News & Reviews: Samsung Galaxy S5 review
Nov 28, 2013
And the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours continue to pile up. This time around it also concerns the Samsung Galaxy Gearsmartwatch which was initially released with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In line with that, rumour mongers are saying that we may see the next generation Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5. While we're not too thrilled about another Bluetooth companion accessory (we're still hoping for a standalone watch phone) rumours indicate that the Gear 2 could be thinner by about 15% to 20% compared to the original Gear. It would be great if the price was dropped and the battery life improved but a thinner smartwatch could also mean a smaller battery. In related news, more Samsung Galaxy S5 tech specs and features were leaked as well with both plastic and metal versions. Asides from the already mentioned rumours of either the Snapdragon 805 or a 64-bit Samsung Exynos Octa powering the S5, rumours are also saying the S5 could come with a 4000 mAh battery. Personally, we're not sure where Samsung would stick such a large battery unless it is a moulded non-removable kind but we're looking forward to next year sometime in January or February 2014 when the Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to make an appearance.
Nov 27, 2013
With the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 said to be coming in 2014, quite a lot of other feature news has cropped up as well. This includes the various patent filings Samsung has done which includes this one for a multi-party video conferencing call which could replace the current ChatOne messaging app. Most video conferencing features like Apple's FaceTime only has 2 people so a multi party video conference call feature would certainly help up the innovative features available on the Samsung Galaxy S5. While there are other multi-party video conference messaging apps like Google Hangouts (which allows up to 10 callers) it requires a good amount of bandwidth from all those involved. Hopefully, Samsung will manage to work on some way of compressing the video stream for this new patent for a truly exceptional feature for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Nov 25, 2013
A metal frame for a smartphone has recently surfaced, and while it isn't an aluminum unibody, it could be the metal frame for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Measurements for the frame come up at 143.8 x 72.3mm which indicates that it could get a 5.3-inch display, matching up with the incremental screen size increase of previous versions. This leak comes courtesy of nowhereelse.fr, which is quite famous for mostly accurate leaked images and tech specs. However, certain aspects of the frame don't match with current features of the Samsung Galaxy S range. These include a corner camera placement as opposed to the standard center camera placement along with a 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom as opposed to standard practice where Samsung smartphones have the 3.5mm audio jack on the top. Then again, this could be a frame for the new premium Samsung Galaxy F line of smartphones. In any case, this is still very much a rumour, so do take it with a pinch of salt. No other tech specs, pricing or Malaysia release dates were available but the Samsung Galaxy S5 is said to come in January 2014.
Nov 22, 2013
Quite a few people are looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S5, including those who can create a reasonable concept render. This concept render of the Samsung Galaxy S5 appeared from the folks at O2 Guru TV sporting a curved screen from top to bottom, much like the LG G Flex. While this looks pretty and all, what is really interesting are the tech specs coming with the concept render. These Samsung Galaxy S5 tech specs include:
- A 64-bit octa-core processor and chipset
- 3GB RAM
- 5-inch Curved Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 pixel resolution)
- 16MP rear camera (4K video recording)
- 4000 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat + updated TouchWiz
- 4x front facing speakers
Nov 20, 2013
We recently saw some slides showing off Samsung's plans for flexible displays but some more slides have appeared as well that seem to confirm a 2K 560ppi display for the next Samsung Galaxy S5 in 2014. This is clearly shown in the slide number 18 with a Super AMOLED display with 560 ppi available by 2014. Reaching 560ppi on a 5.3-inch screen would mean that it would have resolutions equaling 2600 x 1440, placing it within 2K display range. We're guessing that this would likely be a plastic substrate like the one used in the Samsung Galaxy Round but what really caught our eye was that the flexible screen concept render for the Samsung Galaxy Gear was clearly shown in slides 29 and 30. It could be just a sloppy copy paste job, but it hints that we may see such flexible displays in Samsung smartwatches soon. It also shows that Samsung is thinking ahead of just curved, bended and foldable wearable devices as stretchable displays were also listed as well.
