Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, news, rumours, specs and price

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is upon us, with latest Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours suggesting the phone will feature a waterproof coating as standard and an ‘Aqua’ camera mode.

Editor’s Note: Samsung has now officially launched the Galaxy S5. Read all the S5 launch news here.


Expected to be unveiled later today, February 24, the Samsung Galaxy S5 release dae was teased earlier this month as the Korean manufacturer revealed the eagerly awaited phone would be part of its MWC 2014 press conference. The announcement has prompted Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours to be kicked into overdrive. Branding its press conference ‘Unpacked 5’, the smartphone maker has done little to hide the high-profile announcment.

Although past reports had suggested the phone would host a premium metal finish, it has now been reported that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will benefit from a waterproof and dustproof plastic body. Further adding to claims of the S5’s potential waterproof credentials, the phone’s camera has been leaked with impressive offerings such as a 16-megapixel sensor and 4K video recording to be added to by an underwater ‘Aqua’ mode.

All but confirming these reports, Samsung has now released a Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser video (below),claiming the upcoming handset will be able to handset the wet and trips to the beach.

Ensuring you are kept of all the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 release date

news and handset rumours, we will continue to update this post all the

way until the iPhone 6 rival enters the realms of reality.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 News

As the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date edges ever nearer, a number of

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours have continued to point to the eagerly awaited

handset packing a QHD display.

According to a claimed

Samsung Galaxy S5 box which has leaked, the handset will host a

5.25-inch QHD display with a stunning 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. On

top of this, the rumours have pointed to the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

sheet benefitting from a a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU,

20-megapixel primary camera and 3GB of RAM.

One Samsung Galaxy S5 rumour that has repeatedly resurfaced is the

potential introduction of an integrated fingerprint scanner. While it

had previously been suggested that the phone would feature a biometric

sensor within its display, it has now been claimed that, like the iPhone 5S, its fingerprint scanner will be situated within the phone’s physical home button.

“The

sensor itself works in a swipe manner, which means that you would need

to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the

home key to register your fingerprint properly,” claimed insider sources

have reported.

Seemingly set to be a lower grade offering than

Apple’s TouchID sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner will

also reportedly “need you to keep your finger flat against the home key

and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognise your

fingerprint.”

While the phone’s fingerprint scanner could be

something of a dud, one Samsung Galaxy S5 feature that looks set to

impress is the phone’s camera. With a 16-megapixel sensor widely

expected to be included, Samsung has unveiled a range of new mobile LED

flash systems, one of which is S5-bound.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Invite

Elsewhere, Samsung

has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch event will be live streamed,

confirmation which has inadvertantly hinted at a major TouchWiz UI update. Images on the S5 confirmation have suggested a range of new TouchWiz icons are incoming.

Away from the phones’s arrival, a senior company exec recently stated that the Samsung Galaxy S4

successor will have a focus on the screen and “feel” of the smartphone,

while a selection of leaked photos suggest the S5 could even feature a brand new UI.

Although one of the most frequently repeated Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours is the

phone’s move to an all new, premium metal body, the company has informed

us that this might not be the case after all. In a recent interview,

Kyle Brown, Head of Technical Product Management within Samsung’s IM

division which covers smartphones, tablets and wearables, told us: “I

don’t believe Samsung will go down the route of making a metal device just because other manufacturers are.”

What’s more, while a number of recent Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours have claimed the phone will become the first handset to run the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, the chipset manufacturer has hinted that this might not be the case.

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date tipped for Q1, speaking with TrustedReviews, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Marketing has revealed he does not expect the first Snapdragon 805 device to land until “mid-2014”.

Samsung Galaxy S5

It’s not all about the naysayers, however. Giving an insight into the phone’s upcoming abilities, in late 2013, claimed Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmarks appeared suggesting that, despite making a jump to a rival 64 bit processor, the S5 will be slower than the iPhone 5S.

While

reports have suggested that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 clocked a

score of 3303.88 in a Rightware Browsermark test, the recording is

slower than both the iPhone 5S’s score of 3669.91 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which clocked 3353.07.

While the leaked

Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmarks have suggested the phone will be less

powerful than the iPhone 5S, further reports suggested that in a bid to

save money on production costs, Samsung will drop the flagship phone

from its usual AMOLED panel to a cheaper LCD offering.

However, fresh reports have suggested that the Galaxy S5 will abandon AMOLED technology in fabour of an LTPS LCD display, due to production difficulties with the 2K resolution AMOLEDs.

This

is supported by the fact Samsung recently purchased a 3 per cent stake

in Sharp, meaning it isn’t out of the question for Sharp to manufacture

screens for the next Samsung flagship.

There are also rumours that the Galaxy S5 could launch with a premium Samsung Galaxy F handset, offering specs at the very top of those currently available.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Features

Elsewhere, Samsung recently teased a range of potential Samsung Galaxy S5

features. Speaking at its annual Analyst Day in Seoul, South Korean, the

manufacturer has suggested that its 2014 phones (i.e. the Samsung

Galaxy S5) will boast impressive 2560 x 1440 pixel displays as well as

16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensors and as much as 4GB of RAM.

While Samsung’s CEO of

Mobile Shin Jong-Kyun recently stated that “yes, our

next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” reports of

production issues had hinted this feature might not drop until later in

2014 aboard the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Now, however, the Samsung Galaxy

S5 looks set to be on the receiving end, of the PC-esque processor.

“According

to the latest bits of information coming from Samsung’s homeland, the

company is pretty much done with developing its in-house 64-bit CPU,”

tech blog GforGames has reported. They added: “From our understanding,

Samsung went past the more difficult parts of creating the CPU, and the

chip is almost ready for its release.”

