Samsung has finally announced the launching of its next-generation Galaxy S5 – an octa-core, 64-bit processor, fingerprint sensor and metal case protected device. This smartphone is said to be released into the public by January – approximately two months earlier than the expected. A lot hypothesize about its early release. Could this be really be because of the poor sales of the former Galaxy S4?
As reported in Korean news site Naver, an unnamed source said that the sluggish sales of the Galaxy S4 prompted Samsung to set a mid-January launch of the Galaxy S5, wherein sales would start by February. To justify and strengthen their claim, this Korean new site even posted a photo of the purported Galaxy S5 on their site – to which Samsung did not make any comment.
Tidbit of the Next-Generation Galaxy S4
Several reports went out indicating the new phone’s octa-core processor which runs on 64-bit technology, a fingerprint sensor, and a metal closing (which makes this more similar to Apple’s) instead of the Galaxy S4’s plastic case. This device is said to have a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.
Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S4 had been launched last March 14, 2013 and eventually went on sale in U.S. On April 24 of the same year. With the demands given, carriers had to postpone the selling until nearly a week after April 24 because of the limited supply of devices. Now, basing from this timetable, Galaxy S5 is more expected to be announced by mid-March and not by January. This caused the people to think about the poor sales of the device. Reports surfaced that by June the sales of the Galaxy S4 were going well -in the first two months. However, the announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on September 10 and its availability by September 20 triggered the sales of Galaxy S4. Compared to Galaxy S III, Samsung has not released the sales figure of the Galaxy S4 which added to the suspension of many that it has not been earning very well. In addition, other reports suggested that Samsung had released Galaxy Note 3 phablet earlier than planned in order to take up the sale slack of Galaxy S4.
However, Naver report that even though Samsung is the world’s largest phone maker, it still has to adapt quickly to a fierce and competitive smartphone landscape to which field they have chosen. They need to adapt and think of better strategies in order to cope up with innovation and not always stick to what has been planned; because, whether the rumors and reports are true or just wildly created, the fact that they are not the only company dealing with smartphones, they must keep themselves equip with skills and smart decisions to cope up with what is yet to come.