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Galaxy S5 Hype Watch 2013: Report Claims Device Will Sport an Iris Scanner

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We love a good hypebeast here at DL, and this morning, we got a doozy for you. According to ZDNet Korea, Samsung is hard at work on two versions of the Galaxy S5, one which is made primarily of plastic as we have seen with all other Sammy devices, and one ultra-premium model that will feature a metallic body and godly specs. Naturally, we are going to cover the premium model, as the source states that they have “confirmed” a few specifications which are to launch on the device in February of 2014. 

As the title of this post indicated, it is reported that Samsung is working to bake a fully-functional iris scanner into the device, which will allow users another bit of added security when unlocking their phones. While fingerprint scanners and face recognition are all the rage, no one has yet attempted an iris scanner, so we could potentially see some Minority Report action on our devices starting next year. Where you at, Tom Cruise?

Along with the iris scanner, Samsung is reportedly looking to outfit the premium model with a quad HD display, sporting a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. No word on the exact size of the panel, but you would have to assume it is somewhere between 5″ and 5.5″, given this is a Galaxy S device and not part of the Note lineup, which tends to use the larger displays. Depending on which market you pick up the new device, it could be either running Samsung’s new Exynos 64-bit Octa processor or one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon quad-core processors. So for smartphone horsepower, potential buyers need not worry. The device is also said to feature 3GB of RAM, a 16MP back-facing shooter, and come running the latest version of the Android OS.

As the report states, Samsung plans to announce the device in February of 2014, which means we could see a launch in March possibly. That’s three short months away.

Are you excited yet for the next revolution of top tier Android devices?

Via: BGR | ZDNet Korea
  • Christopher Davis

    My Droid DNA is perfect. Usually I upgrade often, but now I just don’t need too. It still performs with every phone in 2013. And I get excellent battery life with constant use throughout the day. And I’ve had it since the day it came out. Samsung is just nah, but I’d definitely be interested in a possible X2 if it can blow my mind.

  • Steve B

    Samsung is getting old and boring.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I dont even expect Metal body fromSamsung anymore….. I just want them to redo…. I mean scrap the crap that is TouchWiz

  • Nadeem

    please dont have a home button

  • Mike H.

    I see the “premium” version going for $999 off contract and the standard for $699.

  • Tim Buchanan

    As long as it’s an iris scanner, and not an Isis scanner.

  • scotch1337

    You mean a front facing camera with software that matches your eye up with a picture of your eye? Color me not impressed.

    • Daniel Walsh

      Not impressed either. How about some metal, better speakers, etc.

  • Blue Sun

    An iris scanner? I’m hoping for no ISIS.

  • Goblueboy

    The battery life is going to suck

  • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

    CAN’T. WAIT. From the first SGS Captivate, Skyrocket, SIII and currently S4, this will be a guaranteed pick up next year!

  • teevirus

    I hope more compelling features leak. For right now I am not super excited about upgrading in February. Although switching from Verizon to a different carrier is exciting.

  • SkylaC90

    proud owner of a Note 3, I really hope Sammy is able to pull this off in the Galaxy S5 because then that would mean the Note 4 would be a hella epic device with specs sensors and other things you couldn’t possibly imagine. but haters gonna hate I guess. after watching everyone do their thing for so long, only Samsung and perhaps Moto & Sony are doing anything creative with Android.

  • mosbysjedi

    Well, maybe I should return my Moto X

    • Daniel Walsh

      Why did you get the Moto X?

  • Radgatt

    This phone will have 32 GB of storage with 21 GB reserved for the OS with an SD card slot for extra storage.

  • ThatFool

    Samsung= The new apple. All of their gimicks and “S” branding is not what android is about

    • joejoe5709

      “S” branding? As in Galaxy S, SII, S3, S4, and soon S5? Yeah because that’s exactly like Apple.

      • ThatFool

        Spen, svoice Sbeam..stanard stuff that they added an S to in order to make them sound fancier Just my opinion

  • Jordan

    HyperDrive has made my experience with the Galaxy S4 phenomenal. Sbreen94 has unlocked the full potential of the S4 along with the Note 3. I’m anticipating his future releases and hope to see that HyperDrive comes to the S5!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    if it really came out in march i’d be blown that i got a G2

  • Jordan

    I was not impressed with the Moto X at all. I feel like Samsung is doing an amazing job setting the bar and bringing the best specs to life. I’m looking forward to the new S5 and would potentially upgrade to it from my current S4. However, I am a Verizon customer, so I’m sure Verizon will discourage me from upgrading.

