I was a little shocked to hear that Samsung executive VP of the company’s mobile division Lee Young Hee has actually confirmed that they’ll be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April.. A fairly strange turn of events considering how tight lipped Samsung usually are on the releases and announcements of their flagship devices.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Lee revealed that the company will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April, not only that he revealed that the company have been looking into the oft rumoured iris-scanner but said at CES that he “can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.” He also revealed that the S5 will be paired with a brand new generation of the Galaxy Gear:
“We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time,” Lee said. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”
Lee also revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be a lot different from the S3 and S4 due to customers not really feeling a lot of difference between the two devices. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”
I’m really surprised just how much Lee Young Hee has revealed about Samsung’s upcoming plans. Perhaps Samsung really are doing things differently this year. So, a possibly re-design, iris scanners, and a new Galaxy Gear – dare I say the S5 may also include a finger print scanner?
With April being only four months away, we haven’t got too long to wait until we see some definite proof that Samsung are moving away from the rounded pebble-like design. Though I wouldn’t be too surprised if the device gets leaked before then.