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Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured for February after poor S4 sales

Samsung is set to launch the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 in just a few months' time, according to a report out of Korea.

Samsung is set to launch the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 in just a few months' time, according to a report out of Korea, after the flagship phone has failed to top its spectacularly popular predecessors.

The Galaxy S5 will launch in February, Korean site ET News reports, quoting an unnamed Samsung official, alongside a refreshed Galaxy Gear 2 smart watch. That's three months earlier than usual for the S series, which is usually shipped in May.

This premature mobile will come in two editions, the report says, with a Galaxy Round-esque curved metal option alongside a cheaper version in the usual plastic. Both will have 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, a huge 4,000mAh battery and run on Android 4.4 KitKat from the get-go.

Samsung did not have any comment on the rumour at time of publication.

Samsung may be keen to cut its losses on the S4, which has suffered along with other high-end smart phone makers as budget Androids have become better and better. Bringing out a new flagship phone in February would certainly make Mobile World Congress interesting, and dominate the show in the same way the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were by far the biggest deals at IFA back in September.

While the S4 is immensely powerful and has an incredibly good screen, it is superficially very similar to its predecessor, the S3. Android aficionados may have skipped it for the sleek metal of the HTC One, undoubtedly the most stylish phone of the year.

Are you perfectly happy with your S4, or peeved that it may be superseded so soon? What would you like to see in a future flagship from Samsung? Predict the future down in the comments, or over on our future-proof Facebook page.

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