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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs leaked ahead of March launch

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs leaked ahead of March launch

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Supposedly 'confirmed' Samsung Galaxy S5 specs have been leaked, revealing Samsung's next flagship phone will sport a monstrous 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display and 8-core processor.

The new handset will also apparently come in two designs, with both a plastic and a metal finish, just like the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (what was that about multiple lawsuits for copying Apple?).

The phone is expected to launch in March, with availability in April, just as with the last couple of Galaxy S devices.

The specs were revealed by Samsung blog, SamMobile, which claims an insider passed on the information.

...but this one goes to 11
The main focus of the phone will be its 5.25in screen which will pack in a frankly ridiculous 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display. With 5in 1080p displays having already passed beyond the point where individual pixels are visible to the naked eye, if true this would be a rather silly move for the company as more pixels generally means more power required to drive them. So instead of getting better battery life you'll get more phone you can't see.

Doing the number crunching under the hood will be either an Exynos 6 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, depending on LTE compatibility. Both will no-doubt be lightning fast, with the latter a refinement of the already fast Snapdragon 800. However the Exynos 6 is actually an 8-core processor that is expected to be over 1.4x faster than Snapdragon 800.

Another feature getting a number-bump is the rear camera, which will move from 13MP to 16MP, though there's no word on whether optical image stabilisation (OIS) will be employed.

The two designs of phone are given suggested retail prices of 800 Euros for the metal version and 650 Euros for the plastic model. It is believed the phone will essentially just use a metal back plate in place of the plastic one, with real metal used on the edges too. If this is true it would suggest a microSD and removable battery would be present too. On the software front, the S5 will run on Android 4.4 KitKat.

If much of this proves to be true the Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to have quite a significant technical advantage over its rivals. However, the Achilles heel for the range has always been its usability so it will be interesting to see which way things go in a few months time.

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Parge 14th January 2014, 13:23 Quote
I wonder if that display will be available for Oculus to use in their Rift too?

Is it AMOLED?
fakeN 14th January 2014, 13:34 Quote
I was waiting for the new gen of phones to come out, but after seeing the specs of this I would rather pay £300 and get a second hand high end phone (Z1 or G2) right now. I cannot see the point of this spec bump unless your playing games on a phone, which is a waste of time imo.
samkiller42 14th January 2014, 13:40 Quote
I'm waiting to see what HTC and Sony unveil at MWC before choosing my next handset, and with my contract due for renewal around April, perfect timing.

Sam
Harlequin 14th January 2014, 14:04 Quote
whilst I like my S3 , really tempted by either HTC or Nokia this time
SlowMotionSuicide 14th January 2014, 14:19 Quote
Seriously, this is bordering ridiculous, especially the display.

Guess the specs are so much easier to bump up than come up with some new innovative feature that would actually have some real-life usability.

Also, I think got enough TouchWiz for the rest of my lifetime with my now retired Galaxy S2, thankyouverymuch.
Maki role 14th January 2014, 14:27 Quote
Eh, this spec war is just a little pointless now. It'll be interesting when one company decides to go ahead and revolutionise the form factor again (such as with Apple and the iPhone and Motorola with the Razr). Just bumping resolutions, adding more power and putting in more megapixels is pointless. We've already reached the point where greater resolution is meaningless, where more power is held back by battery life and camera's are held back by tiny sensors and crap lenses.

I'd rather have an 8MP phone that takes amazingly clear photos (so a big lens and sensor would be great here) and a 1080p screen that results in really long battery life because the processor isn't so juiced.

Before people point out that these features are available on lower end handsets, well no not really. What's around there are the inferior components, just there because they're cheaper to produce. Why can't I have a really good but lower resolution camera (in a similar vein to what happens in the SLR market where sometimes top sensors are actually lower resolutions than cheaper ones)? I understand that in a small sensor, just adding more pixels can sometimes help to alleviate noise etc. and provide a sort of "zoom" feature, but it would be nice for one of the big players to go the other way round for a change. Surely they could market it as something new and dispel some of the megapixel bullshit that people still swear by?
itrush07 14th January 2014, 15:26 Quote
Oh.. still enjoying my S3 and now there's this s5 coming? Very tempting specs though..
rollo 14th January 2014, 15:31 Quote
Go go spec wars enough I think the limits are already been reached.

Can't really see where a phone can go really, there's stuff you see in science fiction like phones in your hands and stuff but I dou't we are close to that in reality.

What more features do people really need. Facebook talk text not a lot more uses for 99% of people.
Ficky Pucker 14th January 2014, 20:30 Quote
yes !!!

it really makes a difference when my crappy pictures are shot at 16MP rather than 13MP, brilliant news !

but i'm bit disappointed about the screen res, i was hoping for 4K :(

and why haven't they put in a 16-core cpu in there ? is a 8-core really enough to make a call or send a text ?


greypilgers 14th January 2014, 21:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ficky Pucker
yes !!!

it really makes a difference when my crappy pictures are shot at 16MP rather than 13MP, brilliant news !

but i'm bit disappointed about the screen res, i was hoping for 4K :(

and why haven't they put in a 16-core cpu in there ? is a 8-core really enough to make a call or send a text ?