    • ThatFool

      The point of the Moto x is the fact it doesn’t have the plmost powerful parts.

    • Cameron E Nelson

      This spec war is pointless at this point. Odds are the same exact phone as the S4 outside of the potential iris scanner which probably just matches a picture of your eye. Honestly Samsung has gone way downhill after the S3 and Note 2. They just keep adding gimmicks no one will ever use. Increasing resolution is pointless now, Ram pointless at this point, and whatever else they just keep upgrading does nothing for us anymore. Moto made a useful device that focuses on things that we can use. 5″ phone with a 3000mAh battery and you have the perfect phone, well close.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Well they have all the eye tracking nonsense. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tapped into some knowledge.

  • joejoe5709

    These rumors are all pretty silly. All Samsung needs to do is meet or beat the G2 by adding Note 3 specs. The rest is all gravy. We’ll all laugh and cry that it’s merely incremental. But what they need to focus on is using Kit Kat as an excuse to tighten up their UI. The biggest complaint about Touchwiz is the overwrought software that tends to lag. LG’s UI is eerily similar and doesn’t suffer from lag as much. If you ask me… we’ll see a 1080p 5.2″ screen with very small bezels, Snapdragon 800 (possibly 805), 3GB RAM, 64bit ready, a much improved camera, and a 2900mAh battery. I think we’ll see some somewhat major design changes as the last couple phones have looked exactly the same. We might finally see a stylus seem as how it’ll have a screen similar in size to the original Galaxy Note. The rest will likely be software tweaks which is totally fine.

  • M3D1T8R

    $150 off Moto X on Motomaker code, expires in five minutes! I couldn’t do it myself, someone use it please!

    H2DM-GOCU-MEO3-AZQF-RMC3

  • kevinbakon

    Still putting up with my GNex with Verizon… I held off on the S4 for the S4 Active, which as we all know Verizon passed on.
    I’ve had my eye on the S5, which I was hoping would finally be my next phone, but….. as soon as I read that they are working on 2 models, I realized that this is yet another opportunity for Verizon to screw me, so guess what Verizon…. Pass on this one and your loyal customer since 1999 is finally ready to part ways!!!

  • Elias Santos

    What we need is for Samsung to figure out why there phones are so laggy. my s4 sucks and its not what I thought it would be. Horrible phone. No more samsung

    • Gamblor77

      Try turning off the power saving mode, I bet that’s the problem. It doesn’t save any power (beyond auto brightness) and just makes the phone lag.

  • zach wheeler

    This is a dumb feature. Does anyone even use the “face unlock” feature? Maybe like 1% of users. I would HATE to have to hold my phone up close to my face EVERYTIME I want to check something. And If I’m wearing sunglasses???? what now!?!? I had an S4 and returned it for a MotoX and could not be happier. About 90% of the features Samsung touts are useless or don’t work. The MotoX processor does everything the S4 did just as well. No performance difference. These gimmick features are just like any other industry (shoes, fashion, etc) just to get attention and headlines.

  • schoat333

    lol at the white Gnex picture.

    • Ferpa

      is the samsung best looking mobile device.

      • Adrynalyne

        Was that a question?

        Because as a company (they have multiple devices), no, there are better looking devices.

        • bprichard

          I don’t know. Most of their phones are very ugly. The Note 3 looks okay, but I don’t want a noughahyde phone. I think the Galaxy S4 Active looks pretty all right.

  • bd1212

    Unless Samsung decides to put in a beastly battery, remove or completely redesign and optimize (read: debloat) Touchwiz, and make sure that features aren’t added in just because they can (which cause lag and higher battery drain, then I’ll be taking my money elsewhere and instead hold out for the HTC One 2 (or HTC Two?) or Moto X2.

    • calculatorwatch

      Seriously I agree. I’m tired of seeing Samsung put out phones with ridiculously powerful, battery hungry chipsets just so they can run ridiculously high resolution, battery eating screens and a bunch of ridiculous Touchwiz features which also destroy your battery.

      They better have some crazy battery technology in this thing or else it’s gonna die in like 5 hours max.

      • MicroNix

        I would think any Note 3 owner would completely refute your statement. Haters are gonna hate…

        • Cameron E Nelson

          Bigger phone bigger battery. Common sense, or so I thought. We shall hate on logic though because it is just so… logical!

