A report in Korean site ETNews has given us a few details about next year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship phone, and hinted it may be accompanied by a sequel to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The release of the Galaxy S5 is almost inevitable, but the Gear smartwatch has only been available for a few weeks, making the rapid release of a new model quite surprising.
According to the article, Samsung may bring the release of the Galaxy S5 forward by a few months, indicating we may see the phone in March instead of May. A similar rumour was spread prior to the announcement of the Galaxy S4, but never came true.
The specification promises to be as high-end as ever. The screen could measure 5-inches, but be made of a flexible material, just like the Galaxy Round. It’s also suggested Samsung will retire the plastic body shell and adopt a more premium metal chassis for the Galaxy S5. As with previous models, depending on where the phone is being sold, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor or a new Samsung 64-bit chip is rumoured to power the phone.
Other features listed include a 16-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery and NFC. The operating system should be Android KitKat, which will probably be covered in Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface. If Samsung does announce the Galaxy Gear 2 with the Galaxy S5, then ETNews‘ sources say it’ll be up to 20 percent thinner than the current Gear.
Should the March release date be correct, we may see an announcement prior to Mobile World Congress at the end of February. If not, then expect more news in May, when the Galaxy S4 reaches its one year anniversary.