Samsung Galaxy S4 is surely great, but now all eyes are firmly locked on the Samsung Galaxy S5. For months, its rumors have been flying around, easing consumers with prospective Galaxy S5 launch date and release date, features. So, we want to take a look at what we expect from one of the biggest smartphone release dates of the year.
Samsung's official invite with title "Unpakced 5" is a hint that Galaxy S5 may launch on 24 February at MWC. The company has been teasing more via its @samsungmobile twitter account for Unpacked 5 event. The new icons shown in the tweet are for speed, outdoor, curiosity, fun, social, style, privacy, fitness and life. We can expect some features covering these topics at the event. The icons are all ending with the number 5 further hinting at the fact it'll be for the fifth Galaxy S handset.
Updated: Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched at MWC 2014, with Samsung's fifth Unpacked conference.
Samsung tends to release its flagship Galaxy phones about a month after their unveil — so expect a Galaxy S5 release date around the end of March or beginning of April.
Updated: The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11 in 150 countries.
Unofficial sources claim that this time around we may even see a bigger panel than the 5 inches of the GS4. Some claim it's going to be a 5.3" display, others don't provide exact numbers, but overall, the chances for a bigger screen are good. What's even more interesting is that some seem to believe that the Galaxy S5's screen will have the mind-blowing resolution of 1440 x 2560!
Updated: The phone sports a 5.1-inch OLED display – ever so slightly larger than the S4′s 5-inch display; the screen's resolution remains unchanged at 1080p.
Rumor has it that Samsung is gearing up to equip the Galaxy S5 with a brand new version of the beloved Exynos - one that features a 64-bit architecture - just like the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC.
Updated: Samsung didn't really touch on the Galaxy S5′s processor during its MWC presentation, so it's likely that horsepower might vary by market: some phones might ship with Samsung's own Exynos chips, while others might ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips.
Samsung is said to equip the GS5 with the healthy amount of 4 gigabytes of RAM memory. In case the device really features a 64-bit Exynos processor, then that's certainly possible. However, there are some counter-rumors that the Galaxy S5 is going to have not 4, but 3 GB of RAM. By the looks of it, both theories may turn out correct. For example, if there are two versions of the phone, the one with the Exynos 64-bit chipset may have 4 GB RAM, while the Snapdragon 805-powered one may sport 3 gigs.
Updated: The amount of RAM hasn't been revealed.
Rumors claim that the Galaxy S5 will come with a 16MP camera that could feature hardware-based optical image stabilization.
Updated: As predicted, the camera gets a 16MP. Autofocus speed has been increased, and it's paired with an image processing chip, being capable of shooting 4K video.
An anonymous source told that the Galaxy S5 will have a slightly larger, 2900mAh battery inside. The interesting part is the cell should be the same size as the S4′s 2600mAh battery, as it may use a new technology which would see it store 20-percent more energy without physically increasing in size.
Updated: A 2800mAh battery is a little larger than Galaxy S4's 2600mAh. It's Ultra Power Saving Mode will double battery life when you're running low. It also promises 21 hours of talk time and over 16 days of standby time on a single charge.
Samsung is said to offer functionality similar to Apple's TouchID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, meaning it will primarily be used to unlock the phone.
Updated: Samsung integrates the scanner into the screen above the home button. You can add profiles for three fingerprints, and you get a backup password in case the identification fails.
The phone may have a metallic-effect back plate with stainless steel sides and front, and that the metal version might be called the Galaxy F. It claims that Samsung will release the metal Galaxy phone alongside a plastic Samsung Galaxy S5.
Updated: Sorry. No aluminum here this time around. The case is still polycarbonate – a fancy word for plastic. There's a perforated back. Color options include black, blue, white and gold.
Galaxy S5 will be an Android smartphone, it will run the latest version of the mobile operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat.
Posted by evleaks, prior leaks depicted a magazine-style UI, but at this point, we can't be sure if that really has anything to do with the real deal.
On the new Samsung phone, the heart rate monitor will track your pulse and provide that info in S Health 3.0, Samsung's fitness monitoring app, which already tracks steps taken and calories burnt.
The Galaxy S5 will almost certainly be priced equivalently to the Galaxy S4 — though if manufacturing costs go up due to the higher-res screen and aluminum chassis, there could be a small price increase.
Updated: In the US, it'll come to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless; MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. You'll also be able to pick it up at retail stores like Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart. No word on pricing. All of us need to wait on pricing details, which carriers and retailers will release on their own.
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