Samsung Galaxy S5 Could Be Announced in January 2014

With mobile technology continuing to evolve at breakneck speed, it has become the norm for phone companies to update their flagship devices every year. But could Samsung update its famous Galaxy S phone before the GS4 is a year old?

The latest scuttlebutt says Samsung's Galaxy S5 could arrive as soon as January. Korean site Naver reports that Samsung is gearing up for a January launch of the Galaxy S5. Rumored specs include a 16-megapixel camera and Samsung's own Exynos chip. Though Naver doesn't provide a source for its report, Mashable reports that the site is run by former Samsung employees. 

Samsung's GS4 was announced last March and went on sale in April. The first model went on sale in June the year it was announced, while the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III both had May launches. Looking at that track record, Samsung doesn't really have a clear pattern for launching new Galaxy S phones. With sales of the GS4 slowing, it seems the company is hoping that a whole new model will bring in more sales. Naver says Samsung will tease the device in mid-January and then launch in February.

Samsung, of course, has yet to comment on the rumors, but if they're true, we'll likely be hearing more about the new Galaxy S5 as the holidays approach.

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  • Grandmastersexsay
    Considering the S4 is still the most advanced phone on the market except for the Note 3, there is absolutely no reason to release the S5 that early. If Samsung was to release the S5, why in the world they do it in January? That makes absolutely no sense. This article sounds more like Apple generated subterfuge to help increase Christmas sales than legetimate news.

    As the novelty of the iPhone 5S wears off, S4 sales will pick up again.
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  • infernocy
    samsung need to start a special collection of jeans that will be able to accommodate their phones ..
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  • Grandmastersexsay
    Considering the S4 is still the most advanced phone on the market except for the Note 3, there is absolutely no reason to release the S5 that early. If Samsung was to release the S5, why in the world they do it in January? That makes absolutely no sense. This article sounds more like Apple generated subterfuge to help increase Christmas sales than legetimate news.

    As the novelty of the iPhone 5S wears off, S4 sales will pick up again.
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  • Kieran Warren
    I'd hardly say the S4 is the most advanced phone on the market. It has nothing unique other than some samsung software. Camera is way behind the Nokia and Sony flagships. Specs are beaten by LG. Screen isn't the best available. Build materials are cheap. Batteries are hardly the biggest around. So overall it really doesn't have anything unique and that is probably why it isn't selling as well as they expected after the S3
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