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Samsung Galaxy S5 pictured before launch; specs, fingerprint scanner ‘confirmed’

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Samsung’s much anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, which is all set to see the light of day at MWC 2014in Barcelona on Monday, might have been leaked in its full glory ahead of its official unveiling.

A Hardware Zone forum member named OKCATYEON has allegedly clicked a bunch of live images of the Galaxy S5. The purported leaked images show the Samsung Galaxy S5 in its full glory, and indicate the device will feature a ridged silver-coloured lining around the device. If the leaked images turn out to be real, we assume that Galaxy S5 will not be a major departure from company’s Galaxy S family design. The alleged leaked image also suggests the Galaxy S5 will include a physical button on the front panel. Notably, the forum member notes the new TouchWiz is not a major overhaul from the company’s previous version.

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The member has also detailed some of the expected features such as fingerprint scanner. The forum member claims that the alleged fingerprint scanner feature will require the user to swipe eight times on the home button scanner to register it, and that the Galaxy S5 can register up to three different fingerprints at a time.

Further, the forum member has claimed that the scanner on the Galaxy S5 can be used with PayPal for authorisation payments for products within the browser. Other features said to arrive on the Galaxy S5 include a new heart rate sensor that is now said to be included in the device’s S Health app.

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About the camera on the Galaxy S5, the forum member notes that the device houses a 16-megapixel rear camera, which is very much in-line with earlier leaks. The device is also said to come with IP67 dust and water resistance, which should make the Galaxy S5 quite waterproof, like the recently unveiled Xperia Z2.

Previously rumoured specifications of the Galaxy S5 include a 5.24-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution; two storage variants- 32GB/64GB; two processor variants – Exynos 6 and Snapdragon 805, and a 3200mAh battery. The optics rumoured for the Galaxy S5 included a 3.2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

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Samsung teases new Exynos Infinity processor for MWC 2014 unveiling

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Samsung seems all set to introduce its next-generation of Exynos chipsets at MWC 2014.

The official Samsung Exynos Twitter handle has posted an image that shows a tagline “Exynos Infinity in Barcelona”, suggesting that the South Korean manufacturer might reveal a new Exynos chipset next week. However, the company has not detailed anything about the upcoming new chipsets.

The tweet by Samsung Exynos reads, “Continuing our market-leading innovation and leadership, we bring you our latest innovations. Please stay tuned.”

For those unaware, Samsung has already sent media invites for its “unPacked 5” event, where the company is said to unveil the next Galaxy flagship smartphone at the sidelines of MWC 2014 on February 24 in Barcelona.

The new tweet by Samsung has again kick-started the debate on whether the Galaxy S5 will be powered by a 64-bit processor, which we believe is named the Exynos Infinity by the South Korean giant.

Notably, after Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5s, which is considered to be the first smartphone based on a 64-bit architecture chip, the South Korean electronics giant’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun was quoted saying that Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones would come with 64-bit processing capability. However, we are yet to see whether Samsung’s next flagship is powered by a 64-bit architecture chip.

We expect, based on previous reports, that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched alongside a new tablet series, believed to be dubbed Galaxy Tab 4, at the side-lines of the MWC 2014.

Also rumoured to launch at MWC is the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear successor, named Galaxy Gear 2 at the 24 February 2014 event in Barcelona. The latest rumours surrounding the smartwatch indicate it might launch with Tizen OS, instead of Android like its predecessor.

A report on Wednesday claimed that the Galaxy S5 could be unlocked using a swipe over the home button. The report informs that Apple used a sapphire coating for its home button on the iPhone 5s, while Samsung plans to use a ultra-violet (UV) coating over its fingerprint scanner.

In addition, a report emerging from Korea claims that the Galaxy S5 will be a dustproof and waterproof device.

