The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date might be announced or hinted at sooner than we expect. The Samsung Unpacked event is scheduled for September 4th and is expected to feature the unveiling of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. There is also a slim possibility that we may get an announcement or hint for the Samsung Galaxy S5, the next-gen successor the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is anticipated for April or May of 2014 based on the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Previously we had reported that the Samsung Galaxy S5 was taking design concept from Design 3.0. We heard rumors about an all-metal carbon fiber body, flexible AMOLED screen, a next-gen Exynos processor, 3D display and 5G capability. The specs of what we might expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5 are still very much subject to change, but we are likely to get some idea of what to expect from Samsung in 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date isn't that far into the future that we can expect full-on 3D displays and other incredibly futuristic technology. Barring futuristic technology like 3D flexible AMOLED displays, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be a more modest improvement in terms of specs than we might anticipate. According to Value Walk we might see a device with 3GB RAM, up from the 2GB RAM that has become standard. Samsung has started production on a 3GB DDR3 RAM chip for mobile devices so it isn't a stretch to anticipate that it might show up on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Value Walk quotes a Samsung spokesman as saying, "Samsung's new ultra-slim memory solutions will enable thinner smartphone designs and allow for additional battery space, while offering a data transfer speed of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps) per pin." When it comes to the OS, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is the most likely bet barring something like the very unlikely speculated Android 6.0 Milkshake.
Galaxy5News is one of the sources for the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date and has reported various spec information along with leaked designs for the Samsung Galaxy S5. We are somewhat dubious about the nature of these "leaks", particular the specs which seem downright outlandish in many regard like a 16-core processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB memory. While Samsung is more of a spec oriented company compared to certain rivals like LG who like to have interesting features, it is hard to imagine that Samsung will escalate the specs arms race so rapidly without provocation. It will take a company like Apple or HTC rolling out a serious beast before we see a serious increase over the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which boasts the highest specs of a Samsung device to date:
-Display: 5.68-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED
-Chipset: Exynos 5 Octa 5420 CPU at 1.8GHz with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU (3G version only, chipset for 4G version unknown)
-RAM: 3GB (4G version)
-Camera: 13-megapixel with Optical Image Stabilization
-Storage: 16/32/64GB + microSD
-OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
These are more in line with what we can expect when the Samsung Galaxy S5 is released. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs are what we can consider bleeding edge hardware currently. What we can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5 is significant (but not outrageous) jump in specs, likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will provide a model for what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5. The processor is an octa-core, we can't imagine it doubling in processor cores in under a year. Not if Samsung wants to make a slimmer device.
When it comes to Samsung Galaxy S5 specs, realistically a 3GB (maybe 4 if we push it) RAM, 4,000 mAh battery, octa-core processor, a 16-MP camera, options for up to 64GB storage and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie are what we can most realistically expect. Based on what we have seen leaked from Design 3.0 we expect Samsung to start focusing on features more. We are rapidly reaching a point in the spec wars where going further in terms of specs without adding new features or capabilities is becoming pointless. Adding more cores to a processor when all you need to do is run some apps, games, video and music is pointless. Similarly a human eye can scarcely discern the difference once you get to absurdly high ppi or megapixels.
Based off the news that Apple is developing flexible screens for the iPhone 5S we are starting to suspect that the Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the right moment for the company to develop the flexible AMOLED screens they showcased during CES 2013. That combined with features like wireless charging, a durable carbon fiber body and active notifications could make the Samsung Galaxy S5 a big improvement in features rather than specs.
The Samsung: Unpacked Episode 2 event should give us some clues about what the future of smartphones will hold when it comes to designs, specs, release date and features for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
With an anticipated release date of 2014, do you think the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be a modest improvement in specs and a big leap in features?