Samsung Galaxy S5 Due in April, Will Launch with New Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
January 9, 2014 11:28 AM
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Samsung is also looking at eye scanning technology
Samsung is eyeing an April release date for its
upcoming Galaxy S 5
, and speaking of eye, it's currently testing iris recognition technology that could be featured in the new handset.
According to a new report from
, Samsung confirmed a March or April release date for its successor to the popular Galaxy S4, and the new device is expected to have a new design and features to compete with Apple's iPhone 5c and 5c smartphones.
Samsung plans to change up the design of the Galaxy S5, mainly because consumers complained that the S4 resembled its predecessor -- the Galaxy S3 -- too closely. Samsung fans want a change, and the company plans to give them that with the new S5. No details were given as to what kind of changes, but there were hints of a possible screen size adjustment.
Aside from cosmetic changes, Samsung is looking to bulk up the new S5 with all-new features. One that may be included in the new handset is eye-scanning technology, which would be on par with Apple's new fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5C and 5S. However, Samsung Executive Vice President of Mobile Lee Young Hee said that this new tech might not be ready in time for the S5.
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” said Lee. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
In addition, Samsung will be coupling its new S5 with an updated wearable that is meant to work alongside the handset.
“We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time,” said Lee. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”
report said that Samsung would likely see a
slow 2014 for smartphone sales
due to Apple moving into the Chinese smartphone market. The iPhone maker just
scored a deal with China's largest mobile carrier
-- China Mobile Ltd -- late last month, which opens the iPhone up to 760 million China Mobile customers starting January 17, 2014.
Aside from that, Apple is expected to start selling phones with larger screens this year, which is one feature typically dominated by Samsung's Android-powered phones. With Apple entering the market and offering similar features, it poses a real problem for Samsung's mobile business.
Thomson Reuters' Starmine SmartEstimate added that Samsung's fourth quarter business was likely hit by Apple's strong iPhone sales, and that this is expected to continue through the end of the first quarter of this year.
Samsung just posted its Q4 2013 earnings, which saw the company's first profit decline in nine quarters. Operating profit was 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion USD) in the three months ended December 2013, which was a decrease from 9 trillion won a year earlier.
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RE: Wonder what the design will be like
1/10/2014 12:25:32 PM
"Did you mean the S4? I thought you said you owned an S3 and the build quality was better."
The S3, S4 and Note 2 are all nearly identical and cheaply made. My co-worker has a Note 3 and it is better is what I said.
I dont care to read one review or another where some guy thought it was good, different people have different things they look for. I know, I owned and S3 last year and My wife currently has a Note 2. I also have handled many S4's and many other models as well setting them up for our users. This "myth" is no myth. It's all over the place because its true. Samsung execs are even out there now stating they are improving BQ from here on out because its true.
"Seems like most of this "build quality" nonsense started when HTC released the aluminum uni-body One."
It's not about aluminum. The Note 3 is better and there are plenty other Moto Droids that have removable batteries that were good as well which show it can be done. There are a ton of other Androids on the market right now that have much better build quality period.
Dood, you tend pick a side and stick with it, loyal as hell, and that is a good thing in general, but we arent talking about your best bud, or a family member, its a company and you aren't looking at it objectively. Call a terd a terd... It WAS an issue and if all these people complaining about it online got them to address it then good lets all keep complaining. It helped with Netflix and MS, and now Samsung. It's even helping with Apple as they are very likely releasing larger phones this year.
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