It might feel like just yesterday that you were taking your brand new Galaxy S4 out of its box, but its successor may be coming just around the corner.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is gathering momentum online with a slew of rumors and speculation surrounding the phone’s features and design ahead of its supposed release in April, most notably the inclusion of iris scanning technology which may address the need for more personal access protection on our devices.
Apple has their Touch ID sensor for fingerprints on the iPhone 5S for increased security, and Samsung’s new iris scanner, which would identify the owner of the phone through their unique iris in the eye, looks to address these concerns too. Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile business, spoke about iris scanning at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but would not confirm whether or not the S5 will have the feature. It is also possible that fingerprint sensors could be included on the phone.
The Galaxy S5 is expected to have a refined user interface including a QHD 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, an increase from the S4’s 1920×1080 display. The device is also expected to launch on Android 4.4 KitKat with a 16-megapixel camera. The new smartphone will, reportedly, use either a Snapdragon 805 processor or Exynos 6.
Lee Young Hee stated in an interview with Bloomberg that the phone will go “back to basics” with an emphasis on the display and feel. More rumors suggest that the S5 will be available in both plastic and metal versions and that the “bulky design will also be improved” with a 5.25” display. The Galaxy brand historically has been known for its relatively heavy Android skin, TouchWiz, and its cheaper, plastic casing.
It seemed like Samsung were gearing up to unveil the new Galaxy S5 in March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain but new reports suggest the company is holding off on the announcement for a dedicated event in London around mid March.