Samsung Galaxy S5 launched: it's still plastic, and other rumours that didn't come true

Now that the Galaxy S5 has officially been revealed to the world at large, we at a look at some rumours that did not come true for the S5.


The Samsung Galaxy S launch each year is always an exciting one given that the number of rumours and leaks that keep taking place around the device. Of course this year was no different and all across the board rumours were flying about what would be new in the Samsung device. Now that the Galaxy S5 has officially been revealed to the world at large, we at a look at some rumours that did not come true for the S5.

 

Processor: It was expected that Samsung would launch two configurations of the device, one with the Snapdragon processor and another with Samsung's own 64-bit Exynos 6 processor. The Exynos 6 is an octa-core processor which would have a four low-power cores available when the phone's not doing much, and four high-power cores for more intensive tasks. Also most tech websites and critics were sure that the S5 would come with 3GB of RAM like the Galaxy Note 3. Sadly Samsung has gone for 2GB RAM and there is no version of the smartphone with the 64-bit processor.

 

Screen: It was reported that the Samsung would have a QHD screen with 2560x1440 pixels screen resolution after tech leaks expert @Evleaks had tweeted about this. The pixel density was expected to be a massive 560 pixels per inch. Samsung, however, stuck to the Full HD screen resolution, which is disappointing, given that the a major screen upgrade would have really boosted how users view the Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

Design: Samsung was 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.  However Samsung has stuck to the plastic polycarbonate and instead chosen to launch two versions of the phone, one with metal and one with plastic.  The plastic build for high-end phones has been the biggest criticism against Samsung for many years.

 

TouchWiz and User interface: As far as software was concerned this was supposed to be the biggest change. Previously we had reported that leaks showed a completely redesigned TouchWiz user interface. According to the leaked pictures lock screen and home screen widget displayed contextual cards for the user, depending on notifications and other settings. Another leak showed horizontal widgets that throw up contextual information like map routes, time and temperature and redesigned icons for messages and phone were seen.

 

Sadly Samsung displayed none of this at the official launch of the event. The smartphone's only massive change in UI was the redesigned settings menu, which is quite underwhelming, given that every year Samsung has introduced major UI changes.


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