Whether it’ll go official in February or March, before or after the Mobile World Congress, chaperoned or not by a Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is undoubtedly closing in on its formal announcement and subsequent commercial launch.
As such, we should be starting to tell the credible rumors from the phonies, the legit intel from fabricated so-called leaks. For instance, Sam Mobile claims to have got the full, final, official scoop on the next big thing’s specs and features. And we believe them, though for caution’s sake, let’s assume they could still be wrong on a tidbit or two.
First things first, the online publication’s confidential sources have it on good authority Samsung is indeed ready to roll out both a premium, full-metal and cheaper-looking, plastic-made S5 version. The former is to cost roughly $800 stateside (€800 in Europe), and the latter is allegedly priced at $650 (€650).
It’s unclear if the two models will be released at the same time and there’s no word on the “limited” number of markets where the aluminum S5 is due. What’s “confirmed” (surprisingly so) is that, instead of differentiating HSPA+ and LTE flavors from a processing speed standpoint, the Galaxy makers are planning to pack the $800 top-of-the-liner with “true” octa-core Exynos 6 heat and the plastic S5 with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC. Regardless of connectivity support.
Wait, what? But isn’t the S805 supposed to come out in May? That looked like Qualcomm’s plan, so either they’ll make an exception for Sammy, or this particular part of the report is off. Or maybe May is when the GS5 will start selling in the end.
Moving on, there’s increasing rumble of the 5 or 5.2-inch AMOLED display touting vibrant 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution (aka 2K or Quad HD), whereas the rear-facing camera is tipped as a 16 MP unit. Optical image stabilization (OIS)? That’s one of the few details still up in the air.
Also unclear is the RAM (3 and 4 GB are the best and only bets), and built-in storage space. Finally, on the software side of things, there’s really but one viable option for a 2014 flagship: Android 4.4 KitKat.
Oh, and by the by, a Galaxy S5 zoom with qHD 4.8-inch screen and S5 mini are expected one or two months after the standard version. Yeah, as if anyone cares about some mid-rangers at this point.
Source: Sam Mobile