Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser turns out to be the Galaxy J: No plans for UK launch

News James Peckham 10:21, 10 Dec 2013

Samsung have unveiled a new device called the Galaxy J –– the star of last week's mystery teaser video

Sadly it’s not the Galaxy S5. No, the teaser video Samsung launched last week was in fact the Samsung Galaxy J – and now that handset is official. The video was posted on Samsung Taiwan's YouTube page, and you can check out the original marketing promo below: 

The device is being refered to as a mix of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, two respectable handsets. Specifications are looking like a mix of the two into one minimalistic looking handset.

The Galaxy J was exclusive to the Japanese market and is now expanding to Taiwan but Know Your Mobile has confirmed with Samsung it wont be launching anywhere else. A Samsung spokesperson confirmed, “Galaxy J has been launched in Japan and Taiwan. There are currently no plans to expand this to other markets."

The Galaxy J boasts a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen at a resolution of 1080 x 1920. There’s a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with 3GB of RAM to boot. Then there’s 32GB of storage, not to be sniffed at, and a rear-facing 13MP camera with the option of 4K video and a front facing 1.9MP camera.

Android 4.3 is running the show out of the box meaning it’ll work with the Galaxy Gear and software updates like S Translator and security software KNOX. There’s also 4G LTE connectivity included.

Pricing wise off-contract in Taiwan the handset costs 21,900 TWD (£453). No word on a release date for anywhere else in the world at present, meaning this one could be a Taiwan exclusive.

It’s thought Samsung are planning to launch the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in February. Whether this turns out to be true remains to be seen. Samsung has not said anything official. Although a release in Q1 2014 has been strongly hinted at by numerous sources. 

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