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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48. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)
What exactly does having 64-bit do to improve performance?
Load webpages any faster?
50. spasticpat (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Well I'm personally not really that worried about it, and from what I've read it's good for like high-end games and things like that. I was just saying that I though I'd read somewhere that Samsung had said that they're preparing for 64-bit phones in the next year (2014) and this analyst is saying 32-bit. And I'd assume the GS5 most likely being the flagship phone, they'd want to pump all the high-end specs they can into it.
58. techaman (unregistered)
Apple jumped the gun with the 64bit all chip makers were giving to release then 2014 apps programs and everything to do with phone will be 64 bit, no company other then Apple would release a flagship against a competitor with a device having old tech, Apple can get away with it because they don't update much and have few handsets plus apples buys think whatever's put out by Apple is the best thing ever made no matter what's in it.
59. boomboom (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
I don't care whether its metal build or plastic or glass, I m only concerned about design in this case. I only wish samsung to make one premium looking phone like other manufacturer even if they r using plastic.
60. NoFanboy (Posts: 295; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)
Every year I get my hopes up for a metal samsung galaxy s.... Then this happens.
61. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Does it really matter because most of us cases to protect our phones?
62. iqjumpuw (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
So many desperate losers going crazy over rumors. Until the phone comes out and you actually see one for yourself, just relax. I just don't understand why some of you get so worked up because an upcoming phone isn't 100% to your liking. If you really think you can design a better phone, go be a phone designer yourself. I dare you to make something that EVERYONE will like. Also, about plastic phones... Who here doesn't use a case? When you buy a $500-700 phone, do you not get either a plastic or rubber case over it? I swear 9 out of 10 people buy cases to protect their phone. Why does it matter so much then?
64. CreeDiddy (Posts: 576; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Unfortunately, if the specs are indeed confirmed, expect Samsung to loose market share to other Android vendors, Nokia, and Apple.
Samsung does not need a low end phone, but a premium phone along with their Note lineup.
Here is what will happen....As a result of the "Standard" line many people will go with these handsets, thus lowering Samsung's profitability. This will indeed backfire their profits and many buyers won't need 2560x1440 screen and 3GB of RAM.
Big mistake on Samsung on releasing two phones that will be virtually identical.
65. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)
7 more weeks to go and we'll know. I'm assuming Samsung's Unpacked event is around the middle of March.
66. mmmanuuu (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Samsung : We are using the best premium version of plastic ever produced !! We know how to make faux leather out of plastic !! We will make aluminium body too out of plastic !!! Those who want our phones, go get it, others go cry for it. Period !!!!
72. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
Apple releases two devices and now Sammy does too. Pattern here?
73. Azure01 (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
If his predictions are true I'm willing to bet we'll get the latter, weaker version here in the states. While everyone overseas gets the 14k version.