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Samsung Galaxy S5 to forgo flexible form factor

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Contrary to recent rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will not feature a curved or flexible form factor, latest reports have suggested.

According to unnamed “industry sources” speaking with news outlets in Samsung’s native Korea, Samsung is “highly unlikely” to bestow the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 with a curved display similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Round of LG G Flex due to low yield rates and increased costs.

Although it had been suggested that the widely expected Samsung Galaxy S5 could benefit from a curved panel, it is now believed that the new display technologies are still too earlier in their development to be made available for a handset that is expected to sell tens of millions of units.

The current capacity for flexible panels is not high enough for the Galaxy S5, which will be rolled out early next year,” Kim Jong-hyun, an analyst at Seoul-based Eugene Investment & Securities told the Korean Herald.

“Curved ones will be unveiled late next year as a Galaxy variant rather than as a flagship model.”

Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks set to miss out on a curved display, the currently unconfirmed phone will reportedly be bestowed with all manner of high-end components.

According to recent Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours, the S4 follow-on will play host to a 64bit processor alongside 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera and Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system.

On top of this, the Samsung Galaxy S5 design has been tipped to see the company adopt an all new metal form factor. The phone is expected to be unveiled during Q1 2014.

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Jason Shirley

December 23, 2013, 3:59 pm

This phone is starting to take shape just as much of a disappointment as the S4.

toboev

December 23, 2013, 4:21 pm

"Samsung Galaxy S5 could benefit from a curved panel..."

Benefit? How is this a benefit? A feature, yes.

godafoss

December 23, 2013, 11:06 pm

How so? If it gets the Aluminium body, QHD screen 3GB RAM, KK 4.4 and 64 bit Exynos or Qualcomm 805 then it'll easily be a major improvement over the S4 and be far more desirable than say HTC One.

Jason Shirley

December 24, 2013, 10:04 pm

Watch Samsung has been throwing that maybe they would get metal casing for a long time now and they never deliver. They always find a way to disappoint. 3 GB memory might be possible, and Kit Kat I'm sure is a go, but recent rumors still point to a 1080p panel. I can almost guarantee you it will be a small update at best. I hope I'm wrong.

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