NY Times confirms Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 launch. Murtazin chimes in with more specs

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 5, 2014


The Galaxy S5 could feature a 3,200-mAh battery and Snapdragon 805 processor, claims Eldar Murtazin, while the New York Times confirms the S5 would launch at a low-key event in Barcelona.

While few had doubts that Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona would see the launch of the Galaxy S5, it’s always good to have confirmation from an authoritative source. It doesn’t get any more authoritative than the New York Times, which reported today that the Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 will indeed launch in Barcelona on February 24. Moreover, according to people familiar with the matter, the event will be less flashy than last year’s Broadway extravaganza, which had tap dancing and awkward musical skits.

Like with the event, Samsung will be dialing down on the flashiness of the Galaxy S5, which will have fewer new software features. The NYT confirms the 16MP camera and the absence of the iris scanner, a feature that seemed plausible a few weeks back. There’s little new information overall, and the report is in line with prior statements from a Samsung VP, who said the Galaxy S5 will be a “back to basics” device.

We’re still three weeks to the announcement, but we already have a relatively complete image of the Galaxy S5. That’s especially true for its spec sheet, which is now filled with most of the important specs. This week, Eldar Murtazin, the Russian blogger who predicted the S5 would launch at MWC, tweeted that the Galaxy S5 would feature the following specs:

  • 5.24 inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, 560ppi
  • Snapdragon 805/Exynos 6
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of storage
  • 16MP rear, 3.2MP front camera
  • 3,200 mAh battery

Interestingly, the NYT piece says the Galaxy S5 won’t have a Quad HD (2560×1440) display, which is at odds with every report and rumor we heard so far. Even Samsung hinted it would use a Quad HD display on 2014 flagships, so we will be very surprised if the S5 turns out to be just Full HD.

Murtazin’s specs seem to corroborate with a report issued by a Korean securities company last week. Whether the blogger picked the specs from that report or used his own sources, we don’t know. These specifications do seem very plausible, however.

  • fgh

    please keep the 1080p 5inch screen and just reduce all the bezels

    • taz89

      My thoughts exactly, would prefer the same 5″ 1080p screen with smaller bezels and larger battery and in essence we will get a smaller device with the same screen size and much improved battery especially with a more efficient screen and cpu and gpu. If the rumors of there being 2 s5 being released one plastic and one metal then maybe the plastic one will retain the 1080p screen and the metal one would have the 2k display. Would make sense of the conflicting news. Elder was right about mwc so he may be right about 2k display but at the same time the nyt seems sure too about its leak. 2 and half weeks to go so we will no soon.

    • joser116

      What if they just make the screen bigger but the phone size the same?

      • Brandon Olivares

        That would be great

        • belatzki

          make it 14inch like small tv set :(

      • asdf


        • joser116


          • 58455689

            its called the s4 mini bro..

          • joser116

            Are you sure you’re replying to the right person?

          • abazigal

            And it’s equally mini in its specs. Where’s the flagship 4″ Android phone with killer specs and capabilities which rival the S4 and Note3?

          • deepen915

            4inch phone? And you want Android? please get an iPhone and just leave us.

        • AndroidBoss

          5 inch is great size for a phone.

          • deepen915

            but 5.2Inches with bezel to bezel screen.. is better.

          • AndroidBoss


        • JT

          Smaller? I would never down grade from my Galaxy Note 3. But i do hope they stick with Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Note 2 size on the new note. I like the galaxy s series, but I’ll stick to the note series.

        • Fred Chiang

          LOL supply and demand bro. get the millions of people who want bigger phones to stop buying them and firms will stop making them

        • tacman

          stick with your iphone then. you are in the wrong channel…

      • Baka3

        That’s probably what they will do. They did the same thing with the Note 3

    • Teehee

      Yeah, imagine a 1080p screen with Samsung’s new LPDDR4 RAM and their new Widcom technology + 3200 mah battery. That would be like 15 hours of straight video playback.

  • dandroid13

    Exynos 6 and a big battery! Wow, I hope so.

    • Jaime

      Octacore! For real this time :)
      HMP FTW!

      • Baka3

        Doubt it. Plus the S600 processor was close in all test to last years Octacore.

