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Samsung hints at redesigned S5

Samsung plans to mix things up with the launch of its next flagship smartphone, the company said this week at CES 2014.

In speaking with Bloomberg, Lee Young Hee, Samsung's mobile executive vice president, said that the company is on track to release its Galaxy S5 in March or April, but it will be a departure from the Galaxy S4 (pictured).

Physically, there was not much difference between the Galaxy S4 and its predecessor, the S III, but that's about the change with the S5. "Mostly, it's about the display and the feel of the cover," Lee told Bloomberg.

The next-gen Galaxy Note, meanwhile, might incorporate a wraparound display, Bloomberg said, something Samsung first showed off at CES 2013. That will be later in the year, though; Samsung introduced the Note II and Note 3 at September's IFA trade in Berlin.

Also at IFA last year, Samsung took the wraps off its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. Reception was rather lukewarm; in our review, ITProPortal found it to be too expensive, limited, and difficult to use in its current form.

Samsung apparently heard the complaints; Lee promised a new Galaxy Gear with "more advanced functions" and a better design.

Samsung's announcements at CES, meanwhile, largely focused on its HDTV and digital imaging units - from its 105in curved 4K HDTV to a new Galaxy Camera, though it did reveal the Galaxy NotePRO.

But its press conference made headlines primarily because one of its celeb guests, director Michael Bay, awkwardly bolted from the stage after a teleprompter mishap.