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Galaxy S5 Roundup: Theatrics to be Pulled Back, Will Not Feature QHD Display or Retina Scanner

We always say throughout the course of any given calendar year that nothing is ever confirmed until made official by either the OEM or the carrier. The reason we say this is because in this industry, pundits love having the inside scoop, and with that, we usually see unconfirmed device specs and other info well before it is ever 100% official.

As we have seen with the Galaxy S5, one of the more anticipated devices of 2014, the rumors and speculation have been off the charts. We have heard about retina scanners, Quad-HD displays with insane resolutions, fingerprint scanners, and a whole ton of other info. Since Samsung has finally announced an unveiling date for the device, we should start to be able to cut back on a lot of the hypebeastin’ and get down to what exactly the Galaxy S5 will be. 

According to the latest reports, Samsung is looking to take a different angle with the GS5, as the company will attempt to cut back on all of the theatrics that they have now become known for. From sources of the New York Times, Samsung will take a focus on business men and women, with an updated KNOX security app, while also toning back on bloatware. Samsung’s cutbacks on bloatware could be in direct connection with its recent agreement with Google to start focusing more on pushing Google Play services and not its own third party ecosystem.

In what could be considered somewhat depressing news, the NYT source states that the device won’t come equipped with two features that were its most attention grabbing – according to the report, the phone will not come equipped with either a QHD display or a retina scanner. With that being said, SamMobile has posted pictures of an reported hardshell case for the GS5 that also lacks any slot for a fingerprint scanner; a feature that most industry insiders were almost certain of. We have previously posted reported benchmarks of the Galaxy S5, which pointed to a QHD display, and multiple sources have stated for months that the device would feature a display with a higher resolution than 1080p. Could Samsung have pulled a last minute change for an unknown reason? Anything is possible at this point.

On a brighter note, the source that was briefed on the specs of the device confirms that it will come with a upgraded camera, presumably 16MP in sensor size. On top of that, the phone will also see a bump in processors, most likely from the Exynos 5 Octa to an updated Octa version for overseas markets, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 up from the current Snapdragon 800 which we see today.

To top it all off, the source states that we will most definitely see an updated Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which could be the reason Samsung has begun dropping the price of its original smartwatch in India.

It only seems fitting that we end this post with a simple “nothing is confirmed,” because essentially, none of this is still confirmed.

Via: New York Times | SamMobile | BGR
  • tasos19

    No QHD…..that’ts why i will buy the Nokia lumia 1820 with 5″ QHD and snapdragon 805.

  • Rob

    I thought the S4 had a Snapdragon 600 and the Note 3 had an 800. So wouldn’t the S5 be going from a 600 to 805?

  • kdub

    Wtf sammy where’s the kitkat for the s4 ?

  • Dana Alan

    Happy with my Galaxy S4. No desire to “upgrade” for the first time in years.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I personally like the home button… To each his own tho

  • Rodeojones000

    When it comes to what will or won’t be included in this phone, only two things really matter: TouchWiz and a physical home button. Until Samsung decides to get rid of both I won’t be giving the S5 a second thought.

  • chjapa

    Sounds like it’s staying in line with the specs of the Iphone 6 or whatever they call it. More or less. I’m glad it has no fingerprint scanner, seems an unnecessary option to me anyway.

  • Steve o

    These phones need some sort of extra layer of security. I don’t know why everyone isn’t using some form. It would be crucial in using financial applications…

    • flosserelli

      One day your “voice print” will unlock your phone.

  • BobbyG

    <3 my G2

  • Tim242

    I’m about to try an iPhone 5S out. It’s either Apple or Samsung at this point. I’m sure the S5 will be even harder to tinker with than most devs care to deal with. I’m just tired of the game of cat and mouse.

    • hfoster52

      Try and tinker with an iPhone 🙂

      • Tim242

        That’d my point. If I can’t tinker, might as well get something without the bloat and other carrier mess.

        • hfoster52

          Why not go with a developer edition phone or a Nexus?

          • Tim242

            Verizon : /

          • Pete Labozetta

            Moto X? I love the hell out of mine.

        • flosserelli

          I had the same thought last week. I might have actually gone through with it if it had a larger screen.

