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Samsung is also looking at eye scanning technology

Samsung is eyeing an April release date for its upcoming Galaxy S 5, and speaking of eye, it's currently testing iris recognition technology that could be featured in the new handset. 
 
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung confirmed a March or April release date for its successor to the popular Galaxy S4, and the new device is expected to have a new design and features to compete with Apple's iPhone 5c and 5c smartphones. 
 
Samsung plans to change up the design of the Galaxy S5, mainly because consumers complained that the S4 resembled its predecessor -- the Galaxy S3 -- too closely. Samsung fans want a change, and the company plans to give them that with the new S5. No details were given as to what kind of changes, but there were hints of a possible screen size adjustment. 
 
Aside from cosmetic changes, Samsung is looking to bulk up the new S5 with all-new features. One that may be included in the new handset is eye-scanning technology, which would be on par with Apple's new fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5C and 5S. However, Samsung Executive Vice President of Mobile Lee Young Hee said that this new tech might not be ready in time for the S5. 
 
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” said Lee. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
 
In addition, Samsung will be coupling its new S5 with an updated wearable that is meant to work alongside the handset. 


[SOURCE: dialaphone.co.uk]

“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,” said Lee. “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.”
 
A recent Reuters report said that Samsung would likely see a slow 2014 for smartphone sales due to Apple moving into the Chinese smartphone market. The iPhone maker just scored a deal with China's largest mobile carrier -- China Mobile Ltd -- late last month, which opens the iPhone up to 760 million China Mobile customers starting January 17, 2014.
 
Aside from that, Apple is expected to start selling phones with larger screens this year, which is one feature typically dominated by Samsung's Android-powered phones. With Apple entering the market and offering similar features, it poses a real problem for Samsung's mobile business.
 
Thomson Reuters' Starmine SmartEstimate added that Samsung's fourth quarter business was likely hit by Apple's strong iPhone sales, and that this is expected to continue through the end of the first quarter of this year.
 
Samsung just posted its Q4 2013 earnings, which saw the company's first profit decline in nine quarters. Operating profit was 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion USD) in the three months ended December 2013, which was a decrease from 9 trillion won a year earlier. 

Source: Bloomberg



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RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By troysavary on 1/9/2014 5:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
It is hard to ignore him when he is in every thread full of the same crap. He tends to make snide remarks about anyone who disagrees with him. Usually, I don't take the bait. But I am baffled at how thinking fake plastic stitches looks cheesy makes my hands girly. That was a leap of illogic even by his standards.

Fake woodgrain stickers on 70s era station wagons looked cheesy, but real wood paneling looked great. The molded plastic stitching is the smartphone equivalent to fake woodgrain. Of course, most readers here probably weren't around in the 70s, so it might not be the best example, but, trust me, it looked terrible.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2014 6:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
Your whole post was a childish nitpick, that's the problem. You cannot even tell the stitches are fake from any reasonable distance. Yeah you're right, I guess Samsung should have teamed up with Samsonite or some Italian leather company and added another $200 to the phone for a better back with REAL leather.

You can spend $5-10 and get any damn cover you want! Why do you keep ignoring this point?

What's more important is the feel, which is fantastic, I don't care what you say. If it doesn't feel good to you, you must have little girl hands. The phone doesn't fit in your palm. I stand by that.

You're a known Android basher, and it just drips out of every word of your OP. And yeah, you gave some token props to some "LG" handset you didn't even bother to name. Big deal.

quote:
but real wood paneling looked great.


LMAO! No, just god no...


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By troysavary on 1/9/2014 6:58:10 PM , Rating: 1
It isn't a nitpick. It looks fake from any distance you look at it from. I am not suggesting they use real leather. But if they had, how would it add $200 to the price. I am suggesting they not even bother with trying to fake it.

And yes, real wood looks great. That is why Mercedes, Cadillac, Rolls, and many other luxury marks still use it in their dashes. Fake wood on the other hand looks awful. But the wood panelling I was specifically referring to was back in the day when cars were still styled like coaches, except with motors. Many of them had wood body panels, and look good. Before my time, but they can be found at antique shows. That was the look the station wagons of my youth were emulating, and it looked like crap.

Weather leather or wood, if you are not going to do it right, don't bother doing it at all. The new Notes look terrible. I know that the back panels can be switched out. That is one of the pluses of removable panels. But more importantly it allows for replaceable batteries, which is awesome, and a feature I wish more phones still had. That doesn't change the fact the standard back panel is hideous.

There was nothing wrong with the look of the Galaxy S4 back panel, it was the feel. It didn't evoke the same feel of solidness as the competitors. Even with a removable panel, they could have made the plastic a bit thicker and it would have felt stiffer and more solid. Adding fake stitch molding would have done nothing to address the issue.

