Samsung sets S5 event for Feb. 24, reportedly preps variants

Samsung (SSNLF) has sent out invites for a Feb. 24 event at the Mobile World Congress that's expected to feature the launch of the Galaxy S5. Separately, Korean and Indian sites indicate the S5, like the S4, will eventually be accompanied by a water/dust-resistant Active version, and a Zoom version featuring a camera with an optical zoom.

The timing of the S5 event is three weeks ahead of when the S4 launched last year.

The S5 is expected to have ~5.25" display with a whopping 2K (2560x1440) resolution, a 16MP camera, and a fingerprint sensor. It might also ship in both a costlier metal version and a cheaper plastic version.

The launch of Samsung's next flagship will follow a downbeat Q4 report, and a reported deal with Google in which Samsung agreed to tone down its efforts to offer custom apps/UIs for its Android hardware.

Samsung is facing stiffening competition from Chinese OEMs as Android sales continue seeing a mix shift towards cheaper hardware (often sold in emerging markets). Following an epic rise from 2011-2013, IDC estimates Samsung's smartphone share fell 30 bps Y/Y in Q4 to 28.8%.

Companies likely to have strong S5 exposure (as a % of total revenue): OLED, ANAD, SYNA, RFMD, MXIM.

Comments (6)
  • LYogi
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    Left out of this news summary: same swiss-cheese OS
    4 Feb 2014, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • tomlewis727
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    Not according to latest report:
    4 Feb 2014, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • LYogi
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    Thanks but I was speaking more about malware and other security concerns.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Esekla
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    OLED is almost certain to have exposure. I commented on it before market open here:



    The rest of the component suppliers tend to vary from iteration to iteration.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • db313706
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    Great timing. My contract was just satisfied 2 weeks ago.
    4 Feb 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • keen1
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    I love my Samsung S4. I have experienced nothing but positive. Also rumors of Samsung buying VNDB increases my fondness for the company as a whole.
    6 Feb 2014, 02:10 PM Reply Like
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