CES is over and we’re getting closer and closer to Mobile World Congress, which likely means we’re getting closer and closer to new phone announcements from the mobile world’s top players. One of those major players is Samsung, and we expect the South Korean electronics giant to announce the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy S (dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S5 if you haven’t already guessed it). Rumors have suggested the announcement will actually come in March, but it’s up in the air at this point.
We’ve heard a lot about this device before, but SamMobile seems to have gotten “confirmation” of the device’s final spec sheet ahead of its likely unveiling in February. Here’s a preliminary list of everything we should expect:
- Quad HD (2,560×1,440) Super AMOLED display
- Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805 processor
- 16-megapixel camera
- Android 4.4 KitKat
Pretty damned ridiculous, wouldn’t you say? The device’s display size isn’t yet known, but we expect it to be in the 5.0 to 5.2-inch range. We’re also told to expect both plastic and metal versions of the device, though it’s unclear which regions Samsung will sell each in (and you should expect the metal version to come in at a higher premium than the plastic one).
Also missing from that list are specs such as battery size, internal storage, and RAM. The latter capacity is expected to be 3GB, and history tells us we shouldn’t get our hopes up for more than 16GB of storage (though crazier things have happened). We’d also be surprised if the device didn’t have the same USB 3.0 charging and data port that the Note 3 enjoyed.
In related news, SamMobile also hears that a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom are expected a bit further down the line. It wouldn’t be that surprising for the former considering we’ve seen Mini variants for Samsung’s last two flagships. We just hope Samsung will stop fooling around and deliver a phone that is as powerful under the hood as its older, bigger counterpart.
This would be the first indication that Samsung is looking to make a trend of releasing yearly upgrades to the Galaxy S4 Zoom line, though. With Nokia’s 41 megapixel smartphone making noise, it’s likely that Samsung wants to compete in a niche space that hasn’t had many great options over the years. We probably won’t be hearing about either of these devices at the same time that we hear about the Galaxy S5, but we shouldn’t get too far into the year before Samsung makes it all official.
- Samsung Galaxy S line evolution in GIF form
- Galaxy S6 Edge boot time test
- AT&T announces S5 Mini
- Get the most for your old phone