Galaxy S5 might hit production in January with metal and plastic versions, plus 4000 mAh battery

Galaxy S5 might hit production in January with metal and plastic versions, plus 4000 mAh battery
Korean media is shining some light on the alleged Samsung plans for the Galaxy S5. There will be two versions, it hints, one with a premium metallic chassis and the other with the regular plastic. Two processors will also be in play -a Snapdragon one, presumably the newest 805 - and a 64-bit Samsung Exynos Octa.

It is not clear yet which processor will go in which chassis, though we'd wager to bet the premium metal one will get the premium 64-bit processor, and Samsung can charge an arm and a leg for the resulting device, given that it won't be able to make nearly enough Exynos units to satisfy demand for a phone such as the S5. Speaking about demand, Samsung is more modest with its sales expectations this year, insiders reveal, unlike what it forecast with the S4. It aims for 70% of the S4 sales, and production is slated to begin in January, ramping up to a February announcement and March launch.

The rest of the specs are rather predictable, save for the humongous battery size cited. The Koreans say the AMOLED display is planned to have a screen diagonal in the 5" realm, and a flexible display version is in the mix. We saw a metal frame that fits a 5.3-incher leaked already, plus a Samsung exec presentation cited a 560ppi 2560x1440 pixels mobile display in the works for next year, which returns roughly that screen size as well.

Galaxy S5 is also claimed to have 3 GB of RAM, 16 MP rear camera and 2 MP frontal one, though nothing is mentioned about a possible OIS system in the main camera module. What caught us by surprise, however, is the battery capacity cited by the eventual insiders. We know Samsung has been experimenting with stacked and bendable batteries, but 4000 mAh is a huge unit by any measure, so we cross fingers that one stays true, especially given the eventual UltraHD screen resolution.

source: ETNews via



1. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

It will not sell well. 16mp is old news. At 5+ it will be too big. The ppi race is also 3 years old. Blow us away with a great camera huge battery and 4.5-4.7 inches and I'd bet it will sell out preorders

2. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

I disagree, the S4's screen size is very nice and versatile, plus you said that all those features are old and then say that the phone should be 4.5 - 4.7 inches like the S2... 5.2 inches with minimal bezel will most likely the target for Samsung's next galaxy Flagship, and will sell well.

56. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No, I seriously doubt it will sell that well. People that are buying a S4 don't want a Note sized phone. 5.0 inches was already too big. If the 5.3 inch size remains true, I won't buy. 4.5-4.7 is the ideal size. Personally, I was hoping to upgrade from the S4 to the S5 because of OIS. But I will not buy a note sized phone.

64. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

The Galaxy S3 and the S4 have virtually the same size chassis... I don't see another .2 inches making much of a difference, Mr.14545

65. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Please don't give me that stupid argument. I know the S4 and S3 have the same size chassis. The S3 was too big too. The Moto X is about the perfect size, but I just don't like it from a feature standpoint. I have the S4, but it is too big. And if you add ".2" to it, you are going from a phone to a "phablet". If I wanted a "phablet", I would by a note.

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Where's the down vote button when you need one? Very, very few people want a 4.5" screen. Look at all the best selling android phones of the last two years. Galaxy S4 with it's 5" screen is the best selling android phone of all time. Not a coincidence that it has a big screen. That form factor is perfect. Galaxy nexus, S3, S4, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, HTC One all have similar external dimensions. Why? Because that's the right size that the market wants. Don't like it? Get a moto x.

57. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

There are many people like me that bought a "5.0 inch" phone because of the latest specs. I won't keep going up. I can't use my S4 as it is with one hand.

63. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I WISH there was a damn vote down button, especially on Phone Arena. Who the hell seriously wants a 4.5" screen? People complain that above 4.5" is "too big" cause they're used to having tiny iPhones and probably never hold anything larger than 4". ;) But at the same time they try to complain that "soo many pixels is not necessary". Simply because the lame iPhone's display isn't that high def, doesn't mean you can't notice a major difference when seeing a higher res screen. It matters! So which is it? Why not have a super high resolution display that is also larger than 4" so u actually have some screen real estate to work with? I think somewhere in the 5-5.5" screen size is pretty much perfect. I have a Note 3 and it's gorgeous but I'm starting to find it a little cumbersome to work with. Especially when it jams me in the ribs while it's in my jacket pocket and I try to tie my shoes. I will probably sell it and pick up the S5 if it lives up to the rumours.

66. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Dude, if everyone wanted a "note" sized device then why the he77 is the note not outselling the GS4? Also, that doesn't mean I want a stupid "iphone". I have never had an iphone, and I don't want to start now. So stop with the stupid ignorant comments.

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

4,5-4,7 inches is now a different category. High-end phones are coming with 5"+ display, but I would be happy with a 4,5" flagship as well.

8. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Then get the Moto X. The market has spoken. The demand for screen size is around 5" with the external dimensions similar to the S4. I happen to agree with the market.

16. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I think you think you are the market. 2 people expressed opinions that they'd wish to have a more compact phone and you're basically telling them that they are wrong. Where's 1000 down votes for you? And your argument for "The market has spoken" is totally foolish. Short of the HTC One mini, no manufacturer has legitimately attempted to offer a small (

26. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yes they have. Moto X. And it failed. Despite being a great phone.

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Failed? Seriously? OK buddy.

59. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What the h377 are you talking about? The X is only sold in the US. Also, you don't know the dynamics of in store marketing or how the moto maker exclusivity altered sales. Last, the X, while being a nice phone, doesn't have features that Samsung and HTC have. So if you buy a phone for baked in features then you lose that with a moto x. So please don't say the "market has spoken" when you don't have a clue. The market can't "speak" when there is only one manufacturer with one phone in one market.

58. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Exactly. That's my point.

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

4.5" to 4.7" is way too small as mainsteam.

31. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Lol k so at this rate 6.5 will be mainstream in two years? I'll be the guy laughing when u hold a laptop to ur head

39. Abo3amood

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Nope I'll hold a slipper instead xD yet like 5+ inches. Why don't we speak holding tabs now ?! People don't like it so they won't make foolishly large phones a phablet differs from a large screened phone from a small screened phone from a tab xD

43. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

False. That argument was used over 2 years ago when the Galaxy Nexus and came out. That was 4.7" Now we're at 5.0" within the same envelope dimensions. We can hit 5.2" without increasing the overall size next year. That's over three years of flagship phones without increasing the size of the phone. I'd say it's pretty clear what mainstream determined is the correct phone size.

51. zahirkhan777

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

I bet galaxy s5 will have 5.2 or 5.3" screen in body size Of galaxy s4 32gb built in 3000mah battery not 4000mah 3gb n 4gb version ram front cam is 2b 5mp And some new softwares like air gustr smart pause

46. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It will not sale well? Well what about iphone? Its 8mp is a new news? Dual core is the news which i heard just today, there were no dual core before... OMG iphone is bringing everything from future... they made 2050's phone in 2013... yes you are right, Samsung stands no chance... beside that your point is valid, 5+ is really toooo big for kids, iphone is ok!... ppi race is old and no wonder why all manufacturets are running in this race since the advent of display... and again you are right, blow us away by putting some dynamite in the bettery and the sales will be awesome

48. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

IPhone sells well because it's a good phone at a smaller scale. It also sells well because it's a status symbol now.

3. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

If they use a metal frame at 5+ inches and a 4000mah battery then this thing will be a brick.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Galaxy S3 and S4 and Note 3 all have a metal chassis. I'd be surprised if there was external metal on the S5. It just doesn't make sense on a phone. It scratches, dents, chips and blocks cell reception. Stick to plastic please. Samsung just needs to up the quality of the plastic it uses.

11. Username.

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Plastic is cheap and low quality. Old-Skool days, Samsung use to use metal and Stainles-Stell. Look at the Lenovo K900, iP5, great build with superb to look and touch. Plastic is degrading. Why cant you look after your devices?

13. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Cause even Apple can't and it's scratched out of box? Plastic is not cheap, it's a name for a whole range of different materials from softest to some of the hardest you'll ever find, so yes, Samsung can improve on the plastic they are currently using just like Apple could improve on it's metal build.

21. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012 Is this the "metal chassis" the S3 has? Seems like the S3 is all plastic to me...

27. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

No, its this one: It's not much metal, and I wish I could have found a better reference, but that's the metal chassis (after melting off all of the plastic) I assure you it's in there. Surprising right?

32. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

For comparison the HTC ones inside is all plastic and glue.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.