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Samsung Galaxy S5 Should Hit the Market by April, New Galaxy Gear Also

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This week at CES in Las Vegas, Bloomberg was able to sit down with Lee Young Hee , the executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division. The discussed topics focused mainly on the upcoming Galaxy S5, and it appears that the device won’t have much to surprise us with upon its unveiling. 

In the newest report that details Samsung’s next major flagship, the device will hit the global market in April, and could most certainly come with an iris scanner as we reported previously. As of right now, Samsung is reportedly “studying the technology,” hoping to have it ready in time.

A new model of the Galaxy Gear will also launch alongside the new Galaxy S5, which should be an interesting release, as it could be a test to see if Samsung learned anything from their first wearables launch. The price was high, the software was lacking, but overall, it’s not the worst smartwatch on the market. Many others speculate that Apple will have its smartwatch prepped for announcement sometime in 2014, so it could be an all out wearables battle.

As for the Galaxy S5′s overall look, nothing was spoken about specs or display size, but Samsung said that they would like to “go back to the basics.”

When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big. For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.

If the April launch is essentially confirmed, then we are just a few short months away. Excited?

Via: Bloomberg
  • piratesmvp04

    The only thing keeping me from going with other phones like the Moto G or Nexus 4 is the lack of removable battery and an SD card slot. Given the build quality of those phones, these two features are one of the only things that make the Galaxy phones worth considering. If Samsung removes this in the S5, then my choice for my next phone will be a lot simpler.

  • Salim

    When the first phone came out it was the first samsung captivate touch screen with a metal case.I believe this is there target.

  • picrthis

    I don’t think this is really News or surprising…every April they have been releasing a new S model. Sounds more like they’ll put the same kind of plastic back that is on the Note 3 and pump-up the screen some…..yawn.

  • Nexususer123

    “Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” So basically, they’re just gonna redesign the phone and use something other than plastic material? And maybe higher resolution or different display technology? I guess I’ll wait for it to come out before I judge.

  • das

    hopefully less on software “smart gesture/sensor” R&D and more into physical design , I’d like to see two models with same specs apart from one is amoled and the other is PLS display.

  • http://www.gizmorev.com/ Jasper Molina

    Hope S5 doesn’t disappoint. I like the S4 but I got more in love with the Note 3. Just have one wish, I hope Samsung dishes at least 50% of the bloats. :)

  • Jordan

    I hate when someone instantly downs Samsung devices because of Touchwiz. Everyone complains about its horrendous appearance and other nonsense. They don’t even appreciate the amazing innovation and specs that Samsung delivers every year. If you do not like it, you probably are more suited for a phone from 2009 or a Jitterbug.

  • DRaY

    It would be nice if they gave people this metal “premium” feel they are crying for. A curved screen on the Galaxy Gear would be pretty cool.

  • mcdonsco

    I’m just hoping for it to finally have kick ass battery life.

    • flosserelli

      Then you should be looking at the Note, LG G2, and Razr Maxx.

  • DatDude

    Can I please get some input on what I should do with my upgrade….I have an upgrade available on the 19th. I currently have a Droid Razr M, which is by all means a decent phone. Get the basic things done, but it is starting to really lag and is all messed up. I am looking for a more top of the class phone so I will have better access to custom roms and such. I have narrowed down my search to either the S4 or the HTC One, and am leaning towards the S4. Which one should I get? Or should I just wait for the S5 and any other releases coming in the next few months? Any advice is much appreciated

    • Cameron Nelson

      If you can manage I would wait until Moto releases a 5″ version of the Moto X, which I am hoping is before hell freezes over. If you are looking for a phone now I would go with the LG G2. I have it right now and it is amazing. Battery, screen, knock on, and the back buttons even. I would personally never go with a Samsung phone just because of how crappy they have been for me. Best phone out there, spec wise, is the Note 3 and G2 but really comes down to user preference.

  • antwonw

    And you mention nothing in this article about the implementation of the Iris Scanner they are considering and “studying the possibility” of putting in the GS5.

  • teevirus

    If the spec wars are over perhaps the price wars have begun. If the internals are the same then the cost should be lower or more likley their margins will be higher.

  • Chippah

    I would rather skin my device in CHEESEWIZ than Touchwiz….

