New Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor talks metal and plastic models, specs leaked. S5 Mini, S5 Zoom coming too
We’re getting to the point where we see more and more leaks and rumors about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5. And that makes sense since we are getting closer and closer to its announcement and release.
So here’s a new rumor for you about the Galaxy S5. This time it comes from SamMobile and an anonymous insider. Apparently there will be two versions of the S5, one made of plastic and the other featuring a metal casing. We’ve heard something like this before, so it may just be true. Now it’s unclear though whether the metal variant will be called Galaxy F or not.
The metal S5 will be sold in Europe for around €800, which is iPhone-level pricing (or above, depending on how much storage it will come with). The plastic model will be cheaper, though, at around €650. So here, once again, is Samsung ‘emulating’ Apple’s strategy – in this case the metal iPhone 5S launching alongside the cheaper plastic iPhone 5C.
But the casing material isn’t all that could differ between these two flagships. The choice of chipset may too. It’s said that the more expensive model will get a Samsung-made Exynos 6 true octa-core CPU with 64-bit support, whereas the plastic version may be the first phone in the world to sport Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor (just like we assumed it would).
Samsung has apparently fixed all the issues it had with implementing LTE support for its own Exynos chips, so there won’t be the need for two hardware versions for each device – the first time that’s happened. With both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, Samsung made the Exynos version 3G-only, while there was a Snapdragon version with LTE built-in. That may change with the S5.
The screen resolution will be the oft-rumored 2,560×1,440. Screen size itself hasn’t been leaked this time around, but based on previous rumors it may be around 5.25″. Interestingly, this rumor says clearly that AMOLED tech will be used, and not LCD as one past mumbling had it.
Both versions of the next flagship should have the same display, and they’ll both have a 16 MP rear camera, although it’s unclear if it will have optical image stabilization (OIS). Samsung has had many issues trying to mass produce as many OIS camera modules as it will need for these handsets, and we still don’t know whether it was able to overcome all the problems or not.
Also a mystery for now are the amount of RAM that will be inside, the internal storage, and battery capacity – but all those should leak pretty soon, at this rate. And we’re expecting to see 3 GB of RAM in the next Galaxy S, since the Galaxy Note 3 already sports that exact amount.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 could get unveiled in mid-March at an event in London, with sales said to start in April. Perhaps that applies just to the Exynos-powered metal model, as we’ve heard that the first phone featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 CPU will only be out in May.
But wait, there’s more! There will also be a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, as well as a Galaxy S5 Zoom, as follow-ups to this year’s models. The S5 Mini should be unveiled in June, and the S5 Zoom will be announced in May. Both will come with AMOLED displays, and apparently the S5 Zoom will sport a 4.8-inch 540×960 unit. And they will both run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, just like the Galaxy S5.