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Galaxy S5 Rumor Watch 2013: Samsung Looks to Incorporate Metal Chassis and 16MP With OIS?

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The hypebeast train never slows, as new rumors have surfaced on the Interwebz, detailing a few features of Samsung’s 2014 flagship device. The Galaxy S4 was released a couple of months ago, which means that Samsung is already working on the next rendition, with sources stating that prototypes are already in use overseas. The Galaxy S5, which is presumed to be debuted sometime next year, is currently on track to have production begin later this year around Q4. 

According to a report from ETNews, the Galaxy S5 could feature a metallic chassis, as Samsung looks to possibly move away from its plastic-body calling card. Although, it is reported that a lot of testing is going into issues found with metal devices, such as reception, continuing to utilize a removable battery and featuring expandable storage.

Last, but certainly not least, recent rumors indicate that the S5 will feature a 16MP back-facing camera complete with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) technology. This same technology is found in LG’s newest G2 device and is also rumored to come inside of the Galaxy Note 3.

We still have a ways to go before the Galaxy S5 sees the light of day, but in this business, it’s never too early to start chatting about it.

Via: SamMobile | ETNews

  • pat

    Apple will SUE Samsung for using metal case for up coming GS5

  • guban257



  • TheOracle

    Intel Inside.

  • I love Samsung, and I can’t wait to see what this new phone looks like and to see what it does. All in all if it does support a metal body, I just hope they never shy away from having a removeable battery or expandable memory.

  • Steve B

    I call B.S. Every year we hear rumors that Sammy is switching to metal chassis’. The GS3 was supposed to be metal and so was the GS4.

  • dokkkk112

    every new flag ship are expensive for me cuz i still a student.

  • Sqube

    The crappy-feeling plastic has always been my primary — well, sole, at this point — knock against Samsung.

    If they do this, and maintain their friendly relations with the ROM community, I could see myself returning to the fold. It’ll have to be a pretty damn great device for me to get over the GNex, though.

    • Tim242

      The Gnex???

      • Sqube

        I meant that in the sense of “it’ll take a lot for me to use a Samsung device again after my experience with the Galaxy Nexus.”

  • Once we see the Note 3 debut you can pretty much assume the same features will be introduced in the S5 just like how last year with the Note 2 launch giving away hints at what was to come with the S4.

  • Armus

    I want a laser keyboard and holographic projector

  • I hope all you metal fanboys are happy when your GS5s shatter at the slightest impact as iPhones do. Plastic is a great shock absorber and is quite durable as far as phones are concerned.

  • jboogie1289

    How about a rumor stating when Sammie is going to update the GS3 and GN2?

  • Corey Foltman

    hey samsung, you’re not apple, knock it the F off.

  • Chippah

    “And so did the “NEXUS PRIME” LOLOL

    • Guest

      nexus prime – what is that like a steak or sumptin..tss…tss.

      • Chippah

        Fancy shampoo for my hair too double gunz pew pew muthafuca

  • Stewie

    Drop the damn home button…

    • Pratik Holla

      Seriously, its about time they adopted on screen navigation!

      • Tim242

        Why would they do that? They already have smaller bezels than devices with on screen buttons. I don’t want this buttons wasting my screen space for no reason.

        • Steve B

          Tim, STFU. People are tired of hearing this. You and about five other people on this site are the only ones that still want legacy hardware buttons.

          • Tim242

            You are the very definition of a troll. You get all crazy when other people have a different opinion than you. On screen buttons serve absolutely no purpose.

          • Steve B

            Hmmm, do you know the definition of a troll?

            Your comments come off much more troll like than mine ever have. You rant and rave continuously about how on screen buttons are useless when the majority of people here prefer them.

            If Droid Life ran a poll about user preference, software keys vs. hardware keys, I’d guarantee you that better than 80% would favor software, regardless of how functional or screen real estate friendly hardware buttons are. Bottom line, hardware keys are ugly and they’re a thorn in the side of Android fragmentation.

            You can cling to your silly argument, but you’re in a slim minority with this argument and you know it.