          • MicroNix

            Mearly replying to a generalized statement about how he’s tired of Samsung phones with battery eating screens and Touchwhiz features that destroy the battery. To counter your smart comment, my S3 also goes a day and half without a charge. But the S3 doesn’t have a ridiculous hi res screen. S4s go a day and a half as well. You see any flawed “logic” there?

          • Cameron E Nelson

            For 90% of the people on DL an S4 battery doesn’t last a day and a half. I have a G2 on lowest brightness and I just make it through a day with about 15% left every night. You bring up a Note 3 in a discussion about battery in a S5 which is a different class of phone. That’s just like bringing up Hockey in a Basketball discussion, which makes your first comment an illogical response. That is what I was saying. Didn’t think it would go that far over your head.

          • MicroNix

            Well obviously this went well over your head as well. The person I was replying to was saying that he was sick of Samsung putting out phones with ridiculously battery eating specs. HAS THE S5 BEEN RELEASED YET? What exactly do YOU think HE meant by “tired of seeing”? The future perhaps? What currently available Samsung phone has the highest res, screen size and touchwhiz? Wow…

          • Cameron E Nelson

            He was talking about the S series Samsung is releasing since that is what the article is about. Yes the Note 3 has a bigger screen but it also has a far bigger battery so comparing the battery being eaten alive in a smaller phone with a smaller battery to a completely different type of phone just doesn’t make sense. We get it yes. Samsung has phones with a big battery but this is an article about the S5 not the Note 4. Would make no sense to mention the S4 in a Note 4 article. Why? Because they are far different phones with different jobs.

        • calculatorwatch

          The Note 3 works because it’s big so they can fit a huge battery in it. Unless they make the S5 even bigger than the S4, they’re not gonna be able to fit a much bigger battery in it.
          So yeah, Samsung’s strategy works fine for people who like big phones. I however am not one of those people, so I’m still gonna hate ;)

  • SplashMTN

    I was thinking about waiting for this to upgrade, but the G2 was just too tempting (plus I prefer on screen buttons). I love the screen and camera, such a big step up from my Gnex. I’m really looking forward to see what all of the major manufacturers come up with this year.

  • ahhh yes

    yes either this or the next htc one

  • Detonation

    Pointless huge resolution

    • James Burkett

      Yeah that’s what y’all iSheep said about the iPad too right?

      • Carlos Lopez

        Whether or not he likes apple doesn’t matter that amount of resolution is pointless.

        • Justin

          I can’t figure out who is even on what side of the argument here. The human eye can perceive PPI higher than that found on a 1080p 5″ screen. Its not pointless to continue uping the resolutions until another couple of generations.

      • Adrynalyne

        Is the iPad 5 to 5.5 inches?

        If not, what the hell was your point?

      • bd1212

        What? Anything over 1080p on a 5″ device is way overkill and is just going to kill the battery. This has nothing to do with Apple or any other company, it’s a fact.

        • James Burkett

          My 55 inch TV has 1080p resolution. No telephone needs 1080. But everyone talks of how innovative it is when apple does it but it’s over kill when anyone else does. stand down iSheep

          • bd1212

            Considering I’m an Android user, your attempt at an insult is pointless. Whether you want to believe it or not, Apple is an innovative company, just as Google is. They don’t always invent the next big thing, but they refine old technologies to work for the user, not the other way around. Case in point, the fingerprint scanner. The one on the 5S works beautifully, while on the One Max, it’s absolutely horrendous and rarely works. Instead of insulting people and being blinded by your bias, maybe you can actually work on being able to see that both Google and Apple are innovative companies. They balance each other out.

          • James Burkett

            apple are a bunch of thieves.

          • bd1212

            Okay.

          • Chris

            Uh Apple did that on a 10-inch iPad buddy. The iPhone doesn’t even have 1080p. Get your facts right. I hate Apple and am not an iSheep so don’t even bother.

          • James Burkett

            it’s damn close enough. And They Have This Ridiculous resolution on the iPad is way too high to be anything more than bragging rights since my 55 inch TV is 1080 and looks great. If apple does it, it’s innovation. anyone else and it’s over kill.

          • Chris Stuart

            Not sure if troll or entire family was killed by Apple ninjas, resulting in inexplicable hate.

          • TheBeeNet

            Exactly.

          • jim

            so true, on a 55 inch tv you cant tell the difference between 720 and 1080

        • jlsushman

          Next thing you know, people are going to say more horse power is useless or more time…maybe more money is useless too. I don’t know about you guys but I can always use more or everything.

