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Will it be flexible? Will it have a metal frame? We may soon find out...

Following last year's March 14 Galaxy S4 unveil, Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005935) (KRX:005930) is looking to get a quicker start on the launch of its successor, the Galaxy S5.  The new device may get an early unveil on February 24 following commentary from Samsung last month that it would ship in April.
Samsung Mobile posted a message on its Twitter account:

The South Korean OEM overall grew sales modestly in the Galaxy S4 era.  But the results were disappointing given that it had doubled the rate of global sales with each of its previous generations.  The Galaxy S4's sales started off at a brisk pace, but trailed off faster than the Galaxy S3, leaving the S4 with only a narrow sales lead.
The Galaxy S5 is expected to bring a biometric iris scanner to unlock your device, a higher resolution screen, Samsung's first 64-bit smartphone processor, and an improved camera.  After the disappointment leveled at the GS4's plastic body, Samsung is also rumored to be making major changes including waterproofing and dustproofing the device.  Various rumors suggest Samsung may either deploy a highly flexible display (less likely) or a metal/glass frame (somewhat more likely).

Galaxy S5 iris scannerAmong the top reoccurring Galaxy S5 rumors is that it will include an iris scanner to unlock your device. [Image Source:]

The flagship phone is expected to launch alongside a new partner device, the Galaxy Gear 2.  After lackluster sales of the first Gear smartwatch, Samsung is keen on putting a better showing the second time around.  The mysterious part of the announcement is the "Episode 1" text.  That could be an allusion to another global unveil event in March or April, or the Galaxy Note 4, which is expected around mid-year.  Or it could mean something altogether unexpected.  Samsung fans, ye shall have to wait and see.
Whatever your mobile leanings, you'd be wise to keep a keen eye on the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain February 24-27.  A quieter-than-usual 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (in terms of product launches) stoked rumors that MWC was going to be the site of numerous device launches from top Android and Windows Phone makers.  You might just spot your next smartphone there, if you keep your eye out.

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Has to bring retinal scanning
By quiksilvr on 2/4/2014 8:13:33 PM , Rating: 1
The pressure is on. I can't think of a feature more killer than that.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By qwerty1 on 2/4/2014 8:18:04 PM , Rating: 3
... until we discover you can print a photo of someone's face and fool it... :P

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Solandri on 2/5/2014 4:24:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well, at this stage it's likely to be iris scanning, not retina scanning. Iris scanning is fairly easy to fool with a picture (it just looks at the pattern of lines in your iris).

Retina scanning (shines a light into your eye to see the pattern of blood vessels on your retina) is much more difficult to fool. (1) It's rather difficult to get a copy of the original without the eyeball's owner knowing it. (2) The sensor's optics are designed to peer through the lens of the eye, so a simple photo won't cut it. You'd need a photo behind a lens at a minimum. (3) You can do other things like vary the wavelength of light to change the illumination pattern. Very difficult to duplicate with a photo if you don't use the three primary colors (RGB).

By retrospooty on 2/5/2014 7:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with retina scanners is its highly detailed and takes a few seconds of perfect stillness to pull off. We have them in one of our off site data centers. You have to stand still and stare straight for a few seconds. Pretty cool for a secured door to a building, but a major pain on a phone. Not ready yet.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 8:16:33 AM , Rating: 2
Unlike fingerprints which are all over your phone and can be lifted to defeat a fingerprint scanner, as with the iPhone, iris scanning maybe be easier to fool but still more secure.

If your phone gets stolen or just lost and picked up, I highly doubt the person is going to HAVE a picture of you on hand to defeat the scanner with.

By daboom06 on 2/5/2014 3:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
but what about everyone that goes around rubbing their eyeballs on walls and leaving copies of their irises everywhere?

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/2014 8:19:36 PM , Rating: 3
I'm more interested in the form factor. Samsung has always offered SD slots and replaceable batteries, but for some reason I'm nervous the so-called build quality issues of the S4 might force Samsung to change that and go with a unibody.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By retrospooty on 2/5/2014 7:57:22 AM , Rating: 2
I am more interested in the bootloader locks they have been doing. They are apparently addressing the bloat and build quality, but if they keep locking bootloaders, its automatically off my list. No way, no how, not ever.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 8:11:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well I wouldn't worry, people seem to crack those "locked" bootloaders pretty quickly. There's always a way to get around it.

They are locking down the bootloaders because of Knox. Not saying I agree with it, but I understand why they do it. It makes sense. They want their smartphones to be a solid secure device for Enterprise usage.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By jimbojimbo on 2/5/2014 10:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
The total number of people that care whether it has a locked bootloader or not is far smaller than the number of possible corporate purchases they can lure by increasing security. For example where I work we have over 2,000 ActiveSync devices and probably no more than 50 would care about locked bootloaders.
Besides, if Samsung didn't lock it Verizon is 100% sure to lock it like they've always done.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 10:15:10 AM , Rating: 2
Well yeah I totally agree. People like us who play with Cyanogenmod and Root every phone we've ever owned are certainly not in the majority.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By retrospooty on 2/5/2014 10:26:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. I totally get why they do it... It's just not something I will buy. My wife got the 4.3 update on her Verizon Note2 and now it cant be properly unlocked... And so far, no-one has cracked it. Even the Note 3. There is a "safestrap" workaround, but it loads custom roms to totally separate partitions losing the storage, and poorly executed at that... The bootloaders are still locked.

RE: Has to bring retinal scanning
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 4:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
Retro lately you've been making it sound like it's impossible to use an Android phone without rooting it and putting a custom ROM on.

I know what you mean, but I think this is giving a bad impression to the uninitiated, and ammo for the haters.

And I had to use Safestrap on my old Verizon Razr, it basically just TWRP and seems executed fine to me. I actually like the fact that the original ROM didn't get blown away, and I can boot back into it in seconds if something goes wrong with a custom ROM.

By retrospooty on 2/5/2014 6:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
"Retro lately you've been making it sound like it's impossible to use an Android phone without rooting it and putting a custom ROM on."

No, never said anything like that. I do say and am saying now its horrible to use Samsung ROM's with all the bloat that slows it down, even with the fastest NVRAM and CPU's available, they lag.

As for Safestrap, if you like it that way the go for it. I personally don't like limitations on my own property. I bought the phone, I own it, don't f#$king tell me what I can and cannot do with it. "Not supported" is expected, I certainly wouldn't call an OEM for support with it, Voided warranty is fine. I wouldnt expect any OEM to cover anything like that, but "Not possible" is pure BS. I am fairly sure I have seen you post that same opinion on other subjects. Just because its Samsung doesn't give them a pass. If it were Apple, or MS, its unacceptable, so its the same for Samsung.

By BSMonitor on 2/5/14, Rating: -1
RE: Sheep
By retrospooty on 2/5/2014 12:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
"Reclaimer actually posted multiple times without mocking people. Interesting"

You on the other hand, seem to be incapable of acting like a human for even a moment.

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