1. Galaxy S5 may have a 5"+ display with staggering 2560 x 1440 resolution
Samsung has some of the most controversial displays when it comes to mobile devices. Its AMOLED technology is loved by some, and despised by others. Anyway, in our opinion, there isn't any doubt that the Galaxy S5 will yet again feature an AMOLED screen. However, unofficial sources claim that this time around we may even see a bigger panel than the 5 inches of the GS4. Some claim it's going to be a 5.3" display, others don't provide exact numbers, but overall, the chances for a bigger screen are good. What's even more interesting is that some seem to believe that the Galaxy S5's screen will have the mind-blowing resolution of 1440 x 2560! If this turns out true, it would result in the staggering pixel density - imagine the level of clarity with such a display!
2. Galaxy S5 may sport a PLS LCD display instead of an AMOLED one
Rumor has it that Samsung may be considering the use of a PLS LCD display panel in the upcoming Galaxy S5, leaving its AMOLED screen tech to the side. While this sure sounds unlikely, the sources argue that the giant is starting to feel the pressure from Chinese companies like Oppo, Xioami and others, which are offering better and better technology at lower and lower prices. Switching to its own take on the current-gen LCD screen, Samsung is said to considerably cut the production cost of its next-gen flagship. We're serving this rumor with a nice grain of salt. Still, there seem to be some other sources that claim Samsung is instead going to switch to the so-called LTPS (low-temperature, polysilicon) LCD tech, which is being developed by Sharp. Additionally, the so-called Air Gestures in TouchWiz are said to get a big boost with the GS5, due to upgraded Synaptics technology, we is said to recognize and track multiple fingers at the same time. It would be interesting to see what kind of uses Samsung has thought of.
3. Galaxy S5 may sport a new, 64-bit Exynos chipset
Well, we can't really say that Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset has been very successful - we've hardly seen this silicon buddy! Still, rumor has it that Samsung is gearing up to equip the Galaxy S5 with a brand new version of the beloved Exynos - one that features a 64-bit architecture - just like the iPhone 5s' A7 SoC. If that's the case, we absolutely can't wait to see how this bad boy's going to perform in real world (and in performance benchmarks), but alas, we'll have to wait a bit more for that. Other, however, think that Samsung will once again choose to out two versions of its product - one with the Exynos 64-bit and one with the Snapdragon 805 - Qualcomm's latest and greatest chipset. In any case, we're sure the Galaxy S 5 is going to be a monster, but we do hope that the Exynos version will see some wider availability this time.
4. The Samsung Galaxy S5 may pack the healthy 4 GB of RAM
Always looking to increase them numbers, Samsung is said to equip the GS5 with the healthy amount of 4 gigabytes of RAM memory. In case the device really features a 64-bit Exynos processor, then that's certainly possible. However, there are some counter-rumors that the Galaxy S5 is going to have not 4, but 3 GB of RAM. By the looks of it, both theories may turn out correct. For example, if there are two versions of the phone, the one with the Exynos 64-bit chipset may have 4 GB RAM, while the Snapdragon 805-powered one may sport 3 gigs.
5. 16 MP camera with OIS
The Galaxy S4's 13 MP camera is still among the very best around, but it's already starting to feel inferior to some of the newcomers. Of course, Samsung will be looking to remedy this with a new sensor, and by the looks of it, it's going to be a 16 MP camera with optical image stabilization. While we don't know much else about the GS5's camera, some claim that it's going to offer "up to 8 times brighter" images when shooting indoors. Whether or not we'd like to have indoor images that are 8 times brighter than our current ones is debatable, but let's just say that they mean the camera is going to be substantially better in low-light scenarios. The front-facing, 'selfie' shooter is said to have a resolution of 2 MP.
6. 2900 mAh battery with fast charging, or a 3200 mAh battery
Smartphone batteries are always a hot topic, and we guess Samsung realizes this. In this relation, there's a rumor that the Galaxy S5 will come with a larger, 2900 mAh juicer. This battery will, allegedly, not only have 300 mAh more than the one of the GS4, but will also feature a new kind of tech that will allow it to recharge faster than normal. Sounds very cool, doesn't it? Meanwhile, though, notorious Russian leaker, Eldar Murtazin, has stated that the GS5 will, instead, be powered by a 3200 mAh juice pack. Hmm, which rumor should we believe...
7. Galaxy S5 may sport a fingerprint sensor
Well, the iPhone 5s has it, so it only makes sense for Samsung to consider installing a fingerprint sensor of some sort on the Galaxy S5. Word is the Koreans are going to do just that, although it's not clear yet if the sensor they are going to go for will be of the swipe type (as in the HTC One max), or of the touch type (as in the iPhone 5s). If you ask us, having this bonus security feature certainly isn't going to hurt... as long as it's done right. According to some unofficial sources, Samsung is to get its fingerprint sensors from Sweden-based Fingerprint Cards (provides both swipe and touch sensors), while others believe that the sensors will be provided by a Californian company, named Validity Sensors (provides swipe sensors only). Meanwhile, there are some fresh rumors that the fingerprint scanner of the device might be built right into the display, courtesy of Synaptics' super-sensitive touchscreen tech. Interestingly, there are also some other rumors, claiming that the S5 will feature an iris scanner instead, though this has already been rejected, mostly due to lack of evidence.