          • Tim242

            I just did it. I’m nervous and excited. I wish the screen was a bit bigger, but I’m thinking it will work until they put a bigger one out. I may change my mind, but I’m going to give it a real chance. A device without bloat is a beautiful thing. I’ve been playing with it for about an hour. I haven’t once thought, “I need to jailbreak this thing.” Haha

          • needa

            there is a ton of bloat on apple phones. if you cannot get rid of the icon.. its bloat.

          • Tim242

            A ton of bloat? Haha The iPhone has its faults, but bloat is not one of them.

          • needa

            bloat is anything unwanted. more than that… its anything unwanted that you cannot get rid of. it doesnt have to be from the carrier. which is why i say the iphone has a ton of bloat on it. you will figure it out as you have to push all of the crap to the back page.

          • Tim242

            The iPhone only has system apps…16 of them to be exact. You wouldn’t want to get rid of safari or the calculator As I said, it has its faults, but bloat isn’t one of them. I returned it already.

  • TSY87

    the most exciting feature that is rumored is less bloatware. That being said, a better camera does not necessarily need more mpx. OIS, better low light performance, faster aperture, less shutter lag… THOSE will make for a better camera. If they just increase the mpx but keep the same with everything else, it wont be much of an improvement at all.

    • jimbob

      Need MOAR megapixels!!

      The average person has no clue about anything that you said. However, they have been conditioned by our society to always want higher numbers for things like this. Plus its much easier for marketing purposes to say “Galaxy S5 with ……… and a 16MP Camera!!!” than “……..featuring optical image stabilization, better low light performance due to a better sensor, a faster aperture, and a faster shutter to reduce lag”.

      Although I 100% agree with your statement!

      • TSY87

        Yeah… Its ridiculous.. My nikon d3s has 12mpx. Hurrr durrr maybe I should just use my note 3’s camera instead since it has 13mpx

        • John Legere

          MP do count to a certain degree, if you plan on never using them for wallpapers, picture frames, etc It’s okay. More MP helps with more details and not losing quality when zooming.

    • MicroNix

      You must be thinking of a the darling phone of this site. The Galaxy line already has most of those features.

      • needa

        those features can always improve. the gs4 camera is not in the same league as that ‘darling phone’ when it comes to shutter speed. and the x can still improve upon itself.

  • Eddie Coronado

    On-screen buttons an bigger battery but still removable is all they need

  • joejoe5709

    Shocking News! The GS5 won’t be the phone nerd wet dream we all “rumored” it to be. These crazy rumors rarely pan out. I’m not saying the spec war is over, but things are calming down for Android as we work toward refinement rather than revolution.

    This is what I’m expecting and anything more than this is just gravy:
    Snapdragon 800 (not 805 – it was only recently announced)
    3GB of RAM
    2900-3000 mAh battery
    15-16MP camera with some sort of OIS
    1080p 5.2″screen with very small bezels
    Hardware keys will remain
    Lightweight chassis made of metal and a tweaked design language
    Lots of software additions including a Motorola-esque always listening voice control (but you must use SVoice)

    • panicswhenubered

      What is “a tweaked design language”?

  • JosejavierJosejavier19

    I think samsung will made an hybrid s5 like metal middle frame and plastic leather like back. From the picture of the cases the camera and flash are in the same position also the speaker. Samsung doesnt have the confident to produce a full metal phone like apple or htc.

    • Anthony Bottari

      I’ve seen the artist concept pics that you’re talking about and I do think they look great. But who knows what it’s actually going to look like. Personally I hope that if it is all metal that they at least give it a bit more styling. Last time I looked the iPhone only has a metal border and maybe chassis with glass front and back . You know so it can shatter when you drop it 2cm ..Also I’m not really a fan of the design of the HTC..I like that it’s all metal i just think the design is a bit boring for my taste.

      • Tim242

        Glass makes up only a small part of the back on the 5 and 5S. 90% of it is metal.

  • BillySuede

    it doesn’t hurt samsung to remove their bloatware especially as they are to trying to unveil tizen. they’re obviously hedging their bets in hopes that tizen gives them leverage against google in the future as well as other oems.

