Samsung (NASDAQ:SSNLF), the world's No. 1 smartphone maker, may be sticking with tradition for the release of its next-generation Samsung Galaxy S5, according to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who claims that the company's latest flagship smartphone will be released in late April and not any time earlier.
Several rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S5 would be unveiled and released within the early months of 2014. Indeed, South Korean publication ETNews recently reported that the S5 was expected to hit markets in Q1 -- earlier than previous Galaxy S flagship launches. Murtazin, whose reputation for accuracy depends on who you ask, quickly countered that rumor, claiming via social media on Wednesday that the Galaxy S5 wouldn't be released during Q1, but rather in late April 2014.
Samsung’s most-recent Galaxy S devices have be released between April and May, and many consumers have become accustomed to that timeline. The AT&T Galaxy S4, for example, went on sale April 26, 2013 in the U.S.
Several reports have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would hit markets much earlier than expected. Previously, ETNews reported that the Galaxy S5 would debut between March and April. Prior to that, another source suggested the S5 would come out in February. Though many claim Samsung had plans to release the Galaxy S5 early to combat low sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4, there's no real indication that Samsung plans to deviate from its previous release schedule -- and at this point, all reports remain sheer speculation.
Is SM-G900S the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Meanwhile, new rumors are surfacing about prospective specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Until now, reports have suggested that the Galaxy S5 may run either a Samsung Exynos or Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but now a benchmark has surfaced with more possible details about the Galaxy S5 hardware.
GFXBench recently tested a device under the model number SM-G900S, which reportedly features a processor clocking in at 2.5 GHz in addition to a display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Notably, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocks in at 2.3 GHz, but this new processor -- referred to as the S800 -- is believed to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. The next-generation processor features a 2.5 GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU and is expected to hit markets in early 2014.
The 2560 x 1440 resolution benchmarked for the SM-G900S equates to a 5.25-inch display with 560ppi, which backs up recent rumors of Samsung revving up the pixel density for its smartphones in 2014 (such specs put the prospective display for the Galaxy S5 at Quad HD or 2K resolution, which has four times the pixel density of an HD (720p) display). Those specs are definitely in high-end territory, which is common for Galaxy S flagships, but again, nothing is confirmed. Many technology followers have noted that the benchmark could easily be doctored, but current indications simply aren't strong enough to pinpoint any specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.