          • bd1212

            And there are tradeoffs that are made for those additions. In a car, that might mean more fuel consumption, therefore causing you to spend more money on gas… something most people don’t want to do. Also, at least in a car you can notice additional horsepower/torque. In a phone, it’s literally impossible to see anything higher than 1080p. The only you’ll be able to notice is the increased battery drain because the processor needs to work so hard to power that display and keep it running a consistent frame rate. Ever heard the saying “everything is good in moderation?” Same goes for phones, cars… everything. Too high of a display resolution negatively impacts battery life and performance. Too powerful of an engine in a car will guzzle gas faster.

            I don’t know about you, but I’d rather keep the display at 1080p and just make battery life better. What’s the point of an ridiculously high resolution display if you can only look at it for 3 hours before the phone dies as opposed to a 1080p display that looks just as good, but easily lasts a whole day? I’ll answer that for you: there isn’t one. Lastly, I want to thank you for at least having a discussion and not just calling everyone iSheep because of their opinions. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who can have a civil discussion on the internet, so I commend you for that. Happy holidays!

          • jlsushman

            I enjoy everything thats top of the market and that goes for my iThings. I see your point and I’m sure most people feel the same but that is the reason I bought a note 3. I’m always connected so im gravy. As for gas, I could care less about that too lol. I love driving too much. I recognize the market is all about preference. Whilst I enjoy a power house that cost an arm an a leg, my friend loves his moto g. He loves his ipad but im crazy over my nexus 7. F it! I want an ipad,nexus,Kindle hdx, note 10. Just give it all! Lol merry xmas buddy!

          • MicroNix

            Curious…can a higher res output do better when connecting to a large, high res TV? If so, there’s reason #1.

          • bd1212

            What do you mean by do better? Most monitors only output at 1080p, which is the current resolution of most high-end phones, so there really would be no difference. On the monitors that do support higher resolutions, such as 4K, the difference would probably be negligible.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          People said the same thing about 720p too

          • bd1212

            Yeah, but the difference between 720p was noticeable because you could see pixels at 720p while you can’t at 1080p. I’m not saying that we should never go higher than 1080p… I’m just saying we shouldn’t do it now. Yes, next-gen processors can handle those crazy resolutions, but at what cost? Dropped frame rates? Significantly quicker battery drain? It’s just not worth it right now. I think it’d be smarter to wait at least two years before bumping the resolution past 1080p so that processors don’t strain to keep up with the super high resolution displays that they need to push. Anyone remember the iPad 3 when Apple decided to put in a crazy high-res display before and using a different CPU/GPU combo? It could push those pixels around, but the battery size had to be significantly increased, which increased charge times to 5+ hours, and the weight and thickness both increased as well. The iPad 3 ended up being replaced just 8 months after it was announced. The same thing happened when phones moved to 1080p… battery drain increased, gaming wasn’t as smooth because of all the pixels that needed to be pushed around, and frame rates dropped even on the most basic tasks.

            Those are just a few examples, but honestly, it’s just not worth it right now. I’m already annoyed with battery life that can’t get me through the day and night, and now I’ll have to worry about barely even making it a day. Instead of putting their energy into upping the display resolution, they could be focusing their efforts on things people actually will appreciate like increased battery life.

  • Dominick White

    No matter the spec’s the s5 will be the wife’s next phone, because she likes the fact it as a removable battery

  • gtg465x

    I think Apple is the only phone manufacturer that has come close to nailing biometric security. iPhone users already turned on their phones by pressing the home button, so adding the ability to hold your finger there for a split second to scan it was pretty seamless. Users hardly have to alter their behavior at all to secure their phone.

    Other companies put fingerprint scanners in inconvenient locations or make users swipe their finger over them instead of just touching them. Face unlock and presumably this iris scanner are flawed because they require the users face to be directly in front of the phone and well illuminated.

    • Adrynalyne

      The NSA thanks them immensely.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Go ahead have my fingerprints. Not like they can do anything with it

        • Carlos Lopez

          Besides if you have a driver’s licence or a birth certificate I’m pretty sure they already have them

          • Adrynalyne

            I see at least two people missed the point that Apple is not concerned with privacy.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “Samsung’s new Exynos 64-bit Octa processor or one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon quad-core processors.” – I see their international vs US model chip difference isn’t going to change. I’ll take Snapdragon anyday though.

    • hkklife

      Ever since the GSII I have been saying Samsung needed either w higher-end variant of the GS *or* a model in between the GS line and the Note models. A premium GS5 with metal body, more onboard storage and perhaps a premium camera would do well. I think Samsung will also borrow heavily from Moto’s strategy with the G and have fewer lower-end models BUT trying to ensure those models are very solid values and see some level of update support.