    • hfoster52

      Hahaha Heard of Symbian. Exacly…

      • BillySuede

        one would think they’ve learned their lesson from nokia though it’s going to be a steep climb for samsung to even surpass windows mobile for a while. if they’re willing to stick it out, they could see some gains but you never know these days if companies have that kind of stamina.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i’m not even sure if what htc/sammy puts out will even be good enough for what Google has planned. This year should include and new kernel and more tricks than we can think of. This is definitely a Nexus year. (for me)

  • JMonkeYJ

    The Galaxy S4 has a Snapdragon 600, not 800…

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Yes correct, but i don’t think he wasn’t referring to the S4. Just stating the latest snapdragon is the 800.

    • Meant to say that the S800 is the current top-tier silicon we see in new devices, not which is in the S4. I’ll clarify that. Thanks!

      • joejoe5709

        I had to read it twice, but I understood what you meant. Thanks!

  • Mark

    Could this be the cheaper version of the S5? Aren’t they making a plastic and metal version….

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well that’s the rumor. No one knows for sure.

  • Dale

    Less bloatware, a touchwiz with no lag, Snapdragon 805, 3gb of RAM, and a camera with OIS and I am sold.

  • CSick

    QHD is really the abbreviation for 2560×1440? Not to be confused with qHD (960×540).

    • PoisonApple31

      It really is, looks like we need to make sure to capitalize that Q going forward.

  • Socawrx

    This is great news. Snapdragon 805+1080 screen will mean even better performance, especially when it comes to graphics and 3D performance.

    • NotAPleb

      Maybe Samsung is focusing on what people said they had problems with rather than being the bleeding edge when people really don’t care for bleeding edge phones on android/ios and other consumer os’s. Real techies printed out an Ubuntu Edge screenshot and taped it to their *nix machine, but for DL users and other apple-esk phones the only thing that matters is good performance for a decent time on battery.

  • Chris

    I have no problem with samsung having their own apps as long as they are optional or at least uninstallable.

    • ButThatsJustMe

      Tell that to Google who forcefully installs HP printer drivers on the nexus10

  • hyperbeatser

    meanwhile HTC is deciding to turn up the theatrics by having two cameras

    • hfoster52

      Now you can take 2 selfies at the same time.

      • Ej McCarty


  • reyalP

    S-Voice? Any word!

    • hfoster52

      There was a rumor leak there is a new version that is 2x faster.

  • hfoster52

    I have seen other leaks that say the phone screen itself would be the finger print scanner (see link below). This could attribute for the screen downgrade.


  • mmark27

    But they will include the brown-eye scanner.

  • Jordan

    I’m fine with no fingerprint scanner, no retina scanner, and no QHD display. A 1080p screen is more than enough on a 5 inch screen (and possibly a 5.25″ screen). I’d prefer an 1080p IPS screen to a QHD display currently. My eyes wouldn’t tell the difference of more pixels on a small screen.

    • CSick

      I agree, I really don’t see the point of anything above 1080p on a screen smaller than 6 inches. Can some people tell the difference if they hold it pretty close to their face? Sure. Is the extra processing cost worth it? I don’t think so.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Amusingly, that was the exact same argument people were giving for 720p vs. 1080p, and now 720p screens are treated like they are worthless.
      my thought is that anything over 300 ppi is just fine. If the higher res is more efficient to run overall, fine, but I somehow doubt that’s true, especially in first-gen parts.

  • John Legere

    Good. Now other companies can take advantage to win over consumers.

    • bogy25

      Exactly – 7h3_4pp12en7ic3 below misses the point however you sir are right on

  • sc0rch3d

    Galaxy S4S ?

    • John Legere

      Galaxy S4C

      • Cesar

        Galaxy S4C-QHD-One+

        • T4rd

          Galaxy STFU.

          • MicroNix

            Galaxy Troll Bait

    • cjohn4043

      Galaxy S3S+

  • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

    No fingerprint scanner? Good. I had one my previous laptop. It was terrible.
    No retina scanner? Better. I can’t see that being at all reliable.
    No QHD? Probably for the best, good luck getting more than 4 hours of usage with a beast screen like that.

    • John Legere

      Throw in a big battery and that problem goes away.

      • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

        But how big is big enough for a QHD? I just don’t really see the need for anything beyond FHD on a 5″ or so screen… yet.

        • John Legere

          3500-4000. They are out there. Doesn’t add much size either. The GFlex is rocking a 3500 and it’s slim.

