Samsung Galaxy S5 specs leaked ahead of March launch

Written by Edward Chester

January 14, 2014 | 12:54

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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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