        • Jaime

          1. Last year’s Exynos 5 wasn’t a real octacore, it was a dual-quadcore.
          2. The new Note 3 Neo has a true hexacore processor with two 1.7GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores and has proven to have a better performance on Benchmarks than the S600 and Exynos 5.
          3. That’s why a true octacore from Samsung should be an awesome processor.

  • MasterMuffin

    “event will be less flashy than last year’s Broadway extravaganza, which had tap dancing and awkward musical skits.” this is all I wanted to hear! The last year show was so horrible!

    • AndroidBoss

      Yeah the drunk women and the kid tap dancing I was gonna smash my computer screen while watching it live lol.

  • Ruz

    I thought S5 would break the barrier with 4000+ mah battery

    • Matevz

      That barrier was broken with Huawei Ascend Mate last year.

      • Ruz

        hey dont fall in for chinese manufacturer. They always tend to over rate their battery capacity. You will find 4000+mah S4 battery on chinese website but in actual when u try them u will be heartened to see that it typically runs even lesser then the stock one.. getting my point?

        • Bryan Kwong

          I think you should trust Huawei more than your typical no brand chinese manufacturer on Ebay..Huawei is an actual company that is fairly large. Plus the Ascend Mate does get pretty insane battery life which hints the battery rating is true. It’s ignorant to think all Chinese manufacturers are terrible and lie.

  • yama

    I dont understand what the difference will be of 900ppi and 330+ ppi on super amoled screen with pentile matrix……i mean you cant still see those dots that always exists on all samoled screens…no matter how many ppi you have. So qhd display is pointless and batterydrainy. 1080p will be good, sammy shud focus on camera lens, battery, screencolor, precisement.

  • It is high time all manufacturers ditch 16GB option for flagship models and make 32/64GB ones.

    • Fred Chiang

      … why not have 16/32/64? more choices for more people

      • poop

        Do you really only want 16GB tho? As that gets fazed out, surely the fact that it becomes so common, prices will lower :) If the S5’s 32GB ends up $199 (like the G2 was able to pull off, with price tags dropping here, there, and everywhere online in spite of how awesome it is), it’ll show we really don’t need 16GB anymore. 32GB phones will be standard in no time, and no one will have any qualms with it (other than maybe “WHEN WILL COMPANIES STOP USING 32GB AND START USING 64GB”) :D

        • Jayfeather787

          I want 16 if is costs less. I only need a gig at most.

      • Baka3

        Carriers rarely give us an option though. Unless the company is based in america or we get it through other means. 32GB should be the standard. Especially, since they are fazing out SD cards.

    • Sam

      Jai ho!

  • fredphoesh

    I hope it is “just” 1080×1920… that is PLENTY for a phone that size, and will save battery power. Number chasing is stupid.

  • wezi427

    I would like to see a bigger battery than what is mentioned. Mr. Kumar, i also agree with you in regards to on board storage. 32 needs to be the new 16. I agree with others about the screen, keep the same size and reduce the bezels. I like bigger screens, but practicality is more important. I have a Note 2, that’s my limit.

  • jack

    Advertising battery capacity on a phone as battery life is like advertising car’s mileage using fuel tank capacity. I wish you poor and pathetic fandroids weren’t this stupid

    • Cole Raney

      No it isn’t. Battery size contributes to battery life. If everything is the same in 2 devices except one has a bigger battery, then the one with a bigger battery will have better battery life.

      • jack

        android wastes more energy than iOS because it is not made for a specific hardware

        • poop

          Relevance level: 0.

        • Baka3

          That’s because our phones do more and we can customize our phones to our liking. We don’t just have to take what the company gives us.
          Our energy isn’t wasted either, we have option for Power saving or reducing the settings to complement our usage.
          Maybe you should check your sources because last time I checked more Iphones were having issues with their battery life with ios 7 (1560 mah)

        • abbas

          look at how older iphones run using ios 7. the iphone 4 does not run as well as the iphone 5s on the same software. how else should battery power be advertised? if you do call time, there could me many results based off connection and each app uses different amounts of power so capacity is the best way. like a car, if the tank is full with 2 gallons with 20 mpg the car will go far but if the car has 1 gallon with 20 mpg it will be hard to judge the distance it will go. it dependes on the driver (user), weather, conditions, everything. out of all this, CAPACITY IS A MAX. HOW IT IS USED IS BASED ON THE USER, forget software for a minute. some iphones go longer than androids, and vice versa.

