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Rumor: Galaxy S5 wearing “new material,” flexible display “under review,” announcement at MWC 2014

The Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at MWC 2014, and may sport a "new material" design, while flexible display use is "under review," a Samsung exec apparently revealed to reporters off-the-record.
January 2, 2014
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A new report from South Korea says that Samsung’s Vice President and Head of Design Strategy Dong-hoon Chang revealed various Galaxy S5-related details in an off-the-record discussion with reporters. Strangely though, these details have been published.

According to him, the reports that say the Galaxy S5 flagship will be unveiled around MWC 2014 are about right – if accurate, that means the phone will not arrive at CES 2014 next week, as some fans may have hoped.

Furthermore, the exec revealed that a “new material” is considered for the handset, without saying what it was, therefore it’s not clear whether the phone will be made of metal or not. Considering that the Galaxy S4 had a Galaxy S4 Active brother, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Galaxy S5 Active this year as well.

Finally, the VP apparently also said that the use of a flexible display for the Galaxy S5 is “under review,” although we’d certainly be surprised if the handset will indeed pack such a screen. Several reports have revealed that neither Samsung nor LG can manufacture flexible display at a large enough scale to equip flagship devices. However, it may be possible for Samsung to create a special curved Galaxy S5 version later this year, although that’s only speculation from our part at this time.

We’ll remind you that while this report certainly sounds interesting, nothing is confirmed just yet, so don’t be surprised to see more Galaxy S5 rumors to arrive in the following weeks/months.

Meanwhile, we’ll remind you that CES 2014 will kick off on January 7, with Samsung expected to unveil a couple of new Exynos processors. Furthermore, the company is rumored to introduce a bunch of new tablets, including a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro model.