Samsung may release two new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones this Spring to compete on multiple price levels, according to a new investor note from the man who accurately predicted many of the iPhone 5s features in 2013.
Rumors of multiple Samsung Galaxy S5 models are not new, but while most of the earlier rumors suggested Samsung would offer a best Galaxy S5 option with a metal case, this new rumors suggests all Galaxy S5 models will use a plastic casing.
In a note to investors Ming-Chi Kuo released new Samsung Galaxy S5 specs and features that he believes we will see in both of these models. Kuo is best known for his insider information on Apple products like the upcoming iPhone 6, but with sources deep inside the Asian supply chains used by Samsung and Apple it is not surprising to see this level of detail from Kuo.
According to the note published on AppleInsider, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will arrive in two models worldwide and two models in Korea. In the past multiple Galaxy S models only represented processor and radio changes, but this time around the screen will be a defining factor. Kuo labels the high-end Galaxy S5 as Prime and the low-end model as Standard.
The leaked Galaxy S5 specs from Kuo’s note show that there will be three key differences between the Galaxy S5 models that he believes are on the way for 2014.
- A faster Exynos processor for the Prime models
- More RAM for the Prime models (3GB vs 2GB)
- A higher resolution screen for the Prime models (2560 x 14440 vs 1920 x 1080)
According to Kuo, “Fingerprint is necessary for a star model,” but the note suggests that Samsung will need to include a fingerprint reader even if the capabilities of the scanner are not as “mature” as the one in the iPhone 5s. In the note Kuo rules out iris scanning technology for the Galaxy S5, which another rumor also claimed.
Even with a plastic case, Samsung is not necessarily out of a race to compete with a metal HTC M8, the Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. Samsung could opt for stronger plastic and a faux finish that mimics metal or some other material while allowing Samsung to still offer a removable battery and Micro SD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs & Features Rumored
Despite the differences the two Galaxy S5 models will both use a plastic case according to Kuo, and they will both support a fingerprint reader for enhanced security. Consumers may not notice the difference, but Kuo’s prediction show a Galaxy S5 with a 32-bit processor, not a 64-bit processor like the iPhone 5s. Earlier rumors suggest Samsung is planning a 64-bit processor for the Galaxy S5.
If Kuo is correct the Galaxy S5 specs and features will include the following. This list varies slightly based on the model, but for the Worldwide versions which would likely include those in the U.S., here is a preview of what may be.
- Processor – Samsung Exynos 5430 – 32-bit Octa Core / Qualcomm
- Display – 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 – 565 ppi / 1920 x 1080 – 423 ppi
- RAM – 3GB / 2GB
- Front-facing Camera – 2MP
- Rear-facing Camera – 16MP
- Gestures -3D gestures
- Biometric Security – Fingerprint support
- Body – Plastic
- Battery – 2,850 mAh
These rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 specs are far from concrete, but they are believable. This would mark the first flagship Galaxy S device to arrive in the U.S. with an Exynos processor, but it is not out of the question. The full Galaxy S5 specs breakdown by model according to Kuo are listed below.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is rumored for April or May with a launch event in March looking more likely by the day. A previous mention of a February Galaxy S5 event at MWC appears to be off the table.
It is not clear what the price difference will be for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and Standard, especially if the biggest difference to consumers is a higher resolution screen. We could also see a Samsung Galaxy S5 U.S. release arrive with the Prime model on carrier shelves to start.
Expect more Samsung Galaxy S5 details such as the design and software features to leak as the launch draws closer.