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Samsung Galaxy S5 Design and Specs, What to Expect

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is already on the market and with the Galaxy Note 3 release date drawing near, some of you are considering to skip this year Sammy flagship, thinking of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. But what do we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5?

Well, almost nothing, except that it will be one of the most popular Android-powered smartphones in the world, as it will be there to continue the legacy of the Galaxy flagships family. What is Samsung readying for us? We can’t know for sure but we can make some guesses based on their previous releases.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 didn’t bring any major design changes when compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, despite being thinner and presenting some construction changes meant to bring it closer to a premium-looking smartphone.

We’ve seen Samsung’s rivals launching smartphones that use premium materials like glass and aluminium (see Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, and iPhone 5), so the South Korea-based phone maker is bound to make some changes in this direction. HTC’s One flagship is the perfect example that a good-looking smartphone is the key to success, receiving positive reviews when it came to its design. Sammy will definitely want similar reactions for its Galaxy S5, so expect some major design and construction changes for its next-gen flagship.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will definitely not follow the design language introduced by the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, so expect it to be completely different. How will it look like? I can’t know, as I can’t read Samsung designers’ minds, but I am expecting it to be made of aluminium or metal.

Even though the Samsung officials said that the plastic smartphones are easier to produce in large numbers, I am confident that the South Koreans will change the materials used for the Samsung Galaxy S5 as its position as leader of the Android smartphone market is threatened by the premium high-end smartphone developed by other companies.

In the same time, an aluminium Samsung Galaxy S5 will be capable of stealing some of Apple’s customers, as the design remained the only trump of the iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 specs will fit in the trend of the 2014 smartphone market. Its display will probably not go beyond the 5 inch threshold, as a display larger than 5 inches would make the Galaxy S5 a phablet, and Samsung doesn’t want to get on Galaxy Note’s propriety. The resolution will also be sucked at full HD, because, for the time being, there’s no need of a higher resolution.

The amount of RAM will probably be increased at 3 GB, while we probably get a minimum of 32 GB of storage and a maximum of 125 GB. The processor will probably be an Exynos unit, which is more powerful than the recently launched octo-core Exynos 5420. Will the Galaxy S5 have a Qualcomm-powered variant? Very likely.

The camera mounted on the back will also get a boost in terms of megapixels, considering that we already have the Lumia 1020 with its 41 megapixel camera and the rumor mill says that Sony will launch the Honami with 20 megapixel sensor. Anyway, don’t expect Galaxy S5’s camera to go beyond the 20 megapixel threshold. Personally, I believe that we don’t need more than the 13 megapixels of the current Galaxy S4 camera, but rather better performance while taking pictures in low light conditions, OIS, and other tweaks to enhance the photo quality.

What are you expecting from the Samsung Galaxy S5? Any thoughts about its specs? How about some particular features? Use the comments section below to let us know.

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  • arif samsung fan is the best..

    5″ full HD 3D with some high end features and high quality of design which will be much much better than its arrivals which it attracts more customers from their arrivals.

  • Kamz

    Everything you mentioned plus better battery life

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  • Warduke

    No aluminum. I always keep a case on my phones so aluminum is just dead weight for me. More battery life. My S4 is a lot better than my old s3’s but I’d like to see around a 2900mah in the s5.

    • angry__

      Fuck off mate, the lack thereof an aluminum body is the reason why I would chose the HTC One over the Samsung Galaxy S4. The build quality is so much cheaper on a Samsung and pales in comparison to its competitors (HTC, Sony, and -gasp- Apple).

      • MrB37

        Hell no, I would much rather have a plastic case since all aftermarket cases are plastic anyways. Plus moving to the aluminum body means no removable battery and to us people who are constantly on the move and using our phones, having an extra battery is a life saver and the quickest means to a full charge. I could care less how the phones “Build Quality” Looks. I’ve had no problem with my galaxy nexus, plastic, nor my s3, plastic, and now still my s4, plastic. Plus I have yet to ever break a screen on any of them like you careless people out there.

      • Jethro Q. Walrustitty

        For me a removable battery and expandable sd card slot is essential. That’s why I wouldn’t get the HTC 1.

        • EzeAris

          You can have an aluminium case and an SD card, just look at the Nokia N8.

  • Hwood386

    If you put a case on it like 99.9% of people who own cell phones do, why do people complain about plastic??!! I love my S4.

  • Jose Sanchez

    Aluminum/glass would be awesome and a good boost to design, while people are worried about a removable battery this can easily be solved by using a battery tray to be able to remove the battery as like a micro sd tray and sim tray ( it can be done designers should be able to pull it off.) And as far as camera features maybe have an optical zoom on the lenses to not comprise pixel quality, and a separate processor for gaming and media. That’s my take on it what do you think? Btw the I.r. blaster on the gs4 was a very useful tool, add a micro hdmi while ur at it

  • pc79

    The s4 is just in incredible,I love the plastic light feel to the phone add to that the fantastic software & amazing camera,if they improve on it with the s5 I would be amazed

  • lisa

    Removeable battery and sd card is the most important thing

    Features like on the s 4 are nice but not good enough developted

    Cell shouldn’t become hot

    I think the cell shouldn’t be to heavy
    Plastic is good it’s light

    S5 display should not present the in 3 D

  • Jethro Q. Walrustitty

    I agree with Hwoo386, who doesn’t put a case on these things? I’ll even go one further, My wife and I both wanted the white S3 but felt we’d get the mixed up. I should have been thinking different case dummy. Now I’m stuck with a blue one, (I’ve gotten used to it). We’ll both get the white S5 when they come out. I’ll wait for the S5 and pass over the S4.

  • Jethro Q. Walrustitty

    Oh sorry, I personally would like a screen bigger than 5 in, and I’d like it to not have a physical home button. I’d also like very little if any bloatware (good luck with that one).

  • Mark Long

    It is very likely the S5 will be made out of a carbon fiber, not aluminum. Aluminum phones may look better, depending on who you are asking, but they certainly aren’t as durable as plastic phones. That isn’t subjective. Personally, I have no desire for an aluminum phone. I had the One and one of the main reasons I didn’t keep it was the aluminum.