As you’ve probably heard a million times before, and then a million times more, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to hit the global market on April 11. No mysteries there, as everything appears to be set in stone and planned weeks, or even months ahead. Well, at least that’s the theory, but judging by the more recent developments, there’s a high possibility that the Korean giant might actually move the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date closer to us. Care to take a wild guess why?
In case your first answer revolved around HTC’s plans regarding the early launch of the new One (M8), then you’d actually be wrong, surprisingly. As a matter of fact, this alleged change in Samsung’s launch schedule has something to do with one of the major Korean carriers. More details below.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date Brought Forward?
SK Telecom is the largest and most influential mobile operators in Korea. Unfortunately, due to an illegal subsidy war, SK Telecom has been recently forced by the government regulator to suspend its business operations, starting with April 5 and until May 19th.
While Samsung’s influence travels the globe, the tech giant can’t ignore the competition taking place in its home land. As such, a source inside SK Telecom claims that, if Samsung will release the SGS5 as planned, after April 5, then the handset in question will have a smaller impact on the Korean market, as it would need to rely only on LG U+ (banned between March 13 and April 4, and from April 27 through May 18) and KT (March 12 -> April 26).
Meanwhile, a Samsung inside source cited by the Korean media has apparently stated that Samsung cannot underestimate the impact SK Telecom has on the Korean market, and that Sammy is now considering rescheduling the Samsung GalaxyS5 release date before April 5, in order to give SK Telecom a chance to offer the handset before its suspension starts.
More so, yet another unnamed inside source has suggested that, if Samsung will launch its flagship earlier in Korea, the global Samsung Galaxy S5 release date might be affected (positively) as well.
Only time will tell if this will be the case or not, but we’ll continue to keep an eye out, so stick around for more.