Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date Rumors, Specs: 64-Bit Confirmed; Concept Revealed [VIDEO]
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Apple's new A7 chip makes the 5S the first iPhone to feature a 64-bit processor, meaning that there should also be an increase in the amount of apps written for a 64-bit performance, with gaming a focus as these apps take up a lot of processing power.
Samsung is reportedly working on making the S5 a legitimate competitor to the 5S (you should check out our comparison series on the 5S vs. S5, by the way) by ensuring that the Galaxy S5 will also feature 64-bit processor speed and power. While the Korea Times report did not specifically call the smartphone the S5, if this tech is on the way, its likely Samsung's mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun was talking about the Galaxy S5 and future devices.
The 64-bit processor appears to be the first confirmed feature of the Galaxy S5, which has been rumored for a release in the U.S. within the next six months.
A new Galaxy S5 concept has also been revealed, via MobiLeaks.
In the three photos, which you can check out here, the S5 is designed with a flexible display and carbon-like back that allows a user to fold it in half. The S5 concept also shows a huge edge-to-edge screen and a tiny stand. Another feature appears to be a small screen on the back when you fold it half, allowing the user to use the folded smartphone as a media player.
A report from Product-Reviews on the concept explained why many consumers are not fond of the design.
"It should be noted that some people reacted to the design with distaste, although this is due to not wanting to see "a line down the middle of the phone screen". This assumption would be wrong thanks to flexible technology that is already possible and would be needed for this Samsung Galaxy S5 concept. Others are more practical with their thoughts on the folding idea. While it would be great to offer a phablet sized phone that fits in small pockets, some people think a folding phone is "just asking to be broken" and they would rather have something more solid."
The concept goes against the recent rumors that Samsung will release the S5 in a metal chassis, possibly bringing consumers an entirely metal body that many have been calling for.
Galaxy S5 Metal Design Rumors
The next Samsung flagship smartphone, likely to be named the Galaxy S5 and released in early 2014, could feature a metal design, according to a report by ET News.
Rumors are already heating up about the Galaxy S5, which has already been rumored for a 16MP camera with OIS, as well.
According to the report by ET News, Samsung plans to use a metal chassis for the Galaxy S5, with production set to begin by the end of this year. This wouldn't be the first time a Samsung smartphone was rumored to feature a metal design, however, as previous rumors suggested the Galaxy S4 would (it didn't) and the Galaxy Note 3 also looks like it will end up releasing with a plastic back in place of metal.
With competitors Apple and HTC already shifted to metal designs, it would make sense for Samsung to release the S5 with a metal chassis. According to ET News, a sample has already been created in Europe and sent to Vietnam, where the chassis will be mass-produced. The report also mentions that Samsung is doing a lot of pre-production testing to make sure there won't be problems with radio interference. The article does not specifically call the smartphone an S5, but the early 2014 release date mentioned falls in line with Samsung's Galaxy S upgrade cycle.
It is unknown whether the smartphone will include a removable battery or a uni-body design, like the HTC One. While some smartphones with metal designs restrict users to a storage limit, it is possible that Samsung could deliver the S5 with the additional storage capacity consumers enjoy. The Galaxy Wave 3 features an airbrussed metal design that allows users to access a Micro SD card slot.
A 2014 release date means the S5 could launch at the first Samsung Mobile Unpacked event of 2014. There are also other rumored specs, including a flexible display, which Samsung showed at CES 2013.