Samsung Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dustproof, out in March. 1080p model comes first, QHD later
Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S5 this coming Monday, and as we get closer to that day more and more leaks and rumors about it are starting to pour in. Today is no different, with a handful of things said about the upcoming superphone.
Let’s start with the screen resolution, as this has been a hot topic for months. We’ve had rumors and leaks pointing to both a 1080p Full HD panel inside the Galaxy S5, as well as a 2,560×1,440 screen. So which one will it be? We’ve seen some indications that Samsung might manufacture two different Galaxy S5 models, one with each screen resolution. This has been solidified by leaked benchmark results, however we were led to believe that these would both be unveiled on Monday. Turns out that may not be the case.
Samsung is allegedly having issues with optimizing picture quality for its QHD (2,560×1,440) displays, which is why production for these hasn’t actually started. Because it had no choice, Samsung decided to announce a handset with 1080p resolution next week, which will be followed on the market by the QHD version at some point in the future (possibly within a couple of months from the initial model’s release).
If this happens, undoubtedly we’ll see both variants on the market at the same time from a point on, which means that the 1080p Galaxy S5 should be cheaper than the QHD device. The 1080p S5 that will be unveiled on February 24 is said to be in stores by the end of March.
The 1080p model will have a 5.2-inch screen, as leaked many times before, but apparently the QHD touchscreen will be a tad smaller at 5.1 inches (and an absolutely insane pixel density of 575 ppi). Both of the displays will use the ‘diamond pixel’ arrangement first seen in the Galaxy S4, and then subsequently used for the Galaxy Note 3.
The Galaxy S5 has also once more been confirmed to come with a bigger capacity battery than its predecessor, as well as an “improved camera” (rumored to be a 16 MP unit). The initially launched 1080p handset may even be sold for less than the Galaxy S4 went for when it got released, or at least that’s what one carrier wants (and is actively trying to convince Samsung to do this). It would naturally make sense, especially if the QHD version will come later – that can then fit into the price slot that the S4 had when it was new.
There apparently won’t be a Galaxy S5 Active variation of Samsung’s next flagship. Last year, the Galaxy S4 Active came with very similar specs to the ‘main’ phone, but with added water and dustproofing. However, if one source from Korea is right, the ‘main’ Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dustproof itself. This would emulate Sony’s strategy for its recent flagships, and is something that’s been strangely missing from any other maker’s high-end devices.
Finally, the oft-rumored fingerprint scanner will be in the Home button, just like the iPhone 5S has it. However, it will require a swipe across it to scan your fingerprint, unlike Apple’s device (which only needs you to hold your finger still on the button).
As always, keep in mind that some (or all) of these details may turn out to be wrong. Plans change, and people make stuff up all the time.