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Pics claim to be of the Galaxy S5

One of the most anticipated launches that is happening at MWC 2014 is the Galaxy S5 smartphone from Samsung. Ahead of the official launch of the device, new images have leaked online.

The leaked images show that the smartphone has a physical button on the front. The person who leaked the images also says that the TouchWiz interface on the device is not a major overhaul compared to the previous version.

The photos do confirm a fingerprint scanner, which can be used with PayPal to authorize payments within the browser. Other specs tipped by the leak include a 16MP camera and IP67 dust and water resistance.

The phone will reportedly come with a 1440x2560 display, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and will also be available with two different processors including an Exynos 6 or a Snapdragon 805 according to the source. The phone is also tipped to get a 3.2MP front camera. Power comes from a 3200 mAh internal battery.
Samsung is scheduled to officially launch the Galaxy S5 later today. You can view quite a few more picture of the Galaxy S5 over at TechCrunch.

Sources: NDTV, TechCrunch

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Next big thing?
By BRB29 on 2/24/2014 10:05:42 AM , Rating: 2
It looks almost exactly the same. Not that its a bad thing but I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade from an S4.

RE: Next big thing?
By cwolf78 on 2/24/2014 10:13:41 AM , Rating: 2
I own an S3 and said the same thing about the S4 when it launched. What's sad is that I'm wondering if I'm going to be saying the same thing about the S5 after seeing this. Where's the innovation Samsung? I think the Galaxy series is turning into Call of Duty with an annual rehash of the same thing. I was really hoping for a fundamental design change or something spectacular, but it sure looks like that's not going to be the case. I think my next phone will be something other than a Samsung considering I'm not really all that into my S3. It's a good phone, but I wouldn't consider it a great one by any means. I miss my old HTC phone. I hope they are around long enough to release this year's version of the HTC One. That may be a more compelling upgrade.

RE: Next big thing?
By kwrzesien on 2/24/2014 10:17:42 AM , Rating: 3
The specs keep getting better, what big changes could they possibly make? The one area that everyone would love a huge improvement would be in battery life.

RE: Next big thing?
By spamreader1 on 2/24/2014 10:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I still love my s3, only complaint is 1 day battery life with heavy use, 2 days with light use. Would be awesome to double that.

RE: Next big thing?
By hesham on 3/6/2014 10:01:54 AM , Rating: 2
I love Specks, however, this time I am going for LiFeProof case for my Next Galaxy S5. It's Waterproof case, very rugged and protective and slightly more expensive than Specks one, but it's really worth it specially that summer is coming so there will be a lot of beach times

RE: Next big thing?
By lagomorpha on 2/24/2014 10:22:17 AM , Rating: 1
I think the Galaxy series is turning into Call of Duty with an annual rehash of the same thing. I was really hoping for a fundamental design change or something spectacular, but it sure looks like that's not going to be the case.

The Galaxy S series IS intended to be a refresh of the most sensible phone they know how to make, that's what Galaxy Sx customers expect. If you want something fundamentally different then buy something different, Samsung has plenty of other options but they don't call them Galaxy S3/4/5 to avoid confusion.

The 1440x2560 seems kind of excessive to me when 1080 monitors are still standard though.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 11:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
We don't put our monitors a foot from our face though. You'll still benefit from this res because of viewing distance.

And I agree completely. Samsung knows what its customers want. A solid Galaxy refresh is exactly what's needed, not a radical departure.

RE: Next big thing?
By atechfan on 2/24/2014 1:03:30 PM , Rating: 4
I find the opposite is true. Res is far more useful on a monitor than on a phone. A 30 inch 2560x1440 means I can have more on screen at once, whether it means more windows open, or a larger field of view in a game. Past 1080p on a phone, I don't really see much point.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 1:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm talking about image quality vs viewing distance. Not sure what you're on about. This isn't a monitor vs phone thing.

Phones aren't going to just stay at 1080p. Honestly what are you guys thinking?

RE: Next big thing?
By lagomorpha on 2/24/2014 2:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly my monitor is about the same distance from my face as my phone typically is when I'm looking at it. If anything my monitor is closer as my phone is at my hip. Are you trying to wear your phone like an Oculus Rift or have you developed some sort of imitation to Google Glass out of glasses frames and epoxy?

RE: Next big thing?
By atechfan on 2/24/2014 3:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing I said was hard to understand. I just find 1080p plenty for a phone, but way too low for a monitor.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 10:23:35 AM , Rating: 1
Omg you people...

You don't upgrade your phone because of looks. Do you?

Higher specs and features trump styling in my book.

And that screen mmmmm *drool*

RE: Next big thing?
By Digimonkey on 2/24/2014 10:31:51 AM , Rating: 2
That screen sure would look good in an Oculus Rift.

RE: Next big thing?
By themaster08 on 2/24/2014 10:38:18 AM , Rating: 2
You don't upgrade your phone because of looks. Do you?
No, not primarily, but a change in design would be a welcome one.

You also have to consider that the masses will not see this as being any different to the S4 if its design and materials are similar. The Galaxy S line appeal to a similar audience that the iPhone appeals to. These people don't look at the specs as much as they do the overall design.

The specs are impressive, as always, but from the point of view of a non-technical individual, this phone is aesthetic disappointment.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 10:46:44 AM , Rating: 2
Text The Galaxy S line appeal to a similar audience that the iPhone appeals to

Oh boy, wrong. Soooooo wrong.

The Galaxy line has always been plastic and never all about styling.

Anyway, this is a phone not a car. There's only so much you can do in terms of looks.

