Earlier today we told you that Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S5 on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain – to end the first day of MWC en fanfare, as they say. And now we have another round of leaked specs for the superphone, courtesy of well known Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin.
He’s the one that got within one day of the actual unveiling date of the handset (predicting it would be February 23), so perhaps we should listen to him when it comes to specs too. Some of these have long been rumored, others not so much, and others make an appearance for the first time.
So, without further ado, here goes. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is said to have a 5.24-inch 2,560×1,440 AMOLED touchscreen, either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or a Samsung Exynos 6 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, a 16 MP rear camera, a 3.2 MP front camera, and a 3,200 mAh battery.
A few other things are almost sure to be in, judging by common sense and Samsung’s past behavior. The Galaxy S5 should run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, and it could have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. There will obviously be an LTE-capable version, as well as one that’s limited to only 3G connectivity.
The 3,200 mAh battery seems a lot more believable than the 2,900 mAh unit one past rumor talked about, as we don’t think number-loving Samsung would have allowed LG’s flagship from 2013 (the G2) to have a higher capacity cell than its darling for 2014. Interestingly, that’s exactly the size of the battery seen in the Galaxy Note 3, which comes with a noticeably bigger screen. The takeaway here is that the insanely high-res display in the Galaxy S5 might be rather power hungry. Or maybe Samsung simply wants its next flagship’s battery life to be the best ever.
The Snapdragon 805 seems like the natural choice for spec-obsessed Samsung, but we have previously heard that it will only be out in shipping devices in May. So either Samsung has since done some kind of a deal with Qualcomm to get chips earlier, or we may see multiple versions of the S5 (perhaps one with a Snapdragon 800 at launch, followed by the 805 version a few months later – like what happened to the Galaxy S4 and its i9506 Snapdragon 800 variant that came later).
Interestingly, Samsung may jump to 32 GB as the base offering for the Galaxy S5, just like it did with the Note 3. That would be a very welcome change, since the world has been stuck on 16 GB for much too long. The main camera is said to be a 16 MP unit despite recent evidence that it may be a 21 MP affair – or maybe Samsung simply plans on putting a 16:9 sensor on the Galaxy S5 (which, as far as we know, would be a first for the mobile world).
Obviously though, leaks and rumors can be wrong. That could be the case here, or it may be that past mumblings haven’t been accurate. Either way, we’ll know for sure in just 20 days.