Samsung Galaxy S5 released in January?

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Oct 11th, 2013
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Samsung could launch the Galaxy S5 as early as February, according to reports coming out of Korea.

Citing internal meetings within Samsung, Korean site Joseilbo reports that the company is keen to compete with the iPhone 5s as soon as possible.

Samsung is said to be preparing to unveil the Galaxy S5 as soon as January.

Demand for Samsung’s flagship smartphone is said to have dropped in the lead up to the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Despite selling more than 20 million handsets worldwide, Samsung is understood to have missed internal sales projections. Even so, the company has seen record revenues off the back of the Galaxy S4.

Samsung has traditionally unveiled its flagship smartphone in March with the handset going on sale in April.

Last year it unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4 at a major event in New York on March 13th, with the phone going on sale during the last week of April.

It is unlikely that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S5 at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES 2014 is due to take place between the 7th and 10th.

According to Joseilbo, Samsung is expected to hold its event closer to the middle of the month. It is still unclear whether or not the company is planning to move the event from its traditional March slot.

Whether Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 in January or March, it is still months away. While little is known for sure about the phone, a general outline of what to expect is becoming clearer by the day.

Shortly after Apple took the wraps off its new iPhones, Samsung’s co-CEO Shin Jong-Kyun made a promise that the S5 will match the power of the iPhone 5s.

It’s not an idle threat either. Samsung is the company that manufacturers the A7 processor that powers the iPhone 5s on behalf of Apple. If anyone can match Apple’s flagship smartphone, it will be Samsung.

We also know a little about how the S5 may look. In August, a rumour broke that claimed Samsung is looking to move away from using polycarbonate back covers for its phones.

It was claimed that some figures at the Korean manufacturer are concerned that the recent introduction of a plastic-backed ‘budget’ iPhone – the iPhone 5c – could make buyers think all plastic-backed smartphones are budget devices.

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