RE: Next big thing?
By robinthakur on 2/26/2014 4:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
This is something that if you own a Galaxy, you probably don't understand. The thing is made of plastic and feels cheap in the hand. If you own a Galaxy, you own it because of the hardware inside, not Samsung's bargain basement approach to materials and design. Their phones are the polar opposite of the effort they put into designing their TV's, its quite bizarre. If you want an Android device that can compete with the iPhone in terms of looks and design, get an HTC one. Even with that, the cheap plastic speaker grills on the front let it down, so let's not pretend they have the same grasp of quality control and industrial design that Apple do.

Samsung's anti dust feature is an interesting one as I've lost count of the number of times I've had to blow out dust underneath the camera lens which has got inside the camera on my old S3. That's poor design right there, I've never seen that happen with any other flagship phone.

RE: Next big thing?
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2014 11:41:33 AM , Rating: 3
No, not primarily, but a change in design would be a welcome one
Buy a new case.

RE: Next big thing?
By hughlle on 2/24/2014 10:41:44 AM , Rating: 2
I might not upgrade my phone because of looks, but i certainly hold looks up there with spec when it comes to comparing a new phone.

S4 could have been much more powerful than the One, but i'd still have chosen the One because of its styling. And no, i do not buy pretty items so it can be shown off to others, rather because it simply please me, the owner, to look hold it and look at it. In the same way i might buy clothes that i like wearing, not that other people would like me wearing.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 10:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
The One didn't have expandable storage or a changeable battery, so it was doomed no matter how sexy it was.

You think Samsung is going to screw up the most successful Android platform ever and follow HTC's looks>function attempts?

RE: Next big thing?
By EasyC on 2/24/2014 11:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
The funny thing about this statement was that HTC didn't just adjust looks. They decided to build a quality handset with actual, at least thought provoking, functional enhancements.

Boom sound is a fantastic idea, or at least putting a good quality speaker on the front is fantastic. Realizing the bigger pixels in a camera results in better low light photography (which is where a large portion of phone photography tends to be) was a step in the right direction.

Samsung, on the hand, didn't do much. Hooray, we can hover our hand over the handset. I'll use that all of never.

HTC won the device round, but lost the marketing round. No one knew what it was. They did know about the S4, considering it was plastered on every other billboard or advertisement. Marketing wins the mass consumer war, how do you think Apple does so well?

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 12:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
HTC lied about styling the One, its not Unibody. The speaker grills are plastic, glued on, and they fly off when dropped.

They glued some aluminum to the chassis, its not as quality as you think.

The battery is also way too small for a captive phone.

The marketing excuse is old. It can explain SOME things. But the HTC One got plenty of buzz, and it was still a bust. Maybe it just wasn't as great as you biased owners think?

Samsung made a top performing device with the features people want. Its that simple.

RE: Next big thing?
By hughlle on 2/24/2014 12:56:19 PM , Rating: 1
The speaker grills are still in place on mine after many drops on tiled flooring, so not sure about this flying off notions.

As to quality or unibody, i'm not fussed how they did it, what they did, the facts are the facts, it's a very well designed phone in terms of construction, something samsung phones are not.

Being an owner does not make me automatically biased. I bought the phone, and it has lived upto its expectations. sure, battery life is not superb, but it lasts me from when i wake up to when i goto bed, i don't personally need anything more than that.

And yes, the marketing excuse is old, but relevant none the less. everyone knows about samsungs products, because you can't miss the advertising, few know of HTC products, because they do not even appear to try and gain public exposure.

RE: Next big thing?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 1:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
Its not Samsung's fault HTC spends money on giving Robert Downey a commercial instead of advertising their actual products.

Drop tests are one reason I stayed away from the One. You've been extremely fortunate. I find it hard to believe you don't have a case on that phone.

Samsung phones not well designed? Nice hyperbole. You think you aren't biased Lol.

RE: Next big thing?
By hughlle on 2/24/2014 11:39:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yet my HTC desire did, and i used neither additional battery or additional storage. I even bought a spare battery and 32gb sd card, used neither. It was a complete non issue when it came around t looking for new phones.

And i do not think anything, HTC did what they did, and i became their customer, samsung did as they did, and they didn't manage to sell me a phone. They can do as they like, people will buy them, but not me. Removable battery and sd card slot really isn't the game changer and vital requirement you think it is. Samsung was sucessful because they marketted the crap out of their product, htc did absolutely nothing. People don't have a clue as to what my phone is, not even the brand. If HTC was doomed because of battery and sd card, how is it that apple are not equally doomed? Because they put money into making people want it, not hoping it will sell itself.

RE: Next big thing?
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2014 11:45:41 AM , Rating: 3
Although removable battery isn't a big thing for me the microSD card is a huge deal. How else do you get 64GB of additional storage for pretty much nothing if you already have it? Pull it out of your old phone and put it in your new phone. Easy. My card is filled with various videos for my niece and nephew and all the pictures and videos I take get stored there. MicroSD is a MUST to have.

RE: Next big thing?
By spamreader1 on 2/24/2014 10:52:14 AM , Rating: 1
Apple sheeple do.

RE: Next big thing?
By Makaveli on 2/24/2014 2:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer you have to remember not everyone is the same. They won't have the same logical thought process as you or even the same wants and needs in a phone.

Some people will upgrade a phone just for looks.
Some people prefer function over form.
Other just want to impress their friends and say the have the newest model.

Some people are sheepish and don't really know anything about the products and just buy it based on a ad they see.

While you and I may disagree with some of the reasons it is their money after all.

I wished there were people that were alot more demanding on what they want in a phone and actually knew how to use them it would force the makers to innovate instead of just refresh. But why change the food and go with the expensive stuff when the sheep are fine eating the no name cheap stuff, it just means more money in samsung pocket book and let money spend on R&D.

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