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

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:17

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some amazing calls thanks to her 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...

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posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:48 6

5. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Gotta be fake, i remember when they said that the note 3 would have 4 different modls and look how that turned out!....Face it whoever says these don't have a clue unless its evleaks

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:49 1

7. Feanor (Posts: 845; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Hmm... half true. Apparently soon we will have a Note Lite coming out. So, not 4 models but still at least two...
In this regard Samsung are still masters of confusion.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:51

70. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Still would rather taken them over any other Android OEM though.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:13 3

11. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

We have 2 now , crapxynos and snapdragon

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:39 1

17. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Four note 3 variations are still very likely, I could count in the galaxy round and lite version rumors for now.
Sorry, is this rumor fake because it has nothing big for Samsung or because there's something relating to Apple? just curious

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:48 1

26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3787; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

While the Round is essentially a Note 3 with a curved screen & no S-Pen, I wouldn't classify it as a Note variant. That S-Pen is a critical part of the formula.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:15

42. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)

Yeah, evleaks can be taken seriously.
I'm sure a 5.25in screen and 1440p resolution is a safe bet though.
I don't care if it has 3GB's of RAM, or 4, so long as it's the newest & fastest k8nda RAM currently available.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:48

6. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

It's not official. It's a "prediction."

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:54 5

9. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

Solid source... Appleinsider

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:15

13. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Not very exciting, but I'm not going to believe it until I see it anyway. I don't mind plastic at all though. If you like metal, go get HTC, if you like glass, get Sony.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:44 1

18. teja171 (unregistered)

And if you want both, have a breath of fresh air.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 14:26

24. GeekMovement (unregistered)

actually lol if you want both, you'd get the iPhone 5S or Sony Xperia Z1/Z1S/Z1Compact as the frame is metal/stainless steel/w/e.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:39

46. teja171 (unregistered)

Then you can enjoy with those loose flaps, then crack your head if you lose them.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:30 1

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

See how 32bit kept on being highlighted in the article? I think the best place to put a fingerprint scanner though is right on the home button or on the front really. Trying to unlock your phone and reaching out to the back can be annoying. I just push down the home button then hold it for like a second, it works flawlessly...like a boss

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:56 2

20. willard12 (unregistered)

Aren't your fingers generally behind the phone when you are holding your phone naturally? Particularly the index finger used for fingerprinting. When texting, on the screen of the phone, it seems most people use their thumbs because the rest of their fingers are wrapped around the back of the phone. To each their own.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 15:36 1

30. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

I can say I use my thumb most of the time to unlock my phone and it still works flawlessly with 360° readability. IMHO it just feels inconveniently placed when its on the back, take for say the o-touch feature on the oppo N1its great but because it's on the back you have learn where the scanner is and you'll probably have to get through the trouble of putting a case on the phone too

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 13:57 2

21. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

I'm fine with plastic. I just wish they would revise Touchwiz to have a more of a stock Android look. Touchwiz in its current state is tacky and ugly.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 17:42

36. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

That's what they're doing if the latest UI is anything to go by. These bullsh1t rumours don't inspire me with confidence though, I don't trust this analyst or the crap half the korean media spout out, the only reliable sources for S5 related bits of info are Sammobile and EVleaks., That Eldar guy is also a notorious BSer.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:20 1

43. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

Their latest UI looks to be moving further away from stock. I want them to move closer to stock.

It's an article from Apple Insider so it should be taken with a grain of salt.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:49 1

69. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Stock is boring though, I want a lighter UI by all means but it's very dull without rooting and adding your own modifications but the beauty of Android is that u don't have to be uniform by adapting the same look all round because Google laid out a look for it, similar to WP and IOS.

Differentiation please, similar to what Sony and HTC are doing.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:26 1

44. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)

I have had the S4 since it came out, no lag, but it would be nice if Samsung out some effort into decreasing the amount of memory touchwiz takes up 8/9GB's is way, way too much! Especially when all they do is talk about 64GB S4's & Note 3's, but as far as I'm aware a 64GB S4 or Note 3 doesn't exist, it's just a bunch of talk from Samsung.

I think they should leave 16GB's for some other lower end models, and 32/64 versions for the S5 & Note 4. Screw 16GB's!

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 15:17 1

28. papss (unregistered)

Sooo SS is going the finger scanner route.. There's will be revolutionary I'm sure ;)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 20:43

55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4750; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I guess I don't see how Apple's was revolutionary either. Their version is the way that most non-mobile fingerprint scanners work, place finger on the sensor and let the sensor read it, rather than the swipe method that started out on laptops. What they did was put it into a mobile device. They're taking an existing concept and applying it for their needs, it's not like they invented it.

Now their rumored embedded solar panels in the sapphire screen, that is innovative, because while solar panels have been done before, they were always a strip that served no purpose other than to charge/power the device, and took up space on the device. Integrating them into the screen doesn't waste any space while providing an in device charger. I am however wondering when we're gonna start to hear stories about the people who leave them on their dash in their car to charge and have an issue with the phone overheating or something like that.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 15:30 2

29. nctx77 (Posts: 2373; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

LOL! Sammy really?!? Is this what you got for 2014? Expect those numbers to continue to drop lol! .2 inch screen increases and spec bumps will not push phones off the shelf anymore. The Galaxy brand has ran its course. People want something different. People have realized that Galaxy devices are no different than the other Android phones with big screens. Factor in the fact that Apple is entering the big screen market and China mobile, samsung is in for a rough year. The galaxy gear is not helping LOL! That device was the nail in the coffin. It proved that Samsung has no clue when it's has no one to copy. Stick to washing machines and refrigerator!

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 16:17

32. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

The gear is not a bad device at all and the design is pretty good. Unfortunately, it has three big flaws - it can only be used with a few Samsung devices, it's expensive and it's not independent. It alerts you to a notification but you still have to take out your phone read it. It adds an unnecessary step.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:29

45. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)

The Galaxy Gear is priced so damn high, I won't even begin to ponder it's usefulness!!!

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 18:48

49. willard12 (unregistered)

After the update, you can read notifications without taking out your phone....unless it is a long email. Expensive and only working with devices from the same manufacturer are acceptable conditions for the iwatch and all other apple devices.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 17:32 1

35. wildfiregt (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

#OMG #LOL #SAMSUCK #YOLO #Appleforever
seriously stop with those kiddish comments
You say that those numbers are just numbers but why do you argue that was all what can Samsung do ?
The phone ain't shown yet

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 16:56

34. Be_Mine (Posts: 62; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

And they will probably sell us the standard model here in India with the same price...(again) Like they did with s4 and note 3...! :(

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 17:53

38. spasticpat (Posts: 108; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

Didn't Samsung pretty much confirm that they were working on a 64-bit phone (which I'd assumed would be the GS5 since it's like a flagship phone and all)? If I read the article right (and forgive me if I didn't), he's saying both are 32-bit?

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