The Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy S5 Edition

You can’t get on the web without seeing a new Galaxy S5 rumor, and with MWC 2014 fast approaching, ye old Rumor Mill is kicking into overdrive. That means it’s time for another rumor roundup for the Samsung Galaxy S5…

When we last checked in on the S5, we told showed you a few renders and looked at the specs courtesy of some AnTuTu benchmarks. Samsung has essentially remained silent about their new flagship aside from sending out an invite for Unpacked 5 at MWC 2014. One of the newest rumors surrounds the Galaxy S5’s display, and according to a listing on Typhone (now pulled) the S5 will sport a 5.2-inch display that’s Full HD, not QHD.

Bloomberg agrees on the size, but says the screen will be ‘sharper’ than previous models so maybe we’ll still see a QHD display and Typhone listing was for one of those variants we’ve heard so much about. Bloomberg also says it’ll rock a larger battery which is always great, but could also point to a top-notch display. The pulled Typhone listing also showed a 16-megapixel shooter instead of the 20MP camera we’ve heard so much about. That should be a lock as @evleaks and numerous other people in the ‘know’ have all said 16MP.

The second rumor circulating the web broke yesterday from SamMobile who say they have confirmed the Galaxy S5 will come with a fingerprint scanner. The scanner was rumored to be embedded in the display, but if SamMobiles sources are right, it’ll be on the home button just like Apple’s. The thing that seemingly sets them apart is the way it’s used as Sammy’s sensor will require you to ‘swipe’ your finger across the button. You’ll also be able to see your fingerprint being scanned in real-time on the display as you swipe it.

So what should you expect from the Galaxy S5 when it finally hits the street? The 5.2-inch display is a safe bet as is the camera — both are ‘slight’ bumps over the S4 and line up nicely with everything else we’ve heard. There could still be two variants with different processors, and we’re not even going to speculate about the fingerprint sensor at this point. SamMobile has a good track record, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Samsung was going to shake things up with the Galaxy S5, but so far there’s really nothing jaw-dropping about the device when you compare it to upcoming offerings from HTC and Sony. Will a fingerprint scanner be enough to get you to check out the S5 or will it take something more drastic?

Source: SamMobile, Bloomberg


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