          • Nicholas Ruiz

            Slim but long

          • John Legere

            That’s what she…

      • mmark27

        Big battery _and_ removable battery is even better.

        • John Legere

          That means plastic.

      • Or you could just throw in a big battery without the unnecessary resolution and have something that really kasts!

        • Wagner

          LG G2

        • John Legere

          The G2 already does that. You’re a little late.

          • Actually, sir, there’s a phone not too long ago called the Motorola Razr Maxx which did it better than the G2. I just find it dumb how most OEMs only put a bigger battery when the screen gets denser or the processor gets better…

          • John Legere

            That’s how progression works. Bigger screen, better processor, bigger battery, more ram, more pixels, etc.

    • bogy25

      Totally disagree – we are in a WAR with apple and need to innovate so this is really bad news.

    • Jeff McLean

      People said the same thing when 1080 screens came out…. And it went just fine. Droid DNA, 1080p, and small battery. Completely fine on battery use.

      • MistaButters

        The DNA didn’t have good battery life.

        Edit: Made a mistake. Brain fart. But that part still stands.

    • hfoster52

      Resolution doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s how much draw on the battery the display circuitry draws. And before someone says well each pixel on the screen draws power so more pixels = more power draw well that maybe true but each time they shrink things efficiencies will be gained and then power consumption will usually decrease.

  • Philip J. Fry

    To bad the buttons isn’t on that list to be pulled back. Maybe next year……

    • 213ninja
      • sc0rch3d

        bgr….nuff said

      • Stevedub40

        Lol, you are referring to BGR for information? The only thing those guys know is the amount of apples their anal cavities can hold in one sitting.

        • 213ninja

          nope, we are all well aware of their rep. i thought my lol would have reflected that accurately enough.

      • Sean Walton

        BGR is the TMZ of the tech sites.

        • 213ninja

          i know.

        • michael arazan

          Without the boobies…. then again their writers are boobs

    • Aaron

      Don’t know how much truth there was in it, but I saw a report on another site stating the s5 will have on screen buttons with a 5.26″ screen to accommodate. But it also said the fingerprint scanner will be built into the touch screen, so take it or leave it.

    • Aaron
    • jimt

      The apple button has to go before anything else. Period!

      • hfoster52

        Like the black berry track ball.

        • JBartcaps

          How dare you!

    • Trey Mitchell

      My god give it a rest some people like hardware buttons you know.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        With all the variants they have of the S4, you would think they’d have a version with the hardware buttons and one without.

      • Philip J. Fry

        ….and that’s your opinion just like the above comment was mine.

      • MicroNix

        I think most people associate hardware buttons with Apple, older Android devices (which ironically were all just fine back then), any WM or WP device…come to think of it just about any device. Its unreal what onscreen button warriors are out there and how they are offended every time a device ships with hardware buttons. You would think it was the bloody end of the world. Don’t like it? Get over it and buy something else.

  • Stnkycheezman

    I remember when QHD still meant quarter hd and how that was hyper beasted.

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      Although quarter HD is supposed to be qHD, and quad HD is QHD

    • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

      Actually, QHD always meant Quad HD. You’re thinking of qHD. Case-sensitive, these things.

      • Stnkycheezman

        ah never noticed that…it’s like the age old MB vs Mb

        • MistaButters

          Whenever I talk to cable/telecom company reps and they say Megabyte I just chirp “Megabit”. Usually it takes to the 3rd or 4th one before they ask what I keep saying.

  • Jeremy Alajajian

    Didn’t Evleaks say the fingerprint scanner technology would lie beneath the surface of the screen itself? That wouldn’t require a specific slot in any cases for a dedicated scanner

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    • duke69111

      I like the idea of a finger print scanner in the screen.

      • MistaButters

        Motorola Atrix ftw

    • John Legere

      Codes are 100% accurate.

      • Jeremy Alajajian

        Go away troll

        • John Legere

          Woah now, let’s not get carried away. No need to get ya panties in a bunch.

          • Jeremy Alajajian

            Nothing bunched. You do nothing but troll. Never add anything. Go troll elsewhere

          • John Legere

            A little sensitive are we? I added codes are 100% accurate. If you can provide me a source saying otherwise, go ahead.

  • No retina scanner? Why are we moving backwards? Scan my eyeball damnit.

    • Vega

      Think you forgot to add /s