The Samsung Galaxy S5 may not pack the rumoured 14-nanometer 64-bit Exynos processor after all, as Samsung won’t be able to mass produce the chip in time for launch.
With a Galaxy S5 launch tipped for January, Samsung simply doesn’t have enough time to mass produce a 14nm 64-bit chip for its upcoming flagship.
According to UnwiredView, mass production of a 14nm 64-bit Exynos processor is still months away, and when it is ready the Galaxy S5 will have already launched.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 should have a larger die-size 64-bit processor though, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
Other rumoured specs for the Galaxy S5 include waterproof and dustproof qualities, the same 3GB of RAM as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 all enclosed within a metal body.
It will no doubt follow in the design footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its related devices, but it could well take some tips from the LG G2.
The current Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship has seen sales figures drop in the past month. The device hit a peak in June, selling over 7 million units a month but this has decline to around 5 million for August.
August is a historically slow smartphone season and this year was the same as ever. Samsung was the only major smartphone manufacturer to see unit sales grow, with Galaxy S4 sales bolstered by consumer purchases of other Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and Samsung Galaxy Fame.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is predicted to sell 80 per cent more units than its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S3 in its first year, according to Counterpoint Research.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also predicted to sell well because of its unique features and compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
In August, other top sellers included the iPhone 5 and select feature phones like the Nokia Asha 501.
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