The Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely the most anticipated smartphone of the year and, as we are getting closer to its launch (February 24th, 20:00 CET, in Barcelona at Unpacked 5 event), more details about it are hitting the web.
Early rumors suggested that Samsung will launch two Galaxy S5 variants: a premium model with Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display and metal body and a standard model with Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen and plastic body. Even though it was initially believed that both models will be launched in the same time, it seems that the premium GS5 will not see the light of day until early summer.
Yesterday, ETNews Korean outlet wrote that Sammy has postponed the launch of the premium Galaxy S5, as they are facing technical problems. Furthermore, New York Times noted more than a week ago that the Galaxy S4 sequel would only sport a 1080p display, while several alleged Galaxy S5 benchmark indicated the same thing. Sammobile wrote on February 12 that the AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile S5 variants will pack Full HD screens.
Now, the folks at Android Authority got word from “a person with knowledge of the matter” that a T-Mobile Galaxy S5 version will debut early to mid-June. On the other hand, a Samsung executive has told GSMArena that the Galaxy S5 would go on sale in three weeks, which might mean that the S5 variant that will debut this summer at T-Mobile is the Quad HD-equipped model.
There’s even more evidence that the premium Galaxy S5 will not be made available sooner than this summer. ETNews wrote today that “in the middle of this year, the company [Samsung] is forecast to roll out smartphones with the QHD display in large quantities.”
There might be an explanation for why the QHD S5 might not debut until this summer. It looks like the current SoCs are not capable of handling the 2560 x 1440 resolution of the display. Since the Snapdragon 805 chipset is expected to equip the first handsets this summer, it can be speculated that the QHD Galaxy S5 might be the first to integrate Qualcomm’s new processor.
As a refresher, the premium Galaxy S5 is expected to bring 5.25-inch QHD screen, octo-core Exynos 6 / quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32/64 GB storage, microSD, 16 MP primary camera with 4K video recording support, metal casing, and a fingerprint sensor. The only differences between the premium and the standard GS5 might be the built materials (metal for the premium model, plastic for the standard model), processor (Snapdragon 800 for the standard model), and the amount of RAM (2 GB for the standard S5).
Unfortunately, there’s no way to verify the authenticity of the reports, therefore we are advising you to take them with a pinch of salt. After all, there are only four days left until the Galaxy S5 announcement and all the rumors will be debunked.