Samsung Galaxy S5 – Rounding Up The Rumors

December 12, 2013 - Written By Cory McNutt
Concept of Galaxy S5 – Not Actual Picture

It seems like so many rumors are swirling around concerning the “Next Big Thing,” the Samsung Galaxy S5, it is hard to keep track of them all – we just did an article two days ago concerning the type of display the Galaxy S5 will be delivered with – so we thought that a little “rumor roundup” was in order. Some of you may be tired of hearing about the Galaxy S5 or could care less about the device – and that is OK, simply stop reading the article and return to AndroidHeadlines main page to select a more interesting topic. However, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to be the first and most anticipated launch of 2014, and therefore it warrants our deepest probing to get the to the facts of this device, and in order to do that we have to shovel through a lot of rumors.

Body Material

One of the most controversial pieces of the Galaxy S5 is will Samsung continue the use of a polycarbonate body with a faux leather backing like the Galaxy Note 3, or move to a completely metal body, as so many have been yammering for? There have been many rumors – one that there may be a plastic and a metal version – but the latest money is on one model with a metal body. I just hope that removable batteries and MicroSD cards will still be part of the equation.


This is another area where rumors are all over the place, and we really have no definitive answer – there are rumors that the display will follow the Galaxy Round convention, which really does help the reflections and outside viewing, and makes a lot of sense since it is already in production and tested in the Asian market. Another rumor is that the screen will be a “wrap around” the edges design, giving the user three possible screens to view – the main screen and two smaller screens on the side for notifications, and that all three screens will operate independently of each other. The third rumor is that Samsung will step up the resolution to 2560 x 1440 and use an LCD display rather than the Super AMOLED.



Here we are pretty certain that the Galaxy S5 will pack a new 16MP shooter using the ISOCELL technology, which will allow better low-light pictures. The jury is still out on the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), although Samsung had said it would be impossible for a supplier to manufacturer enough of the component to cover the estimated Galaxy S5 sales figures.

Fingerprint or Iris Scanner

This is also a hot rumor, but it seems as though Samsung has made it quite clear that they will not follow Apple or HTC and offer a fingerprint scanner, but rather an Iris scanner – this according to patents filed by Samsung. It make sense since Samsung has already done so much work on the the Galaxy S4 and Note series using the eye to keep the display lit, stop your video when you turn away, and to control scrolling on the display. However, there is no indication it will be perfected in time for the Galaxy S5’s debut.

Processor and Miscellaneous

Right now the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is still the top dog as we wait for the model 805 to debut, so right now word is that the 800 clocked at 2.5GHz may find its way into the Galaxy S5 at this point. I, for one, would like to see Samsung hold off long enough to include the newer processor, or else the S5 would end up “behind” those competing devices released later in the year or else come out with an “upgraded” model, which would only hurt early sales or upset earlier customers. It will most likely come with 3GB of RAM and certainly come with Android 4.4 KitKat on board and will certainly not be 64-bit, if the Galaxy S5 starts its rumored production in January.

Lets us know in the comments or on Google+ if you are looking forward to the launch of the new Galaxy S5 – will you be ready to purchase yours on launch day, or will you wait and watch before you leap.