The Samsung Galaxy S4's successor might be arriving sooner than you think; a Korean report suggests production will start in January for a February or March launch.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5, as it's widely expected to be called, will be mass-produced from January onwards, according to Korean site ETNews. The site quotes "industry sources" as saying the new phone will be launched and begin shipping to customers in either February or March, running Android 4.4 KitKat. It will also apparently be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smart watch.
While it's almost inevitable that Samsung will bring out a successor to the Galaxy S4 some time next year, it has only been 10 months since that phone's launch. There was a similar 10-month gap between the launch of the Galaxy S III and the S4; Samsung has had another big-name launch since the S4, though, in the Galaxy Note 3.
Whenever Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone is launched, you can expect a swathe of innovative but largely superfluous features, like those that defined the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 might also get the same curved OLED screen as the Galaxy Round.
ETNews' report also suggests the Galaxy S5 will have a 4000mAh battery, a 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM and a 560ppi screen. Samsung will have to make some astonishing technical leaps to make all of these rumours come true in a 5-inch smartphone; the Galaxy S4, for example, only packed a 2600mAh battery, while the 5.7-inch Note 3 only saw a capacity increase to 3200mAh.