8. A GS5 in plastic, and a GS5 in metal
One of the wildest rumors we've heard about the Galaxy S5 is that it may come with two different designs - one made of plastic, and one made of metal. It sure sounds crazy, but this is Samsung we're talking about, so pretty much everything's possible. The company has long been accused of outfitting its wonderful internals with uninspired pieces of cheap plastic, so who knows, that may be the way they've chosen to check how the market is really going to react to a metal Galaxy S smartphone, without taking out the plastic option completely.
9. New TouchWiz UI style
As what you see here is a real invitation sent by Samsung, we believe that the company's upcoming Android flagship will be running a brand new version of the TouchWiz user interface. There have been some prior leaks which depicted a magazine-style UI, but at this point, we can't be sure if that really has anything to do with the real deal. Still, by the looks of it, these circular, flat icons are most probably going to make their way to the official thing. Let's hope that Sammy will get it right with its software this time!
10. Conference video call feature baked in
Little is known about the next-generation of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. We sure hope that a major redesign is in the works, but whether or not it's going to happen remain to be seen. Still, we may have already heard about one of the new software features that the Galaxy S5 is going to introduce (you know Samsung likes stuffing its phones with features, right?) - conference video calls! Not that you can't achieve it with a third-party service (or Google's Hangouts app), but it seems that in typical Samsung fashion, the South Koreans are going to come up with an alternative option once again.
11. Galaxy S5 release date in Q1
That's probably the juiciest bit we have about the Samsung Galaxy S5. Now, according to some sources, Samsung isn't very happy with the Galaxy S4's current performance on the market, which is why it'll be looking to release its successor earlier than usual. Usually, the Galaxy S smartphones get released in the April - May time-frame, but this time, Samsung is said to be pulling the launch earlier, to February or March. Most recently, notorious Russian leaker, Eldar Murtazin, has posted on Twitter that Samsung is expected to introduce the GS5 at a pre-MWC event on February 27. While this sounds unlikely, as Samsung usually organizes its own events for the purpose, Mr. Murtazin has been right many times in the past, so who knows - that may, indeed, be the case!
When it comes to price, there isn't any information just yet, but we can make some educated guesses. The major carriers in the United States graced the Galaxy S4 with a $199.99 price-tag on a two-year contract. There is no reason to believe that carriers may choose a different galaxy S5 pricing. Internationally, an unlocked Galaxy S5 will probably be offered at a 'popular flagship' price of somewhere between 600 and 700 €.
12. Evidence for an MWC 2014 announcement
Well, here's an evidence that's rather hard to argue with. This is an invitation by Samsung, which clearly asks us to join them on February 24 and enjoy the grandeur of the Unpacked5 event. The fact that it's going to be an Unpacked event, coupled with that 5 in the superscript, obviously leads us to believe that the Galaxy S5 will, indeed, be announced at MWC. Of course, it could all just be a big publicity trick by good-ole Sammy.
13. Possible Galaxy S5 model numbers
We don't know if this leak is to be trusted or not, but it allegedly shows the model numbers attached to those carrier-specific Galaxy S5 models. Write yours down - it might come in useful at a later time!
14. Life Times diary app
A new Samsung app is on its way to the GS5, according to a recent leak, and thankfully, there's an actual evidence for it, in the form of some screenshots. Dubbed "Life Times", the new app is something of a diary that is being compiled automatically by your smartphone as you go through the day. We're talking a richer kind of diary, one that uses a plethora of sources to feed content onto its virtual pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, but also your call logs, e-mails, messages and so on. This will allow Life Times to sketch a fairly informative snapshot of your day. Well, if there's something we can say about this app right now, is that it sure sound Samsung-y and quite possible.
15. Galaxy S5 to come in rugged "Active" and camera-centric "Zoom" forms
If some published data by Indian import database, Zauba, and Korean tech media could by of any indication, then Samsung is most likely to repeat itself this year, by launching some more niche variations of its Galaxy S5. To be more specific, chances are that there's going to be a Galaxy S5 Zoom, with a real point-and-shoot lens mounted on its back, as well as a Galaxy S5 Active, which will add a sturdier exterior to the company's winning formula. Could be... could be...
16. On-screen buttons, instead of off-screen ones
For the first time ever, Samsung is believed to go the Google way and replace the capacitive, physical navigation keys with on-screen ones. We don't know if we really like the idea of this, since these buttons usually equal wasted screen space, but if it would mean a phone with smaller bezels, then sure - why not!
17. Alleged Galaxy S5 box contents
We tend to prefer dealing with solid evidence, and while this alleged Galaxy S5 retail box picture certainly doesn't qualify, it does look rather convincing. According to the data that it reveals, the GS5 will feature some of the specs we've seen rumored time and time again, such as 5.25" QHD display, 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 20 MP camera and more.