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Kuo: Two versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 coming, both with fingerprint scanner and plastic casing

0. phoneArena 26 Jan 2014, 12:17 posted on

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some amazing calls thanks to her connection with Apple. Last year, he made a prescient call on the TouchID fingerprint scanner for the Apple iPhone 5s Now, Kuo takes on the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a research note sent out to his clients. According to Kuo, there will be two versions of the phone, one he calls 'Prime' and the other he calls 'Standard'. Both, alas, are made of plastic...

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posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:24 12

1. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Come on man, why always that plastic, sorry but i don't like the materials you use Samsung... I want to see a more industrial design, you will sell a lot more than you already do ;-)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:30 1

3. Feanor (Posts: 733; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I think they may still have problems to produce their massive amounts of Galaxy S#'s out of premium materials. Apple has found the way, they haven't still... This may explain the rumoured division between plastic S line and metal F line; They can give to people who care about premium builds what they want with the F line, and for they mainstream buyers they can still reach the necessary numbers.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:50 1

8. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Sorry, forgot about the F line, still a good way from Samsung to let consumers choose what kind of style they like.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:08 7

40. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


You call making a phone out of fragile glass to be "premium materials".

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 22:39 6

63. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Thank you thank you....I'm tired of this "plastic can't be premium" nonsense..Samsung makes sturdy phones and they look good...I don't want a glass phone that looks sexy but breaks...I'm more concerned about the UI and the internals

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:07 2

10. Mrmark (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


The consumer always sets the tone for what is considered premium content!

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:12 5

23. Finalflash (Posts: 3223; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, but the jewellery crowd largely doesn't get that. I personally like the soft feeling of the nexus 5 over the cold metal of my current phone (padfone inifinty). Likely will look to non-metal phones next round.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:14 2

12. -Shadow- (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


the only thing that was wrong with Samsungs materials they already fixed with note 3 which was the glosy back, Also selling numbers would not increase much just because of materials

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:21 5

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What's wrong with plastic? My 5s is metal, my note 3 is plastic. Both phones feel absolutely great in my hand. I'm more concerned with these phones getting too big vs what they're made from.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:04 5

22. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


So where is S5 active, S5 zoom, S5 mini, S5 korean, S5 neo, S5 duos besides S5 prime and S5 standard?

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 15:02 15

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Have no idea how you came up with that, as a response to mine.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 17:50 5

37. tedkord (Posts: 12291; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You said something remotely complimentary about Samsung. He had to attack that.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:45 1

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Guess so huh?

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:11

41. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


With regards to screensize, I'm drawing the line at
5.0-5.25 inch screen size, that's it.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 20:37

53. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Funny, back when the first Note came out it was called ridiculous at 5.3 inch. That's only 0.05 inch more than your max. My limit is 6.0- 6.5 inches "if" done correctly. Any bigger it's basically a 7" tablet.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 20:43 1

56. techaman (unregistered)


I say they should have stopped at 4.8

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:27 6

25. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If all you care about are materials just wait for the HTC One sequel. I just don't see the perfect phone fitting everyone's taste. All I hear is that the phone is too big, the phone is too small, no front facing speakers, old CPU, not enough ram, touchwiz sucks, no removable battery, no SD card, no 64gig model, Amoled screen are too vibrant and the list goes on and on.
The only way to have that perfect phone is for the OEM to build it too your specs from a selectable list of components, wait 2 weeks and pay a premium. And when you get the phone you can download vanilla Android or whatever skin jobs are available. With Android that is possible.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 16:10

31. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 280; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


A pair of Samsung Galaxy S5Cs... smh

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:07 2

39. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Who cares! You know your going to get a case anyway! Personally, I don't like spending $175 on an insurance replacement, so I use a DualTek case.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 19:11 5

51. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I disagree. I prefer plastic materials since my phones always have been in cases. I would rather have a lighter phone than some fragile alluminum or glass anyday.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 20:46

57. techaman (unregistered)


I wish they would talk with tech21 and make a body using D30 tech mixed with Kevlar or carbon tubes

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 20:40

54. techaman (unregistered)


I mean really we all know samsung is not stupid they would never release a gs5 flagship with 32bit both prime and standard would never be both plastic after all the people on the planet have said no to it.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 04:51

68. XaErO (Posts: 325; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I believe plastic is good, but it should be of good quality and should give a more premium feel. But that's just my opinion.

I'm looking forward to what "New Generation Processor" Samsung will bring and how they really optimize "TouchWiz" for performance this time.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:26 3

2. Feanor (Posts: 733; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Uh? What's the point of these two versions? Someone wanna shed some light on this?

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:35

16. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


They have different processors and resolutions, so probably high-end vs mid-high-end.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 19:18 1

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The S4 had two editions - one for the U.S. LTE universe (SD600) and one for everywhere else (Exynos). The S5 iteration, if true, continues the separation. Although if the SD800 edition gets only a HD display, I suspect sales will suffer, as the 2014 flagship market seems to be setting expectations for QHD displays.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:50 2

19. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


more like 5s & 5c :)) copying apples move again.
if... this is true. which i dont think it is bcuz sammy wil surely use 64bit cpu for s5

ps i think note 3 is the best phone in the world so dont think of me as a sammy hater.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 16:34 4

33. promise7 (Posts: 884; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


If this move is to copy Apple, then I don't think Samsung is doing it right. Apple, in my opinion, made the 5c to drive the 5s sales up. I don't think this move will work with a Android phone.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 01:31

67. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Of course, you forgot that everything else that Apple copied.. like releasing a plastic phone after copying samsung coz samsung always releases flagship & its mini version..

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:35 4

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I think there will be another difference between "prime" and "standard" and I really hope it happens. In my opinion, "prime" will and must be made of premium material.

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