          • Tim242

            Even if you were correct about the majority, that means nothing. All throughout history, and present, there are examples galore of a majority wanting something not in the best interest of all. The majority of Americans didn’t want women to vote, mixed races to marry, blacks to have rights, or want me to have the right to marry the man I love. If on screen buttons benefited in any way, I’d be OK with them. The truth is, they waste space, serve no purpose, and still have bezels where buttons could be instead. We have choices. Not everybody wants what Steve B. wants. As I’ve said many times, I work in a cell phone store. Average consumers prefer Samsung phones 10 to 1. They couldn’t care less about a plastic battery cover, or the buttons. Nerds on here obsess over on screen buttons because they think that’s the pure Google way. Sometimes, Google’s way isn’t the best way. Please forgive those of us that don’t conform to your opinion.

          • Steve B

            Again, I’ve said this before, I see where you’re coming from but I don’t necessarily agree. We want and prefer different things, I’ll leave it at that.

          • Tim242

            That’s a much more respectful response, rather than “STFU.” : ). Besides, I only state my opposition when it’s in response to people whining about buttons. It would be better for them to choose devices with on screen buttons, rather than complain about the ones that don’t.

          • Steve B

            Very true. If Google makes a device with a full screen (zero bezel, no chin, no forehead) and on screen keys, would you accept it then?

          • Tim242

            It wouldn’t have to be zero bezel. That might not be practical. Just a smaller bezel would satisfy me.

          • Mark Mann

            so your complaint isn’t on screen buttons, but bezel size

        • Pratik Holla

          Screen sizes are big enough. With a 5 inch screen, whats there in losing .1-.2 inches? It also adds another layer of customization when you flash roms. Plus, it just looks so much cooler than a clunky hardware home button that samsung uses today.

          • Tim242

            If I buy a device with a 5″ screen, I want all 5″ of it. The on screen buttons are huge, and bring a 4.7″ screen to 4.4″. On screen buttons serve absolutely no purpose.

          • Mark Mann


          • Tim242

            I don’t like pie. Besides, that is root only. Most people do not root. I don’t think you should have to use something like that to get use of your entire display.

          • Mark Mann

            do you complain about the notification bar too? what about persistent google search widget?

          • Tim242

            In the browser, yes. I require full screen, which is why I don’t use Chrome.

          • Mark Mann

            i didn’t say in the browser, i said notification bar and persistent google search widget

          • Tim242

            As I said, the notification bar only bugs me in the browser. The persistent search bar is a poor decision. That’s why I used Nova Launcher on my Gnex. Samsung allows for the removal of the search bar, but I still use Nova Prime.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    I was really hopping the note 3 would be metal, oh well I hope this rumor is true!

  • bionicwaffle

    Noooooo!!!!!!!! Not metal!!! Stop letting marketing run engineering!!!! Metal on a phone is stupid. it will cause some, if not a lot, of radio problems. It may not be much but it will hurt radio signals. There is nothing wrong with plastic. Kevlar is great but don’t use metal!

    • Pete Labozetta

      Has the metal affected the HTC One’s radios?

      • bionicwaffle

        Great question! Yes! I have seen at least one review where they noted it was difficult to align the phone with another device to use NFC. They hadn’t seen this before with NFC. They were guessing it could have been related to the metal. I’m sure if you did some tests and got numbers you would fine the signal to be not as strong in as many angles/situations. It would depend how you hold the One in relation to the tower/access point/target.

        Another example was the Asus Transformer TF200. It had an all metal back which gave it a weak WiFi signal and terrible GPS. Asus released an updated model, the TF300 with plastic along the top where the antenna is which improved the WiFi and GPS.

        • Appleanche

          I’ve had no issues with my HTC One’s NFC, it’s simply at the top of the phone while others are often near the bottom. The reviewer must not have known that.

          Metal feels great, looks great, it’s so nice to use a phone that isn’t’ creaky, slimy, or weird feeling like the other Android phones out there.

          If you design it well like HTC did, with plastic bands in the right places there is zero reception issues, in fact in my anecdotal experiences my HTC One tends to do better than friend’s S4s in most comparisons..