I wanna know when we can get custom watercooling blocks for them too!
sixfootsideburns 14th January 2014, 21:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ficky Pucker
and why haven't they put in a 16-core cpu in there ? is a 8-core really enough to make a call or send a text ?

A more feminine man than me once said... "Don't stop 'till you get enough"
edzieba 14th January 2014, 22:58 Quote
If it follows the previous Galaxy phones with an OLED display, it'll be a Pentile subpixel arrangement, meaning it's true resolution will be closer to half the stated resolution. (i.e. 1.8Mpixel rather than 3.7Mpixel), putting it just under a 1920*1080 (2.1Mpixel) display using a normal RGB stripe subpixel arrangement. Pentile consider two subpixels in the RGBG arrangement to be a single 'pixel' (i.e. 'RG' or 'BG'), meaning that a Pentile 'pixel' cannot produce the full range of colours that an RGB pixel can.

Regardless, it'll be running Touchwiz, so No Sale (unless a Google Play Edition emerges, and the Google Play Edition program extends to the UK).
Spuzzell 14th January 2014, 23:31 Quote
150 Euros extra for a metal back and sides?
freshsandwiches 15th January 2014, 01:55 Quote
Wanktastic. I love what phones can do these days but as the article points out, it's just getting silly now. More advances in extending the poor battery life of these devices would be better.
Meanmotion 15th January 2014, 09:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by edzieba
If it follows the previous Galaxy phones with an OLED display, it'll be a Pentile subpixel arrangement, meaning it's true resolution will be closer to half the stated resolution. (i.e. 1.8Mpixel rather than 3.7Mpixel), putting it just under a 1920*1080 (2.1Mpixel) display using a normal RGB stripe subpixel arrangement. Pentile consider two subpixels in the RGBG arrangement to be a single 'pixel' (i.e. 'RG' or 'BG'), meaning that a Pentile 'pixel' cannot produce the full range of colours that an RGB pixel can.

Regardless, it'll be running Touchwiz, so No Sale (unless a Google Play Edition emerges, and the Google Play Edition program extends to the UK).

It almost certainly will use some sort of pentile arrangement but the point still stands that if the pixels/subpixels on an S4 are so small as to be invisible to the naked eye then so too shall those of the S5, but even more so.

If we agree that the Retina display of iPhones is beyond visible to the naked eye then these stats tell it all.
1920 x 1080 at 4.7", 3 subpixels per pixel - 811 subpixels per inch (HTC One)
1920 x 1080 at 5", 2 subpixels per pixel - 623 subpixels per inch (Samsung Galaxy S4)
1280 x 768 at 4.2", 3 subpixels per pixel - 615 subpixels per inch (Blackberry Z10)
1136 x 640 at 4", 3 subpixels per pixel - 565 subpixels per inch (iPhone 5)

Totally with you on TouchWiz though.
sandys 15th January 2014, 10:12 Quote
They've gotta keep ramping up, more power is what it needed to push into new markets, I'll be quite happy when my phone replaces my netbook ala atrix/padfone but with an actually usable device that's not too compromised.

As for screen res, I don't care, if its higher and doesn't impact performance/life then I am all for it, I certainly wouldn't whine about it, hopefully the S5 can also handle output of 4k to big screen for playback of all the stuff I'd capture on it at native.
Fused 15th January 2014, 11:44 Quote
I will probably be grabbing this phone in October assuming the battery life is better than my S3 LTE which the specs are suggesting it won't be :/
rollo 15th January 2014, 12:20 Quote
With Samsungs current domination of andriod they can do what they wish at the high end and the users who dont like touch wiz can go take a walk.

Remember the users using a custom SG5/4/3 without touch wiz will be tiny compared to those that are buying the phone to just use in its stock config.

A better screen can be used as a sales point to the masses as they are competing vs Apple for the high end market. With the whole PPI nonesence that they spread in the marketing.

Better megapixel camera is considered better by the masses despite Megapixels having little to do with actual image quality above a certain point.

4k on a phone is surely next.
sandys 15th January 2014, 12:30 Quote
Samsung has typically matched the increase in Pixels in camera with a step up in image quality, higher pixel cameras can help with crop zooming and having details, it's not like they have solved optical zoom on a phone in the pocket, so again keep upping it and keep the quality, no problem here.

Samsungs software is horrendous though and a bit restrictive, dare I say it apple like in many ways, its a shame as the hardware is spolied by it, bit like the LG G2 I bought for the missus, great hardware, but the software is far to fussy and phone feels cluttered when compared to the light work done by Sony on my Z, it's so much more slick than the Sony though due to the power.
bawjaws 15th January 2014, 13:40 Quote
Not sure that TouchWiz is quite as bad as some are making out. Of course, the beauty of Android is that you can just put a custom ROM on your phone anyway, so from that point of view it doesn't matter if TouchWiz is brilliant or not - most casual users will be quite happy with Samsung's software, and the more discerning are likely to be flashing a custom ROM anyway.
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