient (if not way overkill). RAM at 2GB may need to increase as will storage capacity, but that’s about it.

    • Justin W

      The 3GB on my Note3 should be sufficient for quite a while… Though I’m extremely surprised that with no apps running, I’m already using over 1GB (thank you, TouchWiz).

  • Malik

    Absolutely not true, every year we hear that Samsung and Apple plan to show off their new phones early in the new year and it never happens. These phones take a long time to develop. IF it is shown off it will be behind closed doors with an accompanying NDA. Also, You don’t solve low phone sales by releasing the next version earlier.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i’ll be first in line.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Blogs did the same thing for the S4. A quick Google search showed at least one that mentioned January.


  • jose

    “Apparently, sales of the Galaxy S4 were not as high as initially projected by Samsung”

    And what makes them think releasing an identical phone with a different version number would help with that? Apple much?

    • DanSan

      yea because they blew it out of the water with the GS3 and all those owners aren’t going to upgrade again to the GS4.

  • Caleb Loop

    They were saying the same thing this time of year last year about the GS4…

  • DrBenji

    Christ. Who cares? The days of rapid phone replacement are fading away. I’m still totally happy with my GS3.

    • hoodieNation

      nailed it.

    • Tweekex

      Spec-wise I completely agree. There is still part of me however, that gets bored and wants a new device every 6 months 😀

      • Ej McCarty

        I’m on more of a 4 month cycle haha. I’m getting the Note 3 and I promise this will last me two years 😉

        • Tweekex

          I got mine yesterday, you will love it. 🙂

        • Stephen D

          “I promise this will last 2 years”

          That’s what I said when I bought my GNex, and that’s what I said when I bought my Note 2, and that’s what I’m going to say when I get a Note 3 soon. It’s a vicious cycle.

          • Haha, still rocking my GNex. Upgrading to a Note 3 though. But I’m proud to say I lasted 2 years.

        • ineedthatpurse

          I said that about my S4… but I think I think I’m only about 4-6 months into that before I upgraded to the Note 3… LOVE LOVE LOVE! this is my two year phone…. maybe….

      • michael arazan

        The GS3 sold over 20 million devices with in the first 6 months, think sammy needs to slow their role because people hold on to their devices for at least 2 years, unless they are going to start the trend of bring down the prices closer to tablets. I still can’t believe a tablet that is bigger everything minus antennas for phone cost more than a phone still

    • DanSan

      exactly. one you get a solid phone with nice specs it can last a really long time. just keep throwing new software on it and boom, its like it was just released all over again

      • Carlton Crasher

        I couldn’t agree more…running CM based roms, to be honest though i wish my s3 was black, because, i have defaced mine with a zerolemon 7000mah battery and a black case (because the white case is a piece of crap.) if the s4 was black, snapdragon 800, meh i might have

        • Ej McCarty

          note 3 🙂

        • Jonathan Williams

          Always bet on black…

    • S2556

      Same. My gs3 runs fluid still on aokp. Unfortunately I lost it on Saturday with a dead battery so prey couldn’t bail me out. Now I think I’ll get a new one through asurion and sell it then get the N5 for no reason other than I’m bored and want a refresh lol

  • mustbepbs

    Well THAT would be a huge mistake.

    Samsung needs to totally revamp TouchWiz before they even THINK about the GS5. Top specs don’t even help the current iteration. It’s pathetic.

    • DrBenji

      Yeah, TouchWiz is a total dog. I gave HTC unending sh*t for Sense, but Sense is a gem compared to TouchWiz now.

      • Justin W

        IMO, Sense is just all around polished now. I love the new iteration, and would take it any day over any other in-depth skinning of Android (note: I like Stock, but the features added, IMO, make Sense much better though there is some bloat.).

        • KellyaJScott

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    • Greyhame

      So true. Sounds like Samsung could be making the same mistake that got Moto and HTC into hot water with their fan base — releasing a phone with better specs right after releasing their supposed flagship. And with a different form factor (no “S” version for example), they wouldn’t be saving on manufacturing costs either, potentially forcing down their gross margins. This has huge mistake written all over it.

      • mavericksid

        I wouldn’t mind a newer flagship device, because, you know, I can wait patiently for a price drop so as not to pay exorbitant price, which doesn’t affect me being a fan of samsung specs. So I’m still using S2. Let there be a flurry of new devices.

        Or, I’m just poor.

    • Goldenpins

      They also need to try better materials (keep the signature design).. The spec bump from S3-S4 beyond the screen seemed gimmicky or very minor. I do agree they need to do something about Touchwiz. Its not bad, just needs a refresh like how HTC did with Sense.

    • mavericksid

      If that worries you so damn much, get Google edition variant.

    • Plazmic Flame

      TouchWiz makes my eyes bleed. They need to hire a UI designer…

      • Fel Pe

        Whats so bad about it?

        • Plazmic Flame

          It looks really really bad. Like I said, they need a UI designer, their whole TouchWiz “experience” isn’t even consistent. Maybe they need to borrow Matis Duarte from Google for a bit.

