Galaxy S5, Note 4’s New Features Revealed


The Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 could be quite a bit different than their predecessors, according to the latest news reports from CES 2014. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has been dropping hints about what might be in store.

Galaxy S5 could have eye scanner

One of the rumors we have been hearing about the Galaxy S5 for some time is the thought of an eye scanner. Bloomberg reports that Samsung executive vice president Lee Young Hee confirmed that they were indeed studying eye scanning technology for the first time. He said he couldn’t really say whether an eye scanner will indeed be included, but they are still aiming to unveil the Galaxy S5 in April, along a time frame similar to the one they have followed last year.

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He did say that the Galaxy S5 would debut with a new Galaxy Gear smart watch. The updates smart watch will reportedly have functions which are more advanced and also an improved, less bulky design.

Note 4 could have wraparound display

The Galaxy Note 4 could have a design that’s even more different than that of its predecessor. Samsung is reportedly looking into using a three-sided flexible screen. This would make it possible for users to read messages on the device from an angle. Lee said they are targeting professional users particularly with the device and that, as with past Galaxy Note devices, they would launch it in the second half of the year.

We already saw demos of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s flexible Youm displays a year ago. However, we have yet to see these displays actually in use on a device actually sold by Samsung. The Galaxy Round was the first one to have a flexible display, but that display doesn’t actually wrap around the sides of the device. Samsung has apparently obtained some design patents for wraparound displays, although it’s still unclear exactly how the Note 4 would incorporate this type of display.