Samsung is rumored to be working on its next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5. The rumors picked up more pace after the Korean OEM sent out press invites for their event at the Mobile World Congress 2014. Samsung usually launch their flagship devices at their own, dedicated press events, but it seems things might be a little different this year as the Korean OEM is going to take the center stage at one of the biggest technology shows.
The Mobile World Congress 2014 will kick off on Monday, February 24th next week, with Samsung holding their press event on the first day. With the massive event just a week away, the rumor mill is working in its full force to make sure we have every tiny bit of detail about the alleged handset.
Read on to find out more about what to expect from the upcoming flagship device from Samsung, and whether it will be good enough to take the crown of the best Android device.
1. qHD Display of Awesomeness
There’s a lot of rumors going on all over the internet about the set of specifications Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to bring at the table. The display is one of those things that’s going under a lot of debate. Some are of the view that Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a FHD display boasting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while others are of the view that it will come with a QHD display that sports a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
Additionally, the rumors suggest it’s going to be a bit bigger than the current Samsung Galaxy S4, and will feature a screen size of 5.2-inch with a pixel density of 560 ppi, which would be super sharp.
On the other hand, the well-connect KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo believes Samsung will launch two versions of their upcoming Galaxy S5: Standard and Prime. According to him, both versions will come with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display but one of them will feature a 1080p resolution with a 423 ppi pixel density, while other will rock a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with 565ppi pixel density.
Not too long ago, the handset also made an appearance at a Dutch retailer, revealing that it will come with a 5.2-inch FHD display, but there’s a chance it could be the standard version of the handset.
2. 64-bit Goodness
Apple has given other OEMs something to think about by launching the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit A7 processor, and it seems Samsung is going to follow the footsteps of the Cupertino-based companty
Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to come with top-of-the-line specifications. Other than the sharper QHD display, Samsung is rumored to introduce a 64-bit Exynos 6 processor in the upcoming Galaxy S5. As always, Samsung will two versions of their handset, one will be powered by its own Exynos 6 processor while other one with come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, possibly the latest Snapdragon 805, according to the folks at SamMobile, who have been correct in the past when it comes to Samsung-related rumors.
On the other hand, Ming-Chi Kuo believes one version will be powered by a 32-bit octa-core Samsung Exynous 5430 processor, while the other will have a 32-bit quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. This further goes with the listing on AnTuTu, which revealed two versions of the Galaxy S5, one powered by a Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AC while the other one will come with a Exynos 5422 octa-core processor.
3. All Metal Body
We’re expecting Samsung will improve the design of the upcoming handset, but the disappointing part is, the Korean OEM is expected to stick with the plastic form factor. A report from Korean publication ETNews did suggest that Samsung will ditch the plastic design in favor of metallic, as it will help Samsung compete with the likes of Apple and HTC who introduced smartphones with excellent build quality — iPhone 5S and HTC One.
4. Throw Water At It
On the other hand, ZDNet Korea suggest the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will be dust and water-resistant, helping it compete with Sony, the Japanese OEM who released the Xperia Z series of handsets with water-resistant certification. Samsung did launch a water-proof version of the Galaxy S4 last year, but this year, things might be a little different as Samsung will introduce the water-resistant Galaxy S5 in the first place. Something similar was teased by O2 Germany who posted a teaser page of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S5, by showing an image of the device submerged in water.
5. Two Sku iPhone
The most interesting rumor is that Samsung will launch two versions of the handset, one carrying a plastic exterior while the other one is going to launch with a more premium look and will feature metallic chassis. But Kuo believes Samsung will launch both handsets with a plastic exterior similar to its earlier flagship devices. However, there’s a chance it comes with a faux leather back that Samsung introduced with its Galaxy Note 3.
6. An iPhone Murdering Camera
Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to come with a 16MP camera sensor on the back, but it won’t feature optical image stabilization if the rumors are to be believed. Although a report from Korean shores did mention that Samsung is working on a 16MP with OIS that will be a part of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but later reports suggested it is 16MP ISOCELL but it will be without optical image stabilization.
A recent report from SamMobile confirms that it will be a 16MP after all, and will be able to record 4K UHD video at 30FPS and 1080p FHD video at 60FPS. They also say that Samsung will use their latest ISOCELL technology, and due to their decent track record about Samsung-related news, we have to give this report some credit.
7. Plenty of Ram, Storage, Juice and More
Other rumored features include 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2,900 or a 3,200 mAh battery to make sure there’s enough juice for the handset and is expected to ship with Android 4.4.2.
The well-connected Twitter leaker @evleaks mentioned it’s going to come with a new version of the TouchWiz UI, which is much better than the current version. Samsung is also expected to reduce the number of pre-installed apps or should I call it bloatware in the upcoming handset.
Samsung is also expected to give some its apps a complete makeover to go with the new TouchWiz UI, including the S Voice, S Health and there might be a new Life Times app that will focus on health-related metrics.
Lastly, there will be a fingerprint sensor on board as well, and the folks at SamMobile confirms it will be a swipe sensor placed under the home button, similar to Apple iPhone 5S.
8. Release Date
Let’s just start with the release date. Samsung has already sent out press invites for their MWC 2014 event which will take place on 24th February 2014. Although the Korean OEM didn’t officially mentioned anything about the device, they have teased it in a number of ways. For instance, the press invite mentioned, “Unpacked 5, Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1″ as shown below. Could the “5” represent the upcoming flagship device? There’s a possibility.
Not too long after the invites were sent, Samsung posted another teaser and there can be many explanations for that. One thing to note at the image below is every icon has a power of “5” and what does that mean? We’re not sure, but it could hint at the possibility of their upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The second thing it could
Some rumors did pop up before Samsung made it official that they are holding a press event in Barcelona. One of them was from the popular Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin who mentioned Samsung will hold a press event on February 23rd, but now that Samsung has officially announced the date, we can easily discard this one.
Let me just remind you take all of these as rumors, as there’s official confirmation from Samsung about any feature at the moment. The company is expected to make things official at the press event in Barcelona, but until then, let’s just take it with a grain of salt.
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