Citing Samsung insiders, South Korean Joseilbo reports that Sammy may be rushing the release of the Galaxy S5 along due to weaker sales than the company was hoping for internally. That’s despite the fact that the tech giant is said to have sold more than 20 million units of its now aging flagship phone. In all fairness, though, signals of a slowdown in the higher-end have been many and common lately, so its not exactly surprising to hear that the Korean manufacturer is hurrying things along – the report claims that the Galaxy S5 may be formally announced in January 2014.
The above, and what’s to follow are by no means confirmed, though there’s a degree of plausibility in the claims. Those include one of the few scarce details we have on the possible specs of the Galaxy S5, like an alleged 64-bit octa-core Exynos 5430. You read that right, 5430 and not the still minty fresh 5420, meaning that, if true, Samsung will be releasing an even more advanced version of its in-house silicon. The report further touches on a previous rumor – that of an 16MP camera unit with OIS and improved low-light performance, though that one originally referred to a possible new Galaxy F line, said to also feature a metal chassis.
As always, folks, don’t jump the gun just yet – these could be wildly inaccurate. That being said, the report does make sense (too much, perhaps, which is always a thing to look out for) – the state of the smartphone space has changed drastically, even in the last few months. Competition is coming from everywhere, and the traditional update cycles are bound to get shorter and shorter, as the situation intensifies, so it certainly makes sense that Samsung gives up the now inadequate 1-year update cycle.