  • Colton

    iris scanner would only work in good lighting, which could potentially be annoying/frustrating. correct me if I’m wrong there (idk what technology that really uses).

    • Adrynalyne

      Probably pretty expensive for mass production too.

    • lolololjk

      Because they couldn’t put a led light to shine in the eye right? Impossible, only Apple could do that!

      • Adrynalyne

        Great idea! Lets blind our users!

        Incoming eyesight loss lawsuits in 3…2…

        • AbbyZFresh

          One!!!

        • NOTSOFAST

          Do you know what your phone/PC screen is composed of? Are you blind now? No? Hmm…

          • Adrynalyne

            It would take an LED the brightness of a camera flash to read the eye.

            Why don’t you be a smart little boy and stare at your camera flash 10-15 times daily over the next year and tell me how your next eye exam turns out?

            No? Don’t be a coward, try it!

          • CoreRooted

            Actually, iris scanners utilize infrared light to map the iris. Therefore, the human eye would never see the actual light that is used to read the iris.

          • Adrynalyne

            This is assuming they aren’t using a camera to emulate it and in the case of IR, then light level wouldn’t matter anyway.

          • CoreRooted

            True. I cannot say that I would put it past any of the manufacturer’s to just simply put the software there, use the FFC and claim it’s an iris scanner. There are also the same flaws associated with it as any “visible” type of biometrics. You could use a picture of someone’s eye to fake the security.

      • Colton

        I did think of that but didn’t really imagine they would do that lol. but who knows?

    • CoreRooted

      Iris scanning can be done in any light level as scanners typically utilize infrared light to map the iris.

  • Chris

    I’m sure the resolution will stay at 1080p, or MAYBE go to what everyone is saying is “2K”. I think 3 GB of RAM is plausible, but I believe they will stick with the 13 MP camera. It’ll probably have the nice premium build, hopefully SD card slot and removable battery, and maybe a bigger battery and newer processor. An Iris scanner does sound pretty badas$ though. Way cooler than a fingerprint scanner lol.

    • gtg465x

      It sounds cooler. The technology is cooler. Will it work better though? No. It will require you to be directly in front of your phone and it probably won’t work well, or at all, if it’s dark.

      • Chris

        Yeah that’s all true. I probably wouldn’t use it except to show my friends though. I’m not a person that uses pins or patterns or locks his phone so I wouldn’t use a fingerprint scanner either.

    • MicroNix

      A premium build GS5 with great specs and battery life is going to set back any other manufacturer whether the iris thing works or not. Having a removable battery and more importantly, an SD card slot would make it one of the few high end phones left with these features. Features everyone here used to crow about when it came to Android phones vs iPhones but now that the Nexus did away with it, all of a sudden becomes “acceptable”. No SD card, no deal. I’m not about to pay $100 for an extra 32GB of storage (which is beyond rediculous when considering the price of storage!)

  • AbbyZFresh

    Best selling phone of next year. Easily.

    • Thomas

      You really went out on a limb there..lol.

      • AbbyZFresh

        How? We all know this is going to be true just like the S4 and S3. People have developed a hard-on loyalty for Galaxy phones just like they did with iPhones.

        Don’t forget the S3 users who’s contracts are gonna end by next year just in time for the S5.

        • SplashMTN

          Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.

        • Thomas

          You missed the joke :)

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Is that a White Back Galaxy Nexus? Sigh…. You were so scarce.

  • Trent Callahan

    If Samsung is willing to put the Iris-Scanner on their flagship device first, they must have a great deal of confidence behind it. Their last prototype wasn’t well “ROUNDed” and flopped, I’m interested to see how this’ll play out(:

    • Daistaar

      I-ris what you did there… Awww I fouled that up lol..

  • Ryan B

    “I can’t wait to not use all of the extra features!” -every samsung user

    • Adrynalyne

      Tim forgot a feature: A new version of Jankwiz.

      • Ryan B

        Oh boy, hopefully they actually make it look nice. I mean I don’t care because I’ll never buy another Samsung.

        • bprichard

          Nah, they enjoy the cost savings of developing using MS Paint instead of Adobe CS.

      • gtg465x

        Doubt it. They aren’t doing away with the Gingerbread skin any time soon. Outdated UI design is a staple of Samsung phones.

    • Stone Cold

      LOL features most NEVER use.