    • jose

      I don’t even care if it’s metal. I love my HTC One but metal is not a requirement for me. Plastic is fine, as long as it doesn’t look like the current Galaxy line. Have you seen the S4 Active? That is a great looking phone, and plastic.

    • jaybar

      I would blame Samsung’s horrible radios for any possible signals problems

    • JoshGroff

      Aluminum in particular, not all metal blocks signal transmission.

    • TylerCameron

      The iPhone is made of metal and it gets excellent reception, though on the top and bottom on the back, there’s little tidbits of glass, and the entire shell acts as an antenna.

      • RebelwithoutaClue

        Actually the iPhone has crappy reception. My friend works for Vodafone Netherlands and if you look at the top 5 of smartphones with buggy connections, nr 2 is iPhone 4 and nr 1 is iPhone 5.

    • Mark Mann

      i dunno…i think motorola says otherwise

  • ToddAwesome

    Now you listen to me GNex, you WILL last another 6 months, do you hear me? No excuses, play like a champion!

  • Ryan

    How about adding a freaking IPS display. Something that has true color rendition, tack sharp images, great viewing angles, screen you can read with ease in sunlight, and a less over heated screen. I don’t care if it’s plastic, metal, steel, alloy… whatever.

    • Godzilla

      From what I understand IPS is the least battery efficient screen technology. At least that is what ive heard.

      • bionicwaffle

        First off, you’re talking about LCD, not IPS. IPS is one type of LCD but it doesn’t need to be IPS to be good. HTC uses some “Super LCD 2/3” that’s just as good as any IPS display. There are also PLS, NOVA, and IPS+ which are all excellent as well. They are all various ways to make a TFT LCD display (which all of those are). They have improvement that allow more light through (using less power for a given brightness) as well as probably other improvements.

        Secondly, it’s not true to say that OLED is more power efficient than LCD. It’s true that OLED can use less power but that’s only because it only needs to light pixels that are being used. The problem is, most of the time most people have most of their display lit with some color when they are using it. White takes the most power for OLED to display and black takes no power. Other colors are all in between there. Unfortunately, a lot of people got it in their head that OLED is more power efficient but that’s not the case. Dim a good LCD down to the brightness level of an OLED display and display white full screen on both and the LCD will definitely use less power. Reading books, email, and web pages often gives you a mostly white screen. You can expect a good LCD to win in this category and it will be much brighter as well!

        Battery life and brightness would be better in general if phones would use LCD instead of OLED.

        In all fairness I will say that what the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Moto X do with “Active Notifications” would take more power on an LCD but that’s because they’re lighting so few pixels. I’d imagine a conventional notification LED would still be more power efficient but I’m not sure. I do know the “Active Notification” concept would be a very bad idea on an LCD.

        • zwieblekopf

          IPS is not a type of TFT display. They are both LCD, but different technologies.

        • TylerCameron

          HTC’s Super LCD’s are IPS panels.

      • Rammstein

        From what I understand, you got this info from Sarge.

    • Taglogical

      ^^^This, if it has OLED, I’m out. (IPS LCD ftw)

      • That’s why I’m loving my S4 Active with it’s LCD display, so much more accurate and better looking colors.

        • Ryan

          Exactly. When you compare the s4 and active next to each other the display difference is 100% night and day difference. After looking at the active you will hate to look at the s4. Since the display is the thing consumers interact with most. Consumers should be really picky about their screens, but consumers rarely care because they are focused on other bogus marketing features or they’re just ignorant to the facts.

          For instance take a look at Oppo’s find 5. Hands down it has the best display a mobile device has ever had to date, and it’s an IPS LCD panel. It’s absolutely amazing and every device should be striving to get that quality out of their screens.

    • jose

      Yeah that too. AMOLED looks like crap. I don’t care if it’s the future like the fanboys rant. LCD remains king when it comes to sharpness and color accuracy.

      • Maxim∑

        and brightness

      • Tim242


    • Ryan

      LG owns IPS display patents. The only OEM that borrowed the patent was Apple. Samsung tried a PLS for the S4 but LG sued cuz they own the patents.

    • Tim242

      You choose the color saturation…

  • Mon

    Hopefully the release date is 6 months from now….JUMP!

