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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: GalaxyS5Info.com]

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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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?


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