Samsung may have pushed Galaxy S5 launch to January due to poor SGS4 sales

Compared to any other Android vendor, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 sales are great: 20 million units sold in the first 2 months. Many millions since then.

And yet, persistent rumors that S4 is a disappointment for Samsung, with sales seriously missing internal projections, refuse to die despite repeated management denials. And there are plenty of signs that Galaxy S4 demand has indeed declined since the heady days of late spring.  The most serious of which is the lack of updates on how many flagships Samsung sold since then.

It has now been 100 days, since they bragged about the first 20 million units shipped. If the 10 million units a month sales rate kept up, we should have passed a total of 50 million Galaxy S4s shipped mark sometime in late September, early October. And yet, we haven’t heard about Samsung passing the milestone of either 50 million, or 40 or  30 million SGS4s. And we most certainly would have, if they’ve had anything to be proud about.

Now Korean site reports that Samsung’s management is taking steps to accelerate things again, by pushing S4’s successor – Galaxy S5 launch date to January, with availability in February, from the scheduled March/April.

Samsung Galaxy S5 January

Earlier rumors suggested that Samsung Galaxy S5 will have Exynos 5430 64-bit CPU, 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, new design and fully metallic chassis. Which sounds pretty cool.

Though, with this kind of early rumors, you never know which parts got garbled and mixed up. For all I know,we might be talking about the first super-premium Samsung Galaxy F series device here, with S5 arriving right on schedule, next spring.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Ultramag69

    I hope that if it is the S5 they straight off drop the 16gb variants and go straight to 32gb internal memory…

    The biggest problem I have with the S4 is the 9gb free internal memory that gets eaten up VERY quickly when adding a game or 2…

    I know that Samsung gave the option to install apps to external sd card but there are apps that will still eat up the internal memory and can’t be transferred to external sd…

  • ft

    wow totally professional with inaccurate information on current and throw unfounded and absurd rumours.. didn’t realize this was making it to my phone… obviously i don’t waste time with the shred of blog you write to get interest grow up into someone who knows what they write

  • ft

    and i run 32gb s4…its no secret they’re available

  • Staska

    Mmm, I’d agree on questionable rumors. Just reporting what Koreans say, and I am not the only one. Hard to ignore if you are in mobile news biz.

    But what was wrong with information on current state of affairs? 100 days in of lack of Galaxy S4 shipment number updates, after Samsung used every cool round number to tout its progress before?

  • William Frencken

    I am done with Samsung
    next year switch to Nexus

  • beatles

    Samsung don’t like their poor sales !

  • beatles

    Samsung don’t like their own sales !