Samsung to launch Galaxy S5 and new tablets this month

Saqib Shah
February 4, 2014

Samsung is preparing to unveil a new version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The S5 is rumoured to include a bigger screen, at 5.25in, than its predecessor the S4 and come in two versions – one with metal and one with plastic casing.

It is also said to contain an improved rear camera with 16 megapixels compared to the 13MP of the S4, and biometric functions such as iris recognition or a fingerprint scanner.

Other features may include a screen with an AMOLED display with a 2560×1400 resolution. The phone may also  come with an improved Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

According to analysts, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been brought forward by around three weeks after sales of the S4 came in weaker than expected. As a result, the company is expected to post its weakest mobile annual profit growth in seven years amid fierce competition from Apple and Chinese vendors.

In other Samsung news, the complete range of Samsung’s Galaxy tablets announced at CES – including the  12.2-inch Note Pro  and all three sizes in the  Tab Pro series – will be available in the US on 13 February.

With no word on carrier agreements as of yet, it currently appears that all four models are WiFi-only.  Prices range from  $400 – $850, depending on the model and memory capacity.

Samsung also stated that the new tablets are still outfitted with Magazine UX, which means these products haven’t been affected by the  company’s rumoured deal  with Google.

Source: The Guardian, Engadget

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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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