All the major smartphones of 2013 are already on the market, with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, and Nexus 5 among them, and, as we are getting closer to the end of the year, we’re starting to wonder what 2014 is going to bring us. In early 2014 two of the biggest tech events will come to life: CES 2014 in Las Vegas and MWC 2014 in Barcelona, where the big players of the smartphone market will exhibit their handsets for the upcoming year. Furthermore, Samsung is expected to be among the first companies to announce its 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.
With Samsung’s flagship being one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014, we though we should give you an insight on Galaxy S5 release date, specs, and rumors. For the time being, all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes directly from the rumor mill, so it’s advised to take the information with an adequate pinch of salt.
Even though there’s no word from Samsung regarding the display technology used for the Galaxy S5, we are 100% sure that the Koreans will use the same controversial Super AMOLED panel that is loved by some and despised by others. The AMOLED screens are known for bringing almost 180 degree viewing angles and unrivaled brightness and contrast, while being more battery-friendly than other technologies currently on the market. Though, their color reproduction is not what you’d call accurate.
Regarding the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display, sources in the industry claim that the Galaxy S4 successor will bring a unit bigger than 5 inches. Some say it will be a 5.3-inch screen, while other claim that it will be sized 5.2 inches diagonally. Anyway, the most common rumor about Samsung Galaxy S5’s screen is about the resolution, which will reportedly be of 2560 x 1440 pixels. If the rumors are accurate and the GS5 will indeed sport a 2560 x 1440 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display it means that the pixel density will be of about 560 ppi.
Rumor has it that Samsung is readying a new Exynos chipset for the Galaxy S5. Even though the Exynos 5 Octa chipset that equips the Galaxy S4 I9500 is not the most popular processing solution, it looks like the Koreans will use a new Exynos SoC for their 2014 flagship. Reports are indicating that Samsung is working around the clock to develop a 64-bit Exynos processor, to rival the A7 unit Apple installed on their iPhone 5S. If this proves to be true, we are eager to see how the 64-bit performs and how much it scores in the performance benchmarks.
Anyway, there will most likely be two Samsung Galaxy S5 versions: one powered by the aforementioned 64-bit Exynos SoC and the other underpinned by a Qualcomm chipset, most likely the Snapdragon 805, the company’s latest and most powerful mobile processor.
Earlier this year we’ve witnessed the debut of the Galaxy Note 3, the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM. As I know Samsung, they will look to increase the numbers even further, therefore expect the Galaxy S5 to pack an impressive amount of 4 GB of RAM. If the handset really comes with a 64-bit Exynos processor, then 4 GB of RAM would really make sense.
Other rumors suggest that the Galaxy S5 will “only” have 3 gigs of RAM, just like the Note 3, and, unfortunately, there’s no way to verify which of the two rumors is accurate. However, they both might prove true. With two Galaxy S5 variants on cards, the 64-bit Exynos-powered one could come with 4 GB RAM, while the Snapdragon 805 model could pack 3 GB RAM.
The Galaxy S4 comes with a 13 MP camera on the back which is still one of the best units on the market, but, according to unofficial sources, Samsung will look to bring an even better camera on the Galaxy S5. Reports are indicating that the Koreans are developing a 16 MP shooter with optical image stabilization and that the said camera module will be installed on the GS5. Some say that its low-light photos will be substantially better, being capable of taking “up to 8 times brighter” photos when shooting indoors. Anyway, a recent report said that the Galaxy S5 will not come with optical image stabilization, as the Korean company is having troubles manufacturing enough OIS modules for the 16 MP camera.
Aside CPU, RAM, and camera, the rumor mill also talks about the design of the Samsung Galaxy S5, therefore we’ve heard that there will be two different versions of the handset: one made of plastic, and one sporting a metallic body. As crazy as it may sound, we might actually see this happen as soon as the Galaxy S5 is made official. Samsung has been bashed for building cheap-looking plastic smartphones, therefore in an attempt to bring the design of their handset closer to the premium segment, the Koreans will debut a metal S5 variant. On the other hand, many users praised Sammy for their swappable batteries which can be more easily achieved with a plastic body. So, in an attempt run with the hare and hunt with the hounds Samsung might actually launch two body variants for its flagship device.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will most likely run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, customized with the company’s proprietary TouchWiz user interface. Some are hoping that the Koreans are readying a major redesign for TouchWiz UI, but, for the time being, the details about Samsung’s interface are shallow. Still, voices in the industry whisper that the Koreans are planning to integrate conference video call in TouchWiz. Of course, you can already perform conference video calls using third party apps like Google Hangouts, but it seems that Samsung wants it integrated in TouchWiz, for some reason.
In the end, let’s talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date. Of course, there’s no official word on the actual date of the Galaxy S5 announcement, thus we’ll have to rely on rumors. Sources close to the Korean company say that Samsung’s officials are not happy with the sales of the Galaxy S4, therefore the Galaxy S5 will be released earlier than usual in order to boost the company’s smartphones sales. For this reason the Galaxy S5 release date was reportedly scheduled for February, followed by a late February/late March market release, which is a a couple of months earlier than Samsung’s pattern for Galaxy S announcements. So far, the Galaxy S flagships were launched between April and May.
Even though there’s no information about the price of Samsung Galaxy S5, expect it to hit the major US carriers at an on-contract price of $199, while the unlocked models could be priced around $600 – 700.
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