Samsung Galaxy S5 to be waterproof and priced attractively: Reports

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The new Galaxy S5 details come from Bloomberg, which cites a person familiar with the matter who claims that Samsung’s upcoming S flagship smartphone will sport a larger and sharper 5.2-inch display than the 2013 flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4. Notably, this is in line with a recently leaked purported screenshot of the Galaxy S5 that tipped a Quad-HD display in the device. The leaked screenshot of the ‘About’ section of ‘Quick System Info PRO’ supposedly revealed that the Galaxy S5’s display would feature a QHD (1440×2560 pixel) resolution along with a 560ppi pixel density, all packed in a 5.2-inch screen.

Further, the report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with a better battery and camera, though it does not reveal the specific details.

Notably, the report also cites a second person familiar with the matter, who claims Samsung might price the Galaxy S5 less than the previous Galaxy S flagships, as requested by a wireless carriers. , However, the source does not reveal the pricing of the yet-to-be-launched Galaxy S5.

In addition, a report emerging from Korea claims that the Galaxy S5 will be a dustproof and waterproof device. ZDNet Korea quoted a source saying, “Users can clean the phone with water while it can sustain short durations of dunking the phone in water”. This is in line with the recent teaser for theGalaxy S5 on the German website of UK-headquartered mobile carrier, O2, which showed a smartphone making a splash in the water. The teaser had hinted the carrier would be among the first to bring the new Samsung flagship smartphone.

The Korean report also claims that the Galaxy S5 can be unlocked using a swipe over the home button. The report informs that Apple used a sapphire coating for its home button on the iPhone 5s, while Samsung plans to use a ultra-violet (UV) coating over its fingerprint scanner.

It is yet to be seen whether Samsung’s long-rumoured Galaxy S5 will pack such features or would be on the same lines as previous Galaxy flagship smartphones.

We expect, based on previous reports, that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched alongside a new tablet series, believed to be dubbed Galaxy Tab 4, and the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear successor, named Galaxy Gear 2 at the 24 February 2014 event in Barcelona, at the sidelines of the MWC 2014.

Samsung Galaxy S5 tipped to sport 32-bit SoC, fingerprint scanner, plastic body

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Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy S5 might still be made of plastic, feature a 32-bit SoC, and come with fingerprint scanner, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts.

AppleInsider cites a research note from Ming-Chi Kuo, which claims that Samsung in an attempt to counter competition from Apple might bet on the fingerprint scanner feature for its alleged Galaxy S5 smartphone. Further Kuo expects that the South Korean manufacturer will use a fingerprint scanner built by Validity Sensors, a company now owned by touchpad maker Synaptics. However, the reporthas not shed much light on the alleged features of the fingerprint scanner on the rumoured Galaxy S5.

In addition, the analyst has also revealed that the alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 might still sport plastic casing instead of the new anticipated metallic chassis that’s been previously rumoured.

Kuo has also claimed that Samsung, following its tradition for high-end smartphones, will again launch the alleged Galaxy S5 equipped with two different processors. The ‘Prime’ variant of the Galaxy S5 will be powered by company’s own Exynos 5430 octa-core 32-bit processor, while the ‘Standard’ version will equip the Qualcomm’s MSM8974 AC quad-core 32-bit processor, as per Kuo. If true, this would mean Samsung would not be following up on its previous promise to put a 64-bit processor in its next Galaxy flagship.

Other specifications include a 3GB of RAM for ‘Prime’ variant, and the 2GB of RAM for ‘Standard’ variant; a 16-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2850mAh battery.

According to Kuo, the alleged ‘Prime’ version of the Galaxy S5 will sport a 5.2-inch WQHD (1440×2560 pixel) AMOLED display boasting of a 565ppi pixel density, while the alleged ‘Standard’ version is said to include a 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a pixel density of 423ppi.

Kuo also said that the South Korean giant is not prepared to introduce the iris scanner feature in its next alleged Galaxy flagship smartphone.

Coming to the Galaxy S5’s expected launch date, we point you to a recent report emphasising the conundrum Samsung’s facing regarding the Galaxy S5’s announcement place and date.

