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Could This be Our First Look at the Galaxy S5 Design?

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Sonny Dickson, an Aussie with a solid reputation of leaking iPhone and iPad info before release, has published what appears to be an early design render of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. It’s difficult to gleam much from the pic, but the measurements do suggest rumors of a larger, 5.25-inch screen were well founded.

Though conflicting reports have thrown the Galaxy S5’s specifications into question, a number of publications have reported that the handset will come in two editions, both of which may have appeared on AnTuTu’s benchmarking suite. One boasts either a QHD (2560 x 1440) or 1080p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16 MP camera. The other, which is probably bound for international markets, reportedly packs an Exynos 5422 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an identical camera sensor. 

We’ll soon know for certain whether any of this speculation was even close to the truth – Samsung’s holding a press conference on February 24 – but isn’t it fun to let the hypebeast run wild while we still can?

Roam free, hypebeast. Roam free.

Via: Sonny Dickson

 

  • roberthenderson

    This next year is going to be very interesting for me. I have a Note 3(coming from S3) and there’s no lag, and the screen has been a huge upgrade. If Samsung doesn’t come with front facing speakers and much improved camera sensor (lowlight) I don’t think I’ll be motivated enough to drop any more money on another phone. I’m excited to see what is in store.

  • Ubi2447

    Look at all that dead unused space above the display and below the speaker. :|
    Just why? Is sammy’s logo really going to be that big? Does it still need to be on the face? Why do we still need a darn home button?

  • erikiksaz

    Galaxy S5 or S2? I swear this thing looks like an S2.

  • mcdonsco

    If the rumors of a 3500 mah battery turn out to be true the s5 could become the first Sammy phone I try and actually end up keeping. (Note 2, sold just a few weeks out of the return window, note 3, returned…T-Mobile s4 returned. Verizon s4, returned).

  • Granpa0

    Samsung has the worst hardware design. Just fugly on all levels… so yes it would not surprise me that this would be the S5. No effort put into the physical design of the phone whatsoever.

  • Ben Edwards

    Looks rather S1/S2/S4-ish. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, but they could at least differentiate it from the other S phones like they did with the S3.

  • Mikey Styles

    Just had to do it Lol……X to tha Z style Hahaha

  • John Clausen

    Let’s hope not. I nearly scrolled past this thinking it was just a regular old S4.

  • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

    This is bordering on the note’s screen size of 5.7″

    • Tim242

      The original Note had a 5.3″ screen, but with a larger bezel.

      • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

        Indeed it did.

  • Andrew Keller

    “Glean” not “gleam.”

    • JMonkeYJ

      I came here to say that :)

  • Intellectua1

    I highly doubt it..

  • Gsizzle

    That’s one ugly looking device.

  • Blue Sun

    No it’s not our first look at the S5 design. It’s not blurry enough.

  • Daniel

    UGH, that’s awful if true since it still seems to have their terrible button layout at the bottom…

  • jeff manning

    Good god, stop making screens larger

  • kdub

    Looks like the S4.

  • Adamania

    Yay! More of the same!

  • ImmaDroid

    Nearly Identical to the S4…

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

    Why can’t they design them more like this? People like curves, not squares.

    http://www.concept-phones.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Nintendo-phone-concept.png

    • Adrynalyne

      That would be sexy as a real device.

      • Damon C. Walden

        Everyone would just bitch about the BUTTON… It could have life sized hard light tits that project from the front of it and it would still be trash because it has a button. The only phone I’ve used that I don’t miss being able to wake with the home button, is the G2. Make all devices with knock on and I’m on board for ditching physical home buttons.

    • Tim242

      Hmmm the iPhone is squared.

  • Aaron

    Boo, physical home button. Boo.

  • Morbid138

    That button and square camera lens… (Sigh)

  • Felipe

    generic and boring samsung’s design, if it’s is real

  • George264

    oh dear god why.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    “It’s difficult to gleam… gleam… gleam…”?

  • Ralph Bretz

    The S4.5 perhaps…..

    • Chris

      Samsung Galaxy S4 S ~ black and white and gold

      Samsung Galazy S4 C ~ Colors that will be added months after release

  • DJyoSNOW

    FAGTASTIC what is with the metrosexual colors. I guess its.not for me to understand.

    • Adrynalyne

      A mockup such as above(if its even real) would not use colors for anything more than to indicate bezels or a different material.

