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Key specs of Samsung Galaxy S5 are 'confirmed' by insider

by Mark Tyson on 14 January 2014, 10:54

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), PC

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Samsung focussed news organ SamMobile has answers to a lot of the questions regarding the key features and specifications of the upcoming flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone. Thanks to an 'insider' source the Samsung-centric site now can fill us in with confirmed specs detailing the processor, camera and construction of the next big thing from Samsung and also some of the specs of spin-offs like the Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S5 in both metal and plastic versions

We all know Samsung isn't afraid of product proliferation, if evidence to back up that statement is needed we also recently heard about a Galaxy Note 3 Lite coming soon. SamMobile's source indicates that there will be both metal and plastic versions of the Galaxy 5S retailing at around 800 Euros and 650 Euros respectively. This is a parallel to the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C, it is suggested, but the Apple phones differ in more than just construction.

Samsung Galaxy S5 specification list from SamMobile

  • Screen: QHD (2,560×1,440) Super AMOLED display, approx 5.25-inches
  • Processor: Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805 processor
  • Main camera: 16-megapixel camera
  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Construction: Plastic/metal versions

You can see from the above yet another variable beyond the chassis choice - Exynos 6 or Snapdragon 805 processor. It's not clear which model gets which processor or why, if it will be a geographic decision or vary by chassis. SamMobile notes that the homegrown Exynos is LTE capable so it's not about network support anymore it would seem.

Will the S5 look like this? No curved screen?

The Snapdragon 805 was promoted at the recent CES and a series of videos showing its enhancements made available, particularly its boost to your device's imaging capabilities such as in action shots, object tracking and chroma flash. The new Galaxy S5 will sport a 16MP sensor but it's currently unclear whether it will have OIS.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom

SamMobile also confirmed the upcoming launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom smartphones. It reports that both devices will have a Super AMOLED display (4.8-inch qHD resolution on the Galaxy S5 Zoom) and come box-fresh with Android 4.4 installed.

The new Galaxy S5 range is expected to be launched in March at an event in London followed by availability in April. I'm sure there will be a fair few leaked images and more detailed specs before that time.



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That resolution is crazy, shames most tablets and almost all laptops.

Presumably it's supposed to be Galaxy S5 Zoom (penultimate paragraph in brackets)? The S4 Zoom has a 4.3" screen.
It might be heresy, but I don't see anything in those specs that'd have me rushing out to put down a preorder. Oh, and if those renders are accurate then it's not that pretty either. 5.25" screen - aren't we getting dangerously close to phone's becoming small phablets?

Think I'll stick with my S3 this year, unless Nokia bring out something that'd convince me to jump ship to Windows Phone.
crossy
It might be heresy, but I don't see anything in those specs that'd have me rushing out to put down a preorder. Oh, and if those renders are accurate then it's not that pretty either. 5.25" screen - aren't we getting dangerously close to phone's becoming small phablets?

We've been there a while IMHO. Most of the market doesn't really want a phone as much as a very portable internet device/computer. These are filling that role nicely. We brits are quite old fashioned wanting something that mimics the form factor of the old mobile phone :)
kalniel
We've been there a while IMHO. Most of the market doesn't really want a phone as much as a very portable internet device/computer. These are filling that role nicely. We brits are quite old fashioned wanting something that mimics the form factor of the old mobile phone :)
You're probably right about being there for a while, and the widespread desirability of a small 3G PC in your pocket. Although - personally speaking - if I wanted that, I'd go for a small tablet instead.

On the other hand these overly (?) large “phones” have a major drawback in that you look an utter prawn trying to use their unwieldy bulk. Was out and about yesterday and saw this smaller woman with her Galaxy Note (2?) and having to use two hands to hold it.

So what's the advice for someone who wants a phone for mainly texting and phone calls, with the occasional web foray? Presumably these “wierdos” need to be thinking in terms of low or mid-range phones.
crossy
So what's the advice for someone who wants a phone for mainly texting and phone calls, with the occasional web foray? Presumably these “wierdos” need to be thinking in terms of low or mid-range phones.

To be quite honest, if all you want from a phone is mainly texting and phone calls, with the occasional web foray then there is no point in having a high-end phone because they're geared up to do so much more. A low end phone will do all of those comfortably and better than the high end smartphones of just a few years ago (think Win Mo 6.1), there is no need to spend big bucks on one.