          • Fel Pe

            What was the last phone you used with touchwizz? I happen to think that since the GS3 the things you said are not true anymore. The Note 3 is even a HUGE improvement on performance and UI. Stock Android is looking more towards touch wiz than ever before.

          • Plazmic Flame

            Actually, if you read through my comments, I’ve never once said that TouchWiz is “laggy”, which has never been my argument as well. As I’ve said before, my argument is that TouchWiz is ugly in design and color and no plethora of functionality makes that “ok”, in my opinion. As for devices, I’ve used the GS3 and Note 2.

            A device is suppose to have the “whole” experience, which includes the hardware side of things AND the software “look and feel” or UI/UX (user interface/user experience).

            Samsung has nailed their specs (hardware) with the Note 3, there’s no questions. TouchWiz though, still needs some heavy work, mostly UI.

  • MichaelFranz

    all the beefy specs are great but to be a gamechanger or show stopper it needs a beefy battery. I think the thin wars are over. No one talks about who has the thinnest device with every release of a phone. its all about specs and software features. Samsung shoudl redesign touchwiz and make it more appealing. Drop some of the nonsense software, ditch the plastic build in favor of a solid one, and again beef that battery over 3000mah. Maybe a thought, but implement a new kind of battery tech that maybe lasts longer but can still be 2500mah or whatever. Also, please ditch the button setup…i know im asking alot but the home button has got to go.

    • hoodieNation

      Samsung should just have Motorola build their phones.

      • MichaelFranz

        it would have a carbon kevlar home button then….sammy design, moto influence.. lol

        • hoodieNation

          Those home buttons got to go! I love everything about my s3, except this stupid button. While I don’t like physical home buttons period, Sammy went above and beyond to make it the dumbest most annoying shape they could find.

          • Carlton Crasher

            i will always love Capacitive buttons because they don’t take up screen real estate, and i don’t care much for pie controls to be honest.

          • Justin W

            I’m not a fan of the home button, but I like what can be done with on-screen buttons vs. capacitive buttons. I’ve used PIE controls, and while they were nice, it wasn’t always responsive (or was too responsive). I see the benefits for both, and I would much rather have on-screen or PIE than physical/capacitive. Different strokes, I suppose 🙂

          • Big_EZ

            Capacitive buttons are the worst. I like small physical buttons with a little resistance (like Motorolas old phones, not Samsungs home button) best, then on screen. I am always accidentally hitting the capactive buttons, especially the back that screws everything up.

    • Big_EZ

      They will change to newer battery tech, but not until there is new battery tech.

    • Plazmic Flame

      I agree. Samsung needs to slow their role and get:

      – Hire UI designer (TouchWiz looks awful compared to stock Android)

      – Larger battery

      In regards to new battery tech, its on the Horizon, just Google: “Eesha Khare”. She’s a teenage kid that created a capacitor that can charge a battery in 20-30 seconds. There’s tons more out there but it won’t be hitting consumer electronics anytime soon.

  • J2886M

    haha wow.. then the GN4 with curved screen followed by the SG6 just in time for black friday 2014

    • November – possible on an 9 month cycle.

      Weeks after traditionally “iPhone” launch period. An S6 just weeks after a probable expectations of iPhone 6 (around September – traditionalism)

      Samsung may just get an S7 out in 2015 prior to the rival competition probably “bump”

      In Summer 2016 – Brazil it might be just your time!

  • FAL_Fan

    I’m excited actually, because one of my non-unlimited lines is up for an upgrade already so I was planning on jumping on the note 3 especially if the Verizon30 code works still, but then another of my non-unlimited is up in February so…I could do both!

  • If this is true, this is absolutely insane.

  • Samvelavich

    I’ve learned to block out these rumors from my head… wont believe anything until I see an official announcement.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    8 months and we are getting a new flagship? Can you at least give people time to enjoy their current one.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      if this one comes with a touchwiz revamp, they can release it today.

      • Ej McCarty


    • maxx1987

      didn’t the S4 (March 2013) get introduced like 10 months after the S3 (May 2012)? An introduction of the S5 in January 2014 would be keeping with that 10 month interval.

      • Justin W

        This is usually what companies do when they want to adjust their launch timeline for devices. My bet is it will continue for another couple of years until it’s around the same time as the iPhone since it is one of Samsung’s largest competitors.

        • malcmilli

          i think they’d like to keep their release before that iphone’s. Also, it would have been quicker to just slide it back 4 months instead of sliding it forward 8 months if that was their plan.

  • Morbid138

    Phone manufacturers, SLOW THE F***K DOWN!

    • Verizon

      Dont worry thats why Verizon is in charge of delaying the launch of phones so we can “enjoy” our current phones

    • Epic Tea

      Comment of the week.

    • DanSan

      seriously i was going to say, slow the hell down already.

      no wonder all the carriers are jumping on these “Next, Edge, Up, whatever” programs because i feel like every 3.5 days a new phone comes out.

      • S2556

        It’s still not as bad as it was in the ginger bread era thank god

    • zurginator

      I remember this rumor happening last year with the S4 as well…. and it also came from some Korean news site.