The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date might be just a matter of months away, but latest reports have suggested the new flagship phone will not be Samsung’s main focus in 2014.
With Samsung’s growth in the premium smartphone sector slowing, reports out of the company’s native Korea have hinted that 2014 will see the manufacturer refocus its efforts on the tablet sector, as well as boosting its entry-level and mid-range handset offerings.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S5, a handset expected to be announced during the first quarter of the coming year, will certainly be a key launch for the company, it is believed that tablets will take priority in 2014, with the manufacturer set to further rival the new iPad Air and iPad mini 2.
With the current Samsung Galaxy S4 having reaffirmed the manufacturer’s footing as a lead smartphone player, shifting more than 40 million units to date, Samsung is expected to sell some 360 million smartphone next year.
Although this figure is a staggeringly high one, it marks Samsung’s lowest year-on-year growth in the smartphone scene for some time. Of the 360 million handsets, just 35 per cent are expected to be premium, high-end models such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the next Note branded handset.
Highlighting the company’s growing tablet push, recent reports have hinted that a 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note tablet will be introduced during MWC 2014, while an even larger 13.3-inch model will land later in the year.
Despite the Samsung Galaxy S5 not being Samsung’s lead focus for 2014, it is sure to be the device which takes much of the consumer attention, with a range of Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours already doing the rounds.
Recent Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours have pointed at the handset running a new, premium metal bodied design alongside an iPhone 5S mimicking 64-bit processor and improved camera optics.
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