Samsung reportedly unsure about when and where to launch Galaxy S5

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has no doubt become one of the most eagerly-anticipated smartphones of the year, as leaks related to the device just keep coming in.

Now, a new leak emphasises Samsung’s conundrum regarding the Galaxy S5’s announcement place and date. The leak comes from Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin, who was the first to claim thatMicrosoft is paying Samsung, Sony and others to make a Windows Phone device.

Murtazin’s tweet reads, “Samsung isn’t sure about place/date of sgs5 announce after yesterday leak :))) they think about London again, info will be in a few days :).”

The tweet indicates that the South Korean manufacturer is confused over the alleged Galaxy S5’s launch venue and date. However, Murtazin suggests that Samsung might launch the alleged Galaxy S5 at an event in London, which an earlier report suggested.

Notably, Murtazin recently claimed that the South Korean company has plans to launch the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 at an event in Barcelona on February 23, ahead of MWC 2014. Murtazin had also claimed that the alleged Galaxy S5 would be available by the end of April and suggested that a new TouchWiz UI has been in tow.

The tweet did not reveal any details about the innards of the expected Galaxy S5 but suggested that the specifications are ‘known’, pointing out to the previous reports.

However, contradicting the February 23 launch, a Samsung executive had earlier reportedly confirmed that there would be no flagship smartphone unveiling at the MWC. Further, the unnamed executive also claimed that the alleged Galaxy S5 could be expected to be launched in March at a New York event.

Rumoured specifications of the Galaxy S5 include a 2K 5-inch or 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, boasting of a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels (QHD); a 2900mAh battery, and an eye-scanning sensor. Further, the alleged device is said to sport a 20-megapixel rear camera with 4K video record support, an Exynos 6 (believed to be the successor of the Exynos 5 octa-core chipsets) or Snapdragon 805 processors and Android 4.4 KitKat. The alleged  Samsung Galaxy S5 is also widely expected to come with a fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S5 leak tips 2K display, eye-scanner, 20-megapixel camera

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Samsung Galaxy S5 has slowly become one of the most-awaited smartphones of this year and every new rumour seems to add a new detail about the device. A new leak allegedly reveals the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S5 might still be sporting a plastic material, instead of the long-rumoured metallic body with a complete design overhaul.

Further, the leak also suggests some specifications of the alleged Galaxy S5, which include a 2K display boasting a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels (QHD); 2900mAh battery, and eye-scanning sensor. Notably, a device codenamed Samsung SM-G900S sporting a screen resolution of 1440×2560 pixels (2K) was leaked in December last year. The device was believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S5, and was said to feature a 5-inch or 5.2-inch display, making the pixel density an incredible 560ppi at that resolution.

In addition, a previous report had revealed that the alleged Galaxy S5 is likely to come with iris recognition or eye-scanning technology for unlocking the phone. Contradictory to this report, there are rumours that Galaxy S5 may come with fingerprint scanner and will skip eye-scanning technology. 

PhoneArena citing a source claims that the alleged device will sport a 20-megapixel rear camera with 4K video record support, contrary to earlier rumoured 16-megapixel camera on the device.

An earlier report had suggested that the South Korean manufacturer had placed an order of 181 million 16-megapixel camera modules for next year, which was thought to be equipped in company’s upcoming high-end smartphones, including the rumoured 2014 flagship, the Galaxy S5.

PhoneArena also indicates that the alleged Samsung 2014 flagship will come with a ‘wide range of health accessories’, however, does not detail about the expected features.

A recent leak points to the South Korean manufacturer unveiling two variants of the alleged Galaxy S5: a metal variant which will be priced at 800 euros (approximately Rs. 67,000), and a plastic variant at 650 euros (approximately Rs. 54,500).

Other rumoured specifications of the alleged Galaxy S5 include a Exynos 6 (believed to be the successor of the Exynos 5 chipsets) or Snapdragon 805 processors; Android 4.4 KitKat and Super AMOLED display.

An unnamed Samsung executive recently said that the alleged Galaxy S5 can be expected to be launched in March at a New York event.