tech2 News StaffJan 22, 2014 12:52:47 IST
This year’s CES was thin on announcements for new smartphones. But all that will change over the next few months, starting with the Mobile World Congress. The world’s leading smartphone maker Samsung has not exactly been tight-lipped about its plans and a report now suggests the company will unveil its next flagship Galaxy S5 in April. We also got some more information about the S5’s possible specs and features. Here’s what we know so far.
Samsung is rumoured to be opting for metal over polycarbonate for the exterior of the S5. An earlier leak showed the metal frame of the phone, which led many to believe that Samsung is shedding its plastic roots. Of course just a metal frame does not tell us much about the materials for the exterior, but plastic build for high-end phones has been the biggest criticism against Samsung for many years. So it would make sense that Samsung is finally trying to change things around.
We also caught a glimpse of what the next Samsung flagship could look like thanks to a patent application. From the application, we can tell Samsung is retaining the rounded corners, but could be ditching hardware buttons for a more streamlined look. However, as we have seen in the past Samsung has shied away from changing too much of the look and feel of their phone, so we could be in for another itinerant update.
Another report says Samsung will use a more durable material than metal for the exterior design of the S5. Reportedly, the company is researching a diamond-based surface treatment technology for the rumoured metal cases.
By now there’s little doubt that the S5 will have a Super AMOLED panel, which is Samsung’s forte. Leaks and reports suggest the resolution will be an eye-popping 2560×1440, resulting in a pixel density of 560ppi. A leaked GFX benchmark listing for a device codenamed SM-G900S reveals the same resolution, with many speculating that this is indeed the S5. With many other companies also looking at bringing such crazy high-res displays for their phones, Samsung would likely jump on to the bandwagon.
Exynos 6 or Snapdragon 800?
In September, Samsung had promised to come up with a new 64-bit chip to compete with Apple. Speculation is rife that the next device in its popular high-end “S” series would feature this chipset. However, the leaked benchmark that pointed to the 2K display also lists a Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.4GHz along with the Adreno 330 GPU. Now, this is a tad disappointing as many tech enthusiasts expected the S5 to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, or a 64-bit version of Samsung's own Exynos 6 chip. We could be in for a surprise like last time around and have two configurations of the S5 – one powered by a Qualcomm processor and another by Exynos 6 chip. In terms of memory, the S5 is expected to have 3GB of RAM, going by the Galaxy Note 3.
The Galaxy S5 is also expected to get a 16-megapixel camera module with optical image stabilisation. Both Sony and Samsung LSI are bidding to be the main supplier of the new CMOS image sensors for the company's next high-end smartphone. It should be noted that the 13-megapixel camera currently seen in the Galaxy S4 is supplied by Sony. Reportedly, the company may end up keeping its existing suppliers for the camera module, lens and auto-focusing (AF) actuator, but Sony and Samsung’s System LSI division will be fighting to be the main CMOS image sensor supplier.
Eye-scanner or fingerprint scanner
If Apple has a fingerprint scanner on the home button, can Samsung be far behind? In fact, the Korean company is trying to one-up Apple by including an “Eye-Scanning” unlock capability. Rumours say the S5's front camera will scan your eyes to verify your identity before letting you use the phone and reportedly this will work faster than the current face unlock technique found on Android. The latest news circulating the web claims that after several unsuccessful after several unsuccessful attempts Samsung has ditched the eye scanner for a finger-print scanner. Samsung has reportedly given up on the “unintuitive user experience of iris recognition but has been testing different types of biometric scanners.
Redesigned TouchWiz UI
Samsung is believed to redesign its TouchWiz UI for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and it looks like the company has taken a whole lot of inspiration from Google Now. T he leaked shot gives a closer look at the lock screen and home screen widget that will display contextual cards for the user, depending on your notifications and other settings. Another leak shows horizontal widgets that throw up contextual information like map routes, time and temperature and redesigned icons for messages and phone were seen.
We are sure more details about the Galaxy S5 will emerge between now and April. Being one of the most highly anticipated phones of the year, there's always
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