It isn't about the size of the phone, you dumbass. It fits my hand just fine. It just does not feel solid. How the hell is that Android bashing? It would feel exactly the same if I were to somehow install BBOS, WinPhone, or even Symbian. If I had these tiny girl hands you claim I have, why don't I love the iPhone? It is the narrowest of the phones I checked out. So retro is an Android basher too? He agrees that the Samsung phones don't feel as good as others. It isn't about the OS, but you are too blind to see that. All you see is an attack on your precious Google so you need to man the gates and jump to the defence.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2014 7:49:43 PM , Rating: 1
In fact here, let me help you NOT be an idiot.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7376/samsung-galaxy-...

"The edge of the Note 3 is ringed with the familiar chrome, although this time there’s a ridge which makes it more grippy. With bigger phones making the edges less slippery is important, the Note 3 hits the mark here nicely."

"Honestly the Note 3 feels better than its predecessor, and the biggest reasons for that are the textured rubberized back, grippier textured edge, thinner body, and thinner width. Oh and there’s no creakiness or build quality issues to speak of, in spite of being so large the Note 3 is very rigid and solid."

"The Note 3 is an iterative product, that’s absolutely true, but the improvements in the Note 3 are pretty dramatic. It really does feel better, thinner, lighter all while having a bigger, more usable display."


But these are the kinds of observations non-fuc*tards make when they speak of technology.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By retrospooty on 1/9/2014 9:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
The note 3 has clearly improved with the build quality,But prior to that The note 2 and s3 And those of that generation were really poorly done as far as build quality. You have to admit that, even Samsung has realized it and is correcting it. I must have seen a dozen articles in the past week about Samsung executives saying they are upping the build quality from here onward. That kinda says it all - yes there was a problem and it is going to be better from now on, so good.


By just4U on 1/10/2014 2:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung is probably being a little cautious.. There's only so much you can do with a rectangular smart phone before Apple sends out it's lawyers.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By troysavary on 1/10/2014 4:03:06 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, everyone one this thread except reclaimer77 sees that build quality was a perceived problem. But when I point it out, obviously it is because I hate Samsung. There can be no real problem, just my bias.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 9:45:07 AM , Rating: 1
I've actually changed my mind. You aren't a Samsung hater, my bad. You're just an idiot who has no clue about anything smartphone related, especially build materials and ergonomics.


By troysavary on 1/10/2014 6:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
You are one of those people whose self-esteem is so low that they find their sense of self-worth in owning the popular product. Since your self-esteem is linked to what you own, you have to go to great lengths to defend said product against any perceived slights since you take an insult to a favoured product as an insult to yourself. Sad.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 8:06:45 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
But prior to that The note 2 and s3 And those of that generation were really poorly done as far as build quality.


Did you mean the S4? I thought you said you owned an S3 and the build quality was better.

And this is the FIRST time I've ever heard that the Note 2 had "really poor" build quality. I admit it, I haven't spent much time personally with the Note 2. But I seriously doubt it had poor build quality, I'll pull up the Anandtech review and see what they had to say, just to be sure. PhoneArena scores the build quality of the Note 2 an 8.6/10.

quote:
I must have seen a dozen articles in the past week about Samsung executives saying they are upping the build quality from here onward.


That's called PR. Because of people like you spreading this build quality myth, Samsung now has to react to the claims. Or at least appear to be working on it.

Seems like most of this "build quality" nonsense started when HTC released the aluminum uni-body One. All of a sudden the Apple effect hit the Android scene, where Aluminum = more betterer and Samsung was viewed as cheap for using plastic. It's a stigma that's stuck ever since.

Well the "cheap poor build quality" Galaxy S4 sold like 50 million units. Has the HTC One, with it's "superior quality", broken even 10 million yet?


By retrospooty on 1/10/2014 12:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
"Did you mean the S4? I thought you said you owned an S3 and the build quality was better."

The S3, S4 and Note 2 are all nearly identical and cheaply made. My co-worker has a Note 3 and it is better is what I said.

I dont care to read one review or another where some guy thought it was good, different people have different things they look for. I know, I owned and S3 last year and My wife currently has a Note 2. I also have handled many S4's and many other models as well setting them up for our users. This "myth" is no myth. It's all over the place because its true. Samsung execs are even out there now stating they are improving BQ from here on out because its true.

"Seems like most of this "build quality" nonsense started when HTC released the aluminum uni-body One."

It's not about aluminum. The Note 3 is better and there are plenty other Moto Droids that have removable batteries that were good as well which show it can be done. There are a ton of other Androids on the market right now that have much better build quality period.

Dood, you tend pick a side and stick with it, loyal as hell, and that is a good thing in general, but we arent talking about your best bud, or a family member, its a company and you aren't looking at it objectively. Call a terd a terd... It WAS an issue and if all these people complaining about it online got them to address it then good lets all keep complaining. It helped with Netflix and MS, and now Samsung. It's even helping with Apple as they are very likely releasing larger phones this year.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Roffles on 1/10/2014 6:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree here. I've had 3 android phones so far. The OG Droid, Droid Bionic and the Galaxy S3. Both the Motorola phones were designed with soft touch materials and felt like tanks. But both phones where having quality problems after the first year and the Bionic was really just a giant turd from the very start.