  • pcdroidski

    Stock Android’ Face-unlock isn’t perfect as it is- especially in low light scenarios. I’ll be surprised if this isn’t a complete failure.

  • Adrynalyne

    Two words:

    Far fetched.

  • Justin Kos

    Tim I love some of the adjectives you use to describe specs “godly” lol

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      QHD, 64-bit Octa chipset, iris scanner, 3GB of RAM, 16MP camera. zOMG, that’s GODLY! :D

  • Godzilla

    ..

  • Godzilla

    Happy with my S4 until 2015. I’m not a person who buys a new phone every year.

    • Justin Kos

      Right? I love my nexus 4 lol and at this point I’m really just concerned about battery life on my next purchase

      • Todd

        What’s ur typical battery life, on-screen time?

        • Justin Kos

          Yesterday was 14 hours and 3 hours screen on time 20% ~ screen brightness stock kernel Google now disabled (keeps my device awake for some reason) today I flashed Franco.kernel and I’m noticing my standby time way up already ( 10% in 3 hours minimal wake locks)

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    Iris scanner? Seems a bit excessive to me and is a little TOO “Minority Report” for me!

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    People have been quick to say it’s a ‘catch up’ feature like the finger scanner thing, but I think it’s ok. Gimmicky yeah, but maybe Sammy can pull it off better than HTC did with the finger reader.

    • TJWaterskier

      If it’s a gimmick, Sammy is sure to pull it off. Still just a gimmick, but a well executed gimmick.

      • Johnny Bravo

        and the finger print scanner wasnt?

        • TJWaterskier

          The finger print scanner on the One Max is a gimmick yes, but HTC didn’t pull it off. For example, Sammy’s gimmick of pausing video when you look away, as dumb as it is, at least works well for what it is. The features Samsung put in their phones aren’t afterthoughts. They work exactly how they are supposed to, they’re just well executed dumb ideas.

          • Adrynalyne

            The video pause function works like utter crap, what are you talking about?

            My wife is Korean and the video constantly pauses, because apparently it doesn’t understand her eyes.

            My daughter has the same problem.

            Now, I am as white as they come and it works fine for me.

            Ironic that it has issues with different races considering where Samsung hails from.

          • TJWaterskier

            It works better than the fingerprint scanner though? I’ve only used it once to see that it worked and to verify it’s uselessness. Also, I am white? haha

          • Adrynalyne

            A feature needs to work for all races, not just us. It is funny though, considering Samsung is not an American company.

          • Adrynalyne

            LOL, downvoted because Samsung didn’t make their gimmicks work for everyone.

          • Stone Cold

            Reminds me of that Sony debacle a few years ago.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    I’m excited for the next revolution of top tier Android devices, just not from Samsung.

    • Mike

      Owner of an S3 here, couldn’t agree more. Moto X2 here I come next year.

      • Colton

        the more I think of a motox successor, the more excited I get!

        • hkklife

          Sarge’s 5.2″ 1080P “hero” device should be appearing any day now!

          • Godzilla

            Nova

      • rfranken

        What’s wrong with your S3?
        What do these new phone have that people feel they need? Once phones got to the level or the S3 they can accomplish all tasks I need for business and personal. Besides latest in 3d or whatever gaming….why would one need to upgrade these days? What apps or features are must have that we need 16 cores in our phones to accomplish where a duo core could not?

        • Mike

          If I wanted 16 cores I wouldn’t be talking about a Moto X successor, we all know that’s not what the X is about.

          All I want is a phone I do’nt have to root and ROM to make it the way I want. My Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) are both stock, and tha’ts fine. My S3 however is rommed because I’m not looking to wait till next October for Samsung to get around to updating it..or even state any intentions TO update it. Touchwiz is fat and ugly.

          You’re probably looking at the wrong site if you’re thinking “WHATS WRONG WITH OLD PHONE, IT STILL WORKS.”

          My 60 year old father would agree.

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • rfranken

            I agree on the not needing to root and rom. But that is just not where the industry is going.
            I root and rom sun run the latest and greatest on my S3.

            So what are the awesome things your missing out on by not getting these updates? Some new feature in version 4.4.4.2.3.2.1.1 that makes your phone cooler?

            Put Nova on as your home launcher. Seems that will fix your other issue.

            Does the Moto X get updates like the Nexus 7? Straight from google without having to wait for Verizon to do their thing? If so that would be cool? If not ….I don’t understand.

