The Galaxy S5, the most awaited smartphone from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930), is confirmed to be announced at the Mobile World Congress. The event will be held on February 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain. During a press conference in Seoul, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s vice president of design strategy, Dong-hoon Chang, was asked several questions about the upcoming Galaxy S5. When asked about the possibility of announcing the device at MWC, and whether it will have a flexible screen and metal body, Chang answered “about right.”
A new material for Galaxy S5 construction
His confirmation is consistent with media reports that the Galaxy S5 may be announced at the MWC. Chang added that the Korean electronics giant will use a new material in construction of the Galaxy S5, according to the Korean site SamMobile. That’s in line with reports that the Galaxy S5 may sport an aluminum unibody chassis. Meanwhile, Chang said the flexible display is still under review.
Previous reports suggest that the Galaxy S5 will come in two versions, one with the usual plastic body and another premium variant with a metal body and a flexible display. The premium version is rumored to be called Galaxy F. It’s been rumored that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) won’t launch both variants together. The Galaxy S5 will be launched in Q1, 2014, followed by the premium version that would come in late 2014.
Galaxy S5 may have a longer battery life and faster processor
The Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a 5.25-inch screen with 2K display, 16MP camera, a diamond-like coating to make it scratch-proof, iris eye scanner, and the latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system. The premium version Galaxy F is expected to have similar features with 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Recently, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) announced that it has developed the smartphone industry’s first 8GB LPDDR4 RAM. It consumes 40% less energy, but is 50% faster than the best DDR3 memory. The Korean company may use this high power, low energy consumption technology in one of the two variants to increase the battery life.