All we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 thus far, and expected changes over the Galaxy S4.
Samsung is all set to announce its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5 at UNPACKED event during the Mobile World Congress 2014 on February 24. The Galaxy S5 seems to be a major upgrade to the already awesome Galaxy S4, released last year.
The rumors surrounding the next tier in the Samsung Galaxy line, the Galaxy S5, have been circulating since the release of the Galaxy S4. We all know that Samsung is going to boost the phone’s capabilities and make it a tough contender to compete with all of the other major mobile phone companies. By the looks of the rumors circulating Samsung wants to make sure that they are leagues ahead of the competition with the next flagship model, the Galaxy S5.
Samsung will definitely be bumping the hardware sector including a new camera, a newer more powerful processor, more RAM and – maybe if we’re lucky – a fast charging battery.
There’re many reports that Samsung will include a 5-inch 2K AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels in-cased in a metal frame instead of the classic polycarbonate exterior which was used on the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3.
Back in December, the phone was appeared on the benchmark site GFXBench showing that the Galaxy S5 was running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5GHz. Reportedly, the South Korean group could equip new LPDDR4 memory chips – may be 3gigs – into the S5.
If Samsung were to include these newer memory chips together into the Galaxy S5 the phone would be one of the fastest phones out on the market.
If Samsung holds true to its words, the 16-megapixel rear camera will be powered by new Isocell camera sensor technology, providing a better image quality to your pictures.
The battery of the Next GALAXY is said to be a lithium ion battery, which will hold 20 percent more charge than the previous battery on the Galaxy S4, but with almost equal mAh to that of the S4.
It’s said to have a rapid charging technology that will let you charge the phone fully in less than 2 hours, helping to ensure you never have a dead phone again. If it’s included, this will be one of the key features of Samsung’s flagship device as most people constantly connect their phones to chargers because of the high use that tolls on the battery life.
There’re a ton of rumors flying around that Samsung will also include new sensors such as fingerprint scanner – in all better way than its rivals; or a more futuristic iris scanner.
Samsung’s Young-hee Lee, Executive Vice President of Marketing said in an interview that the company is considering adding iris scanner to the Galaxy S5. If this does pan out, the iris scanner will be able to detect subtle variations in your iris to confirm your identity to unlock your phone. Both of these features seem like killer must haves, and we are excited to see which one pans out.
To no surprise, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be introducing new TouchWiz interface on the top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As we have already seen in the leaks that Samsung has overhauled their entire UI with simple, plain and minimal icons and Google’s Cards like navigation. Adding to the fact of the different icons, Samsung has already teased in the UNPACKED 5 event invitation.
If Samsung keeps its current pricing points, then expect the Galaxy S5 to be priced around $650 off-contract, however it could be bumped a bit up for the premium model.
So in a quick wrap up, we look forward to these features that will most likely make it into Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone the Galaxy S5:
- Faster Processor: Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.5 GHz/ 64-bit Exynos CPU
- Display: 2K aka WQHD AMOLD display
- Better Camera: 16-megapixel with Isocell camera sensor
- New sensors: either a fingerprint reader or iris scanner
- Battery: A big one, hopefully with fast charging technology
- User Interface: New TouchWiz