          • jack

            Informing battery capacity in mAh like Scamsung does makes my blood boil. I don’t give a damn if the battery has 3000mAh or 1.21gigawatts. I just want to know how long it will last with regular use, like Apple informs us.

        • Cole Raney

          That is completely irrelevant to the subject. This is true, but it isn’t necessarily all that bad. My battery still lasts me, and if it doesn’t I can buy a second battery and swap them out. Android is getting better with battery consumption though. Google is trying harder and harder to make android put less strain on hardware, while every SOC maker is making their chips more power efficient.

          Android will probably never be as energy efficient as iOS though. It is easier to customize for a handful of devices you make than hundreds of devices you don’t make. I feel it is worth it though because my battery still lasts as long as I need, and I like android way better. I had an iPhone 4 for 2 years, and then went to a Samsung Galaxy S3. I liked both, but the S3 was way more enjoyable.

      • jack

        Informing battery capacity in mAh like Scamsung does makes my blood boil. I don’t give a damn if the battery has 3000mAh or 1.21gigawatts. I just want to know how long it will last with regular use, like Apple informs us. you cretin

        • Cole Raney

          Those estimates usually end up being completely wrong anyway. I trust battery tests that people not with any manufacturer make. They still aren’t perfect, but nothing will because battery life varies so much by what you do with your phone.

          • jack

            go check the tests on pcmagazine.. iPad scored even a little higher than advertised. too bad you android hypocrites are blind

          • Cole Raney

            I never said that you couldn’t get more. They just aren’t right. That is why I like battery tests. Some companies overestimate, some underestimate. Regardless, independent battery tests are better because they tell you how they used the device, and how long it lasted for them. The big thing is how you use the device.

          • jack

            here you go

          • Cole Raney

            Ok, i also never said android devices have better battery life. To be honest, my Nexus 10 has enough battery for me. I know there are tablets with longer lasting batteries, but my devices last all day. I value my preference for android over having more battery than I need.

          • jack

            so your point that estimates are “completely wrong” is completely wrong. Apple advertises 10-hour battery life. tests got 10.96hrs and 12.95. do you still believe that informing battery capacity in mAh is more important than informing the battery life in hours?

          • Cole Raney

            I believe in independent battery tests. Before a device is released, we dont have that. MaH provides a reasonable estimate. If you know how good the manufacturer is at making battery last as long as they can, and know relative battery consumption of the parts inside, you can judge whether or not 3200 mah will suffice. You cant tell exactly how long it will last, but that is OK.

  • Data

    I hope they focus on real world features and useful software rather than gimmicks. I’m also glad they ain’t gonna stage a ridiculous show like did with the GS4 unveiling.

  • fgf

    meh…same old shit.

  • Joseph Teply

    Just get rid of the home button and they could increase the screen size without increasing the phones footprint!!!!

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  • saad

    make something which is like someones heart and the feeling of touching someones heart is really amazing

  • Arun Goutham

    What about the finger print scanner?

  • Jayfeather787

    I thought Snapdragon 805 would be later in the year.

  • Blowntoaster

    The S V (S5) should stick with 1080p, sized up to 5.2″ on same size body as the S4, +
    with improved exterior materials, better camera( than the already good 13mpx S4 one; OIS maybe and ISOCELL sensor) and new faster processor and GPU.

    And hopefully they put more effort in to software optimization for the S5.

    and there should be an extra gimmick or two that’s new, as that has always been there in each new version since the S3. Some people like gimmickry.

  • chico13

    [URL=http://s22.photobucket.com/user/chacon13/media/Mobile%20Uploads/Screenshot_2014-01-21-03-45-23-1.png.html][IMG]http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b302/chacon13/Mobile%20Uploads/Screenshot_2014-01-21-03-45-23-1.png[/IMG][/URL] quit the bitching

  • Micro Shaquer

    When does OEM starts to produce a smartphone that battery could last in 2 days with normal usage having wifi is switched ON in full day.

    Take my device Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 10000mah Zerolemon battery. Bulkiness is not an issue for me.

  • Micro Shaquer

    Beast at its best.

  • shizai