    • Godzilla

      nah it’ll be March/April again.

      • Mon

        By my count thats long enough

        • Tyler Durden

          Get the note 3 and you’ll fall in the range for Jump

          • JoshGroff

            I grabbed the S4 on JUMP last month. If nothing else amazing comes out by January (A high end Nexus hopefully,) the S5 will most likely be my upgrade.

      • Skittlez

        isn’t march pretty much 6 months away?

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Stop trying to use math on the internet. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • Godzilla

    Not upgrading until 2015.

    • Mothra

      How about no more comments from you until 2015?

  • Ian Smith

    if they got rid of the physical and capacitive buttons then i’d consider buying one

    • Godzilla

      I have always said Samsung would do a great thing by offering two variants. Same phone internally but one has on screen buttons and the other has the traditional Samsung set up.

      • Ian

        This is the first time I’ve heard you say that.

        • Godzilla

          On disqus perhaps, yes.

  • chris420o


  • billjohnson777

    I’ll only look if they upgrade TouchWhiz. Am I the only one maddened by the fact that they’re still using Gingerbread colors….

    • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

      The bloat is the issue. The colors too but dat bloat is crazy.

      • billjohnson777

        Truph doe. SOME of the features are cool, but most of it is unneeded.

        • DroidzFX

          Who is Truph doe?

          • billjohnson777

            Truth. Though.

          • DroidzFX

            Oh did you have something in your mouth when you typed that?

          • billjohnson777


        • Rammstein

          Some of cool but most are just crap I used the first week to wow people and never saw any practical use after that.

          • JoshGroff

            The eye tracking doesn’t work well with glasses. 🙁 Not like I’d use it all the time, but it is pretty neat.

          • Festus Haggen

            The eye tracking worked when it wanted. I used it in well lit areas and it still had problems tracking me. I disabled it to try and conserve some battery.

          • JoshGroff

            I’ve noticed the few times I tried taking my glasses off and using it, then I figured it was my lazy eye messing it up. (My right eye is essentially useless…)

          • Agreed, by the end of the first day I turned off ALL TouchWiz features.

      • Guest

        nm. deleted 😛

      • Adam Johnston

        I hate everything about TW. I just got my Moto X yesterday, jumped from the S4 and I’ve never been happier with an android phone. I can’t believe how a company can take something as good as stock android and ruin it all while thinking they “improved” the experience.

    • mcdonsco

      na, irritates me too…I hate the green

    • jose

      TouchJizz and slimy plastic are my issues with Samsung. Won’t buy one until they change it.

      Every freaking menu and screen within the OS looks like a damn coloring book.

      • billjohnson777

        This nigga speaks truth.

        • JoshGroff

          GPE ROM and a non plastic case, problem solved?

          • billjohnson777

            To an extent. I mean I personally can’t live without root. Otherwise I’ll just check out WP8 again. But I’ve noticed that some ROMs can lose certain functionality such as the camera software.

          • JoshGroff

            That’s where hybrid ROMs come into play. Like Viper for Sense. (AOSP base with some sense features and the drivers required left in)

          • billjohnson777

            True dat. Which is the ROM I was looking at if the VZW One ever gets rooted. -_-

          • JoshGroff

            I had it running on my DNA, but then I got addicted to blinkfeed while trying out a Sense 5 ROM.

        • SomeDooD

          mah tigga

          • billjohnson777

            I wish I could rate this more than once.

    • zurginator

      It wouldn’t be so bad if the colors weren’t so damn saturated.

      Also if they followed Holo design guidelines.

      • billjohnson777

        Thank you! Ex-freaking-actly.

        • zurginator

          Well technically that is a different argument than what you said in your OP – I’m fine with the green, it looked fine in GB, and it looks fine now.

          Also Samsung has been using the same colors since Froyo I believe, so you can’t exactly call them GB colors. 😛

          • billjohnson777

            Good point. I just hate that they’re still using the green personally though.

  • Liderc

    I just hope they don’t keep increasing the screen size, they’ve gone big enough, almost too big, just need to redesign the body a bit with a better quality chassis and remove the home button and it would be the king of all phones, not just Android phones.

