Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One 2 Launch WAR Coming? (Report) [Release Date Rumors, Specs Update]

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Feb, 03, 2014, 04:26 PM

The launch of the HTC One 2, aka the HTC M8, may be getting in the way of Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch plans, according to a new report.

The next-gen HTC smartphone is being scheduled for a March launch in New York City, which would conflict with a launch within the same timeframe for the Galaxy S5, according to leaker evleaks.

Starting to look like a late March, NYC launch for HTC M8.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 2, 2014

The move would be the latest by HTC to attack their South Korean competitor after beating Samsung to the punch last year with the launch of the HTC One. The bad blood doesn't stop there, though, as the smartphone-maker even crashed in on Samsung's Galaxy S4 NYC launch last year with coffee and HTC One handsets to try and lure away Samsung fans, Gotta Be Mobile reports.

While evleaks does not indicate a specific date or venue for the HTC One 2/HTC M8, it does appear that Samsung will have to deal with another HTC device trying to steal its thunder in 2014.

Could the Galaxy S5 pack a 21-megapixel camera?

A new photo has been unveiled with data that claims it was taken by a Samsung device with the model number SM-G900-V, which is rumored to be the Galaxy S5 model specifically made available to Verizon. The photo would be the first hard evidence that a device with the SM-G900-V model number exists, T3 reports. The image was published to Flipboard by user @123fliptest—who commenters are speculating is actually Samsung. The post also suggests futher Flipboard integration into the upcoming flagship, which contradicts previous reports that the Galaxy S5 would feature the new Magazine UI. The photo's data suggests a resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels, making it a possibility that the alleged S5 features a 21-megapixel camera (granted it packs the 4:3 sensor used in Samsung's existing smartphones).

Trusted leaker @evleaks has also let loose three new bits of revealing information about the upcoming Galaxy S5: the smartphone will indeed be called the "Galaxy S5," will feature a 2K display and an iPhone 5S-competing fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S5 branding was revealed in Twitter snapshots posted by the leaker. Though Samsung has not confirmed any Galaxy S5 details yet, CNET notes that evleaks has obtained and leaked images before that were eventually verified, making these leaks a bit more trustworthy than others. The first image shows a display with the words "Galaxy S5," and the other two photo leaks make note of two APKs named "FingerprintService" and 3DTourViewer_WQHD."

The Galaxy S5's 2K display is rumored to be a 5.2-inch that comes in 'Standard' and 'Prime' options.

Evleaks previously leaked an alleged snapshot of the Galaxy S5's home screen, which seems to resemble Google Now.

The recently-unveiled photos show that the S5's lock screen and home screen widgets may be used to send notifications and contextual information to a users' smartphone. The UI element could also make it easier to access the information with a simple swipe up, rather than requiring the user to hold down the menu button for a few seconds.

The notifcations look to offer a wide variety of topics, which, if it is similar to Google Now, are pulled from a user's web history, Gmail account, and location data. It is unknown whether Samsung has devised its own method, The Verge reports.

It should also be noted that the leaks are described as in testing rather than a finished interface.

Check it out below.

"More from that Samsung home screen."—@evleaks

"More from that Samsung home screen."—@evleaks (Photo: Twitter/evleaks)

According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the GS5 will, once again, release with a plastic body, along with features including a 32-bit SoC and a fingerprint scanner. In a recent research note, Kuo noted that Samsung is likely packing the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5 to better compete with Apple, which recently introduced the spec into its flagship iPhone 5S. He adds that the sensor will be built by Validity Sensors, which is owned by touchpad maker Synaptics.

Kuo's report also makes two unfortunate claims for fans of the Galaxy line, suggesting that the Korean tech giant will not stick to its promise to pack a 64-bit processor into the next Galaxy flagship or integrate the much-rumored metal body Samsung consumers have been craving. The phone will allegedly come with two different processor options, as well. The first model, 'Prime,' will allegedly feature a Exynos 5430 octa-core 32-bit processor, and the other variant, 'Standard,' will pack Qualcomm's MSM8974 AC quad-core 32-bit processor.

As for the smartphone's display screens, the 'Prime' model will include a 5.2-inch WQHD (1440x2560 pixel) AMOLED display with 565ppi pixel density, while the 'Standard' version will feature a 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and a pixel density of 423ppi. The rest of the specs list reported by Kuo features a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2850mAh battery and 3GB RAM for the 'Prime' model and 2GB RAM for the 'Standard' version.

Kuo added that Samsung is not ready to introduce an iris scanner in the Galaxy S5.

Samsung is experiencing issues picking a date and location to launch its highly-anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to a recent tweet Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin.

"Samsung isn't sure about place/date of sgs5 announce after yesterday leak :))) they think about London again, info will be in a few days :)," Murtazin said via Twitter.

The tweet suggests that Samsung has apparently zeroed in on London as a likely location for the event, as well as the fact that the S5's specifications are basically 'known' at this point following a recent leak. Murtazin previously tweeted that Samsung was looking at an April release date for the GS5.

GSM Arena notes that Murtazin correctly predicted the Galaxy S4 launch date last year.

The update contradicts a recent report that claimed the Galaxy S5 would launch shortly before Mobile World Congress on February 23 at a special event in Barcelona.

However, another previous report claimed a Samsung executive confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will not be get a launch date at Mobile World Congress, providing further indication that nothing has actually been set as far as the upcoming smartphone's unveiling.

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