Despite having sold over 40 million units, Samsung is reportedly disappointed with sales of its Galaxy S4 flagship device. As a result, there have been rumours that it could move up the announcement of its successor to January. A report by South Korea’s ETNews now suggests that mass production is set to start in January for a launch in March or April.
Production will start with a modest 800,000 to 1 million units in January. It will ramp up to as perhaps as much as 6 million units in February to be ready for the launch. Effectively, this would put Samsung ahead of its nearly annual Galaxy S device schedule by about three months.
The report adds that Samsung could be planning two variants of the Galaxy S5. A premium version would sport a 5-inch flexible OLED display in a metal chassis. This could well be the first product in Samsung’s rumoured Project F. That would also give credence to recent pictures allegedly showing a Galaxy S5 metal frame. The second model would follow along more traditional and come with a 5-inch AMOLED display and a plastic case.
As for specifications, this latest report does not stray far from what we have heard before. It expects that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with a 64-bit processor, Android 4.4 KitKat (likely with a new version of TouchWiz), 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera perhaps sporting an ISOCELL sensor and a 4,000mAh battery.
Assuming that this is all legitimate, it remains to be seen whether Samsung would announce and launch the two variants together or will stagger them instead.