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Galaxy S5 tipped to come with 20 MP camera and 'state of the art iris sensor', still plastic

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Galaxy S5 tipped to come with 20 MP camera and 'state of the art iris sensor', still plastic
We got tipped on some speculated details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, half of which corroborate what we've heard before from other sources. but a few different tidbits are rather interesting. Bear in mind this is just one source hinting at stuff, so it could be all just wishful thinking, despite sounding rather detailed and plausible.

The tipster claims that Galaxy S5 will sport a 2K QHD display, which we've already heard numerous times, and is not hard to believe, considering that LG and Sony are also rumored to release flagships with 1440x2560 pixel screens. They also state that the S5 will come with a 2900 mAh battery, not the 4000 mAh unit bandied about before. In fact, the latest we heard is that the handset will sport a 2900 mAh juicer indeed, with rapid charging tech, so that's not hard to believe either.

Here we arrive to the more exotic claims. Our tipster says outright that the camera on the back is going to be 20 MP, which will put the Galaxy S5 in line with the camera on the Xperia Z1 and the upcoming Z2, and up there with the highest-resolution cameras on an Android handset. That's the new thing, as so far every leak has pointed to a 16 MP rear cam to be on the S5, made with Samsung's ISOCELL technology, and perhaps with optical image stabilization, if OIS modules yield is enough to cover the number of sales an S5 is expected to amass. That rumored 20 MP camera is said to record 4K video, and simultaneously snap pictures while recording, too. Those claims aren't hard to trust either, considering we will likely have a new, more powerful processor in the S5, and 4K recording has been unlocked even on some current handsets, like the Note 3.

In addition, the source confirms we will have some sort of a "state of the art iris sensor and wide range of health accessories," and that's not the first time we are hearing that the S5 will have an eye-scanner that will serve to unlock the device and possibly authorize services, similar to what Apple did with its TouchID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. The technology for this is out there, so we wouldn't bet against this rumor, too. What do you think about these claims, is there anything that piques your interest?

Last but not least, our tipster claims that those who are expecting the rumored metallic design, will be in for a disappointment, as the Galaxy S5 will be still made out of plastic, yet feature a different design language, compared to what we've come to expect from a Samsung flagship in the last few years. We don't know if the faux leather back of the Note 3 and Samsung's PRO tablet line counts as a "refreshed design", but certainly hope not.

Thanks for the tip, Rajdeep!

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:30 29

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

There is still nothing wrong with plastic - it's the thin shiny plastic that'd the problem, the thicker matte policarbonate on the Lumias is pretty good. Better than thin metal for sure.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:53 12

10. maherk (Posts: 3759; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Right on. I hope the next flagship will be made of plastic. I would take a replaceable battery everyday over a unibody aluminum phone. It's more durable, much better in hot environments like where I live(dallas). And it makes it easier to customize my phone the way I like, there are hundreds of fancy battery door replacements on ebay and amazon.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:10 14

11. XaErO (Posts: 319; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

I agree, plastic is okay for me .. but it should be better build .. or something different like the Faux-Leather back on Note 3 .. it's awesome .. especially black color.

Plastic makes the phone light and I feel better than metal, which is prone to scratches and dents.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 13:58

36. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Actually metal feels premium (kinda cold,has weight) in the hands,thats why a lot of people prefer it over plastic,but durability and thermal conduction can be a problem,as well manufacturing issues (see defective htc one)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:17 4

12. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Demo photos shown by Samsung from ISOCELL during CES:


In low light:


Source: Samsung Exynos twitter.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 13:49

35. deewinc (Posts: 272; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


posted on 20 Jan 2014, 14:59

37. Nobuga (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


posted on 20 Jan 2014, 04:44

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yes true and S5 will be awesome.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 11:17

31. JC557 (Posts: 1520; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I agree and hope that the plastic is of high quality and a matte finish or rubberized.

Nokia and HTC's use of plastic are really good and durable but tend to add thickness but can also make the phone comfortable to hold.

Let's not forget that Motorola makes some really tough phones that are plastic & kevlar with the only metal being some sort of ring around the body.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 17:08

39. hapticg (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)

Samsung needs to learn from HTC in terms of design. One X has plastic yet its feel is more premium than any samsung device ever created. I love it more than HTC One. Other than that samsung needs to keep doing what it does innovation

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:31 14

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

PLASTIC................. O__o
It's not a big deal, but please use "premium plastic" like on the Note 3 this time, it's better than using cheap glossy plastic cuz it sucks. Or Samsung can also use the ceramic-like material like on the Oppo N1.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:37 6

4. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

'Premium plastic' =))) . Do you work for samsung R&D by any chance ?!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:40

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Uh...nope. :P

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:49 1

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

I should've said "faux plastic" *facepalm*. Oh well, whatever plastic it is, no more glossy plastic. -__-

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:54 2

22. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

more like *faux leather plastic ;)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:39

20. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

definitely there are many kinds of plastic

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:36 5

3. Rockbottom (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Plastic, Metal, Wood... the american public doesn't care what the phone is made of. There going to put a sparkle case around it anyways :)

My problem with the S3 to the S4 was that it didn't feel as big of a leap like the Note 3 did from the Note 2 for me. I'm hoping they do something more than add camera modes that no one ever uses and a bigger battery. Besides hardware spec bumps, I'd like to see something different. Hopefully this nature UI goes away.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:38 1

5. addicted2088 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Er, Phone Arena, is your tipster simply repeating what has already been said? Your battery tech rumor was refuted by the ones who made the battery tech, and I think the design part from your tipster is also using what Samsung's official said recently about the company having gone back to the drawing board for the design on the Galaxy S5.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:42 3

7. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

Faux plastic sounds like a plausible choice of material:P plastic so real that it feels just like it! Definitely a marketable feature!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 02:49 4

8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I'll take polycarbonate over metal on my phone any day. With the iPhone scuffgate, Htc One denting so easily and Z1 bending issues, not to mention metal does drop RF quality, I prefer high quality polycarbonate like what is on the Nokia Lumia range.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:11

23. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Strange, i own my One for quite a while now and mine is not dented nor scratched, it looks like new still...

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:19 2

13. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

2900 mAh is simply not big enough!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:40 1

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

How is that the case? The G2 has a 3000mAh battery with about the same screen size & it's one of the kings of battery life. That's only 3% bigger. The name of the game is optimization, my friend. The relative size is not as important. The original Note had a 5.3" screen & a 2500mAh battery.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:17

30. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Screen resolution too much for this battery

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 11:54

32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

People need to get past the screen resolution thing. Higher resolution doesn't necessarily transfer to more battery being used. The Note 3's screen is more efficient than that of the Note 2.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:09

40. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Search for LG G Flex (with HD screen) battery results. You will be surprised.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:15

41. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I said not necessarily. I didn't say it was always the case.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:21 3

14. ThePython (Posts: 889; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Every plastic phone will suffer the token PhoneArena trademarked con: "Plastic build".

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:59 1

29. loginfailed (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


posted on 21 Jan 2014, 17:50

42. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Plastic > bent "premium" materials. :D

Anyway, everybody puts a cover on their orichalcum-built phones. You only feel the phone naked for the first few minutes before you head to a cover kiosk.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:31 4

15. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Actually, as long as the plastic is something like Note III or Lumia, it's better than alumunium to be honest in the strength field. My friend dropped his 3 months iPhone 5 from like 1m and the alumunium casing was just ugly. Frankly he bought a 5C and he dropped it (again) and survived. But in premium looking and feeling alumunium is miles ahead from glossy plastic. DragonTrail glass is also a good choice.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:35 2

16. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

People will always be speculating what Samsung are going to Offer on Galaxy S5,there nothing wrong with Plastic,an removable batteries a Top Selling Point Samsung do not want to Lose,We either get a 16 or 20 mega-pixel camera,but Samsung made one mistake with the Galaxy S4 removing the F.m radio,so alot kept loyal to the Galaxy S3 instead of updating to the S4,so will Samsung bring the F.M radio function back on the S5?,i hope so,hope we get something in a New Design from Samsung an really shock the others

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:59

17. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

Hopefully the plastic is like the faux leather like on note 3, or soft touch plastic on the lumias or nexus 5/7. No more hyperglaze!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:38 1

19. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Aluminium is not that very durable

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:44

24. bakarock (Posts: 53; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

what about sapphire glasses? sounds good

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:52

25. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

the plastic used on the Nexus 5 feels well

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:00

26. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Plastic or not doesn't matter. Most of us put the case on anyways.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:22

27. sergiobr (Posts: 708; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

As I said before, bring a "pureview camera" to Android, more specific to Samsung and rules the world. Who´ll want to buy a cameraphone when you´ll have all in one and the best open OS ?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:32

28. alextheZowner (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)

If this phone comes with 2900mah I'm not getting it. My Z30 comes with 2880mah are you guys dumb. Yea the battery on my Z30 lasts me the whole day but with 294ppi 1080p video recording and an 8mp camera. This S5 wouldn't last me 6 hours with that screen and all those air gestures and over 500ppi with 16 or 20mp and 4k recording wow I hope it's not true.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 11:55 2

33. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

The Note 3 lasts a full 20 hour day with 8 hours screen time on a single charge. That thing has a 3200mah battery and a 5.7" display.
Now tell me how the S5 with 2900mah cannot last 6 hours.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 12:20 1

34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Some people just don't understand that screen resolution isn't the biggest determining factor in battery life. The Note 3's screen is actually more efficient than the Note 2's screen even though it has a higher resolution. Optimization is the name of the game.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 16:52

38. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

20 mp camera sounds pretty good, now let's see if it pans out or not...

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 20:48

43. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2060; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

If it's a 20 mp then z1 will have a challenger,but if it's plastic it's no use..

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