All the signs suggest that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S5 later this month at the Unpacked 5 event held by the Korean phone maker in Barcelona on February 24th. Even though the reports that made the headlines over the past few months have painted an almost complete image of Sammy’s highly-anticipated smartphone, we wanted to learn more about it, so managed to get in touch with a person familiar with the matter who revealed for us that the plastic Galaxy S5 model will feature a soft-touch back lid.
Early reports suggested that Samsung might launch the Galaxy S5 in two body versions: a premium one with metal casing and a cheaper model with plastic body. According to a Samsung insider who wished to remain unnamed, the cheaper Galaxy S5 will feature a soft-touch plastic back. “It’s a reminiscent of the rubberized back lid BlackBerry used for the Z10 last year,” he added.
Our source also confirmed for us that the plastic Galaxy S5 model will sport a full HD display, which might be an explanation for the 1080p Galaxy S5 variant that was spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks a few days ago and for NY Times’ report which indicated that the Galaxy S4 follow-up would pack a 1080p screen.
As a refresher, the rumor mill speculates the Galaxy S5 will arrive with 5.25-inch display, octo-core Exynos 6 / quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 MP rear-facing camera, 2 MP user facing camera, and fingerprint sensor. As thing stand, the only differences between the premium and the more-affordable Galaxy S5 variants would be the materials used for the body and the screen resolution (2560 x 1440 for the premium model and 1920 x 1080 for the cheaper model).
The Samsung insider also mentioned that “a big surprise is waiting for you at Unpacked 5,” without giving any further details about it. Our guess is that he might be talking about the Galaxy Gear successor.