But my galaxy S3 is feather light compared to my old Droid phones and the rounded back makes it nice to hold in the hand and keep in the pocket. 20 months without a case and 20 months of almost daily battery swaps and the only damage to it is scuff marks on the back battery cover. It's easily the most durable phone I've ever owned or even know about.

Whenever I hear people rant against the polycarbonates on the Galaxy S phones, I'm convinced they are mentally retarded shills. It would be a shame if they went with an all metal unibody and there was no longer a way to quickly and easily peel off that back cover and swap in a new battery. I hate the false perception going against the Galaxy build materials and all the mouth breathers who mindlessly feed into it.


By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 9:25:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Whenever I hear people rant against the polycarbonates on the Galaxy S phones, I'm convinced they are mentally retarded shills. It would be a shame if they went with an all metal unibody and there was no longer a way to quickly and easily peel off that back cover and swap in a new battery. I hate the false perception going against the Galaxy build materials and all the mouth breathers who mindlessly feed into it.


Exactly. Don't these people watch drop tests? The Galaxy line always impresses. Because they don't do stupid things like making metal phones with glass backs!

This is definitely a case of a very small minority on the Internet manufacturing a problem that doesn't exist. Combine them with the pro-Apple side, who of course hates Samsung and would say anything negative they can get away with, and that's the only reason we're talking about this today.

Then you have people like Troy who are claiming unbiased professional review sites, places people go to get informed about products, don't count? Someone who has NEVER personally owned a Samsung smartphone.


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By troysavary on 1/10/2014 4:00:49 AM , Rating: 2


quote:
That would have added more weight to an already gigantic hefty phablet. In design, compromises must be made unfortunately.


Boohoo, it would be a few grams heavier. Now who has the wimpy lil hands?


RE: Wonder what the design will be like
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 8:15:34 AM , Rating: 2
Way to ignore every point and struggle to find something to personally attack me with.

I don't care if the Note 3 is a bit heavier or not. Samsung does. They are under a microscope as a market leader. The pressure was on them to deliver a massive phablet while at the same time being very thin and relatively light.

I think you yourself has demonstrated the power of the armchair ignorant nitpicker. If the Note 3 weighed "a few grams" more, they would probably get blasted on the Internet for it, review sites, etc etc.

I think I've demonstrated how your vaunted "real leather" would have been a mistake for this application, for all the reasons I've listed above and more. If you were a real man, you would acknowledge that.


By troysavary on 1/10/2014 6:50:42 PM , Rating: 2
The had size issue was brought up by you, not me. And the weight issue was also brought up by you. See a pattern. I said fake plastic stitches look cheesy and you replied that it is because I have girl hands. You are linking things that are not even related.

And I never once said Samsung should have used leather. I said they should not try to have a perceived luxury by trying to make plastic look like leather with silly molded stitches, because it completely fails at what they were trying to accomplish. It does not for a second look anything like the material they were emulating.

Organic materials, like wood, fur and leather have a perceived luxury, while plastic does not. That is why luxury brands, whether cars, clothing ,whatever, like to use leather, wood, and fur. Cheap brands trying to show a veneer of luxury use fake leather, fur, or wood. The fakeness generally looks worse than if they had not tried at all. The Note 3 already had a superior backplate than the Galaxy S4 from what I could tell in my brief comparison. Even though it is bigger than the S4, the Note 3 felt more solid. But they totally ruined the perceived quality improvement with the cheesy fake stitching.

Let's for a moment pretend I did say Samsung should use real leather on the Note 3 and address your issues with leather. Obviously, you have little or no experience with leather.

1. Price-you claim that using leather would add $200 to the price. In what world does a 3"x5',or so, piece of leather cost anywhere near that much? You can get hand-made, genuine leather wallets for under $20,and they use far more leather than the back of a phone would.

2. Durability-leather would not wear out in the amount of time that most people own a phone. Leather is rather durable. That is why motorcycle protective gear is made from it. If leather can survive skidding across asphalt at high speeds, it can surely survive normal cellphone usage. Soccer calls, footballs, baseball mitts, tons of sports gear that sees rough usage is made from leather. One of the things that appeal to people about leather jackets is that they last decades if cared for.

3. Stink-this one tells me for sure you have no experience with leather. It breaths well and does not have much issue with smelling sweaty. People wear leather pants without their thighs making them smell like sweat. Surely, for most people, their pants will have far more contact with their thighs than their phone will. What are you planning on doing with your phone? Rub it against your naked groin? Wait, I have no trouble believing you do just that.


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