    • The Narrator

      Got something against them? You must feel proud of yourself for using such ridiculous words.

    • Tim242

      ..

  • Scott Webber

    Can we stop making standard phones bigger please? A 5″ screen with 0 bezel is about perfect. I want to be able to put the thing in my pocket.

    • Chris

      girl jeans or regluar jeans?

      • Scott Webber

        Regular.

      • George264

        I wear skinny jeans because I’m a skinny man and the most i can fit is a Droid DNA. The major companies besides Apple and Motorola aren’t giving me much choice in terms of small flagships.

        • Damon C. Walden

          I have a couple pairs of then myself. I rarely wear them, as they hurt my gentlemen vegetables…

  • Tim Buchanan

    I hope this isn’t real. This tired old design is yawn city.

  • Chris

    Same general design as the last time… if this is true would it kill samsung to change up the design once in a while?

  • STEV3

    Thickness 8.2 mm but the S4 was 7.2 don’t think Samsung would take anymore steps backwards.

    • Tim242

      S4 is 7.9

  • Rodeojones000

    Physical home button? Pass.

  • brkshr

    I’m more interested in what their UI looks like

  • Tony Byatt
  • Franklin Ramsey

    So is it just me, or is that the Mic/speaker slot on the side. Where, if anyone holds the phone with their left hand, it would cover that up.

    • Michael Harrison

      The mic is on the bottom, like all phones. As for the speaker, it would only be covered when phone is up to the ear, and who would be using the external speaker at that point anyways. BUT, are we not past the point of rear facing speakers….Bottom or front only please.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well if that little dot is the mic port on the bottom cover (which I didn’t see at first, cause, it’s blue in the render), That would be horrid for holding it in your right hand to talk. At least for me, my phone rests on my pinkie right there as I hold it to talk.

        • Michael Harrison

          That would be a fairly normal location for most phones. Finger down there would be abnormal for the normal ways to hold a phone.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I guess I’m abnormal, but that is how I see most people holding their phone up to their head, so I guess most people I observe using their phone are abnormal?

          • Michael Harrison

            Most people that do the bottom cradle thing rest the finger on the corner and not that far into the middle.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Not that far into the middle? It’s not in the middle. It’s on the left edge less than a third of the way in. That’s exactly where I see most people rest their phone when talking.

          • Michael Harrison

            I think I see the issue…you are looking at something different. You are looking at the top of the phone. And honestly, not really sure what that blue dot is (notification light possibly?) Right beside the blue dot you will see a pinhole for the noise-cancelling mic. If you look at the bottom of the phone, the mic is right beside the USB port, also a pinhole mic.

            The blue dot is interesting though…only real unknown to everything we are seeing. I see what looks like a dot for a notification light on the front also, so I’m really confused. although, a top light wouldn’t be a bad idea. Would be nice when the phone is in your pocket or shirt pocket.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I guess that makes more sense. I’m looking at the render under the phone as being the bottom of the phone. It was odd to me that the USB port seemed to be at the top of the phone, but it seemed odder that they would place that mic there.

          • jimbob

            “Finger down there would be abnormal for the normal ways to hold a phone.”

            teehee

  • cjohn4043

    If this is the real design, why doesn’t anyone complain about Samsung recycling the same design, but Apple gets trashed for it? Not a fanboy, just wondering…

    • Michael Harrison

      Because this doesn’t have an Apple on it. Pretty much the only reason I can see.

    • The Narrator

      Some people are just sucked into the Samsung hype. Let them enjoy it. No use in explaining it to them.

      • scastro87

        They’ve been pretty popular as is, and once people have brand loyalty, they can come to expect new products to be similar and familiar. Most popular products only get incremental change.

    • Adrynalyne

      I’ve always complained about them not changing the design much.

    • Michael Harrison

      And to be brutally honest…Samsung is seriously just as bad as Apple these days in how they run things, with the same quality of sheep. Fanboys on both sides of the aisle are pretty oblivious.

    • MistaButters

      Oh, we complain plenty around here

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

      It’s starting to happen. As evident from the replies here :P

    • Chad

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a “common theme” or a “generalized design.” For example, certain cars have retained a general look for years (see Porsches, Corvettes, Mustangs). Once a look becomes iconic, it works for the people that want what’s popular/familiar, and it works for the company making the product because they are now selling something that is almost self marketable. So generally, I would think a company would stick with a design that seems to work for them and slowly evolve the look over time. And remember, generally don’t look to the game leaders to shake up the industry because they’re not going to change what’s obviously working for them.