Further reports have

suggested the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date will see the handset line

up with 3GB of RAM in tow. A feature that has also been mooted for the

imminent Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the S5’s expansive RAM has been hinted at after the company’s latest development announcement.

Speaking

in recent weeks, Samsung confirmed that it had started mass production

of the first 3GB low power DDR3 RAM chips for mobile devices. With the

Samsung Galaxy S5 set to be the manufacturer’s new flagship phone, it

makes sense that it will run the company’s latest developments and most

advanced components.

A chip that could spell more than increased

speeds and improved multitasking capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy S5 RAM

improvement could result in a slimmer phone with a bettery battery

life. An official spokesperson for the company stated: “Samsung’s new

ultra-slim memory solutions will enable thinner smartphone designs and

allow for additional battery space, while offering a data transfer speed

of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps) per pin.”

Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date

Despite Samsung

Mobile Executive Vice President, Lee Young Hee having recently been quoted as stating the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date will lie in March or April, launching

alongside the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, it now looks all but certain that the phone will be unveiled this month.

“We’ve been announcing

our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March

and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time. When

we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with

more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved,” Lee said at the time.

Now, however, an officially issued Samsung press conference invite has teased the Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled for Monday, February 24 as part of the wider MWC 2014 conference.
 
In truth, the S5’s Q1 unveiling is hardly surprising with Samsung, like its bitter rival Apple, having become something of a creature of habit when annual product launches are concerned.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 hit UK retailers on April 26 after a dedicated New York launch event on March 14. The Samsung Galaxy S3 went into stores on May 29 2012 and all the way back in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy S2 launched on May 1.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be unveiled on February 24, we do not believed the phone will hit retailers until March.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumours

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours have been doing the rounds for quite some time now.

The most prominent Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours to date, however, all

focus on one area of the currently unconfirmed phone – its design.

With

the Samsung Galaxy S4 having been widely criticised for its plastic

form factor which failed to match up to the brushed metal highlights of

the iPhone 5 or HTC One, Samsung is widely expected to adopt an all new finish for the S5, with new aluminium body repeatedly tipped.

The Galaxy S5 will most likely forego the flexible, curved form factor introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, due to low yield rates and increased costs.

“The

current capacity for flexible panels is not high enough for the Galaxy

S5, which will be rolled out early next year,” suggested Kim Jong-hyen,

an analyst at Seoul-based Eugene Investment & Securities.

According

to unnamed “sources close to the South Korean phone maker,” recent

reports have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be used to launch

a new ‘Design 3.0’ standard within the company.

The sources

stated: “While we don’t have the slightest idea what Design 3.0 really

means in terms of looks, we can now confirm that Samsung will start to

use aluminium for its high-end smartphones, and the Samsung Galaxy S5

will be the first one to receive this treatment.”

Further hinting at a change in design and materials, Samsung recently acquired carbon fibre specialist

the SGL Group, announcing in an official statement that it would be

using the high-end lightweight materials in future phones and tablets.

“Lightweight

materials have become an important factor not only in industrial

applications but also the consumer end markets such as digital media,”

Yoosung Chung, President & CEO of Samsung Petrochemical said. He

added: “This partnership will position Samsung as a leading player in

the development and application of carbon fibre-based products.”

“The

cooperation is expected to provide a stable long-term supply of carbon

fibre materials for Samsung and promote its use in various Samsung

products and applications such as consumer electronics, medical devices

and engineering applications,”

Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs

With

the Samsung Galaxy S4 having taken smartphone specs to the next level,

it is widely expected that the South Korean manufacturer will continue

with a similar trend with the next-generation S5. Although few areas of

the phone’s features list have yet been rumoured, certain elements have

already been teased.

In January, it was rumoured that the Galaxy S5 could feature a brand new UI, a 2014 edition of the Samsung TouchWiz UX that sports a whole new redesign.

Earlier this month a Samsung design patent leaked (above) showing off a new angled-edged phone which has been mooted to the be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 UI leak

As

you can see in the leaked UI screengrabs above, Samsung may introduce

design tweaks with the S5 TouchWiz, offering a more mature feel to its

currently slightly cartoonish UI.

This brand new UI could also run on a 5.25-inch QHD 2K resolution display that has recently entered production, stepping up the 5-inch Full 1080p HD screen of the S4.

The

QHD panel would offer a stunning resolution of 2560 x 1440p with a

560ppi image density for sublime image quality and make it king of the current smartphone displays.

Based

on an outed design filing, the phone will run a version of Google’s

Android operating system (no surprises there then) as well as integrated

cameras front and back.

Other recently emerged Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours have claimed the

upcoming handset will make use of a new 16-megapixel smartphone camera

sensor, offing high-end snaps that could finally spell the end for the

dedicated compact camera.

According to further leaks, the

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs sheet will see the new 16-megapixel camera

sensor further bolstered by optical image stabilisation features.The

revised camera component is said to be under development in Korea to

replace the 13-megapixel snapper found on the existing S4.

Recent reports

have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be wrapped within a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

esque waterproof coating.

Samsung has also developed an 8GB RAM chip, just in time for the Galaxy S5

launch. The South Korean electronics giant announced the chip at the

end of 2013, calling the new chip “the industry’s first eight gigbit

(Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4), mobile DRAM”.

The chip should use around 40 per cent less battery power and help power higher resolution displays.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Price

Although

the Samsung Galaxy S5 price is a long way from being confirmed, it has

already been suggested that the S5 will cost more than its already pricey

predecessor.

According to the same unnamed sources who have

claimed a metal bodied design will be bestowed upon the next-gen

handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5 price will be bumped up by the new

premium building materials.

Stay tuned for more Samsung Galaxy S5

news and rumours as more details on the S4 follow-on continue to

appear.