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The Galaxy S5 is likely to be bigger and better than the Galaxy S4 in every way, and a new leak suggests the upcoming phone could feature either a 16-or 21-megapixel camera. The often-reliable @evleaks shared a purported test photo from Verizon’s(s vz)(s vod) model. The photo itself is of nothing in particular – it appears to have been accidentally taken in a pocket – but embedded EXIF data might reveal details about the camera itself.
The image was originally shared on Flipboard 20 days ago by user @123fliptest. As you can see, the image itself doesn’t say much about the abilities of the camera that took it. But EXIF data says that the 16:9 original file features 5,312 x 2,988 resolution, which would suggest a 16-megapixel camera. On the other hand, if the image were taken in a more standard 4:3 format, it could mean the camera is packing as many as 21 megapixels, like the new Sony Xperia Z1s.
Of course, the image data for this photo could have been manipulated, so these numbers might not be accurate. It’s worth noting, though, that the name of the camera model is listed as SAMSUNG-SM-G900V. That’s awfully similar to another recent leak from Sam Mobile, which claims to have models numbers for all of the upcoming Galaxy S5 variants. There is a model named SM-G900V_NA_VZW, which suggests a Verizon model of the phone. That’s just longer version of the name attached to this image.
Model numbers themselves don’t reveal much information. But they could prove useful to help spot the phone in benchmarks or other metrics ahead of the official launch.
All that said, the Galaxy S4 featured a 13-megapixel camera. Unlike Apple(s aapl), which has been refining the iPhone’s 8-megapixel camera for three generations now, history tells me that Samsung tends to think that bigger is better. Therefore I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 16- or 21-megapixel camera in the next Galaxy S smartphone; I just hope they aren’t perfunctory.