The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been an instant hit in the market, but Samsung fans are looking for something bigger and better, which many feel would be served by the upcoming Galaxy S5. The Korean major is expected to bring a new look in its Galaxy S5 deviating from predecessors; S3 and S4. A metal chassis is expected to adorn the Galaxy S5, and apart from that more on the design was shown in a recent patent filing by Samsung, signaling the company would not include a physical home button, which can be seen in all its handsets currently.
Samsung Galaxy fans are taking a close look at each and every report, news and rumor surrounding the Galaxy S5. There are widespread speculations about the release date, price and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Some of the latest ones are mentioned below.
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It is believed that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will encase its Galaxy S5 in a metal body deviating from the use of polycarbonate casing. Samsung has always preferred a polycarbonate chassis over a metallic body, but this time the preference might change.
Other phone makers such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and HTC launched iPhone 5S and HTC One respectively showing the glamorous metallic casing with far superior finishing than that of Galaxy S4. Samsung would have learned a valuable lesson from this, and is expected to come up with a fully aluminum chassis, and a new look codenamed “Design 3.0”. The rumor gained strength when a report from Catcher Technology Co claimed that it has taken orders to make a metal chassis for the Samsung Galaxy series. However, there was a lot of similar speculation before the launch of the Galaxy S4 that the phone would come in metal casing, and those rumors proved false.
Samsung may use 64 bit processor
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) may take inspiration from Apple and equip the Galaxy S5 with a 64 bit processor, according to the rumors. According to an executive of ARM, Samsung has ordered the chip maker to deliver the new chips for its upcoming device to be launched in 2014. However, nothing is confirmed yet.
Samsung may also stuff these 64 bit processors in its Note 4, but by then it would be too late as Apple will have likely gained major traction in the smartphone market by then. Additionally, Samsung may also use 4GB RAM to power its phone and better utilize the 64 bit chip. The Galaxy Note 3 is powered by a 2.3 GHZ quad core processor and 3GB of RAM, which indicates that Galaxy S5 will have something more to look forward to.
Speculations surrounding Galaxy S5 display
The new Galaxy flagship dubbed as Galaxy S5 is expected to come with a flexible 5-inch OLDE display and a 16 megapixel camera. The phone will supposedly run on Android 4.4 KitKat, and will be equipped with 4,000 mAh battery and 3GB of RAM.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has always kept the display of its devices far sharper than the human eye can detect, and it is in no mood to discontinue the trend, and would apparently launch the Galaxy S5 with a 2K display that is 560 ppi for a just 5-inch screen.
Apart from sharpness, the increased density of ppi will also enhance color performance, as well as refresh rate for slicker video and animations.
Operating system a new Kitkat
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) is largely expected to stick with Android operating system for its Galaxy S5. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will unveil its latest version of mobile OS Android 4.4 Kitkat in October 2014, and Samsung is expected to use the latest version in its Galaxy S5. However, the electronic major may also offer Galaxy S5 in Android, as well as own brand Tizen variant.
A better camera
Samsung Galaxy S4 had a 13 megapixel camera. However, the rear camera of Galaxy S5 is expected to be stronger with 16 megapixels. Still, the 16 megapixels from Samsung falls short of the 20 megapixels of the Sony Xperia Z1 or 41 megapixels of the Nokia Lumia 1020.
A report from electronic Times News stated that Galaxy S5 will also have same optical image stabilization (OIS) tech as the LG G2. Samsung announced that its camera will have new CMOS image sensor known as ISOCELL, which will most probably be launched with the Galaxy S5 as the company itself said while talking to the analysts that the ISOCELL technology will appear in devices launched in 2014 and 2015. Also, the new sensor technology will separate the individual pixels, which reduces electrical crosstalk between them fueling higher color fidelity, for sharper, richer images.
Fingerprint sensor, maybe?
According to certain reports and speculations, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will not launch fingerprint sensor in its Galaxy S5. One of the officials from Samsung told the reporters of the Korean Times that the company is not yet developing the technology for its handsets.
It was rumored that Samsung is trying to acquire a bio-metric firm, which later proved to be false. Another report surfaced claiming that the Galaxy S5 will use retinal scanning technology to unlock the phones, which also looks like a distant possibility.
Galaxy S5 to come sometime next year, pricing unsure
According to a recent report, the Galaxy S5 will enter into the mass production stage by January 2014. Also, there are rumors surfacing that the company will launch a Galaxy Gear along with the smartphone. According to a report from Gottabemobile, the launch date of the Galaxy S5 will be somewhere in between January and May, and the release date will be between February and June.
No news concerning the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has surfaced yet, but the onlookers and analysts are expecting the phone to be priced at a premium compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
On the name of the new device, analysts believe that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) will not take the risk of discontinuing its Galaxy Line and launching the phone with some new name. Instead, the Korean company has made optimal use of this series and garnered impressive sales on every device launched under the brand name.
As of now, no official word has come from the electronic maker over the specifications and features. However, despite the lack of official confirmations Galaxy S5 has already garnered much attention from all over the world, and we will ensure that users get firsthand information on any development be it official, or speculation, so stay tuned.