Yes, it is that time again when we start hearing rumors about the next great Galaxy S series phone on the horizon. And yes, the rumor mill is starting to ramp up for this next one. Now we all know that the rumors are all too often far more than the phone that ends up being delivered. But, they do provide a glimpse on what Samsung may be planning or what some people really want to see in the next Galaxy S5.
And there are a good number of rumors that make it into the delivered smartphone making it worthwhile to take a look at them. So, the question of why you should be interested in the Galaxy S5 is an appropriate one. Let’s take a look at some of the rumors going around now.
New Faux Leather Case – One of the nice rumors is that of the plastic case. While it will remain plastic, it looks like it will be the same faux leather that has been seen with the Galaxy Note 3. With my Galaxy S3, the cheap looking plastic has been the one big thing that I do not like. So with this new look, they are replacing the one big distraction from a polished phone. It is still plastic, but it sure is not going to look like it. There has been rumors about Samsung producing a metal case to compete with Apple and the iPhone, but we do not believe that it will be in this next version. Plan on the faux leather as the next step to fixing the look of the phone as reported by SamMobile. This is one that just about everyone will like.
Android 4.4 – Samsung seems to have been able to launch selected products with the latest version of Google’s Android OS. The Galaxy Note 3 is the latest one to have that honor and given that the Galaxy S series represents the flagship phones for Samsung, it is a good bet that we will see Android 4.4 KitKat being include with the launch of the Galaxy S5. Whether owners of the Galaxy S3 will see KitKat is another discussions. But, being the first to get the latest version of the Android OS will give you features that others do not have.
64 Bit Processor – There are strong indications and rumors that Samsung will be beefing up the Galaxy S5 to include a new 64 bit Exynos processor to handle the growing needs for performance related to videos and running multiple processes at once. Based on the history of Samsung devices, this is a very reasonable expectation. The unfortunate part of this is for the US. Historically for the Galaxy S phones, the faster processors do not arrive in the US. It appears that having to include LTE requires Samsung to not include the latest processor here. Since few of us here in the US are willing to not have LTE, do not expect the 64 bit processor in the Galaxy S5.
16 MP Camera – Rumors continue regarding the coming camera to be included with the Galaxy S5. The latest one has Samsung including a 16 MP camera. The Galaxy Note 3 already sports a 13 MP and includes Optical Image Stabilization. There is also talk of including ISOCELL CMOS sensors in the Galaxy S5 which will provide for better camera resolution. This has a very good change of making it into the coming Galaxy S5 and we believe that Samsung will provide for better picture taking.
Early Arrival Date – We are seeing a number of sites talking about a January announcement for the Galaxy S5. Given that the Galaxy S4 was arriving in the US in June and July, that would create a very short cycle for current owners of the S4. While it is not out of the realm of possibilities, this one does not seem very likely as it would cause dissatisfied customers. And it would significantly reduce the time period where Samsung would be completing development for the 16 MP camera and 64 bit processor. This one is probably not one that will happen.
We have laid out some of the many rumors circulating for the coming Galaxy S5. And we are still waiting to hear about the screen size, which continues to increase for Samsung mobile devices. These lay the foundation for why you should be interested in the next phone from Samsung. There are going to continue to be more rumors over the next few months and some may never happen. But, other new rumors may give you a glimpse into what Samsung may be planning.
Let the rumors continue.