Rumor: Galaxy S5 ‘confirmed’ to feature both plastic and metal variants, possible unveiling in mid-March

January 13, 2014
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Going back as far as August of last year, we’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about what to expect from the next-generation Galaxy S flagship. More recently, these rumors have picked up in intensity and we’ve seen several reports that reiterate the claim that the handset will feature plastic and metal body options, a redesigned look and an absolutely bleeding-edge 2560 x 1440 resolution display.

Now SamMobile reports that an insider source has “confirmed” several details regarding the Galaxy S5, helping paint a clearer picture of what to expect with the GS5.

Sifting through the various rumors we have already heard about the Galaxy S5, the insider reports that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will in fact be offered in both plastic and metal options. What’s unclear is whether or not the metal version will go by a different name, such as the previously suggested Galaxy F brand name.

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Plastic)

The cheaper plastic model will be priced around 650 Euros or about $887. The handset may feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU in all markets (LTE and 3G), reportedly of the newer Snapdragon 805 variety.

Keep in mind that the Snapdragon 805 has yet to formally debut in any devices and isn’t expected to arrive in any handsets until May at earliest. Still, it wouldn’t seem crazy to think that Samsung would be one of the first vendors to get their hands on the chip. If not the 805, at the very least we are looking at a Snapdragon 800 here.

The handset is also expected to feature an AMOLED display with an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1440. Although the source doesn’t confirm screen size, it is believed to be somewhere around 5.25-inches. In terms of camera performance, the GS5 will have a 16MP camera on the rear. Finally, we also know the handset will run on Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung customizations.

Previous rumors also suggest we might be looking at a massive UI change from the Touchwiz of old.

Samsung Galaxy S5 (metal)

The metal version of the Galaxy S5 is believed to be packing the 64-bit Exynos 6 CPU, which will likely feature the ability to run all eight cores at once. Apparently the Exynos 6 will be used on all versions of the metal S5, even in LTE markets.

Not surprisingly, the metallic Galaxy S5 (aka Galaxy F) will have a more premium asking price at around 800 Euros, or about $1092. The rest of the specs seem to about be the same as the plastic model, including a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, KitKat and a 16MP rear camera.

GS5 variants: S5 Mini and S5 Zoom

SamMobile’s source also claims that the S5 Zoom and S5 Mini are already in the pipeline as well, with release targets of May and June respectively.

While not much is known about their specs, the S5 Zoom will have a 4.8-inch qHD display, and both models are expected to have Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

When can we expect the Galaxy S5?

So when can we expect the Galaxy S5 and its metallic premium variant? Although we don’t know for certain, an Italian journalist named Flavio recently claimed that the Galaxy S5 will launch at a special event in mid-March with an actual release in early April. The event is expected to take place in London, around a month after MWC. Considering the fact that Samsung hasn’t launched a member of the S series at MWC in years, a separate event makes a lot of sense, as does the timeframe.

Now before you take any of this too seriously, it’s important to maintain some perspective here. First, both the specs and the launch timeframe are rumors, completely unconfirmed by Samsung. Second, even though SamMobile is a great source for reliable Samsung news and rumors, we don’t know the history of the anonymous source.

The source could be the real deal, or he/she could simply be someone claiming to be an insider that has cherry-picked the best rumors and strung them together. Even if the details seem compelling and not too unbelievable, it’s important to take all of this in with a grain or two of salt.

What do you think of the rumored Galaxy S5 specifications, impressed or not? What else would you like to see from the GS5? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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