Samsung hasn’t released official figures of the sales of its Galaxy S4, but it sold like hot pancakes, delivering 20 million units to consumers in its first two months in the market.

There are rumors that Samsung didn’t hit its sales goals for the GS4 and is planning to follow the product up with the Galaxy S5 launch in January 2014. The new member of the Galaxy line is said to hit stores by February instead of March or April.

Just to recall and emphasize that the planned Galaxy S5 is earlier than usual, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled in March 2013 and rolled out to the market in April. The Galaxy S3, on the other hand, was unwrapped in May 2012 and also hit the shelves later that month. Even earlier generation like the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S were released in May 2011 and June 2010, respectively.

As per sources, Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a metal exterior and have a 64-bit eight-core Exynos 5430 processor. It will also have a 16-megapixel main camera featuring image stabilization and improved low-light environment performance.

The GS5 will also join the bandwagon of smartphones with a fingerprint scanner. There were also news that the finger scanning technology was meant for the Galaxy Note 3 but had to pull back after issues with quality.

The brain of the Galaxy S5 will feature the latest Heterogenous Multi-Processing (HMP) Solution. Samsung made the move after criticisms that the Exynos 5 5410 didn’t utilize all of its eight cores. The company produced the Exynos 5420, used on the 3G Galaxy Note 3, which can maximize the true potentials of the chipset. The Exynos 5430 will most likely be on a collision course with the Qualcomm LTE 64-bit chips that might be released soon.

All of these are rumors, and it will still be a waiting game until Samsung confirms any of these details. There are also contrasting reports that Samsung will still be developing the Galaxy S5 through the first few months of 2014. There are rumors that the manufacturer is still shopping for suppliers of the aluminum chassis and that these deals will be finalized early 2014. The same is true for the updated camera.

Do you think the GS4 is performing badly in the market and forcing the manufacturer to release the Galaxy S5 earlier than usual?