Rumor: Galaxy S5 release date set for February, specs to include 64-bit octa-core CPU

by: Chris SmithOctober 10, 2013

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A new report from South Korean media says that Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S5 at some point in January and then start selling it about a month later.

According to Naver, Samsung is not yet happy with Galaxy S4 sales – this isn’t the first time we hear that Galaxy S4 sales are somewhat disappointing, or at least not on par with expectations – which is why the company is already prepping its next-gen flagship handset.

We’ll point out that this is just a rumor, and even if it’s said to have trickled down from Samsung staff, we’ll remind you that we’ve heard similar rumors about early launches for previous flagship handsets, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. Earlier this year, the Galaxy S4 was announced in mid-March and went on sale in late April. The Galaxy S3 was unveiled in early May 2012 and launched at the end of the same month.

That said, the publication does mention a few specs for the Galaxy S5 including a 64-bit Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor (which should be a true octa-core CPU), a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and fingerprint scanner.

We already know that Samsung’s working on chips for the future – the Exynos 5420 is one such CPU that can use eight cores simultaneously, something previous big.LITTLE chips were not able to do. But today’s report somewhat contradicts a 64-bit CPU-related remark made by Samsung’s JK Shin soon after the iPhone 5S was made official. The top exec said that the company will have its own 64-bit mobile processors, but that won’t happen “in the shortest time.”

Therefore, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see whether the Galaxy S5 will come with a 64-bit CPU under the hood, or whether that honor will be reserved to a future flagship, such as the Galaxy Note 4.

As for that 16-megapixel camera with OIS capabilities, we’ll remind you that Samsung has recently announced a 13-megapixel camera with OIS for next-year handsets.

Finally, since we are talking about rumored Galaxy S5 specs, we’ll also mention a different report that said a few days ago the Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dustproof.

However, it’s a bit too early in the season for Galaxy S5 rumors, so while we wait for more reports on next year’s top Samsung handset let’s hear it from our readers: what are your expectations for the future Galaxy S5?

  • cycad007

    Geesh…another one REALLY?! Samsung seems intent on introducing a flagship phone every quarter. Any spec they don’t have….they gotta roll out another variant. Gold colored iPhone? Variant. Dust/water proof Sony Xperia. Variant. Finger print reader? Variant.

    • Daemeon Holmes

      This is precisely why I’m getting off the Galaxy rollercoaster.

    • Tom

      and they say apple releases iPhone too soon and gets outdated.

    • andre

      I don’t care as long as previous flagship drops its price FAST.

      I always buy older flagship phone that have reduced price. it might be old but flagship is still a flagship, quality is different than the rest.

      save yourself the trouble and never buy the latest flagship (especially from samsung, lol)

      • Daemeon Holmes

        The problem with releasing flagships every 6 months, is with each new release, your phone gets pushed down the line with respect to timely updates to Android. Mark My words, the Galaxy S4 will not see Kit-Kat before April.

        It took them 6 months to update the GSIII to Jelly Bean (for AT&T), and it will be the same thing with the GSIV.

    • Balraj

      Too early……

    • theotheruseoneishere

      jesus, i just bought it 5 months ago?! let us enjoy our phone for a bit f…ker! (obviously talking to samsung :) )

    • viaimages

      Samsung is all about “Options” ~ good for the customer.. better selection. doesn’t mean YOU gotta always jump on the next one they come out with LOL ~ the mentality you talking about is the way the fruit does business.. the Android way = buy what you want when you want

  • dafrizzy

    So yeah, this whole roll out a new phone every 6 months is a little old. Especially when it is probably just a rush job. Anyone remember the whole Droid 3, 4 BS that went down a couple years back. Lot of people left motorola for that.

    • Mystery Man

      S4 came out in May 2013. Thats more than 6 months ago

      • Daniel DS

        You just went full retard. Never go full retard.

  • MasterMuffin

    What’s definitely not true: 16mp camera with OIS and metal body. Rumoring of those should stahp

  • alfreduran

    Hi! What I expect from this SGS5? Metal body, optical stabilization, internal storage from 32Gb, please, please, please…no more Exynos processor (I love Snapdragon processor) and the most importantly, without LAG! Good article and best regards!

    • Chris Martinelli

      “and the most importantly, without LAG!”

      Good luck with that… Sambloat has become worse than Winbloat.

  • AsakuraZero

    real name for this device? galaxy S4s srly samsung STAPH, im not getting a phone from you again NEVER your updates sucks, your exynos SoCs are rushed on the first half of the year, its really ANNOYING, i was team sony, i should have never leave sony (well on the dual core era… they sucked the SGS2 was a good option)

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Well you’ll get even less updates from Sony.

      • AsakuraZero

        not really, i havent seen a real update from samsung for my i9500. On sony at least they fix bugs and improve performance, there is a roll out on december for 4.3 check xperia blog. Im just waiting for a price drop on the Z1 to buy it

        • Luqmaan Mathee

          There have been about 2 updates. One for HDR video and app 2 sd. The other one was for Knox.

      • RarestName

        So far, I’ve seen two updates from Sony.

  • Artur Felipe Barbosa Teixeira

    Doubt they can do this by january, we dont even know if android 4.4 will support 64 bits and considering they would have to adapt all that shit programs to the device and 64 bits … Hardware i believe is not the problem but software instead is more of a dealbreaker for this to be true.

  • Mystery Man

    just make it waterproof and unbreakable (within reason)….

