As we are getting closer to the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, more information about the highly-anticipated smartphone of the South Korean company are starting to surface on the web.
In a note obtained by Apple Insider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched in two different variants, both made of plastic, and sporting a fingerprint scanner.
According to the aforementioned analyst, Samsung will release two different Galaxy S5 models, a Standard model and a Prime model, each featuring different technical specifications. According to the table below that was provided by Kuo, the main differences between the Galaxy S5 Standard and Galaxy S5 Prime will be their processors, the amount of RAM, and their displays.
The analyst’s note reveals that the Standard Samsung Galaxy S5 will be equipped with either a quad-core Qualcomm MSM 8974AC (Snapdragon 800) or an octo-core Samsung Exynos 5422 depending on the market it’s released on, along with 2 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime could sport an octo-core Exynos 5430 chipset or quad-core Qualcomm MSM 8974AC and 3 GB of RAM, also market dependent.
Interestingly enough, all processors mentioned by Kuo are build on 32-bit architecture, even though Samsung is expected to feature a 64-bit on at least one Galaxy S5 model, in order to compete with Apple’s iPhone 5S.
Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions check with the latest reports in the industry saying that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 5.2-inch screen, also claiming that the Standard and Prime models will sport different screen resolution. According to him, Galaxy S5 Prime will have a WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) AMOLED screen with 565 ppi, while Galaxy S5 Standard will feature a FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED screen with 423 ppi.
The analyst’s prediction for the upcoming Galaxy S5 also talk about a 2 MP front-facing camera, 16 MP primary camera mounted on the back, 3D gesture support, and a fingerprint scanner. Not long ago, a report coming from Taiwanese media said that both Samsung and LG will use fingerprint scanning modules on their 2014 flagships, therefore we might see used for the Galaxy S5.
The KGI analyst also dismissed the rumors saying that the Galaxy S5 will feature an iris scanner. Earlier this month Samsung’s vice president of mobile Lee Young Hee said that the company is looking into the possibility of integrating iris scanners in their future flagships, without mentioning whether the Galaxy S5 will have one or not.
If Kuo’s predictions prove accurate, we are eager to see how Samsung will price the Galaxy S5 Standard and the Galaxy S5 Prime. Will Samsung have the same approach apple had for the iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C and put the Standard model at $100 on contract and the Prime model at $200? Or will the Standard model cost $200, while the Prime model will have a premium price?