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Samsung to tease Galaxy S5 at CES 2014 ahead of MWC launch?

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Specifically, rumours that a new, hotly anticipated smartphone is in the works and has a rumoured release date that only one specific news source is reporting.

Got it? We're just setting expectations for the latest hat in the proverbial smartphone rumour ring. This time around, it's the Samsung Galaxy S5 that's going for a dance, and the latest reports come from the Korean news site Naver (which is run by former Samsung employees; go figure). It indicates that Samsung is prepping to offer up the Samsung Galaxy S5 in January.

The Galaxy S4 launched in April of this year, a follow up to the Galaxy S3 that launched 11 months prior to that. A January Galaxy S5 would be a mere nine month window since the last iteration of Samsung's flagship smartphone.

While it's been suggested that Samsung might use the January Consumer Electronics Show to showcase a new device in the Galaxy line, Samsung has not traditionally held major launch events at CES.

According to Naver, though, Samsung will simply tease the Galaxy S5 in mid-January or so, with the phone's official launch set for February. That would coincide with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where Samsung has had a presence in the past.

As for what the Galaxy S5 might contain, it's been long rumoured that the phone will sport a 16-megapixel camera, which is a bit beefier than the Galaxy S4's 13-megapixel camera, but one that matches the 16 megapixels Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom device.

Bundled along with that is a rumoured new optical image stabilisation feature, as well as a Samsung Exynos processor to replace the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the Galaxy S4, which is rumoured to contain a bump up to eight total cores of processing power versus the aforementioned quad-core Snapdragon chip.

There's also talk that Samsung might switch to an all-metal case instead of its traditional plastic for the Galaxy S5.