    • jim

      one of the many spoiled ass kids on here,

      • Chris

        let spoiled kids have technology and this is what happens.

      • Ej McCarty

        Yeah but this dude is just a straight dummy.

  • Galaxy note 3

    Wooooooooo touchwiz

  • Intellectua1

    Cool I have an upgrade in March.. Can’t wait to see what the Note 4 will be like

  • jim

    whats up with the Note 3′s screen ? finger prints just don’t show at all, love it, wife loves her S3 but it shows finger prints bad

    • Adrynalyne

      When the oleophobic layer wears off, you will see them.

      • jim

        how long will that be ?, Im not using a cover of any kind,, love how slim and light it is, don’t even know its in my pocket

        • Adrynalyne

          Depends on usage. Mine always wears off after a couple months.

      • jim

        oh, I see now that when that happens, I can reapply another layer on it

  • livin

    Here’s to hoping it’s an aluminum unibody design *with a top of the line camera. I also wouldn’t mind taking a look at a sleek Galaxy Gear refresh if the price is right – wearables are growing on me.

    • 4g63mark

      I hope they stay with plastic. It keeps costs down. Plus, aluminum phones offer no real benefit. I must say I dont understand the aluminum hype. It may make the phone a little more rigid, but most people put their phones in a case anyway. Plus they have a reputation for negatively affecting signal performance.

    • TAUSMC

      Why would you want a unibody? That means no removable battery. I would rather have a removable battery. Now if they make it where the battery is removable then I don’t care. I don’t know why people bitch about the plastic or even the new flux leather. The plastic makes the phone lighter, it’s cheaper to replace if it gets scratched, durable, still looks good after a year of use, and doesn’t need a Plastic case to keep it looking good. Metal is heavy, scratched and dents easily. It also looks like crap after a year use if you don’t put it in a Plastic case. Then what is the point of having a nice thin sleek phone if you put it in a bulky plastic case? You can’t even see or feel the metal phone. So what is the point of having it then? If you want a metal feel they do make cases that are metal for the Samsung phones on ebay…. The flux leather is nice because it gives you grip and doesn’t leave fingerprints. It also does feel nice in the hand. I vote keep the removable battery. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy the Samsung phones. That is why the market has different types of phones out there.

  • Tim242

    I will get the S5 on launch day, full price.

    • Grayson Carr

      Why? I love HTC and Motorola, but I still won’t buy anything from them until I’ve read reviews and played with it in a store. You sound like an Apple fanboy, committing to buy something we know nothing about, just because it’s going to be the newest from a company.

      • Tim242

        I used to only buy HTC phones. Now, I only buy Samsung phones. That’s just what I do.

        • machete

          Machete only buy Samsung phones

        • Chris

          My upgrade is next month but I’m waiting to see what both samsung and htc have to offer.

      • Seth Kwon

        By launch day, you know what specs and features come with the phone. You may even have reviews once embargo is lifted. You know Samsung phones get tremendous development support. You know their hardware is always top notch (Top notch doesn’t necessarily mean ‘premium feeling’ – a lot of people don’t give crap about plastic vs. metal.)

  • jim

    love the back on my Note 3, has a great feel

  • hfoster52

    Please god no more pleather covers….

  • Chris

    hopefully they wont make this mistake again. Even though it was funny in a stupid funny way…

  • Brandon Golway

    I have the S4 and have had it about 5 or 6 months and I love it but I feel the urge to make use of my first JUMP. Now I don’t know if I want to wait for the S5, get the Note 3 (my girlfriend has it and it’s pretty damn nice), wait for a note 4 or see what Moto comes out with. I kind of want to return to my Android roots and get a Motorola device, especially now since Google owns them and they’re actually pushing out their “new” stock instead of the older stuff.

    • Brandon

      I just got the Note 3 this past weekend and I love it. It has so many good features and excellent battery, for the first time I am satisfied with my phone and not looking for what is next.

      • jim

        same here, had mine for over a month and love it

      • Brandon Golway

        I got her into the rooting game with her S3 and she loved to do it, she said that since she’s had the N3 she doesn’t have the urge to since everything is great and she actually doesn’t mind touchwiz because of all the awesome s-pen features.

