Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014


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The rumor mill is churning out lots of interesting – and often conflicting – reports on Samsung’s upcoming flagship iteration, the Galaxy S 5. Some say it will come with an iris scanner, while others say it will come with a fingerprint scanner instead. One set of rumors claimed the Galaxy S 5 would bear a metal frame. Others have since claimed its chassis, like its predecessors, will be made of plastic but will feature a new design language. An array of different specifications have been thrown at us from every angle; a possible new UI has leaked; and Samsung executive Lee Young Hee went on the record with Bloomberg a few weeks ago, spilling some vague details on the the Galaxy S 5.

Hoping for Samsung to scrap its recent efforts (and literally dozens of software features) is little more than a pipe dream.


Although the software is cluttered, bloated, notorious for performance hiccups, and a giant hurdle for Samsung to scale with each firmware update, it isn’t likely Samsung will simply walk away from TouchWiz altogether. However, Magazine UX-like screenshots from a handset have since leaked, leading us to believe Samsung is at least working on making TouchWiz prettier, if nothing else. we can beg Samsung to optimize the software (for once) and focus on performance whilst also applying a little makeup. Cut the bits of software no one ever uses (such as the broken custom vibration creator), and lighten the load a little.

We wouldn’t be devastated if Samsung utilized the same sensor as the Galaxy S 4 in the Galaxy S 5. But we’re crossing all our fingers and toes for OIS.

Galaxy S 5 will ship with a 2,900mAh battery. While 300mAh is a significant bump over the 2,600mAh cell in the Galaxy S 4, we wouldn’t mind Samsung cramming even more juice in its upcoming flagship.

We’re not certain it will find its way onto the Galaxy S 5, but we wouldn’t be terribly upset if it did. Frankly, I’d be happy with the same sort of plastic with a smooth, matte finish. Either way, executive Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg, “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”


Change is coming, let’s just hope it’s for the better.

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