Samsung to move the Galaxy S5 launch date before April 5?

Samsung to move the Galaxy S5 launch date before April 5?

The government ban on smartphone salesin South Korea that we talked about yesterday could pressure Samsunginto launching the Galaxy S5 earlier than planned. To repeat, thethree major South Korean carriers are being punished for illegalsubsidizing with a ban on smartphone sales, including the SamsungGalaxy S5. Due to this, the device won't go on sale until about twoweeks after its planned April 11 launch date.

Although Sammy will debut its flagshipphone in about 150 countries simultaneously, postponing the premierein its home country appears to be undesirable. A source inside SouthKorea Telecom, the nation's largest carrier, stated that if the S5launches after April 5, which is when the government ban will hit thetelecom, the smartphone will "have a smaller impact on themarket" according to a SK Telecom spokesman. If the S5 debuts on April 11, only LG U+, South Korea'ssmallest carrier, will have the opportunity to sell it for a shortperiod between April 11 and 27.

Obviously, this is unacceptable forSamsung. “Although Samsung is a global company, it is based inKorea. It cannot underestimate the impact of the No. 1 carrier SKTelecom.” - an inside source told the Korean Herald, and added- “Samsung is considering rescheduling the release date beforeApril 5 when SK Telecom‘s business suspension starts.”

Another source suggested that an earlySouth Korean launch might affect the global release date as well.Reportedly, the new date is March 27, which is this Thursday. Ifthat's true, then Samsung and the three carriers will have to hastilyput together and promote a launch event. In addition, we doubt thatthe company has produced enough Galaxy S5 units to meet demand. 

Pouring fuel into the fire, a Korean report suggests that Samsung isfacing issues with optics production for the phone's 16MP camerasensor. Due to these difficulties, the company expects to havebetween 4 to 5 million units ready at launch, while it originallyaimed towards 7 million units. Furthermore, pulling the launch eventto March 27 means that the phone will sell for about week and a halfuntil April 5 in South Korea, before sales there are suspended. Thissounds like an awkward plan, considering the huge initial demand forthe phone.

Ultimately, we advice against holdingyour breath for a sudden Thursday launch. But who knows, maybeSamsung and the telecoms will figure out a way to circumvent thegovernment ban and bring the Galaxy S5 earlier than expected.

source: KoreaHerald via G For Games 1,2

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

In India Samsung has already send out invites for 27th March. Based on how samsung's factory caught fire few days back, this is really impressive.

4. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

"The company is expected to announce the price of Galaxy S5 at the event. The smartphone will be available starting April 11, coinciding with the day it becomes available, globally in 150 countries." -

2. papss unregistered

That gold one looks terrible in that picture. White on the other hand looks alright.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Do we all believe this S5 will be sellinglike the generated 220 posts vs S4 last year which had 500 posts. People have lost hopes beleiving the S5 would have metal or stainless steel or aluminuim. Samsung no longer listens to what we customers want or need. They believe know what we think we need. : they are wrong. i would prefer black into gold than all gold, streamlines more. This S5 will not sell that well i believe....?

11. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"People have lost hopes beleiving the S5 would have metal or stainless steel or aluminuim. Samsung no longer listens to what we customers want or need."--- False. Samsung is flourishing at an all time high. People like me have written to Samsung to applaud their current direction in retaining the basic concept of what a phone should be. Currently, plastic is allowing accessibility to key components. While metal maybe preferred by those on websites such as this one, removable batteries and expandable memory slots are still highly regarded as a want and need by real world mainstream users that have chosen Samsung. I would advise that you not fall into the category of pretending tech geek sites represent all people. John B.  

12. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

tl;dr - everyone here is the tech minority

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're really basing your projections of how well the S5 will sell compared to the S4 on the number of posts generated on one website? Wow. You must be even less intelligent than all your posts so far suggest.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

In Malaysia, Samsung said that the Galaxy S5 will launch here in March 27.

5. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

yup its true

7. GamasK

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Samsung indonesia have launched it a week ago, but it's going to availabe at 11th april, also with malaysia, launched 27th march and available 11th april

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This would give other OEMs a chance to compete and sell their phones if less S5s are available in the market.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It's nice to see that Android OEM's are smart enough to release product before Apple's predictable release cycles.

10. khurram87

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Releasing in Dubai, UAE on 03rd April 2014. Probably before any other country in the world! Check out

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