The rumors surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S5 seem otherworldly, but considering that the South Korean company has been an innovator through the years, taking these with a pinch of salt isn’t necessary.
This year, all eyes will be on the Samsung Galaxy S5, as the company is said to implement an iris scanner and head tracking controls. In terms of security, the SGS5 would dominate Apple’s current and future iPhones, assuming that the Cupertino-based tech giant will continue using Touch ID (which, by the way, was hacked by a group of German hackers less than 48 hours after iPhone 5S’ official launch) as a way of unlocking the phone.
The reason why analysts are firmly convinced that Samsung will include head tracking and other gesture controls in its next flagship is an European patent application that was submitted recently. Features like this one would prove useful when people can’t use their hands to control the phone, and there are plenty of such scenarios.
Other impressive details about the Galaxy S5 are its technical specs. Samsung’s flagship is said to come with a 5.25″ QHD (2,560×1,440) Super AMOLED display (even though there were rumors that AMOLED would be abandoned in favor of LTPS LCD, due to production costs), an Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805 processor and a 16MP rear camera. With such a great display, this device enters phablet territory, but I doubt people will mind that. The amount of RAM is unknown, but as far as the OS is concerned, Galaxy S5 will run Android 4.4 KitKat. The device is supposed to feature a 2,900 mAh rapid-charging Li-Ion battery that also represents a step forward from S4’s 2,600 mAh. The rapid charge technology would enable the battery’s energy to be replenished in less than two hours. It was about time someone made some advancements in this field!
Not at last, rumor has it that Samsung will make the Galaxy S5 in metal and plastic. Since all the members of the Galaxy S series had a plastic body, I would say that this is a great step forward. The metal version should cost 800 Euros ($1080), while the plastic one will be priced at 650 Euros ($880), according to Sammobile.
Samsung won’t launch Galaxy S5 at MWC, in February, as some might hope. Instead, it is very likely that an announcement will be made in March, in London (for some reason or another, the company seems to love UK’s capital), with an official launch in April. Galaxy S5 mini and Zoom will be released at the same time.