The Samsung Galaxy S5 will enter mass production in January and should be released in February or March, according to a report out of Korea. This is around three months earlier than what the company usually schedules for the Galaxy S line, which means past rumors about the Galaxy S4 not selling well may have been true after all. And Samsung, looking at the S4′s sales, decided to launch the S5 early. This will also allow the company to once again be on top of the hardware trends in the Android world.
The Galaxy S5 will apparently come in two versions. The high-end one will get a metal casing and a flexible AMOLED touchscreen, while the ‘mass-market’ variant will have a plastic body and a non-flexible AMOLED. All the other specs are shared between the two. It’s good to note that the “flexible” display mentioned will probably only be as flexible as that in the Galaxy Round, which means you won’t be able to bend the phone, but the screen will be bent during the production process.
Other specs for the Galaxy S5 include a 5-inch size for the touchscreen (no word on resolution yet), a 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 16 MP rear camera (something that has been rumored before), 3 GB of RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one.
That battery capacity would make the S5 blow everything else out of the water in terms of battery life. It’s unclear why Samsung chose to go with just 3 GB of RAM, since the 64-bit processor would support 4 GB (or more) too. Perhaps there are some production issues with more than 3 GB of mobile memory.
In January, Samsung will make around 800,000 to 1 million Galaxy S5 units. The production will then grow to 6 million in February, and 8-10 million in March, as needed.
Samsung wants to offset the slowing demand for flagship devices by selling more and more accessories. Thus we should expect the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy Gear 2 will be 15% to 20% thinner than the current model which launched only a couple of months ago. We should also expect a slew of other accessories for the Galaxy S5 to be launched officially.
All of the above reportedly comes from inside sources, but as always you should be reading everything with a healthy dose of salt nearby. If everything in this report pans out, then Samsung will seriously impact HTC’s bottom line by launching its next flagship either at the same time or before the Taiwanese company. Some recent Galaxy S4 owners may get upset at this rapid release schedule, but for the most part the market should benefit from such a high-end handset. Oh, and those crying for Samsung to use metal casings for its Galaxy S line may finally be silenced.