Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date, Specs, and Rumors Weekend Round-up

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As the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date gets closer, the inter webs are flooded with new details and rumors about the next-gen flagship smartphone of the South Korean company. We thought that we should bring some of the latest reports about the Galaxy S5 release date and specs in one place.

Not long ago it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date has been set for February, as the handset will be unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2014 event held in Barcelona. These rumors were based on the fact that Samsung is not pleased with the sale figures of the Galaxy S4, therefore an earlier than usual launch of the Galaxy S5 would have boosted the company’s sales.

Well, some of Samsung’s executives that spoke to reports at CES 2014 a few days ago denied the reports regarding S5’s launch at MWC 2014. One of the company’s officials said that, just like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be introduced sometime in the March – April time frame. This means that the Galaxy S5 will have at least 5 months of market domination, until Apple introduces the iPhone 6 in September.

Rumor has it that Samsung is readying two body variants for the upcoming Galaxy S5: one made of metal/aluminium and the other made of plastic. If the rumor proves to be true it might mean that the metal Galaxy S5 would not come with a removable battery, which might annoy some of the company’s customers.

In fact, a Samsung official said a few days ago that the Galaxy S4 successor will come with a “very different”¬†design, of course, without mentioning anything about the materials used, or naming the device as Galaxy S5.

You probably know that, not long ago, Apple introduced the iPhone 5S, a smartphone that comes with a fingerprint scanner. Even though the iPhone 5S is not the first smartphone to come with fingerprint module (Motorola’s Atrix 4G was first in 2011), for some reason the fingerprint scanners have become cool and after HTC mounted one on the back of the One Max, Samsung might also use one for the Galaxy S5.

Not long ago, DigiTimes wrote, quoting sources from the industry, that the fingerprint scanner suppliers will have a hard time manufacturing enough modules, as both Samsung and LG will integrate the technology inside their high-end devices.

Other rumors reported that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with an iris scanner. When asked about the matter, a Samsung representative said that they “are considering the possibility” without confirming or denying that the Galaxy S5 will come with such functionality.

Next come the rumors about the user interface Samsung designed for the Galaxy S5. It was reported that the Korean company will make TouchWiz flatter and less¬†skeuomorphic in order to align it to the more-modern look of Android KitKat. There are even some leaked screenshots to prove that. Whether they are real or not, we can’t really say.

As usual, there is a lot of gossip surrounding the technical specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S5, too. It was reported that, like its predecessor, the Galaxy S5 will come in two variants, each with a different processor. They say that one of them might be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset, or by the more powerful Snapdragon 805. Since the Galaxy S5 might arrive in April and the Snapdragon 805 won’t make it on the market sooner than May, Sammy’s flagship will most likely sport a quad-core 2.3 Snapdragon 800 processor with Android 330 GPU.

The other Galaxy S5 variant will allegedly come with a new Exynos octo-core SoC, this time with a processor built on 64-bit architecture.

Some say that the Galaxy S5 will have 3 GB of RAM, other say it might come with 4 GB of RAM. At least most of the reports agree when it comes to screen size and resolution: a 5.2-inch unit with 2K resolution. Will it use Super AMOLED technology? It’s highly possible. It was also suggested that the Galaxy S5 might use a bendable screen panel, which even though it will not be curved or flexible, will bee less prone to shattering.

Most of the sources say that the next-gen Samsung flagship smartphone will come with a 16 MP rear-facing ISOCELL camera senor. Optical Image Stabilization? It looks like Samsung will say pass, as the Koreans can’t manufacture enough OIS modules.

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S5 will bring all the features worthy of a modern smartphone, including all standards of WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0.

Least but not last, the Galaxy S5 may run Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, of course customized with the new TouchWiz interface we’ve talked about earlier. We are eager to see what new software features the Koreans have developed for the highly-anticipated device.

What are your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Any particular features you are looking forward to? Is there anything specific on your wishlist? Please let us know in comments.

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