Samsung Galaxy Line Adds Larger, Sharper Display With S5 Flagship [VIDEO] Release Date, Specs Expectations

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Feb, 18, 2014, 02:39 PM

The 5.2-inch display rumors for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 have a bit more substance following a recent report by Bloomberg, which sources a "person with direct knowledge of the matter."

The Korean tech giant's 2014 flagship smartphone will be released about the same time as the company's next Galaxy Gear smartwatch, according to Bloomberg's source. The S5 will also pack an improved battery and camera, which have been rumored to be a 3,000 mAh and either a 16 or 20-megapixel shooter. The source wished to remain anonymous because "the specifications aren't public." Another source told the publication that the smartphone will likely be cheaper than previous Galaxy S models, as Samsung was reportedly persuaded by at least one wireless carrier to offer the flagship for less.

The smartphone is also reportedly "confirmed" for a fingerprint sensor that may be housed in its home button, similar to Apple's iPhone 5S, according to SamMobile's "insider" sources. The fingerprint sensor security feature would allow a user to unlock their S5 by swiping up vertically with a flat finger at a medium speed, according to the report. The sensor is also allegedly sensitive to moisture, meaning a user would need to have a dry finger to get it to work effectively.

A new screenshot with details about the Galaxy S5's display leaked Monday, allegedly confirming the smartphone's rumored display specifications.

The photo, which comes from the samsunggalaxys5abonnement website, shows the 'About' section of 'Quick System Info PRO,' which includes the following details—Resolution: 1440 x 2560; Density DPI: 650; Logical Density: 3.0; Front Scaling Factor: 3.0; Refreshment Rate: 60.0; X DPI: 542.51; Y DPI: 529.251; Pixel Format: RGBA 8888; Color Depth: 32 bit; Estimated Screen Size: 5.25 inches/133.35 mm. The screenshot does not, however, confirm or deny that the smartphone will release with two different screen resolution options. The photo was reportedly leaked via a source close to Samsung.

Another recent leak comes from German carrier O2, which alleges that the smartphone will launch in the end of February, which falls in line with recent rumors of a MWC 2014 launch and suggests a March-April release date. The website's page for the device reads "Ende Februar mehr erfahren", which translates to "The end of February to learn more." The accompanying image of the smartphone shows it immersed in water, suggesting that the Galaxy S5 may be waterproof, similarly to the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z1, NDTV reports. No rumors have suggested that the upcoming flagship from the South Korean tech giant will be waterproof, though an 'Active' variant has been rumored, which would offer the waterproof design feature.

Rumors point to a Galaxy S5 unveiling at the latest Unpacked event, which will take place on Feb. 24 in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. Samsung sent out invitations for the event Monday, which will be live-streamed at 2 p.m. ET for those who aren't planning a trip to Spain.

At Samsung's last Unpacked event in September at the IFA trade show in Berlin, the company unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

An alleged new photo of the Galaxy S5's box has also leaked, offering up a glimpse at the smartphone's key specs.

While there aren't too many surprises based on the rumors making their rounds, if the photo is legitimate (it could be photoshopped), it appears the flagship Samsung device will indeed feature a 5.25" QHD (2,560 x 1,600) display with 560ppi. As GSMArena notes, it is likely a PenTile Super AMOLED so there should be a visible improvement of the S4's 5-inch 440ppi display.

Other specs offered up on the box include a 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU and LTE Cat. 4, possibly suggesting a Snapdragon 800 8974AC packed with 2.6 GHz Krait 400, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3,000mAH battery. The specs list also shows that the smartphone includes a 20-megapixel camera, but with 1080p video capture (rather than the UHD featured in the Note 3). There is no mention of the smartphone's body, which is rumored to come in both a metal and plastic option.

Check it out the leak in the video below.

The Galaxy S5 has been spotted twice on the AnTuTu benchmark database, seemingly confirming previous rumors that the smartphone would feature a plastic option and the long-desired metal variant.

The smartphones were leaked with the codenames SM-G900H and SM-G900R4, which experts allege is the upcoming Samsung device. Offering two S5 models would give the tech giant two attractive new releases at different price segments, similarly to what competitor Apple attempted to do with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The SM-G900R4 GS5 model of the Galaxy S5 is allegedly equipped with a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC) processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, QHD display (1440x2560) and 32GB of storage. Other specs mentioned for the variant in the report include a a 16-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. SamMobile notes that there is no mention of TouchWizUI. The smartphone scored 31,843 on the AnTuTu benchmark.

The second Galaxy S5 variant, SM-G900H, features the same camera sensor and software as the other model, but differs a lot with the rest of its specs list, including a 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 5422 processor, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a full-HD display, and 16GB inbuilt storage. The second model reportedly earned a score of 35,445.

It should be noted that the smartphones' scores are likely from test S5 devices with early hardware and software, so consumers should not read into them too much.

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