    I’ve heard the GS4 camera is solid, so as long as they keep improving it a bit that should be good.

    • MikeCiggy

      The current screen size on the s4 is perfect. If they can manage to keep the screen size, add new features and shrink the bezels to make the phone a bit smaller then your talking perfection.

      The home button doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would but putting back on the right just to be different is asinine. The back button should be on the left, whether it’s a phone, tablet, computer browser, or a damn tamagotchi. The back button points left, and should be on the left.

      • TylerCameron

        And there needs to be a recent apps key.

      • Mitchman

        Which ever hand your phone spends the most time in is the side for the back button.

    • Godzilla

      5 inches is perfect in my opinion. I love the overall size of this phone. Perfect.

      • Ej McCarty

        Shut up bionic. No one likes you. 5″ is a reappearing size in your life isn’t it?

        • Godzilla

          Says the person who uses to the internet to lash out at people. What’s wrong, can’t get away from the high school bullies?

        • Ian

          At least he has moved away from even trying to deny being Bionic. Can’t polish a turd.

        • Rammstein

          5″ is pushing it for him. I think he’s more like a 4″ kinda guy. iPhone would suit him perfectly.

    • Diablo81588

      That will never happen. They will always increase the screen size to differentiate it against the previous model. I guarantee you the S5 will have at least a 5.2″ display.

  • fritzo2162

    Without creaky plastic, how will we know it’s a Samsung device?

    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah I love my very reliable and secure Samsung device.

      • Said no one ever

        • Tyler Durden

          More durable than the HTC One, iPhone 5, Sony Xperia, etc

  • J

    Did anyone else misread the title at first thinking it said IOS?

  • Bigwavedave25

    Alright, just work in a bit of the new goodies with the GN3! 🙂

  • Milind Shah

    the first time LG did something first!

  • DroidzFX

    Also rumored the phone will be one big home button.

    • CasperTFG

      Will it be programed to take us to the Verizon Wireless landing page once pressed?

      • DroidzFX

        You have to snap twice and shake it for that to happen.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          It will also have voice recognition but you have to say “Ok Verizon is the greatest” for it to activate.

  • Elliot

    The technical term is picture stabilization mumbo-jumbo” if I’m not mistaken…

    • Well, technically yes, but I don’t want to start using big words that might confuse anybody 😉

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        I lol’d hard when you said it haha

  • Morbid138

    Apple is going to sue Samsung for the use of the letters I, O and S.

    • Nicholas Ringhiser

      Apple would sue Samsung even if they made a rocket powered unicorn.

      • Bob G

        Nah, that would be T-Mobile because the unicorn resembles the color Magenta.

        • Nicholas Ringhiser

          I forgot… Samsung actually did make a unicorn.

          • Voltism

            I had such high hopes for this game… It sucked hard.

          • susancorby843

            The sooner you get behind in your work, the more time you have
            to catch up. Here you can make money be spending some hours on your laptop.,,

    • adbFreedom

      In a few years you will not be able to tell the difference between the 2 phones. They already have the horrendous home button on the bottom, cheesy apple-esque commercials, then they will have a metal/glass frame which is sure to come with a fixed battery. Then will come the locked up, dictatorship iOS-like Samsung proprietary software and S-Tunes to go along with it.

      • JoshGroff

        I’d like to see how many loyal fans they lose over that choice.

      • Mitch Joa

        I’m surprised there’s not already an S-Tunes. Made me chuckle.

      • michael arazan

        How is LG going to copy the Note 3 this late in the came to get a metal chasis

    • Maxim∑

      I love how Apple needs to brought into this.

      Anyway more touch wiz bloat incoming!

    • Anonymous

      Very true, and not only that, if Apple doesn’t get on the tech train, they’ll (hopefully) start losing customers.

  • John

    LG did it first

  • Dan

    Let me guess, flexible glass.. lol

  • Ryan

    The LG G2 is already launching with a OIS camera at 13mp….

    • Festus Haggen

      We know.

    • Tyler Durden

      The S5 has a 16mp OIS. The Note 3 is launching with a 13mp OIS as well.

  • Wait, already?