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Never one to do things small, Samsung looks like it is really planning to push the envelope with the Galaxy S5. SamMobile claims to have information from a Samsung insider about what to expect from the company’s next flagship handset. From finally addressing complaints about build quality, to building one of the densest mobile screens, if these specs are accurate, the Galaxy S5 will truly be a big step forward.
Right off the bat, the report notes that the Galaxy S5 will indeed be available in both metal and plastic builds, which has long been rumored. That metal build won’t come cheap, though – it is expected to cost 800 Euros compared to the plastic model’s 650 Euros. Premium price or not, though, it’ll be nice to see Samsung finally offer an alternative to its traditional plastic build. It still isn’t clear, however, if this model of the phone will be marketed with a different name than Galaxy S5 (so far rumors have pointed to a metal phone named the Galaxy F).
The phone is also said to feature a 2,560 by 1440 “2K” display. The size hasn’t been confirmed, though it is rumored to measure 5.25 inches, which would place it even closer to “phablet” territory than its 5-inch predecessor (pictured above). That combination works out to 561 pixels per inch, which would make it one of the densest displays available.
SamMobile’s source also says to expect a 16-megapixel camera, though there’s no word yet on optical image stabilization. And depending on whether the phone is LTE-enabled, it will be powered by Exynos 6 processor or Qualcomm’s(s qcom) new Snapdragon 805. As you might expect, the phone is said to run Android 4.4 KitKat(s goog).
These specs match up with many of the rumors we’ve heard so far, so more and more of these features are beginning to seem likely. There’s still no word on storage, memory or battery capacity, though I imagine the phone will need a pretty big battery to power that screen. If the GS5 does indeed step the resolution up to 2K, I’m most interested in seeing what Samsung does to provide enough power while keeping the phone lightweight.
There’s still no word on an announcement date, though according to Samsung March or April look likely. SamMobile also notes that the company is planning to introduce a Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom, but details are sparse and they won’t be announced until a later date.