Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, SamsungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior vice president of product strategy, said the S5 Ã¢â‚¬Å“is selling faster than the S4 so far…S5 sales should be much better than the S4.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Although he did not share specific numbers, Yoon claimed the S5 will sell Ã¢â‚¬Å“significantly moreÃ¢â‚¬Â units than the 10 million S4s Samsung shifted in its first month on sale last year.
Yoon said Samsung plans to launch at least two smartphones running the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own Tizen operating system, currently used by the new Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches.
Samsung will launch a high-end Tizen handset around the end of the second quarter (June), followed by a second model aimed at the mid-market later in the year.
The company wants to build an ecosystem that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rely on Google and Android, although Yoon admitted Android Ã¢â‚¬Å“still needs to be our main businessÃ¢â‚¬Â and said Samsung will launch an Android Wear-based smartwatch later this year.
Finally, Yoon said an updated Galaxy Note phablet with a Ã¢â‚¬Å“new form factorÃ¢â‚¬Â will arrive in the second half of 2014. Samsung is expected to launch a new Note at the IFA technology show in Berlin in early September.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]