      I would also think now all the major Android manufactures have settled their own “generalized design” to better distinguish themselves as well as Samsung as. So the average person can look and say “O, that’s a Motorola because X,Y, Z. That’s an LG, etc.” Look how the new HTC looks “remarkably” like its predecessor.

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  • chris125

    Uh oh everyone is going to bash for it looking the same yet are ok with the HtC m8 rumors and looking the same

    • Michael Harrison

      I will say this…I think part of the issue is the fact that this would be the 3rd version of this same look for the flagship phone. I can understand completely phone makers like Apple and Sammy doing 2 models of the same design. It’s effective from a cost point of view, and allows the major upgrades on a 2 year cycle (plays nice with the average contract user.) So a 2nd year of the aluminium uni-body design isn’t too bad for HTC. But 3 with Sammy…this is a load of crap.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Why re-design a phone if the design you currently have works?

        • Chris

          I say keep the same design but tweak it a little once in a while.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Which, if that render is correct, is what they appear to be doing. I’m not sure why people want a re-design at all. It’s not like the S4 was really all that bad of a design. I’d prefer the home button go away and go with on screen keys, but that’s just my personal preference.

          • Chris

            Well this render doesnt really look like they tweaked much. Not like how the current iPhone (only using that as thats the only other phone out there who had the same design for just as long, if not longer then samsung)

          • Franklin Ramsey

            But again, why tweak it if it has worked well for them. Yeah, there are a few things I can think of that I would like to see tweaked, but with the success of the phone, maybe they see it as a reason not to tweak it.

        • Michael Harrison

          Because they want to make money? Comments here alone should be a sign that 3 years is gonna make people consider something else.

        • Adrynalyne

          You can answer that question with the same answer as this question would have:

          Why upgrade a phone if the one you currently have works?

          The answer is, new features, new design, something NEW.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I don’t upgrade my phone unless the one I has doesn’t work or doesn’t do what I want it to. So… I guess I’m in the minority.

          • Adrynalyne

            I would say so. Its a fine motto to live by, but it is bad overall for the economy.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Actually it is good for the Economy. It gets us back to Quality over quantity and puts a focus on innovation. From the standpoint of TVs, you used to be able to buy a TV that would work 20+ years. You are lucky anymore if your TV lasts 5 years. Before, it was a focus on give them something new and they will buy it. Now it seems to be build something low cost and they will keep having to rebuy it when it breaks.

          • Adrynalyne

            Definitely isn’t good for the economy. Competition is what gets us back to quality and innovation.

            If everyone holds onto the goods they have because it is good enough, then money leaves the economy and doesn’t come back in. Which leads to loss of jobs, and less goods being created in the process. Not purchasing goods also hurts competition.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Um, actually if everyone holds onto their goods because they work, that forces innovation by companies to get people to buy. Pushing out new goods that break and force people to buy doesn’t lead to innovation. I’ll buy a new phone as soon as one comes out that does something my phone won’t that I “Need” it to do. Upgrading just to upgrade just costs a lot of money and serves no real point other to say “I’ve got the best!”

          • Adrynalyne

            “Pushing out new goods that break and force people to buy doesn’t lead to innovation. ” Agreed…of course I never said otherwise.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well you are saying competition is what does it. I’m agreeing with you on that point, but right now a lot of technology companies don’t compete. You have a lot of them pushing out the same specs in their phones and “competing” with Marketing. Take a look at the Moto X, that shows some innovation with the new architecture. Most people I know don’t go out and buy a new phone unless there is some feature they “have to have” or need. I know people who still buy iPhone 4s because they do what they need them too instead of upgrading to a 5s or even a 5c.

          • Adrynalyne

            All I was trying to say is, innovation doesn’t lead to sales for those who hold onto things with a death grip until they die. If its good enough now, then its good enough when the latest and greatest comes out next week whether it innovates or not. On top of that, new competitors cannot compete if nobody desires new things.

