Bloomberg: Galaxy S5 might be priced lower than usual, coming with sharper 5.2" display, and a larger battery

Bloomberg: Galaxy S5 might be priced lower than usual, coming with sharper 5.2" display, and a larger battery
Citing "a person with direct knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg pins the screen size of the upcoming Galaxy S5 to be 5.2 inches - no ifs, buts or maybes. That's a tad larger than the panel of the S4, and a diagonal that's been bandied about many times before.

The renowned business publication also calls the S5's display "sharper," likely meaning a higher resolution will be in store, just as speculated. Given that the S4 has a 1080p screen, we'd wager to say that a Quad HD (1440x2560 pixels) display might indeed be in store for us, come Monday's Unpacked event at the MWC. If this resolution pans out, Galaxy S5 will be the first major brand-name manufacturer to announce a QHD flagship. The best part is that you'll probably be able to put your hands on its insane 560ppi pixel density as soon as next month, if Samsung release date habits are any indication.

Bloomberg goes on to say that the S5 is tipped to come with an "improved battery and camera," too, which is arguably an indirect confirmation that the phone could be equipped with a higher resolution, 16 MP camera, and a bigger battery. So far it reads like a recipe for success, but Bloomberg cites another source, this time on the carrier side, saying that "Samsung hasn’t given carriers a selling price yet amid a debate about whether the new phone should be cheaper than previous S models."

This last point certainly sounds like music to our ears, but we wouldn't put much faith into it, until an S5 flagship pops up for, say, $150 on contract. With a cheaper than usual price, Samsung will boost its diminishing Galaxy S line shipments and please analysts, while carriers and end users will get to pay less - sounds like a triple whammy, but let's not put the cart before the horse just yet. You can bet we'll be there for the official unveiling next Monday, and will cover every nook and cranny of the Galaxy S5 for your geeky pleasure.

source: Bloomberg

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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63 Comments

57. predateur

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 18, 2014

We haven't heard over and over again for the last couple of years. Then every quarter they sell the double the smartphones of anyone else, and your but hurt double.

53. giri.1131

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

The galaxy s5 will rule the first half of the year but am waiting for the note 4 cause that will be even better and my note 3 is keeping life simple for me right now :) - - A very happy note 3 user

52. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Hope to see camera low light improvements and performance.

51. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

If any time to win people over it would be now. The past galaxy devices are meh at best. The S5 at least has a chance to show what samsung can actually do besides packing useless features into one ugly piece of plastic. I think they care more about this device than any of their other devices. I still think it will be a let down with that pointless QHD. I'm sick of my G2's bad build quality. I didn't buy a case right away this time and scratches everywhere, and a couple chips. I dropped it like twice from waist high, in my car down the side of the seat. Not much damage should happen there. Don't think samsung will do any better with their plastic. Unless they don't choose plastic, but lets be honest. So far all these flagships that are coming out still feel like last year to me. Nothing new really coming out. Samsung is samsung, HTC is putting two cameras on it's new device, Sony keeps it's sony look. Stop being so boring

60. givemespecs unregistered

Dude, you drop any phone and it will mark up. The one thing that bugs me about most of these phones is the shiny slippy backs to them. They need to be a bit more tactile to provide better grip, especially the larger screened phone which you have to shift in your hand to get to the upper parts of the screen.

50. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Really can't wait to see what's there in Samsung Galaxy S5 .. Also expecting Touchwiz to come with more handy features and most of all; it should perform faster than ever and be very responsive.

44. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

The best gets better..improve battery life

43. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I buy all my phones OFF contract. Cash and go.

40. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Yawn. Another Chinese or whatever wanna-be iPhone. Next, please.

41. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Like how ios 7 is a wannabe android/windows phone?

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Could care less which company makes a good phone - I just want a good phone, and if there is something that I do not like about it, then I want the ability to change it....

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Is this is all real - at 149.00 for a 2 yr contract, it is a great value

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

iffffffff

30. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is my guess: Standard lineup will start at $149 Flagship lineup will start at $199

23. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Homescreen resembles Windows Phone.

35. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

As a Windows Phone user, I say nope. Aside from the square design, nothing resembles WP. Besides, tiles on WP usually have only 2 colors and do not show much information. I already got regtangle and square widgets on my current Samsung phone. :D

21. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

watch the QHD display drain the battery like it ain't even there

20. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I used Samsung for years but after my G2 there is no going back.

25. gabriel2

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

may i ask whats the differenece between the two cos lg is cheaply copying samsung

42. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The biggest different is LG doesn't update as well as Samsung.

58. givemespecs unregistered

Yeah I love the rear buttons on the Samsung S4, the minimal bezel, the 5.25" screen,

59. givemespecs unregistered

oh..and the step battery giving at least 2 days use, stretching to 3 days with low use.

36. world

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 18, 2014

Lol... Yh LG copies Samsung so the difference isn't much.

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Stay geeky my friends

16. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Yeah, sammy doesn't do it for me. Not a fan of cheap feeling phones with cartoon UI. Selling more doesn't mean your the best, Toyota outsells all other cars, they aren't better, more people just blindly buy them because everyone else does,lol, same with the Toyota S5.

22. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Ouch.. poor little thing.. getting pissed off because some companies make a good product and become a hit.. take a pill and chill..

24. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

What a baby.

28. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

So you dont like iPhone then.....with the cheap cartoony OS???. And Toyotas did outsell all other cars for the longest time because they are the best. When they moved into the US for manufacturing is when the issues started. Hope the same dosent happen to Motorola.

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Iphones have a cartoon UI....huh

46. netholio

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Toyota outsells other cars, has way fewer recalls=better quality. Samsung also offers a similar experience in the mobile world - this is reflected in sales of both "devices" that you want to compare in your post. You are just a troll - haha

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