Rumors about the Samsung’s next flagship smartphone have circulating for a while already. However, the recent ones are more detailed, especially after the company’s mobile executive VP interview with Bloomberg.
The Galaxy S5 smartphone will reportedly be released by April, and Samsung is said to be considering iris-scanning technology for security in a possible response to Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S.
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” Lee said at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
Lee Young-hee also mentioned in the interview that a new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut alongside the Galaxy S5, saying that it will feature “more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”
Perhaps the most outlandish revelation is reserved for the Galaxy Note line — the fourth iteration is pegged for the second half of this year, and Samsung is said to be considering a “three-sided display” to allow for visibility from multiple angles.
Some specs for Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 have already leaked online, suggesting that the new handset will have a 5.25inch screen, Google’s Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system and a 2,900mAh battery. The upgraded 20-Megapixel camera will apparently allow for 4K video-recording and feature image taking during recording.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also rumored to be available in two versions – a high-end model made of metal and a cheaper plastic one. It is expected that the more expensive of the two will feature an eight-core Samsung Exynos 6 chip, while the cheaper version will have a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.
In related news, Korean media house ETnews has revealed that Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with a multi-hovering technology which is said to enhance 3D gaming. Sources in Samsung claim that users can operate and play games on Galaxy S5 with multiple finger movements on the screen. The new sensor on the display has the ability to track multiple finger movements and take input from as far as 30 mm (3 cm) from screen.
Samsung also plans to introduce another gesture control feature to track user’s head movement to browse web pages on the phone. The handset’s front camera will have the ability to divide the user’s image into various sections and observe the change in a particular section to carry out a specific function, reported SamMobile.
The recently leaked image of Samsung’s reworked Touchwiz user interface (UI) reveals a major possible look for Samsung’s flagship handset if it is legitimate.
Twitter account @evleaks, known for a solid track record of smartphone leaks, has posted an image of the home screen that looks like a column of cards, similar to the Google Now system, and shows nearby locations as well as information gleaned from apps about what the user is doing. For example, it displays information about your online orders, sports, upcoming flights, social contacts, upcoming concerts and appointments.