Samsung Galaxy S5 to arrive by April with brand new design, could feature iris scanner

Samsung Galaxy S5 to arrive by April with brand new design, could feature iris scanner
Samsung will go back to the basics and launch the Galaxy S5 with a brand new design focusing on the display and the feel of the back cover. Moreover, Samsung has now confirmed that - contrary to all previous rumors - it will stick to its usual release schedule with the Galaxy S5. This means that we should expect it to get unveiled by April rather than the earlier rumored Mobile World Congress February announcement. All of this information is coming straight from the horse’s mouth - Samsung’s executive VP of mobile, Lee Young Hee, confirmed this to Bloomberg - so it’s as official as it gets.

“We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time,” Lee said. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”

Bloomberg goes on to claim that Samsung will ‘pair’ its Galaxy S5 with this new and thinner Gear successor, but it’s hard to say whether this means that we’ll see the same phone plus watch bundle that Samsung offered when it launched the Note III with Galaxy Gear bundle. It is what we'd expect, though. In addition to this, Samsung - this time clearly - confirmed that this new Gear smartwatch will get officially unveiled alongside the Galaxy S5.

Another hugely interesting new feature Samsung is actively exploring is iris recognition. The company has not yet officially made up its mind about whether or not it’d include iris recognition in the Galaxy S5, but it’s possible. The new iris-scan technology is obviously seen as an answer to Apple’s fingerprint reader, which Cupertino introduced in the iPhone 5s.

“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” Lee said at CES in Las Vegas. “We are studying the possibility.”

Samsung’s mobile VP also frankly admitted that the Galaxy S4 has fallen short of users’ expectations because of too much similarity in its design to that of the preceding Galaxy S III.

“When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big,” Lee said. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”

The interesting thing about this very detailed report is that it appears months before the official Galaxy S5 launch. It will surely put a lot of rumors to rest, and will do an important job in managing consumer expectations. It's the first time we see Samsung offer such a detailed statement about its yet unreleased flagship in a clear attempt to manage expectations, and send a message that something big is coming this time.

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



28. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

So why can't a phone be made of metal and still have a removable battery and sd card? Why couldn't it still be light? Why would this be impossible? It isn't.

27. Difrab

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Users need HDMI output on mobile and better battery. You can read this gentlemen phone manufacturers (Samsung, Nokia, LG)?.

25. poppany75

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 25, 2008

I like were Samsung is going, I hope they improve the sound quality.

21. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

new DESIGN by samsung lol ;) not gonna happen, though they LOVE TO COPY successfull designs.

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

LOL! At samsungs knee jerk reaction to the iphone leaks yesterday. As usual there are multiple S5 rumors and note rumors. This company is in panick mode. Sales have slumped and new apple products are looming. ITS OVER SAMMY.

24. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Get off the crack dude, SAMMY RULES THE WORLD, get use to it!!!! The icrap suuuucks, puny screen and inferior features, seri sucks compared to google now. Why would they be panicking??? No reason to with the top selling smart phones and note series and now tablets, along with their tv's. If you don't want some features like the iris scanner and what not, don't use them. It's not going to help icrap sell more phones. They're the ones who are panicking!! With what they're trying to do with 64 bit and all. Sammy rules, everyone else suuuucks wooooooo lol

14. Vireak unregistered

Is this 'iris scanner' going to be awesome like the close-your-eyes-and-the-screen-closes-itself feature? That feature doesn't work in the dark. Oh, that's right...we go to sleep in broad daylight and with lights on in Samsung-land! Another lame gimmick!

13. twens

Posts: 1194; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Each year I always skip the S series for the note series. I just feel the note series just pack more punch.

16. redmd

Posts: 1970; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Me too. The Note series just ends each year claiming the throne of the best. Lets see what this year brings.

9. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Waiting the Note 4 ... very happy with my Note 3.

20. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Same here..

5. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

better looking than the S4...

17. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

No it does not look better. It looks uglier, due to having to much curves on the device. The less curves look better.

29. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

to me, it looks better - i like sexier subtle opinion, ok

3. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

concept looks bad

2. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Too late... :/

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

this concept design is ugliest design ever !

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

We have now removed the concept as it only sidelined the discussion. Let's keep it to the point - what do you think about having a brand new design and iris scanner on the S5?

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

ill just paste some tape over the front camera and use it ,

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

.......or you could also blind yourself !

