The next-generation Galaxy S device could launch at the Mobile World Congress, with Samsung possibly considering a metal chassis version of the same.
While this isn’t much to go on, Samsung’s VP and Head of Design Strategy Dong-hoon Chang unofficially answered a few questions on his way to New Year’s bash in South Korea. When asked about whether the Galaxy S5 would launch at the MWC, he said: “about right.”
The Galaxy S5 will likely come in different versions. The standard version would include a plastic build, but there is an all-metallic version that is said to feature a brushed aluminium construction. There might even be a variant of the Galaxy S5 with a flexible screen. The all-metallic device could be launched under the Galaxy F line.
2014 is turning out to be quite the busy year for Samsung, with the South Korean manufacturer said to be launching no less than four handsets at MWC, along with four tablets. It is understandable to a certain extent as to why Samsung is seemingly going all-out with its device launches. Yesterday, Samsung Electronics stock took a 5 percent hit on the Korea Stock Exchange, which caused a decline of $9 billion in market value.
Although Samsung is still posting incredible numbers, with its fourth quarter profits set to be around $9 billion, there is concern that it is not growing as much as it had when seen against the first three quarters of 2013. A waning interest in high-end mobile devices could also be the reason for Samsung’s renewed interest in the low and mid-tier segments. As such, it makes sense for Samsung to be releasing Lite versions of its handsets, with the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and Galaxy Grand Lite said to be unveiled at the MWC along with the Galaxy S5.
Source: INews (Korean)