Needless to say, Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular handsets available. Thanks to the huge number of eye-catching features, it made a global hit with a surprisingly great sales record (estimated 20 million Galaxy S4s within two months after its release). As ambitious as it is, Samsung is always committed in making innovative high-end devices for its fans. In January, 2014, when we open the web browser to surf the net, all we see is the rumored Galaxy S5. Actually, the rumor mill has been turning for some time with the story that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is on the way sooner than previously expected, probably in the first quarter of 2014.
Though the rumored Galaxy S5 is not yet official, all of this talk from Samsung execs is a good sign that the S5 is well on track for release. According to the latest report, the upcoming Galaxy S5 will boast many awesome features, which is actually an update of its predecessor Galaxy S4. Starting for the basic hardware, the Galaxy S5 is rumored to come with a flat design (what a let-down for the users who want a curved or flexible Galaxy S5). Besides, the S5 will sport an unbelievable sharper display – possibly bringing the S5 with a 2K display – that’s a dizzying 560ppi for screens as small as five inches. It was said that Samsung would give up the MOLED technology in favor of an LCD display panel in the S5, due to production difficulties with the 2K resolution AMOLEDs as well as reducing the cost of producing the handset. Furthermore, the S5 will rock up with a pretty snappy 13MP camera. Although it is not as impressive as the 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z1 or 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020, the quality it provides is also satisfying.
As to the operating system, there will not be great changes compared to the previous Galaxy S4. In October, 2013, Google has released its latest version of mobile platform – Android 4.4 KitKat, hence, many people speculated that it might be the s ersion of choice for the upcoming Galaxy S5 come March. Additionally, if the rumor proves to be right, Galaxy fans who hoped the S5 would come with a fingerprint scanner like the iPhone 5S would be disappointed. As Samsung officials apparently told the Korean Times that the company is “not yet developing the technology” for its handsets. Boo. However, there were other rumors saying that, the Galaxy S5 would use the retinal scanning to unlock the cell phone. Furthermore, the eye scanning tech has been given more backing after a Samsung exec spoke to Bloomberg and said “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility.”
Last but not least, some unnamed source claimed that the Galaxy S5 would be more expensive than its predecessor the S4. In the meanwhile, some reports said that there would be a metal bodied design bestowed upon the S5, making the price of the next-gen handset bumps up by the new premium building materials.