Will the Galaxy S5 launch in April, not Q1?

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 5 Dec 2013

Rumors about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, are starting to come out at a furious pace, so I can only assume that the device is almost finished. Several Korean publications have said the phone will be on store shelves as soon as February, but that’s now been called into question by Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-Review. The Russian journalist is well connected, and his sources tell him that we should expect the GS5 to land in late April instead of Q1.

Is this “delay” a bad sign? First of all, you can’t really call it a delay since Samsung hasn’t said a single thing about when they plan on launching the Galaxy S5. Looking back at when the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III hit the market, late April actually makes far more sense than February. And April would still mean the GS5 will be on sale for six months before Apple introduces the next iPhone, time that Samsung will obviously use to their advantage.

What else is known about the GS5? Just yesterday, a benchmark revealed that it’s going to have a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 under the hood, an insanely high resolution display that outputs 2560 x 1440 pixels, and that it’ll run Android 4.4. There’s also word that the GS5 will have a metal body made the the Taiwanese company Catcher Technologies, the same company that makes the metal body for Apple’s iPad.