  • Dan

    Live was so much simpler when I had my startec

    • Ej McCarty

      I miss the days of my LG enV

      • JBartcaps

        I miss the days of my LG V

      • master94

        One phone of LGs I’ll never miss is the dare, the enV was great though

        • jim

          loved mine, its a great little alarm clock now

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah I had one too, good phone. One of the last made with an external antenna physical adapter connected. Good for amplifier systems out here in the boonies. Got the Env2 later and it was quite a good phone too but by then no more external antenna adapter.. Had to go wireless for signal amplifying.

  • bogy25

    Who needs a finger print scanner when you can have an iris scanner! Excited – yes Rodeojones000

  • Rodeojones000

    Excited? For a device running TouchWiz? No.

    • Mitchman

      lol – I was waiting for your input. Almost every thread on this site contains your disdain for TouchWiz.

      • Adrynalyne

        If they fix the performance and make it look a little nicer, it will go a long way in repairing bad tastes in people’s mouths.

        • Ej McCarty

          I’m sure you’re used to a “bad taste” in your mouth

          • Adrynalyne

            Classy.

          • xraytedjim

            Stay classy San Diego

        • bassman418

          It’s called Nova Launcher. Done.

          • Adrynalyne

            You shouldn’t have to fix performance with third party apps. Fact.

            Not to mention you lose some features when not using the TW launcher.

          • bassman418

            There is not one performance issue with my Note 3. Nova is for the visual look of my launcher. And I lose no wanted features of TW while using it. All TW features are still there…..

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m happy for you. Even reviewers saw the performance issues due to TW.

      • Rodeojones000

        Have I become that Predictable?

        • MicroNix

          As predictable as a troll gets

    • Chris

      root or buy a nexus

      • Kevin

        Or better yet, buy a Moto X.

        • Tim242

          Moto X isn’t even in the same class.

          • jim

            I heard that , nothing compares to the Note 3

          • Kevin

            Yo can say that again. Moto is better with class.

          • Tim242

            So are delusions : )

          • Kevin

            If your phone ever catches on fire don’t expect Samsung to replace it. :)

          • S2556

            While reading your comment my phone actually stated sparkingn ogh no its flaming upp! Ahhhh

          • jim

            they just don’t get it and never will, its not their fault, its just faulty genes

          • kg2128

            Nope the Moto X is in the much lower class with other budget/mid-tier phones. Nice try though

          • Kevin

            Can you explain why?

    • sevenwords

      Jesus, just use a different launcher. It’s not that hard to do.

      • Rodeojones000

        Using a different launcher doesn’t get rid of Touchwiz.

      • Philip J. Fry

        There is no launcher in the world to get rid of touchwiz look/lag.

      • r0l

        That was my thinking when I had a Note 2, then when I got an X and it ran faster than than my phone with “superior specs” I realized a launcher isn’t doesn’t fix everything.

    • 4g63mark

      At least Touchwiz brings multi screen multitasking. HTC Sense doesn’t bring anything other than a Flipboard knockoff, and LG only has double tap to wake/sleep. In the terms of UI choices, I choose Touchwiz. I would much rather have Motorola because it’s stock Android. However because I MUST HAVE a replaceable battery and expandable storage, I’m a proud GS4 owner.

      • Chris

        If battery tech improves then we may never need a user replaceable battery.

        • jim

          yea that will happen soon,,,,,NOT

        • KleenDroid

          And if they would give us larger storage we wouldn’t need SD cards.

          But it sure is nice that they still give them to us. I like my 64 gig card.

          If these are offered in the S5 I will probably get one.

          • sk3litor

            What if you take a bunch of xmas photos and then want to toss them into a digital picture frame. Or just trade with friends on the go. I think external storage and removable batteries are just more options for us. The more they take that away the closer we get to apples’ business model. I believe the whole point of android and “mobile” in general is to stay away from desktops as much aspossible. The best devices going forward are going to be the ones that allow us to do this.

          • 4g63mark

            I agree 100%. Replacing our batteries on the go, and being able to conveniently shuffle our storage content around as we see fit, is exactly what mobile is. Needing to get to a computer to back up our storage is silly. Who would’ve thought that 2010 Android technology had the best ideas for going forward?

        • sk3litor

          I disagree. Anything in the world that uses batteries should have the ability to change/replace.

