Disappointing Samsung Galaxy S5 specs revealed via benchmark?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is undoubtedly the most leaked handset these days. And it’s no surprise, really, with it scheduled to be officially unveiled in less than three weeks. Today we have an intriguing leak that claims its specs will be far less impressive than anyone expected so far.
But before we go on, please understand that the following purportedly comes from some AnTuTu result pages that were sent to HDBlog.it as screenshots. Such things are incredibly easy to Photoshop, though, so maybe it’s just a case of an angry competitor (or a competitor’s angry fanboy) that simply wants to kill some of the enthusiasm for Samsung’s next flagship.
Then again, these specs could be the real ones – in which case the Galaxy S5 will be a pretty minor update to its predecessor, at least in terms of its innards. The design might obviously be totally different, and that alone may drive sales.
But back to the specs. Before today, the most complete list we had came from famous Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin – the guy who predicted the launch event with an error of just one day (needless to say, no one else even came close to that). He said the Galaxy S5 will come with a 5.24-inch 2,560×1,440 AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, a 3.2 MP front camera, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, and a 3,200 mAh battery.
So what do the leaked benchmark results say? Well, pretty much the only thing that lines up with Murtazin’s claims is the main camera – once again said to be a 16 MP unit. This may in fact be one of the first ever 16:9 camera sensors if this is true.
Aside from the main camera, everything seems to be different. The Galaxy S5 will have a 1080p Full HD screen, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (the newest MSM8974AC part, though, which is 200 MHz faster than the original and features higher-speed graphics as well), 2 GB of RAM, a 2 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and it will run Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Strangely, though, it’s said not to have a temperature sensor, something that the Galaxy S4 did feature (as well as the Galaxy Note 3). So why would Samsung dump such a sensor from the Galaxy S5? We have no good answer for that, which is one more reason for us to doubt the accuracy of this leaked information. And, when the Galaxy Note 3 already features 3 GB of RAM (paired with a Snapdragon 800 too), then why would Samsung go back to using 2 GB for the S5?
On the other hand, the Snapdragon 805 CPU was only supposed to arrive in shipping devices in May – and it’s completely implausible for Samsung to announce the S5 in February only to wait until May to release it. So on the chipset side, things might be accurate.
Last, but not least – let’s not forget that we heard a number of times that there may in fact be two versions of the Galaxy S5. A lower-end plastic one, which could very likely come with the specs we described above, and a higher-end model made out of metal – which would then sport the 2K display, the newer processor (since it should come later on in the year), more RAM, and such.
It’s all speculation, obviously, so don’t take any of this too seriously. We’ll find out everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 on February 24.