          • Jeff McLean

            Moto X gets updated over the play store now (many parts of it). And it got updated to 4.4 before ANY nexus device other than Nexus 5….. And I’m talking about the VZW variant too….

          • The Motto

            Nexus devices just got bumped to 4.4.2 with security fixes BEFORE all Moto X’s was updated (Sprint Moto X’s got the update on the 12th of December).. Moto is doing it right though by moving stuff to the Play Store but that is to go around the carriers when updating and the quick updating to KitKat but the Moto X is still not a Nexus device.. Moto is going down an interesting direction but to say that the Moto X was updated before all Nexus devices depends on if you count the first phone or the last phone to be updated..

          • Mike

            Moto X got 4.4 faster than some Nexi this round…

          • gallen408

            Umm, let’s start with the introduction of trim support in 4.3.

          • MicroNix

            Samsung has historically been one of the faster ones to update their devices. The mere fact that the S3 is expected to get yet another major update is unreal. In fact, the S3 *stock* is 10x better than my last Moto phone hands down. It is the first phone I haven’t had to root to have great performance and bug-free operation.

          • bd1212

            You clearly haven’t used a Moto X then. The Motorola of yesteryear is gone and has been replaced by a completely different Motorola. They’re so much more different now, you can’t even compare them.

          • Jason Brown

            “If I wanted 16 cores I wouldn’t be talking about a Moto X successor.” you could have just stopped right there. lol. crystal clear.

        • sc0rch3d

          just sold my S3 for a Moto X. It fits my hand better and Active Notifications is a much bigger feature than it gets credit for. I know that apps are mimicking the functionality, but Moto built the phone special to account for that feature.

        • Jeff McLean

          Okay grandpa….

          “What’s wrong with your flip-phone?”

        • TuckandRoll84

          You’re right, old things are never better than new things.

        • wolfedude88

          Considering the gs3 is almost two years old a lot of people with them will be ready for upgrades. Upgrading to a new phone will essentially be free when getting rid of it.

          So why wouldn’t you get a new phone? Unless your holding onto unlimited.

          Also as phones get older they tend to slow down some.

          • rfranken

            Lot’s of us are holding onto unlimited.
            We have a good half a year yet on our 2 year contract for our sgs3′s.
            Phones get slower yes, but wiping them speeds them back up.
            Batteries do get worse as they start to age.

            Yeah after your contract is up one should probably get a new phone. All I’m saying is there is nothing new out there to make one have to move on right now omg i need this phone cuz its 100 times better than my sgs3.

            I only typed on here to express the point that. These phones have reached a point where we dont NEED a new one anymore. everything it needs to be able to do ….it can do. Slight upgrades in speed? speed of what. doesn’t matter. better or worse batteries. screen not really changing. nothing is better. The only feature i’ve seen in 2 years that i want is the IR blaster added in.

            I’m sure the moto x is great. but my sgs3 can do everything it can do. sure it would be nice to not rom it to achieve that. but that just ain’t gonna happen. oh my moto x looks cool cuz of the awesome colors i’m covering up with my case i’m protecting it with.

          • Jason Brown

            thats my biggest issue with my gnex. that and battery life.

        • Sean Noel Smith

          Well there is the flimsy plastic body that was wrong with Samsung, and of course there is always touchwiz.

          • rfranken

            what % of people put their expensive smart phones in a case?

        • michael arazan

          I got an GS3 replacement from Asurion for my GNex, and it is laggy and buggy. The home button throws me off and slows down what I’m doing. I still have not got used to the menu button always looking on screen for it. The reversed button lay out throws me off as well. Even though I don’t use a GNex I still use an N7 which probably doesn’t help acclimate me to it. Also I have to force close and permanently disable apps that keep turning themselves back on slowing down the entire system and eating ram. Just too much BS bloatware and wasted software in TW always running in the background. But the processor and ram was a very nice jump from the GNex, except that I went backwards in OS updates. I am going to wait it out till the new Moto X or something else with stock android comes out next year though.

      • MicroNix

        Curious as to what you didn’t like about your S3? Its fast, takes great pics (something you will likely downgrade with going to Moto IMHO), has awesome battery life and is generally bug-free. This is WAY more than I can say about the Moto phone I owned before this one.

