Samsung chief denies Galaxy S5 launch date changed

JK Shin says the Samsung flagship handset will launch April 11, as planned, despite reports that it might hit store shelves earlier.

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Samsung chief JK Shin threw cold water on recent reports suggesting the Galaxy S5 might actually launch sooner than expected.

Speaking to reporters in Korea on Wednesday, Shin said that the Galaxy S5 will launch in that country on April 11, as planned. His comments resulted from reports that cropped up in Korea recently, saying that the Galaxy S5 might hit store shelves in that country as early as this week.

Still, sources confirmed to CNET sister size ZDNet Korea on Wednesday that the Galaxy S5 is on-hand at SK Telecom's facilities and could technically go on sale at any time.

Samsung might soon feel the heat from HTC, which on Tuesday unveiled its own flagship handset, the One M8. HTC's smartphone received rave reviews from CNET editors and might be the best Android smartphone we know about so far.

Although Samsung's launch plans remain unchanged in Korea, they could be modified elsewhere around the world, according to Shin. He reportedly told journalists that the Galaxy S5's launch schedules around the world will depend on each country's individual needs.

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