Samsung executive VP of Mobile Lee Young Hee has given a release month for the company’s next flagship device. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will debut in April, according to Lee, and will launch along side an update to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch – as previously reported.
Lee gave an interview to Bloomberg today where he outlined the future of the Galaxy smartphone line as well as Samsung’s wearables:
“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.”
He went on to talk about security features, in particular fingerprint sensor technology (as featured on the iPhone 5S). However, Lee signaled Samsung was more interest in the eyes. “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.” So the GS5 could potentially feature eye security.
Lee didn’t offer much more in the way of information about the Galaxy S4’s successor. But he did hint that last year’s Galaxy phone didn’t reach the sales he’d hoped for due to its similarity to the Galaxy S3. Bloomberg also spoke with analyst Lee Sueng Woo who claimed we should expect a bigger change for the S5.
“When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big,” she said. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”
We’ll all have to wait and see what that means, but the rumor mill is going crazy. The Galaxy S5 could feature a unibody aluminum case, a curved display and any number of other features. In April, we’ll all find out!