Galaxy S5 tipped to come with 20 MP camera and 'state of the art iris sensor', still plastic

Galaxy S5 tipped to come with 20 MP camera and 'state of the art iris sensor', still plastic
We got tipped on some speculated details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, half of which corroborate what we've heard before from other sources. but a few different tidbits are rather interesting. Bear in mind this is just one source hinting at stuff, so it could be all just wishful thinking, despite sounding rather detailed and plausible.

The tipster claims that Galaxy S5 will sport a 2K QHD display, which we've already heard numerous times, and is not hard to believe, considering that LG and Sony are also rumored to release flagships with 1440x2560 pixel screens. They also state that the S5 will come with a 2900 mAh battery, not the 4000 mAh unit bandied about before. In fact, the latest we heard is that the handset will sport a 2900 mAh juicer indeed, with rapid charging tech, so that's not hard to believe either.

Here we arrive to the more exotic claims. Our tipster says outright that the camera on the back is going to be 20 MP, which will put the Galaxy S5 in line with the camera on the Xperia Z1 and the upcoming Z2, and up there with the highest-resolution cameras on an Android handset. That's the new thing, as so far every leak has pointed to a 16 MP rear cam to be on the S5, made with Samsung's ISOCELL technology, and perhaps with optical image stabilization, if OIS modules yield is enough to cover the number of sales an S5 is expected to amass. That rumored 20 MP camera is said to record 4K video, and simultaneously snap pictures while recording, too. Those claims aren't hard to trust either, considering we will likely have a new, more powerful processor in the S5, and 4K recording has been unlocked even on some current handsets, like the Note 3.

In addition, the source confirms we will have some sort of a "state of the art iris sensor and wide range of health accessories," and that's not the first time we are hearing that the S5 will have an eye-scanner that will serve to unlock the device and possibly authorize services, similar to what Apple did with its TouchID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. The technology for this is out there, so we wouldn't bet against this rumor, too. What do you think about these claims, is there anything that piques your interest?

Last but not least, our tipster claims that those who are expecting the rumored metallic design, will be in for a disappointment, as the Galaxy S5 will be still made out of plastic, yet feature a different design language, compared to what we've come to expect from a Samsung flagship in the last few years. We don't know if the faux leather back of the Note 3 and Samsung's PRO tablet line counts as a "refreshed design", but certainly hope not.

Thanks for the tip, Rajdeep!

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

There is still nothing wrong with plastic - it's the thin shiny plastic that'd the problem, the thicker matte policarbonate on the Lumias is pretty good. Better than thin metal for sure.

10. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Right on. I hope the next flagship will be made of plastic. I would take a replaceable battery everyday over a unibody aluminum phone. It's more durable, much better in hot environments like where I live(dallas). And it makes it easier to customize my phone the way I like, there are hundreds of fancy battery door replacements on ebay and amazon.

11. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I agree, plastic is okay for me .. but it should be better build .. or something different like the Faux-Leather back on Note 3 .. it's awesome .. especially black color. Plastic makes the phone light and I feel better than metal, which is prone to scratches and dents.

36. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Actually metal feels premium (kinda cold,has weight) in the hands,thats why a lot of people prefer it over plastic,but durability and thermal conduction can be a problem,as well manufacturing issues (see defective htc one)

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Demo photos shown by Samsung from ISOCELL during CES: In low light: Source: Samsung Exynos twitter.

35. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013


37. Nobuga

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 31, 2013


18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes true and S5 will be awesome.

31. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I agree and hope that the plastic is of high quality and a matte finish or rubberized. Nokia and HTC's use of plastic are really good and durable but tend to add thickness but can also make the phone comfortable to hold. Let's not forget that Motorola makes some really tough phones that are plastic & kevlar with the only metal being some sort of ring around the body.

39. hapticg

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

Samsung needs to learn from HTC in terms of design. One X has plastic yet its feel is more premium than any samsung device ever created. I love it more than HTC One. Other than that samsung needs to keep doing what it does innovation

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

PLASTIC................. O__o It's not a big deal, but please use "premium plastic" like on the Note 3 this time, it's better than using cheap glossy plastic cuz it sucks. Or Samsung can also use the ceramic-like material like on the Oppo N1.

4. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

'Premium plastic' =))) . Do you work for samsung R&D by any chance ?!

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Uh...nope. :P

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I should've said "faux plastic" *facepalm*. Oh well, whatever plastic it is, no more glossy plastic. -__-

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

more like *faux leather plastic ;)

20. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

definitely there are many kinds of plastic

3. Rockbottom

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Plastic, Metal, Wood... the american public doesn't care what the phone is made of. There going to put a sparkle case around it anyways :) My problem with the S3 to the S4 was that it didn't feel as big of a leap like the Note 3 did from the Note 2 for me. I'm hoping they do something more than add camera modes that no one ever uses and a bigger battery. Besides hardware spec bumps, I'd like to see something different. Hopefully this nature UI goes away.

5. addicted2088

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Er, Phone Arena, is your tipster simply repeating what has already been said? Your battery tech rumor was refuted by the ones who made the battery tech, and I think the design part from your tipster is also using what Samsung's official said recently about the company having gone back to the drawing board for the design on the Galaxy S5.

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Faux plastic sounds like a plausible choice of material:P plastic so real that it feels just like it! Definitely a marketable feature!

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'll take polycarbonate over metal on my phone any day. With the iPhone scuffgate, Htc One denting so easily and Z1 bending issues, not to mention metal does drop RF quality, I prefer high quality polycarbonate like what is on the Nokia Lumia range.

23. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Strange, i own my One for quite a while now and mine is not dented nor scratched, it looks like new still...

13. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

2900 mAh is simply not big enough!

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

How is that the case? The G2 has a 3000mAh battery with about the same screen size & it's one of the kings of battery life. That's only 3% bigger. The name of the game is optimization, my friend. The relative size is not as important. The original Note had a 5.3" screen & a 2500mAh battery.

30. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Screen resolution too much for this battery

32. g2a5b0e unregistered

People need to get past the screen resolution thing. Higher resolution doesn't necessarily transfer to more battery being used. The Note 3's screen is more efficient than that of the Note 2.

40. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Search for LG G Flex (with HD screen) battery results. You will be surprised.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

I said not necessarily. I didn't say it was always the case.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Every plastic phone will suffer the token PhoneArena trademarked con: "Plastic build".

29. loginfailed

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2014


42. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Plastic > bent "premium" materials. :D Anyway, everybody puts a cover on their orichalcum-built phones. You only feel the phone naked for the first few minutes before you head to a cover kiosk.

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