        • 4g63mark

          For the rest of my lifetime, I’ll always gravitate toward technology that gives me more options, rather than less. It may be true that many people won’t need the things that I need. But it would be foolish for a company to not provide an alternative device for me and everyone like me……. Now that Sony, HTC, Motorola, and LG are sealing their batteries and eliminating micro sd cards, I expect to see Samsung extend their dominant sales figures. Samsung is the only company left that continues to listen to what many of their customers want.

          • Chris

            if you have long battery life then theres no need for that nonsense.

            choice is good. don’t get me wrong but having removable batteries seems very 90s to me.

          • 4g63mark

            Putting my life on hold so my battery can charge sounds just as prehistoric to me. DSLR camera’s are THOUSANDS of dollars and demand portability. Which is why they retain replaceable battery’s. All devices that are portable should offer replaceable battery’s. At least until they last as long as a wrist watch does on 1 battery. The main reason I returned my HTC One was because the battery only lasted 4 hours and it was not replaceable.

        • piratesmvp04

          Yeah, until your battery dies and you don’t feel like forking over a few hundred dollars to upgrade to the next model. The point of replaceable batteries is that you can pop a new one in when the original wears out. That’s exactly what I’ve done with my Galaxy S Vibrant. It’s almost 4 years old, but with CyanogenMod 10.1.3, I’m able to keep using it because of one thing: I was able to replace the old battery with a brand new one last year. That’s a $5 replacement vs at least a $200 cost of upgrading to a lower end phone like the Moto G. I’ll take the $5 any day.

      • HarvesterX

        The G2 has split screen multitasking dude… Gotta be rooted though. The mod is on xda. Works with all apps.

        • 4g63mark

          Good to know. The G2 I had was WAY less repulsive than my HTC One.

    • Colton

      nova launcher + xposed (for the status bar/notifications panel) = a pretty good experience now. Although the Settings app is still the stupidest thing i’ve ever seen lol

      • Rodeojones000

        Xposed is pretty fantastic, huh? I use it to mod my G2.

      • r0l

        Sounds like a lot of work to get your phone to look like a Moto X or Nexus does out of the box.

        • jim

          hmmm lets see, click once to download, click again to run, you are right that’s so much work,,,,gheez, way to make yourself look stupid

          • r0l

            And “stupid” people like you fill the forums on the first hiccup because you don’t know adb from xyz.
            I’m saying if you need to root and modify your phone to make it tolerable you have the wrong phone.

          • jim

            sorry dude, but I’m Not rooted , educate yourself, Nova works on any phone, rooted or not

          • r0l

            “nova launcher + xposed”
            Reading is important part of engaging in a discussion.

        • jim

          nexus = ‘always troubles’ and comparing a Moto X to a Note 3 is like taking a knife to a gun fight, you always lose

          • r0l

            Not really. My wife had an S4 and brother a note 3 and as a former note 2 user I’m glad I left specs behind as you obviously cling to from your analogy.

          • kg2128

            Why don’t you really “leave specs behind” and get an old flip phone? That will show us how to properly not cling to specs. LOL at all the people trying to justify the Moto X’s poor hardware, it’s the excuses of a loser. Your “optimizations” can’t save you when the hardware gap is so big. It’s bad enough that the screen belongs in 2011 both in resolution and size, but half the processor of the S4 (which isn’t even the best anymore thanks to snapdragon 800) and tiny battery on top of it. Of course non-removable too just to make sure the unimpressive battery life only gets worse and can’t be fixed. Motorola has potential to make a great phone but they haven’t made one yet and the moto X is not even close (and the razrs/ultras/maxx are even worse).

          • r0l

            tl;dr
            He doesn’t know what leave specs behind means.

        • Colton

          Oh I definitely want a nexus or moto x, trust me. I was just saying lol

          • kg2128

            wrong post to reply to

          • Colton

            touche…

        • kg2128

          Don’t group the Nexus 5 and Moto X together like they are similar. The Nexus 5 is a great device, the Moto X is a mediocre/poor device.

          • r0l

            Says none of the polls or the reviews. You’re entitled to your opinion, just remember you’re in the minority.

      • M3D1T8R

        And after all that you’re still stuck with Samsung’s moronic obsolete buttons.

        • bassman418

          I had the Galaxy nexus and I really liked the on screen keys, but I like my screen real estate more. I went to the note 2, now note 3. I actually like the keys off screen more. It’s really personal preference. I just toss TW By installing Nova Launcher and use Exposed and all is good.

