Samsung Galaxy S5 to come at a low-key MWC event: no Quad HD screen, no eye scanner

One of the most anticipated smartphones for 2014, the Samsung Galaxy S5, will come at a low-key event at the Mobile World Congress trade show, missing much hyped features like a sharper, Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) screen, and iris scanner, according to an inside source speaking for the New York Times.

Samsung is believed to introduce a new design for the Galaxy S5, as well as improved hardware, but the company’s goal with this launch will be to tap into the corporate segment with improved business features like the Knox security app.

The source has also confirmed that the new Samsung flagship will indeed be called ‘Galaxy S5’, in line with the ‘Unpacked 5’ theme of Samsung’s February 24th keynote. The event will lack the singing, dancing and fanfare of the Galaxy S4 unveiling, for which Samsung hired an orchestra and a theatrical troupe that made a huge show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Interestingly, Samsung is also said to have listened to criticism about the widely perceived to be gimmicky S4 features (like Air View), and has toned them down this time. The Galaxy S4 is said to have underwhelming sales and even to have been outpaced by the Galaxy Note 3, and that might have something to do with the lower-key event this year. A massive 10-year patent deal between Google and Samsung might have also caused this surprising shift in strategy.

Tizen is also allegedly still in the cards, but Samsung is expected to participate in a separate event to present the new operating system.

Finally, whispers are that Samsung will also introduce a new, upgraded version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, along with other devices at Mobile World Congress. We will be there covering the event live for you, so stay tuned.

source: NY Times

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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. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Now which rumour should I believe?? I want to believe Eldar Murtazin.. :p

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

I'd put my chips on this one.

54. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Victor, did you confirm that the NY Times insider must have been high on crack before posting this?

6. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Another day, another rummor. Don't worry my friend, we survive this

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

K b4 I start lemme just clarify that I own Note 3...nt cuz its Sammy but cuz its an amazing product...n i havent used any other flagships except the Note series. An amazing product is an amazing matter who makes it...and yes for the past couple of years I give Sammy credit cuz of the Note series. NOW,,,, This rumor could actually be credible as Sammy is believed to launch a new F series or so this year to take its flagship mobile place. Also an iris hardware tech innovation is not something Sammy is known no rris scanner (for sure!)...Quad HD or no QHD...dont matter....ur brain dosent know what ur eyes cant see! And in no way can people spot the difference between FHD and QHD on a 5 incher. Sammy only did fanfare stuff for the S4....not for the S3 or the Note a low key affair is not something which is gonna push Sammy's brand value down. I am pretty sure anybody who is anybody in the tech and media industry will cover this event no matter how low-budgeted it turns otu to be. Moreover its episode 1 of the Unpacked event...meaning they mioght not unveil the S5 yet but other products like the Gear or something and the S5 may still turn out to have its own Unpacked event...though I would still prefer the serious approach with a bit of fun mixed in to focus on the corporates instead of song and dance! Im just sayin....

30. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just don't believe anything until it's revealed :P This way, it'll save me some headache....

42. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I really hope it comes with a 1080p display and at least a 3200mah battery. We don't need any higher for now! First let's get 4k TVs with 4k content, actually lets first get 1080p content everywhere first as TV providers at least in the UK don't have 1080p content working on all channels!

2. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011


3. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

WTF??? Is this true? I'm not buying anything then!

40. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Because you need QHD and iris scanner? ?

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Lol time for Sammy fans to go nuts. I was expecting UHD and some type of scanner....guess not? A refresh for S4?

7. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

If this turns out to be true then I think this will give rivals like LG, Sony and HTC a chance to bridge the sales gap which can only be a good thing overal for the Android market as it increases competitiveness.

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

If this turns out to be true then I 'll get from ebay SGS4 E330 32GB and get over with it...

14. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I agree. Time to give HTC, Sony and LG some support instead. I am currently on the Sony z2 boat but maybe HTC will be good enough.

9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

That's good news. I hope this rumor turns out to be true. Enough gimmicks Samsung and i will gladly buy your products.

10. Dante216

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Jesus, does PhoneArena HAVE to report EVERY single Galaxy S5 rumor?

16. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, that's kind or their work, isn't it? LOL

33. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Gotta milk it.

38. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

HYPE!!! :D

11. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Well, non-QHD is a great thing for me, because otherwise, it would be just an overkill. But WHY NO IRIS SCANNER~?! It would be so cool to see that on S5.

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would rather have the "on screen fingerprint scanner". But I doubt about that rumor.

12. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Who cares about res higher than 1080p anyway... + higher the res and additional iris or fingerprint scanners mean more power consumption..

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

1080p is perfect now, but in the future I want 4k so all the videos would play natively on it.

23. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Boy, 4k on that small screen.. Even IGZO and LTPS may have problems with manufacturing, it's 800+ ppi...

26. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

every thing in start gets an issue so no need to worry even samsung had the issue making 1080p amoled display but they did it at last..

28. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nah, I'm sure SHARP can do it lol. Anyway, who knows what kind of holographic displays we might get in the future

41. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

No doubt, but 4k on 5" phone will be overkill..

13. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Haha knew the "iris" scanner gizmo was BS. QHD screen is not worth it imo, not in a 5" display. Hopefully Samsung has spent some time polishing the software.

15. Amir1 unregistered

then the upcoming xperia sirius looks much more attractive then s5.

39. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Same boat....though I want better battery life than Z1. Boat might end up sinking if thats not the case.

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