            I don’t judge anyone on how they handle things, that is for them to decide. However, it is in the best interest of the economy when people purchase things often. This is not directly related to lack of quality or lack of innovation. Lack of competition is though.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well I guess I will just agree to disagree, good sir. No hard feelings and you are welcome to your opinion. I just know my father was the biggest cheap skate of a man. I was taught at an early age, buy the best quality and it will last. Once it stops doing what you want or need it to do, buy another. If companies compete and release new innovative features, there are people out there that will want those features and will buy the new product. So I guess I don’t see how buying something and holding onto it till it stops working the way you want or need it to work hurts the economy.

            In the case of phones, a higher resolution screen or a faster processor isn’t going to get me to bite. A better camera could, or the voice control that the Moto X has could, but I’m waiting till they are just slightly better before I bite. Others need or want a faster processor to be able to process their work or play games more, so those will always be pushed forward, and I’ll gladly reap the benefits of those once a new feature comes out that I, personally, feel a need for.

          • Adrynalyne

            I respect your position. It could be that typing this online is not clearly conveying what I mean.

            It wouldn’t be the first time.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            It also wouldn’t be the first time that typing online doesn’t quite convey what I mean. The curse of the internet, you can make your opinion known to everyone, but that doesn’t mean you will be able to quite convey what you mean in your opinion.

          • scastro87

            The design doesn’t have to be radically different for there to be new features. Most people end up putting cases on their phones too.

    • Chris

      Because samsung has had this same look since the GS3 days. The M8 would be the second time it used the same look as its predecessor.

  • jnt

    I think that’s actually a render for the upcoming Galaxy S4 Mini-Mega, a slightly larger version of the S4 for the 2% of the population that has hands that don’t fit the rest of their product line.

  • The Narrator

    Home button again? Time to move away from Apple, Samsung. On screen or no.

    • jnt

      I know I’m very much in the minority, but I’ve always liked having a home button.

      • The Narrator

        Adds unnecessary bezels.

        • jnt

          Agreed, unless you like having the home button, then it’s not so unnecessary. :) I get both sides of it actually… But when I have a phone with a home button (i.e. the S4 or iPhone), I always find it a nice easy central point for reference in many scenarios.

        • Dan Churco

          The bottom of the Nexus 5 has just as much bezel as the S4 if not more… so using that space does not seem to add any more Bezel to the S4 vs not having it.

      • Brandon

        I don’t like it on my S4, it makes it lag a slight bit compared to an on-screen home button.

    • Dan Churco

      Some people like the home button, and not wasting on screen space for a menu bar.

      • The Narrator

        Not wasting space. They go away in movies, apps, games, etc.

        • Dan Churco

          Then go buy a Nexus… I like it, and like that Samsung uses it.

          • The Narrator

            You do realize other phones besides Nexus has it? Ah. Wouldn’t expect you to.

          • Dan Churco

            You do realize that we are posting on an article about Samsung right? Ah. Wouldn’t expect you to.

        • Alseddiq

          No, it doesn’t hide in most games and apps.

  • STEV3

    One of the few things thats leading me to believe this is legit is actually the USB port looks like a 3.0 port which is whats on the Note 3 correct?

    • Michael Harrison

      That was my thought also. But also I have to wonder, those Bezels look like a major step back. They are huge.

      • STEV3

        Yea for a massive screen I wouldn’t expect that.

  • nicholas cusmina
  • Hotpie

    Wow, that’s one FUGLY phone.

  • Maxim∑

    PLEASE TELL ME THEY DIDNT PUT THE FINGERPRINT SENSOR RIGHT BY THE CAMERA

    • Mark

      That looks like dual flash to me.

    • chris125

      That’s the flash…

    • Chris

      Knowing Samsung they would put the fingerprint sensor on the home button.

      • Maxim∑

        yeah im pretty sure that will happen -.- of course….

  • Nexoduss

    Sweet can’t wait for the galaxy s7 with its 6 inch screen and note 6 with a 7.5 inch screen. Moarrrrrr screen

  • SeanPlunk

    Ultimately I care more about how the phone functions than how it looks (especially considering I just slap a case on it anyway), but that design is so boring. I really hope Samsung surprises us with something different this time around.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    This is silly. Just a silly render. We shouldn’t be giving this attention to be honest.

    • The Narrator

      Why? We know Samsung loves to use the same design for all of their phones and devices.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        So does that mean if you post a random render here that looks like the S4, I should believe it?

