Samsung’s next flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 will be launched by April, its executive vice president Lee Young Hee said in an interview with Bloomberg at CES. The senior executive added that the Korean electronics giant is analyzing the feasibility of using iris eye scanner technology in the Galaxy S5. That will help Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) better compete with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5S that sports a fingerprint scanner.
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Galaxy S5 to come with improved Galaxy Gear

Young Hee said that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will also unveil a new wearable device at the same time. It will be an evolution of the Galaxy Gear. The Korean company plans to improve the Galaxy Gear’s bulky design and add new features such as a heart rate monitor, stress monitor and calorie consumption tracker, Hee added. According to IHS Global Insights, the wearable devices market is expected to grow from about $10 billion in 2013 to more than $30 billion by the end of 2013. The Korean company aims to be a major player in this niche.

Lee Young Hee said the Galaxy S5 design will be significantly different from its predecessor. She admitted that the Galaxy S4 fell short of market expectations because of its similarity with the S3 design. The Galaxy S5 will be different from its predecessors, especially in the feel of the cover and display.

Galaxy S5 rumors swirling at CES

There have been consistent rumors that the Galaxy S5 will finally ditch the plastic body, and will sport a metal chassis. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has also been rumored employ a QHD display with 2,560×1,440 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy S5 has also been rumored to feature a 3GB RAM, a 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, a diamond-like coating on the surface, Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and 16MP camera with optical image stabilization feature. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.(ADR) (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) announced 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show. Users can split the display on these tablets into different sections, each running a different application.