        • Mike

          Briefly stated it earlier.
          Things I like about it:
          -Camera (but honestly these days it’s all software, which Moto is continuously improving)
          -Screen (really don’t care if it’s 1080p on a 5 inch screen)
          -Popular (most apps are practically designed FOR it)
          -Battery life

          Things I don’t like:
          -Samsung design
          -TouchWiz looks cartoonish, belongs in Android 2.3
          -Feature bloat, I don’t need or want most of the preloaded Samsung apps
          -Hardware buttons
          -Samsung NEVER announces whether they’re going to update anything, and is always lightyears behind Moto in timing anyway.
          TouchWiz is just altogether big. Updates are massive downloads and the phone feels it. Doesn’t feel lightweight and fluid even compared to my girlfriend’s (albeit a far cry from even the Moto X) RAZR M.
          -Samsung business practices. The way Motorola is going about reclaiming their place in the android ecosystem is something unprecedented. Samsung doesn’t innovate, Moto is. It doesn’t seem like Samsung honestly has a great perception of what its customers want, or it wouldn’t be cramming all of these useless features into it. I’d like to see what percentage of the tens of millions of S4s sold actually get used for S-Voice or S-Health or any of the other “features”

          • MicroNix

            “Samsung NEVER announces whether they’re going to update anything, and is always lightyears behind Moto in timing anyway.”

            Since when? Samsung has been very forthcoming on which devices are being upgraded to the next version of Android. The S2 went from what, Gingerbread all the way to Jelly Bean? What Motorola phone has EVER been updated like that? Name one. Perhaps Moto has been turning it around in the last year or so, but where have you been before that???

            “TouchWiz looks cartoonish, belongs in Android 2.3″

            Nova Launcher

            “Feature bloat, I don’t need or want most of the preloaded Samsung apps”

            Root and disable if you don’t like/use. Extremely simple.

            “Hardware buttons”

            Total matter of preference, for sure.

            “Samsung business practices. The way Motorola is going about reclaiming their place in the android ecosystem is something unprecedented. Samsung doesn’t innovate, Moto is. It doesn’t seem like Samsung honestly has a great perception of what its customers want, or it wouldn’t be cramming all of these useless features into it. I’d like to see what percentage of the tens of millions of S4s sold actually get used for S-Voice or S-Health or any of the other “features”"

            Actually, besides the voice activation and Moto-maker changes that get covered up with cases anyway, what exactly do you think Motorola has been innovating? Seriously. Samsung doesn’t innovate? Doesn’t give customers what they want? Then why are they outselling all of the other brands combined? I guess its because they don’t give customers what they want and never update their phones. That must be it.

          • S2556

            Saying Samsung doesn’t innovative is just plain ridiculous. They invest more in R&D than any other phone oem annually. Moto had a good hit with the Moto X but it wasn’t a home run and lacked in some key areas which is why it flew under the radar to many people. LG was the real sleeper of 2013 imho

          • The Motto

            Samsung has a bad return on its R&D investment then.. Innovation doesn’t come from R&D but from management..

          • rfranken

            okkk.
            -maybe you didn’t hear that moto isn’t selling many phones. at all. like ouch. like disaster. (they only have the doors still open cuz they sucking $ out of google like its the cool thing to do)
            -if you dont like the bloat it can all be disabled. takes just a couple seconds per app you dont want.
            -if you dont like hardware buttons (lots of people do, lots don’t) then why on gods great earth did you buy it? ??(did you not know?)
            -u make it sound like moto is the greatest android maker of all time. maybe you’ve forgotten the past. thousands of us swore we’d never buy moto’s again because of all the crap they used to pull on us (just like samsung) and our phones and locked bootloaders.
            -moto hasn’t reclaimed anything. one decent phone is a good start. maybe Google can save them. i truely hope so.

      • Jamin

        S3 works great with the latest CM and Omni Kitkat builds. I thought to sell my S3 months ago but now I do not feel like to replace it anytime soon. Samsung did a great job with the S3 at the end. Nevertheless screw you Samsung for not revealing your Exynos source codes. This will definitely have an influence on the decision of my next phone.

    • Colin Huber

      Note 3 is something to behold, however.

      • TheBeeNet

        True.

      • jim

        I agree, wonder when we will get Kit Kat ?

        • Colin Huber

          Hopefully soon. But really, how much could we be missing while we wait?

        • rfranken

          jim. name one thing kit kat has that you will actually use?

          • jim

            I just want it all I want it all you here I want it all :-)

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      LG G2 2 please

      • Carlos Lopez

        Lg G3?

      • Mark Mann

        El LG G2 2

      • poop

        What are you, HTC?

      • bprichard

        LG G1 3?

    • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

      If they made TouchWiz better, I would be excited.

      • The Motto

        If they removed TouchWiz I would still be: naahh..