The Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored for an early 2014 release that will likely start with AT&T, and a new rumor suggests AT&T is internally testing a device with the Galaxy S5 code name.
AT&T and Samsung are longtime allies and multiple rumors suggested AT&T executives received early access to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the months ahead of the respective launches and releases. AT&T is also able to lock down early releases and exclusives for some Samsung devices. In Short AT&T and Samsung are close so when there is a rumor that these companies are working closely, it’s good to take note.
The latest leak comes from evleaks, who is back with a report that AT&T is testing the Samsung SM-G900A, which is possibly the Samsung Galaxy S5. Though the Galaxy S5 release is likely four months out and a launch event at least two months away it would make sense that AT&T is internally testing an early version of what will likely come to market as the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The source also claims that this device sports a high-resolution display. The Samsung Galaxy S5 reportedly comes with a QHD display according to a rumor from early this week. A QHD display would pack a 2560 x 1440 resolution display into a ~5-inch display, which would mean nearly 600 pixels per inch — 200 more than the Galaxy S4 and nearly double that of the iPhone 5s. A super-high resolution display doesn’t mean more space on the screen for content, rather pixels are packed very close to deliver crisper, sharper images.
AT&T is testing a version of that high-res Samsung handset (SM-G900A), giving some support to the theory that it's an int'l flagship (GS5?)
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 18, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the followup to the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 which launched in March 2013 with a release date in late April. The Samsung Galaxy S4 spawned several spinoffs including a water-resistant version, a camera model and a smaller Galaxy S4 in the months after release, as well as a Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition which gets faster updates to the latest Android software.
Rumors remain focused on the flagship Galaxy S5 model, suggesting a high-resolution display in the 5-inch range, an improved camera with optical image stabilization and possibly retina scanning technology to unlock the smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 design remains up in the air though plastic and metal designs are rumored. Samsung is widely known for plastic smartphone designs with a removable back that offers access to a Micro SD card and a removable battery, but critics blast the company for designs that fall short of the HTC One and iPhone 5s’ metal and glass construction. Some sources suggest Samsung is planning a metal Galaxy S5, but the actual materials and design are elusive.