    • Jack

      Well, I just planned to buy the Galaxy Note 3 but after this article I think I will wait again. When this is true I will go for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I still can’t decide which smartphone should replace my good old Galaxy S2!

  • Andrew T Roach

    More cores is the wrong direction to be taking for Android.

  • Daemeon Holmes

    Nexus for the win!

  • Amine Elouakil

    O.o Exynos 5430?? so they aren’t moving to a newer architecture? well duh who cares about 64bits, the most important part is the the ARMv8, I guess Samsung wants to lose the next generation battle if that is true, when others will move to Cortex A5x architecture and them remaining on Cortex A15

  • Test User

    Most of my group of friends are all using a Galaxy S3. They all seem fairly pleased with their device, so hence lacks the immediate need to upgrade to an S4. When you build a device where complaints are minimal with a lack of need to upgrade, obviously sales are going to be down for a next release.

    It’s really just timing. I’m sure when the S5 comes out, and when everyone on the S3 has an upgrade available, they will jump to S5.

    • EKfine

      exactly. my s3 is still rocking. now with themer by MyColorScreen im loving it more!

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  • Flo

    Haha, Octacore really? Maybe it’s needed that touchwiz doesn’t stutter and lag like the S4….

  • simpleas

    Bunch a lil whining.. i don’t even… Don’t want it don’t buy it. Please stop being so damn greedy and let the person who’s in the market for a new phone get the best one available. That person might be YOU next. think with your head.

  • Venom03

    And the reality will be like:plastic body with 5.2″ in galaxy S3/4 body,laggy Touch Wiz with bunch of S calories and stuff,blueish and cartoon display,decant camera and slightly bigger baterry,in 0.1 or maybe 0.2 mm thicker body…No thanks i will wait LG for something interesting,or maybe the G2 with lower price tag!

  • Jalal Sajan

    Personally I think we should give Samsung a chance to see what it can do with the big.LITTLE A53/A57 Octacore combination. On paper it’s a beastly configuration for a SoC and so hopefully Samsung will use it to it’s full 64bit potential (like more than 3GB of RAM etc). If the A53/A57 combo lives up to it’s supposed performance gains over the Exynos 5420 AND has 4G/LTE-A capabilities as well as having better developer/driver support, I think it’ll be a SoC to be reckoned with.

    • abazigal

      The problem I see now is not the issue of specs, but that mobile hardware is nowhere sophisticated enough to need that much horsepower. And successful as Samsung may be in the Android market, people aren’t going to program apps solely for their phones (because any phone optimised to run fully on their phones likely can’t run at all on other Android devices with weaker specs).

      Just curious – what exactly are people doing here on their Notes and S4s which require that much resources?

      • Easy

        For one app, I agree that much resources are not required. But if there are multiple apps running, they share the resources, won’t they? Won’t it help to have more resources to use?

        • abazigal

          It would, if the bottleneck at this juncture is the ram. As it is, existing Samsung phones are not even close to taxing the 2-3gb of ram inside. More ram won’t help here, and could actually contribute to extra battery drain.

  • lollicup04

    Wasn’t there something about a Galaxy J not too long ago?

  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    All I’ve read today is all about the rumored January release now february…Rumors, Rumors, Rumors

  • Valentino

    Jeez 8 core? And so many people eager to seek 8 core? Guys what are you doing with that 8 cores? You use it to render an animation clip? The arm big little is already good and stable enough. What lagging is your sd card is cheap one. What we need is more battery life. And less heat with s4 performance.

    • abazigal

      Exynos is precisely what is contributing to all that heat and battery drain.

    • viaimages

      i would like to use it as a portable mobile computer for work, home, and on the go, but alas 8 core technology in the US might not be in the near future.

  • Jose Torres

    I don’t trust Samsung phones / tablets nor do I like how they warp when I hold them.

  • Roberto Tomás

    that will be 9 months later, it’s not really rushing if it is that close to normal cycle :)

    The Galaxy S5 might not come with the 64 bit cpu though, because they aren’t trying to make the Galaxy S series their premium line since after 2012.

  • viaimages

    Does this mean that it will be rocking 4GB RAM due to the 64bit addition?

  • Kamran Shah

    focus on battery life. Increase the battery life.

  • eiden martinez

    Yes another galaxy s that is awsome i have the s4 and is a beast so i want to test that s5 to see what new they have

  • Not1Not2Not3

    Wow! Why so many bitter people? Let technology evolve and stop being a hypocrite. If they came out with phones every 2-3 years you would still be crying because you’re ready for your “upgrade”. If you can’t stand the heat, stay the hell off these tech pages!

    • Jesse Afolabi

      mf’s be like yo samsung take it easy….we wont be needing octaa core until the next 2yrs….isay theseguys are the bomb andits a good thing they continue to drive the technological industry….and stfu!!!

  • Roberto Tomás

    the main reason to do this any bit early might be if the Eynos 6 is to be on 14nm. The rumor is that is happening:

  • Jesse Afolabi

    64bits? so finally we can get 4gb ram ups….would love canonicals ubuntu for android on this beast….edge is a better beast though..’14 isnt far anymore.i can onlyhope

  • TheGCU

    It’d be nice to see USB3.0 as well, like the Note 3. Given that they already have a device with it, i’d expect it on all future devices.

  • Joes

    Not really sure how much a 64-bits processor will help. Hope I will find this out in the future, because I’m getting the Samsung Galaxy S5 for sure!

  • johnnas

    It’s almost time!! :)))

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