Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors have been trickling in consistently, but recent reports have now dropped a bomb of specs, which are sure to excite pundits and fans alike. Recently, news surfaced suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be unveiled in March in London, but much more information has now surfaced.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Metal or Plastic?
Sources have reportedly divulged to SamMobile that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will in fact release in both metal and plastic variants, as has long been rumored. It appears that Samsung may be taking a cue from Apple, which not long ago released the metal iPhone 5S and the plastic iPhone 5C – both as high-end devices. Previous rumors have suggested that Samsung intends to introduce a “premium” look with the metal Galaxy S5, while the plastic Galaxy S5 will likely continue to introduce the latest software technology. It is believed the metal Galaxy S5 will sell for €800 ($1,092.24) and the plastic Galaxy S5 will sell for €650 ($887.44). If true, consumers should keep in mind that suggested foreign prices usually do not translate exactly into U.S. dollars; North American prices tend to be kept secret until well after a device is unveiled.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Exynos or Snapdragon?
Other proposed specs revealed include a "Samsung Exynos 6" and/or Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset for the Galaxy S5. Samsung Galaxy S devices are well known for featuring an Exynos processor to power 3G networks and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to power LTE networks. Several sources propose that the Exynos processor will power the metal Galaxy S5, while the Snapdragon processor will power the plastic Galaxy S5. This indicates that the metal Galaxy S5 will likely be more available in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, while the plastic Galaxy S5 will likely be more available in the Americas and Europe, similar to the availability of previous Galaxy devices. It also indicates that the plastic Galaxy S5 will likely make up the majority of models on the market, as Snapdragon-powered Galaxy models tend to make up the majority of the market.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset was unveiled in November and was recently showcased at the 2014 International CES. Dubbed the “Ultra HD” processor, the Snapdragon 805 could back up another rumored feature for the Samsung Galaxy S5: a QHD (2,560×1,440) Super AMOLED display. The QHD display has also been long been rumored for the Galaxy S5. Rumors indicate that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 devices will release as early as May, which could give comes idea of when the Galaxy S5 may release.
The Samsung Exynos 6 chipset is yet to be unveiled, but many believe it will feature a 64-bit processor with the ability to run all eight cores at once. The Galaxy S5 has also long been rumored to introduce 64-bit processing with a new Exynos chipset.
Other Proposed Specs
In addition to metal and plastic design variants and Samsung Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon processor variants, the Galaxy S5 is also proposed to feature a 16-megapixel camera and the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. The latter is highly likely, as Samsung is known for outfitting its flagships with the latest Android version. Samsung has also discussed its plans for 16-megapixel mobile camera modules.
There are many other previously rumored specs for the Galaxy S5, including a (QHD) display measuring 5.2-inches; 3GB or even possibly 4GB of mobile RAM; optical image stabilization for the Galaxy S5 camera; and 16GB and 32GB internal storage options. These features were notably not motioned in the recent report, but are still being considered as prospective specs.
Other Samsung Galaxy S5 Models
SamMobile’s source also indicates that Samsung has Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom models in the works for release after the original Galaxy S5. Currently details are minimal, but the Galaxy S5 Mini is expected to feature a 4.8-inch display and release in June, while the Galaxy S5 Zoom is expected to feature a 4.8-inch qHD display and release in May. Both devices will likely run Android 4.4 KitKat natively.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.