Oct 30, 2013
This rumour comes courtesy of speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 may be using the new 64-bit Exynos processor from Samsung which is almost finished. This new Samsung Exynos chipset may be known as the 6-series or Exynos 6 but what is more interesting is that it will offer the ability to go beyond 3GB of effective RAM. This has fueled the rumour that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be coming with 4GB of RAM as more memory support is one of the main features of the 64-bit architecture. Again, there are no specifics or tech specs or even features to mention here, and while we're thinking 4GB of RAM would be the right amount past the 3GB of RAM currently available in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could just as likely arrive with 8GB of RAM instead. This would give the Samsung Galaxy S5 a new technical innovation asides from other smartphones, as there are now all too many smartphones with aluminum unibody chassis, huge megapixel cameras and ultra high ppi screens. We wouldn't be surprised if Samsung are also planning a Pro version device, as 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit processor could be all most high-performance users would need to make the shift.
Oct 16, 2013
As we near the end of Q3 for 2013, rumours about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 are starting to pick up. While we've already heard rumours of it using new ISOCELL technology camera modules and that it may have a metal chassis, there haven't been many rumours about what processor the smartphone may use. Reports from Korean media say that it will use a Samsung Exynos 6 processor with tech specs and features that include the ARM big.LITTLE architecture, 64-bit processing, a 14nm fabrication process and much better energy efficiency. According to these reports, the processor will use ARM Cortex A53 and A57 cores but it didn't mention if it would have all cores active at the same time. So far, there aren't any new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors asides from the Snapdragon 800 which is what could be used in most of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones considering that the yield for Exynos processors haven't been very good. The jump to 14nm from the current 28nm would be quite significant so take this rumour with a pinch of salt. Like all rumours of this type, no Malaysia release dates or pricing was available but we will keep you updated as soon as possible.
Oct 11, 2013
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 certainly helped raise Samsung's profits, they may be looking to jump the gun even earlier for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone with a reveal in January 2014 and eventual release in February 2014. Original estimates had the S5 Malaysia release date set for March which was the period when the Samsung Galaxy S4 was released in 2013. Tech specs for the S5 so far could include a 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP or 16MP camera module with better low-light and anti-shake (optical image stabilization) than before. The previously announced Samsung ISOCELL image sensor is also expected to be used inside the S5. As always, take these rumours with a pinch of salt as Samsung has yet to confirm any Malaysia release date or pricing for the S5 just yet.
Oct 07, 2013
Reports about the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have surfaced recently. Apparently, the camera modules for the two not-even-announced yet smartphones may have camera modules that are 8x brighter than your average camera module today. In addition to this, the camera modules will also have features like anti-shake that can correct an angular error up to 1.5 degrees, which is awesome considering that the current standard is only at 0.7 degrees. Other tech specs and features include the rumour that these camera modules are still going to be 13MP. The brighter sensor should enable better image processing under low-light conditions. While the report doesn't really mention the Galaxy S5 or Note 4, the camera module should be developed within that time frame. No details on pricing or Malaysia release dates but a safe bet would be to say that we'll find out in 2014.
Sep 02, 2013
While it isn't the first time rumours about a metal body Samsung device have come out, new rumours have popped up stating that the Samsung Galaxy S5 (and perhaps other Samsung models after it) may get a metal body or chassis. Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will likely be released in 2014 for Malaysia, reports are claiming that Samsung may start production on a metal body Samsung Galaxy S5 by the end of the year. According to these reports a sample has already been produced and is being tested in Vietnam. Other tech specs and features for the S5 include a 16MP camera with OIS. Personally, we think that this is just wishful thinking as Samsung have been rumoured to develop metal clad smartphones before and have always declined in fear that it may delay production. Samsung would more likely go for a kevlar casing or other material before metal and we haven't seen any of those just yet either, so take this rumour with a big pinch of salt.