Samsung Galaxy S5 spec rumors are swirling word emerged that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would have an all metal aluminum uni-body. That news came from Design 3.0, a revamp team that is working on the new Samsung Galaxy S5. We do not yet have news about a release date, as things currently seem to be at the early design stage.
Now, we have slightly more concrete information. It appears that contrary to previous rumors about an all-metal aluminum body to replace the traditional plastic that Samsung used for the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 will have a carbon fiber body. It quite possible that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a carbon fiber design because Samsung has recently purchased half the shares of SGL group, which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of carbon based products.
A statement made by the two companies mentions that the partnership will benefit both companies as carbon fiber will be used in a wide variety of Samsung devices: "The cooperation is expected to provide a stable long-term supply of carbon fibre materials for Samsung and promote its use in various Samsung products and applications such as consumer electronics, medical devices and engineering applications"
Other statements concurred that the carbon fiber body was being considered for Samsung devices:
Yoosung Chung, President and CEO of Samsung Petrochemical mentioned that "Lightweight materials have become an important factor not only in industrial applications but also the consumer end markets such as digital media". He also talked about the advantages that this partnership will bring to both Samsung and the the SGL Group, as many Samsung devices will make use of carbon fibre: "This partnership will position Samsung as a leading player in the development and application of carbon fibre-based products".
The site, Samsung Galaxy S5, pointed out the following advantages to using a carbon fiber body:
-The Smartphone will become light in weight and thus, easy to carry, use and operate.
-The phone will give a shiny, premium looks.
-The user will feel confident as the strength of carbon is more than steel, so the Galaxy SV will be strong.
-Last, but not the least, the smartphone can be molded into any design and shape, thus we can expect unique and attractive design features for the device
The clear hints about the body do seem to point toward a carbon fiber construction being likely. That will certainly give the device rugged capability while still being light-weight and pleasant to the touch. It would make the device 120 grams in weight and 7 mm thick. Unfortunately our previous speculation that there could be a flexible OLED panel display that would allow for a bendable screen seems to have been shot down, if this is true.
We previously speculated about specs, features, price, release date and other rumors. We also have some interesting concepts for what the Samsung Galaxy S5 may boast in terms of specs, design and features from Bob Freking, a designer:
He suggests that the device will run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. We agree; with Key Lime Pie likely to come out in October, its inclusion does seem likely. He goes on to speculate that it will have a 16MP rear camera which is also realistic given that is what the Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts. It would also have optical image stabilization and 6x lossless zoom.
The concept Galaxy S5 he proposes has a 5-inch 1080 P Super AMOLED Plus display with on-screen buttons rather than the physical home button that the Samsung Galaxy line normally has. All of this is still within the realm of possibility, though we think the screen size is likely to be bigger to fit in with the phablet trend. Or perhaps not, since the Galaxy Note 3 will likely fill that niche.
Where we get into more fanciful speculation is when it comes to hardware.
"Freking dreams up a powerhouse machine with an eight-core Exynos 6 processor clocking in at 2GHz and a 64-core GPU. In comparison to current technologies, such a processor is plausible. In the Galaxy S4 I9500 model, we see the Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which clocks in at between 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz, while the I9505 model contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which clocks in at 1.9 GHz with four-cores. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 runs even faster at 2.3GHz on four-cores, so an eight-core processor clocking in at least 2GHz seems reasonable for a next-generation device. A 64-core graphics card on a smartphone, however, is a bit more farfetched. Granted, that would make such a device a gamer's dream, considering that the recently unveiled Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have 768-core and 1,152-core GPUs by AMD, respectively, while the Galaxy S4 runs impressive graphics on just a tri-core GPU from PowerVR."
We have to concur with IBTimes. The notion of a 8 or 10-core Exynos 6 processor would make the phone prohibitively expensive. As some fans point out, Samsung would hardly want to blow its entire budget on producing a dream phone like this. Freking does come back down to earth when he suggests 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. Samsung would be responding to user complaints about lack of internal memory and heavy RAM usage. The Galaxy S4 did allow expansion with a micro SD card, which is something that Samsung would be well advised to retain. Some users would even like dual SD card slots.
When it comes to internet connectivity, Freking suggests 4G LTE, which has been rolled out with the Samsung Galaxy S4-LTE Advanced in South Korea. AT&T and Verizon have both spoken of bringing the super-fast 4G LTE capabilities to the US, so it is certainly conceivable that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would have LTE capability. What seems very unlike is the 5G capability that Freking suggests. As with the super-flexible screens, while Samsung has experimented with 5G it is still not ready for commercial use and will likely not be ready until 2020. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to come out some time in 2014, we can hardly expect it to be 5G capable.
Overall, Freaking does have some interesting concepts, some which are more realistic than others. Aside from the body design, which seems fairly certain to be carbon fiber, and the processor being as good if not better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, we still have a paucity of information about the device. We will keep you updated as more rumors leak about the Samsung Galaxy S5.
What do you think of these speculated Samsung Galaxy S5 specs?