        • Brandon

          I also had the Galaxy Nexus then upgraded to the Note 3. I liked the onscreen buttons at first but then I rooted so I could shrink them. Then changed my mind again to get rid of them and use pie to get some more screen real estate. Then I went back to the small buttons because pie got annoying. No matter where I docked pie, I was opening it when I didn’t mean to. On screen navigation always seemed like it was either always in the way, I was hitting them by mistake, and/or they were taking up the screen. The newer ones are a little better with the transparent background instead of the black bar but still a little annoying. I like the Note’s buttons a lot more. I just wish the home button was capacitive, like the back and menu, as well and not a physical one

          • M3D1T8R

            If they got rid of the physical home button that would be a big improvement. And capacitive is not too bad other than looks (my DNA is fine), but Samsung also has them placed backwards and the obsolete “menu” button instead of recent apps.

    • Jordan

      There will probably be a S5 GPE or DE.

    • Humaan

      Touchwiz is ugly and bloated.
      bloatware shouldn’t be installed as system app.
      See the ui difference between stock clock vs touchwiz clock.
      No big difference performance wise.

    • das

      touchwiz > htc sense > IOS7

  • pd240

    Faux leather instead of glossy plastic? I am actually looking forward to this launch. The new touchwiz UI changes and a new design should be enough to sell me on this phone. And maybe a galaxy gear if they come through on the next revision.

    • rals

      Me too. I have the S4, and coming from the GNEX, this thing has been consistently good device. I looking forward to this and a new Moto X.

      • Mitchman

        I went GNex -> S4 -> Note 3. I’ll be looking at the S5. I really liked the Moto X as well, but I did not want to go back to an inferior camera like the GNex days.

        • rals

          Agreed, the S4 and Note 3 have some of nicest image quality out there.Also, sick of the argument when people tell me to carry a separate camera to take high quality pics;

          • Ryan

            My G2 has a better camera than the Note 3. I have done multiple tests. Personal preference

          • Tim242

            Its cord also has lead. Was your hands after each use

          • HarvesterX

            Yeah, I fondle that short charger cable all the time… *smacks his head*

          • Intellectua1

            Same here I have a Nikon 5100 and my S4 takes very good quality pics on stock. Almost the same quality.. I keep a stock backup on my SD just so when I travel and wanna take pics with my phone I flash to stock..

  • etche

    I wish “go to the basics” means going back to a 4.5″ screen size

    • Chris

      good luck…

    • Steve B

      That’s not the basics, that’s the stone age.

      • etche

        Yeah, I haven’t realized that as years go by, my hands keep getting bigger. Dumb phablet trend..

    • Jeremy Gross

      need more small compact devices with the same new specs

  • MKader17

    I think “back to the basics” means back to 2010 where we released every different variation possible, hoping people will buy it and beta pigs

  • MichaelFranz

    Hopefully this means a redesign plus giving consumers what they actual want and can use rather then what they think they want and what they think they can use.

  • Jake

    lol he’s trolling

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    S3 to S4 wasn’t much to talk about and I think Samsung noticed that. We need something new and refreshing the look of TouchWiz hasn’t changed in forever so I’m happy we saw those leaks of an updated UI.

    The whole “going back basics” statement is interesting though I don’t think he literally means that, more “back to the drawing board” in a sense.

  • Shane Redman

    “back to the basics”

    Galaxy SFlip???

    • John Legere

      Hopefully stock android. Their software team needs to be fired.

      • Chris

        Root or buy a nexus

        • John Legere

          Doesn’t help, but thanks for wasting a reply.

          • AMDman

            Well there are no finite number of posts for him to be “wasting.” One could consider your original response to be a “waste” as it is patently absurd to have even the slightest thought that Samsung may go to stock android. That is not the demographic that they are trying to cater to with their main line of phones. That’s what the GPEs are all about. Clearly by back to basics they are referring to the basic build of the phone. I imagine this is alluding to them using more “high quality” materials in their phones. Although personally I don’t see anything wrong with plastic. For Christ’s sake our cars are made of the stuff…

      • piratesmvp04

        Yeah maybe Samsung should launch an Unlauncher initiative.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”

      Sounds more like the internals will be basically identical, but they will change the way the device looks.