Samsung to release 4 new smartphones in 2014

Samsung may dial up a virtual and literal handful of smartphones in early 2014.
(Credit: CBS Interactive)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 may be among five smartphones announced in the first quarter of 2014, reports ETNews (translate). While this is but one report, and from a not-always accurate source, the rumor dovetails with recent rumblings.
The last few few weeks have given way to plenty of leaks and whispers about the Galaxy S5. Details such as the design of the case and display technology have been in the mix for quite some time.But, with new information coming in almost daily, it feels as if the device is almost ready for takeoff.
A variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might also be among one of the five rumored devices; a lower-cost version of the plus-sized smartphone could debut at Mobile World Congress in February.
This week saw new chatter suggesting a Galaxy Note 3 Lite will employ a step down in display and camera specifications.
One other device that may be on the near horizon is the Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite. This phone could allegedly be a cross between the Galaxy Grand and the Grand 2, and could occupy the middle ground in Samsung's lineup.
It's worth remembering that not every device announced by Samsung gets the global rollout treatment. Some smartphones, like those in the Galaxy Grand family, are often aimed for specific markets and carriers.