Samsung to announce Galaxy S5 in January?

South Korean heavyweight reportedly eager for iPhone 5S countermeasure

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Samsung to announce Galaxy S5 in January? Sales of the S4 have dwindled, leaving Samsung scrambling for a quick answer to Apple’s iPhone 5S. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 13, 2013

Samsung Electronics may opt for a January announcement regarding the next generation of its flagship Galaxy S series.

According to TechRadar, South Korean site Naver, an operation staffed largely by ex-Samsung employees, reported a lull in Galaxy S4 sales that Samsung is eager to address, especially in light of Apple’s recent iPhone 5S release.

The Galaxy S5 is expected to be powered by an eight-core 64-bit processor, in answer to the iPhone 5S. Samsung may also eschew the plastic body of the S series and the stitched leather of the Note range in favour of its first metal chassis.

Since Samsung’s proprietary Bada platform development was poured into its parallel open source Tizen project, consumers could finally see a Samsung Tizen smartphone.

TechRadar speculated that the S5 announcement could be done at the US-based CES 2014 tech expo, but given the lavish standalone unveiling of the S4, the South Korean giant could hold off until later in the month.

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