South Korean news website ET News is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 is set to go into production as early as January. That will give Samsung a handful of months to produce devices for a launch sometime in March or April, just as it did this year with the GS4.
As for the actual device, Samsung is expected to outfit the gadget with a 64-bit processor, similar to the one introduced by Apple on the iPhone 5s. These new kinds of processors deliver richer graphics and better performance.
Besides the processor, the device is expected to come equipped with 3-gigabytes of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera and a 4,000-milliampere-hour battery. For the software, Samsung is expected to deliver an Android 4.4 KitKat version of its TouchWiz interface.
The report also said Samsung will make two versions of the GS5, standard and premium. The premium model is to feature a metal shell and a flexible display; the standard model is to come with a plastic shell and display that can't flex, as most smartphones currently use.
The ET News report also said Samsung is to release the second version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, even though the first version of the device came out in October.
The second version of the Galaxy Gear is expected to come with more software features and be as much as 20% thinner than the current model.