Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3 ‘Lite’ Release Date: Early 2014

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON: BC94) (KRX: 005930) is about to unveil a host of new mobile products in the first quarter of 2014, including the Galaxy S5, a Note 3 “Lite”, and a Grand “Lite” along with some other entry level handsets, according to a report from Korea, which is also backed by reputed site SamMobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3 ‘Lite’ Release Date: Early 2014

New reports, carrying expected features and pictures for the Galaxy S5, are flooding the web on a daily basis. So, to keep readers up to date, here is a round-up of the latest rumors and reports surrounding the Galaxy S5.

Bigger screen resolution

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) Galaxy S5 has been in the limelight in 2013, and reports on the specifications and new features have flooded websites, but so far there have been no official confirmations.  According to GSMArena, citing a GFX Bench listing, Samsung revealed a mobile SM-G900S with screen resolution of 1440×2560 pixels (2K). There are strong possibilities that this new phone could be a Galaxy S5, which will apparently sport a 5.0 or 5.2-inch display, making the pixel density an incredible 560ppi. Samsung may also equip the handset with 2560×1440 pixel Super AMOLED display.

Metal body or polycarbonate


According to rumors, the new Galaxy S5 is expected to have a metallic chassis. According to Japanese website EMSOne’s, Samsung has placed an order with Taiwan’s ODM Catcher Technology and Ju Teng, as well as China’s BYD to manufacture 10-30 million metal unibody shells for Galaxy S5.

There is also a report that the Korean electronics giant might introduce two versions of the Galaxy S5–a higher price version would come in all metal unibody and a flexible OLED, and the other version would have a polycarbonate body, as in predecessors.

Rumored specs for Galaxy S5

Internally the device is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.4GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. However, users who are expecting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or 64 bit version of Samsung’s own Exynos chip may have to wait.

Within the listing, there is no mention of any other specifications, but it is widely expected that the Galaxy S5 would have a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4000mAh battery, 3GB RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat.

It is also expected that Samsung Galaxy S5 may feature the CMOS image sensor ISOCELL. Also, there have been reports that Galaxy S5 could have retinal technology.

Fingerprint sensor also not sure

Fingerprint sensor could be the latest feature adorning Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. According to Swedish company Fingerprint Cards, many smartphone companies may unveil  devices with fingerprint sensor technology, and Samsung could unveil at least two such devices.

In an interview with Reuters, Fingerprints Chief Executive Officer Johan Carlstrom said, “I think at least seven or eight [companies] will launch a phone with a touch sensor in 2014.”

There was no other information provided by Carlstrom on Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) phones. However, it is expected that the two new devices with sensor technology may be Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4.