Samsung’s executive vice president for mobile business, Lee Young Hee, has confirmed that the company will launch the Galaxy S5 along with the second-gen Gear smartwatch in March or April of this year.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Concept by Ivo Maric
Galaxy S5 and 2nd-gen Gear
Lee confirmed to Bloomberg during a recent interview that company’s next flagship smartphone will be released “around March and April” along with the new Gear smartwatch. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”
Eye-scanner and new design
Not to be eclipsed with Apple’s fingerprint sensor technology on the iPhone 5S, Samsung is already “studying the possibility” of including an iris recognition technology aka, an eye-scanner, on the upcoming flagship. As for the design of the S5, Lee said that they will go back to the basics and will be mostly about the “display and the feel of the cover.”
Galaxy Note 4
Lee also hinted on the possible new feature of the Galaxy Note 3 successor, mentioning that the Note 4 may utilize a three-sided display so messages can be viewed from a different angle. According to Lee, it will be targeted at “consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.”
The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be released in the second half of 2014.