Devices News Samsung, Charles Arthur, Mobile phones, samsung, smartphones, Software, Technology — January 16, 2014 13:46 — 0 Comments
Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured to have phablet-sized 5.25in screen
Korean company rumoured to be readying release of metal and plastic version of S5 after slow sales of 2013′s Galaxy S4
Samsung Electronics’ next Galaxy S5 flagship phone will come in two versions – a metal one and a plastic one – according to online rumours as expectation grows of a March launch.
The company will be looking for the new phone to revive its fortunes after it reported an expected drop in profits, of 6%, for the first time in seven quarters due to slowing sales of its present lineup of high-end smartphones.
The Sammobile site reports that the Korean company, which is the world’s largest maker of both smartphones and featurephones, is preparing to make an all-metal version, in stark contrast to the plastic models of all the previous Galaxy S range.
Other rumours have suggested that Samsung is preparing a London launch for the device, probably in March, and go on sale in April.
The reports suggest that the top-end version will have a screen of 5.25in, large enough to qualify as a “phablet” (over 5in), and larger than last year’s 5in Galaxy S4. They suggest it will have an AMOLED display with a resolution 2,560×1400 – substantially higher than the 1920×1080 resolution of the SGS4. The camera is predicted to offer 16 megapixels, compared to the 13MP of the SGS4.
If Samsung does produce two new phones for its flagship range, it will echo Apple’s move last September when it launched the top-end iPhone 5S, with a metal body, and the plastic iPhone 5S. Online metrics suggest that the high-end 5S model has outsold the cheaper 5C by about three to one.
SamMobile suggests that the two new Samsung handsets will be priced at €800 and €650.
Previous Galaxy S models have had bodies made of plastic, which has led to criticism from some reviewers – but had no apparent impact on sales. By contrast HTC’s well-received One device, which uses an all-metal casing, has seen disappointing sales.
Samsung will be seeking to regain the advantage that it won in April 2012 with the Galaxy S3, which was its best-selling model of the flagship, and which has remained on sale since. While the SGS3 cemented its position as the world’s largest maker of smartphones, the Galaxy S4 has seen relatively disappointing sales.
Rather than growing its high-end business, the SGS4 only kept pace in sales terms with its predecessor - hitting 10m shipments in four weeks, 20m by early July 2013, and 40m by late October. That was against the backdrop of a smartphone market that kept expanding by roughly 50% year-on-year. Apple. its principal competitor at the high end, saw total iPhone sales grow by 16% in the first nine months of 2013 to 102m. Figures for the fourth quarter, which would include the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C, will be announced later this month.
Samsung’s dominance in China, one of its biggest sources of sales, is seen as threatened by indigenous handset makers such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE. But it is pushing hard to build share in the US, the world’s richest smartphone market, where data from ComScore suggests that by the end of November 2013 it was used by 26% of all smartphone owners, equivalent to 39.6m users.
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