It’s just over 6 months since Samsung released the Galaxy S4 and, if speculation is to be believed, the launch of the S5 could happen as early as January. It’s thought by some that Samsung may use the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which is due to happen in Las Vegas starting on the 7th January to unveil the S5 which will be the latest of their Samsung Galaxy handsets. As usual, there are lots of rumours regarding the specs and features of the forthcoming Galaxy S5 so we take a look at the key points.
First up, there have been a fair few reports that Samsung are keen to move away from the plastic builds of the previous Galaxy mobile phones and that they may go with a more slim-line metal body. A few articles suggest that it could be based on an aluminium uni-body design which will have the added benefit of being waterproof and dustproof along the same lines as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. It’s also thought that the shape of the S5 will be different to the other handsets in the range with leaked images pointing to a design with angular edges.
One thing we do know for sure is that the S5 will feature a 64-bit processor similar to Apple’s new iPhone 5S. It won’t, however, use a fingerprint scanner like its rival but there have been some rumours regarding the inclusion of an eye-scanning sensor. We could also see a step up in the power of the Galaxy S5 processor – the S4 came with a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU whereas it’s likely that the S5 will sport an octa-core Exynos 6 processor which will be twice as powerful yet will only consume half as much power making it extremely battery efficient.
The Galaxy S5 will run on the very latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is anticipated to come with either 3GB or a whopping 4GB of RAM as Samsung have been busy producing low power RAM chips for their Galaxy handsets of late. This would not only make the S5 extremely fast and powerful but would also mean that it would provide a vastly superior battery life compared to many of its competitors.
Another big talking point for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is its main rear facing camera. Speculation overwhelmingly indicates that it will feature an impressive 16-megapixel camera which is certainly an upgrade on the 13-megapixel camera which the S4 currently sports. Samsung recently unveiled their new ISOCELL smartphone camera technology which improves colour fidelity and therefore the quality of the images so it’s also expected that the S5 will be the first smartphone to feature it.
With new rumours and speculation appearing online every day, keep an eye on our blog for the latest news and developments on the Samsung Galaxy S5.