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well brand new design is expected since no one likes the same phone for 3 years (don't say it ... focus on the topic). We need more than just gimmicky features though, like a retina scanner and fingerprint scanner are great....if you have some kind of nuclear weapons program blueprint equivalent on your phone for some reason. Most of the time though its useless. I don't even use a pass code cause lord forbid someone sees what I posted on facebook last night FROM my phone. If anyone steals my phone I just lost an $800 precious selfies can go to hell. Regardless, they need to focus on ergonomics and battery life as well as performance. That is all that can be done with smartphones now and adding useless scanners and screw drivers and nail cutters to it won't make it any more useful.

15. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

I echo the same as well. I dont use passcode and if i lose the phone, it is just the price of the phone which is a loss for me...

22. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Ha Ha...Yes. We need some meaningful features that we can use everyday. I would prefer a MHL to HDMI convertor to be added in the box. HDMI is a very standard and widely in use technology on Televisions. A Nice mobile Pouch and a screen guard. Also, A free insurance coverage. People would just love these rather than having a quantum science technologies which is of no use for a day to day activity. Mobile Manufactures please understand what people need.

10. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

hmmmm i dont need iris scanner like face recognition :)

11. DIYEyal

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

I wouldn't want a phone with an iris scanner, or a fingerprint reader.. at least in a phone with a finger print scanner you could remove the scanner with a simple mod.. But I don't want to remove the front facing camera (assuming that it's using that). How can you really make sure without removing the hardware that does that. If the S5 has an iris scanner, the chance of me buying it goes to ZERO immediately.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

They need to focus on design more than anything else. Most people that I hear talk about the disappointment with the S4 VS the S3 is that the material the S4 was made of was not progressive enough. People like the idea of Faux material because it was different, but those same people want more. Faux material was nice but still minimalistic in every aspect of the experience. People now want sonething premium like iPhone, or HTC One material. If Samsung had made the S4 of premium material like the HTC One they would have had record sales. No one is falling for the rope a dope any more. Consumers are smart enough to see that just making small advancements in a product and charging more is unworthy of surrendering cash for. People will pay for the next great thing and if the S5 is not metal, and the Note 4 will be then the S5 will not sell welll. Who cares about an iris scanner if it has short battery life and cheap feel. There is no way I'd buy a cheap plastic imatation leather backed phone just because they were too cheap to make something that is of significance to turn a profit.

19. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Speak for yourself. I have ZERO problems with the build of the Note 3 and it's faux leather back. That phone feels and seems far superior to my Note 2. If my contract was up at release, I would have got one for sure. As for the S4, I have no problems with the build of that phone either. I think it fell short of expectations because of the design - not the build. I do NOT want a S5 in a chassis like the HTC One. I don't want to lose my removable battery and SD card. To me, those 2 things are too valuable and I gladly give up the metal chassis for it. I like how light the Note 3 and S4 are.. I don't want a heavy phone just so I can say it's made of "premium" materials.

23. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I totally disagree. The S4 sold way more pones than the metal or glass non removable battery, no sd card expansion icrap and htsucks phones! It just didn't sell as many as sammy thought it would but it was pretty damn close. For the design, it was different than the s3. The screen had less bezel and higher resolution. Although it looked similar, the s4 looks better overall, plus what people call gimmicks, I use quite often. On that note I am very interested on the design they are talking about. I could see a nearly bezel less screen with an even thinner chassis. I do hope they keep the polycarbonate which is light and it's NOT PLASTIC!!! It's much stronger than plastic. As McLTE states I don't want mine metal cause that would mean no non removable battery and no expansion of an sd card. I can't wait to see what the new design is


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The S4 sells more because of the all around user experience software wise. From all of the people that I hear talk about why they would not buy an S4 the material of the build was 1st and foremost. It had a sharper screen, and a faster resolution, but on the material side the plastic feel is what most hated most. There was no need to upgrade or a desire to upgrade, and Samsung has said that eople were not extremly wowed with the S4. Some Phones when introduced compel people to upgrade even if they just recently upgrade, and this is what most people thought the S4 would bring to the table until it was launched. If you had an S3, and were in a contract there was nothing compelling to upgrade for unless your contact was up or you needed a new device. I like the Note 3 performance and graphics; However that cheap plastic Faux fake leather back sucks. There is talk of the S5 having premium diamond metal back with a removable cover and battery so kill the noise on no removable battery. It's time Samsung made what most every Tech site and user report missing in their product bar you 2, and possibly a few others.....that's a premium built device to Rival HTC One, or even the iPhone's premium design. I have a GS3 and wouldn't get a Note 3 or a S4 unless it was free no strigns attached. I am really looking forward to the aledged Note 4 with a Metal premium built chasis. I also have a Nexus 5 and the battery life and 32GB version performs and suits me fine. I wa afraid of a phone with a built in battery just as you are, but the Nexus 5 so far has squleched that fear.

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