        • The Narrator

          No, but no reason why it should be considered silly. It’s extremely likely.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Anything is likely is my point and this guy has zero history of leaking anything Android. If this came from EVleaks it may be a different story.

          • The Narrator

            I’m just saying, we all thought the S4 would be different. Come launch night, all dreams were crushed.

          • Thomas O’Brien

            And all our dreams will be crushed when we see the “new” TouchWiz

          • The Narrator

            And then the world will be engulfed in flames.

          • SeanPlunk

            That’s not true according to BGR:

            “Sonny Dickson, whose leaks have proven to be accurate in the past, posted an image that may revel the design of the new handset, as well as its size.”

          • calculatorwatch

            Just so you know, “according to BGR” usually doesn’t convince anyone.

          • SeanPlunk

            Nor should it, but Sonny Dickson isn’t affiliated with BGR, they just reported it first.

          • SeanPlunk

            His website leaked the M8 cases (which appear accurate) last week. Yes he’s mostly iProduct based, but he has leaked Android stuff in the past.

          • rals

            Exactly, i still can’t believe when they said Iphone 5 was exclusive to Sprint lol

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Lol at BGR. BGR has no credibility. And he’s an Apple leaker, he doesn’t have an Android track record.

          • Michael Harrison

            No android history, but has been extremely reliable on the Apple side. So maybe not EVleaks quality, but still enough to take notice. Especially since there currently isn’t anything in this leak that screams very unlikely.

      • Blue Sun

        So then why even have a post about it?

    • KingofPing

      They should definitely be talking about the 2014 HTC One instead. In fact, they should be posting articles about how it is now available on T-Mobile for JUMP! users at Zero down and $26 a month. …with 4.4.2 and Sense 6. …with the ability to switch between GPe and Sense.

      Yeah. That definitely needs to be posted.

      …but it never will be.

      *sigh*

      FML

      • Franklin Ramsey

        But… it isn’t available. So why would they post that it was?

        • KingofPing

          The assumption here is that DL would only post that if it were true.

          So in order for them to post it – it would be true.

          Hence the last bit…about it never happening…

          Clear as mud?

          I was doing a bit of wishful thinking, “out loud”, as it were.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            If that is your wishful thinking out loud, I’d hate to live in your brain as that was as confusing as a rubic cube someone switched all the colors around on.

          • KingofPing

            I can’t even use the “It’s Friday” excuse, so …

            …there’s that?

            Or something…

            It’s been one of those days. Give a guy a break, eh?

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Haha, You could always use the “It’s Tuesday” excuse. It always works for me!

          • KingofPing

            It must be a Tuesday. I never could get the hang of Tuesdays…

          • Franklin Ramsey

            They are hard to get a hang of. Right between Monday and a hump day.

          • KingofPing

            Could never really get a handle on those either.

            I think it’s pretty much a weekday thing….though Sunday mornings can be a bit rough as well (those shouldn’t even exist, really).

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I say let’s go for a 2 day work week and 5 day weekends.

          • KingofPing

            Why stop there? Do away with work-weeks altogether. The robots can provide our labor and refreshments.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Personally, I like having some work. Makes the weekends that much better. I’d say cut the work week to just Monday and Tuesday. No one likes Monday anyways, and Tuesday, well… it is too close to Monday for it’s own good.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      The source is reliable.

      • The Narrator

        Everyone likes to jump to conclusions. Not surprising. Keep up the good work, Kyle.

  • STEV3

    Ehh not impressed. I don’t believe it yet. I could design something like that in 15 minutes with the 3D Design classes I took back in high school.

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

      You want a job at Samsung? :P

      • Franklin Ramsey

        You never know, he might be more qualified than some of their designers.

        • STEV3

          I seriously wonder how much they get paid. Its an early render I understand but the design thought was basically make a Note 3 and S4 have children

  • Deegan1212

    Disappointing to say the least

  • nicholas cusmina

    The alleged S5 phone design is hideous

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing

    • Dominic Powell

      what about it is amazing? its an S4 with a square camera hole

      • KleenDroid

        Amazing I tell ya.

      • nicholas cusmina

        I agree, it looks so stupid… Samsung is last in the ergonomics and pleasing to the eyes category. Spec wise its cool, but so is any other brick Samsung churns out.

      • Jeff718

        à la galaxy s2

      • me

        If it ain’t broke…

      • Dr_Buttballs

        You must be new.