Kuo: Two versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 coming, both with fingerprint scanner and plastic casing

Kuo: Two versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 coming, both with fingerprint scanner and plastic casing
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some amazing calls thanks to his 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.

One major difference between 'Prime' and 'Standard' is under the hood. The former will feature a 32-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 5430, made using a 20nm process. The latter will be powered by a 32-bit quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, produced using the 28nm process or a 32-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422, also manufactured with the 28nm process.

Another difference is with the screen. While both versions have a 5.2 inch display, the 'Prime' model has a resolution of 1440 x 2560, which works out to a mind blowing 565ppi pixel density. The 'Standard' screen carries a resolution of 1080 x 1920 for a pixel density of 423ppi.

The rest of the specs are the same across the board including 3GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera and a front-facing 2MP one. Both models include the fingerprint scanner, 3D Gesture Support, and a 2850mAh battery.

Will Kuo prove to be as good a forecaster for the Galaxy S5 as he was for the iPhone? That won't be known until Samsung takes the wrapping off its new flagship model, which could happen as soon as next month.


via: AppleInsider

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73 Comments

1. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Come on man, why always that plastic, sorry but i don't like the materials you use Samsung... I want to see a more industrial design, you will sell a lot more than you already do ;-)

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think they may still have problems to produce their massive amounts of Galaxy S#'s out of premium materials. Apple has found the way, they haven't still... This may explain the rumoured division between plastic S line and metal F line; They can give to people who care about premium builds what they want with the F line, and for they mainstream buyers they can still reach the necessary numbers.

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Sorry, forgot about the F line, still a good way from Samsung to let consumers choose what kind of style they like.

40. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

You call making a phone out of fragile glass to be "premium materials".

63. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Thank you thank you....I'm tired of this "plastic can't be premium" nonsense..Samsung makes sturdy phones and they look good...I don't want a glass phone that looks sexy but breaks...I'm more concerned about the UI and the internals

10. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

The consumer always sets the tone for what is considered premium content!

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but the jewellery crowd largely doesn't get that. I personally like the soft feeling of the nexus 5 over the cold metal of my current phone (padfone inifinty). Likely will look to non-metal phones next round.

12. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

the only thing that was wrong with Samsungs materials they already fixed with note 3 which was the glosy back, Also selling numbers would not increase much just because of materials

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's wrong with plastic? My 5s is metal, my note 3 is plastic. Both phones feel absolutely great in my hand. I'm more concerned with these phones getting too big vs what they're made from.

22. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

So where is S5 active, S5 zoom, S5 mini, S5 korean, S5 neo, S5 duos besides S5 prime and S5 standard?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Have no idea how you came up with that, as a response to mine.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You said something remotely complimentary about Samsung. He had to attack that.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Guess so huh?

41. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

With regards to screensize, I'm drawing the line at 5.0-5.25 inch screen size, that's it.

53. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Funny, back when the first Note came out it was called ridiculous at 5.3 inch. That's only 0.05 inch more than your max. My limit is 6.0- 6.5 inches "if" done correctly. Any bigger it's basically a 7" tablet.

56. techaman unregistered

I say they should have stopped at 4.8

25. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If all you care about are materials just wait for the HTC One sequel. I just don't see the perfect phone fitting everyone's taste. All I hear is that the phone is too big, the phone is too small, no front facing speakers, old CPU, not enough ram, touchwiz sucks, no removable battery, no SD card, no 64gig model, Amoled screen are too vibrant and the list goes on and on. The only way to have that perfect phone is for the OEM to build it too your specs from a selectable list of components, wait 2 weeks and pay a premium. And when you get the phone you can download vanilla Android or whatever skin jobs are available. With Android that is possible.

31. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

A pair of Samsung Galaxy S5Cs... smh

39. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

Who cares! You know your going to get a case anyway! Personally, I don't like spending $175 on an insurance replacement, so I use a DualTek case.

51. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I disagree. I prefer plastic materials since my phones always have been in cases. I would rather have a lighter phone than some fragile alluminum or glass anyday.

57. techaman unregistered

I wish they would talk with tech21 and make a body using D30 tech mixed with Kevlar or carbon tubes

54. techaman unregistered

I mean really we all know samsung is not stupid they would never release a gs5 flagship with 32bit both prime and standard would never be both plastic after all the people on the planet have said no to it.

68. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I believe plastic is good, but it should be of good quality and should give a more premium feel. But that's just my opinion. I'm looking forward to what "New Generation Processor" Samsung will bring and how they really optimize "TouchWiz" for performance this time.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Uh? What's the point of these two versions? Someone wanna shed some light on this?

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They have different processors and resolutions, so probably high-end vs mid-high-end.

52. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The S4 had two editions - one for the U.S. LTE universe (SD600) and one for everywhere else (Exynos). The S5 iteration, if true, continues the separation. Although if the SD800 edition gets only a HD display, I suspect sales will suffer, as the 2014 flagship market seems to be setting expectations for QHD displays.

19. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

more like 5s & 5c :)) copying apples move again. if... this is true. which i dont think it is bcuz sammy wil surely use 64bit cpu for s5 ps i think note 3 is the best phone in the world so dont think of me as a sammy hater.

33. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If this move is to copy Apple, then I don't think Samsung is doing it right. Apple, in my opinion, made the 5c to drive the 5s sales up. I don't think this move will work with a Android phone.

67. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Of course, you forgot that everything else that Apple copied.. like releasing a plastic phone after copying samsung coz samsung always releases flagship & its mini version..

4. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think there will be another difference between "prime" and "standard" and I really hope it happens. In my opinion, "prime" will and must be made of premium material.

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