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Plastic Samsung Galaxy S5 to Come with Soft-touch Back Lid and 1080p Screen, Says Source

All the signs suggest that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S5 later this month at the Unpacked 5 event held by the Korean phone maker in Barcelona on February 24th. Even though the reports that made the headlines over the past few months¬†have painted an almost complete image of Sammy’s highly-anticipated smartphone, we wanted to learn more about it, so managed to get in touch with a person familiar with the matter who revealed for us that the plastic Galaxy S5 model will feature a soft-touch back lid.

Early reports suggested that Samsung might launch the Galaxy S5 in two body versions: a premium one with metal casing and a cheaper model with plastic body. According to a Samsung insider who wished to remain unnamed, the cheaper Galaxy S5 will feature a soft-touch plastic back. “It’s a reminiscent of the rubberized back lid BlackBerry used for the Z10 last year,” he added.

Our source also confirmed for us that the plastic Galaxy S5 model will sport a full HD display, which might be an explanation for the 1080p Galaxy S5 variant that was spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks a few days ago and for NY Times’ report which indicated that the Galaxy S4 follow-up would pack a 1080p screen.

As a refresher, the rumor mill speculates the Galaxy S5 will arrive with 5.25-inch display, octo-core Exynos 6 / quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 MP rear-facing camera, 2 MP user facing camera, and fingerprint sensor. As thing stand, the only differences between the premium and the more-affordable Galaxy S5 variants would be the materials used for the body and the screen resolution (2560 x 1440 for the premium model and 1920 x 1080 for the cheaper model).

The Samsung insider also mentioned that “a big surprise is waiting for you at Unpacked 5,”¬†without giving any further details about it. Our guess is that he might be talking about the Galaxy Gear successor.

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