Let's face it - we're all looking forward to the Galaxy S5, but none of us knows what Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone is going to offer. Sure, there are some guesses we can make based on the more persistent rumors we're hearing, but all in all, nothing seems certain at this point - not even the higher-resolution, 2K screen, or the presence of a fingerprint sensor.
But as we said in the beginning, there are many people out there who're dying to lay their eyes on the Galaxy S5, and that means there's a big opportunity for visual artists to have their names seen by a wide audience. The only thing they need to do is to produce a fancy, futuristic Galaxy S5 concept render and submit it to a number of mobile tech sites. From then on, chances are that their work will be seen by thousands, if not millions of people.
As you might have guessed by now, the subject of this post are going to be the beautiful, weird, crazy, fancy and, more often than not, unbelievable Galaxy S5 design concepts that have already started to flood the internet - months before the expected unveiling of Samsung's next-gen smartphone. Needless to say none of what you're going to see in the gallery below has anything to do with the real deal, but we're going to examine these fan-made concepts just for the fun of it.
Galaxy S5: review of design concepts
Galaxy S5: review of design concepts
1. Official patent sketches by Samsung
Before we get to the concept designs, let's take a look at this design sketch by Samsung, because it appears that many of the fan artists have been inspired by these images while working on their concepts. It is unknown if this sketch has any connection to a real Samsung device, but of course, it's speculated that this might be the outlines of either the Galaxy S5, or the Galaxy Note 4.
As it's popular nowadays, this render not only has a back-from-the-future look, but it also comes with a list of too-good-to-be-true specs attached to it. Most notably, there's this curved "Flexi 2K" 5.25" display, which will, among other things, enable the handset to wobble left and right when it's lying on a table and a call is coming, triggering the vibration motor. All joking aside, this concept also envisions an interesting, new, quad-speaker design, with four loudspeakers situated in the four corners of the front side. Other notable items in the specs-list include a 64-bit Exynos octa-core chipset, a 16 MP ISOCELL camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. From such a long list of goodies, it definitely sounds like only the last part is going to come true.
Looks like curved phones are all the rage among graphic designers right now. Another curved prototype of the Galaxy S5, this one sticks to a more traditional Samsung design language. Interestingly, its creator insists that this is a truly flexible body that can bend up to 30 degrees. A 64-bit Exynos chipset and a 2K AMOLED display are once again said to be part of the deal, but so is a beefy, 4,000 mAh battery.
Artist: Raphael Warner
Here is a rather weird concept render of the GS5, which envisions two versions of the device - a rigid and a flexible one. Aside from this, most of the other characteristics seem believable, such as the Snapdragon 800/805 SoC, 3.5 GB RAM and 2K resolution display. However, the makers of the render specifically explain that the rigid version will have a 5" display, while the flexible one will sport a slightly bigger, 5.2" panel. We're sure they have all the necessary technical details to back this up.
This concept render apparently involves a 5" display, surrounded by some extra-narrow bezels. According to the designer, it features a metal frame, but the back has remained plastic, so as to allow the user to replace the battery. We guess Samsung fans would certainly appreciate this. Specs-wise, we're starting to notice a bit of a trend going on, as a 64-bit Exynos CPU and 3.5 GB of RAM are once again on the list.
Artist: Jermaine S
This next concept is obviously based on the leaked schematics that we showed you in the first slide. Needless to say, the phone from the render looks quite hot, even if we exclude some of the far-fetched stuff like the rounded top and bottom edges of the display. Interestingly, this concept involves a screen that's curved towards the left and right sides of the phone. We don't know if there could be any practical application of this, but it sure looks fancy. One thing we don't like in this concept design is that the TouchWiz user interface seems to be identical to its current version.
Artist: Phoenix Pham
Now this design concept is a real looker. Obviously, just like the previous design, this one here is based on the same schematics, but it's taking things further by showcasing a nice metal frame, a curved screen glass and Samsung's trademark faux-leather back cover design. While we don't care much for the latter, it's a stunning vision of the Galaxy S5 nonetheless.
Artist: Ivo Maric
This Galaxy S5 design concept is completely different from what we saw thus far. It has a more squarish design, a la Galaxy S II, but also an attractive glass-and-metal styling with front-facing speakers and a completely redesigned TouchWiz UI. The image is apparently showing one of the imaginary, new apps - S Mail. While we have to admit that it suits the phone's overly-aggressive exterior, the all-dark color scheme of the app doesn't seem particularly comfortable to use.