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Samsung Galaxy S5 Leaks Just Hours Before Official Unveiling

Well, folks, there is your Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung managed to keep this device hidden for months, but with only hours to go before they officially unveil this 2014 flagship phone, it has been outed. 

While we do not have all of the details just yet, we can grab quite a bit of info from all of these images. We’re looking at a similar form factor to the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, with a size landing somewhere in between each. The back features a textured/dotted pattern, and the Menu button has been swapped out for a multi-tasking button.

The display looks closer to 1080p rather than QHD, though we’ll wait for official word on that. The camera is said to be 16MP (with some special sensors next to the flash?), there is a fingerprint scanner (likely in the home button), and the bottom USB plug has a cover, which means we should have a waterproof phone on our hands.

In terms of software, the UI seems to have been updated quite a bit. The camera experience looks somewhat simplified, there is an option for a “Download Booster” for dual LTE and WiFi downloads on 30MB or larger files, the lock screen is updated, and you can say “OK, Google” from home to launch into Search.

Check out the images below and let us know what else you are seeing.

We’ll have live and official coverage at 2PM Eastern.

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Via:  HardwareZone | @SaudiAndroid
  • M3D1T8R

    Garbage. They finally got a recent apps button (way to go Samsung, you caught up to 2012 on that!) but they are still in the wrong order, and still that awful physical home button. And it’s larger than the S4? We don’t want a larger phone, we want a better designed one. Still looks like cheap crap too. I really didn’t expect much from Samsung, but they’ve still managed to underwhelm, with this “GS4 Plus” nonsense.

  • ajftl250
  • Yada

    galaxy s4.1

  • xzero425x

    gonna pass on this and wait to see what the new htc one does or the G3

  • Orlando

    Moto x 2

  • Orlando

    moto X

  • mario

    wowww i cant believe im getting an iPhone. damn Samsung !

    • Tim242

      Be prepared for the restocking fee when you return it. It took me about 5 minutes to start saying, “OMG, you mean I can’t do this on an iPhone?”

  • jer85008

    Is it just me or does this look older than the S4 design? Yuck. An they can stick their Tizen “smartwatch” where the sun won’t shine.

  • ChristianPasquariello

    $700 for a big piece of gold plastic. Woohoo!

  • deskjob


    This and Moto soon to be non-google and HTC possibly dying, I am suddenly feeling all gloomy and sad about the future of android phones 🙁

    Sony looks promising now – but they aren’t here in the US much! At least not on verizon 🙁

    • David Narada Brown

      dont be sad get a nexus!

      • Detonation

        Until those are discontinued as rumored

        • David Narada Brown

          *CROSS FINGERS* i hope not!

  • Alec

    Color me underwhelmed.

  • Johnny Steele

    As an S4 user who has the phone for 1 year….I at least want that “flatter” looking TouchWiz. It looks….decent.

  • Cbp

    If only they would make a high end S5 mini, like the Sony z1 compact.
    But seeing forward to the live event before i decide what brand i want to buy…

  • Cbp

    The low end S5 will now be using chimpanzee glass instead of gorilla glass

  • ash

    really appreciate what samsung has done during past years… pushing everyone to step up their game.. LOVE it..! great job samy
    why everyone thinks its cool to hate samsung these days?! i might not buy the phone but i don’t hate it out of nowhere either..

  • BMC123

    been hearing a lot that this isn’t the s5. its the lower end version and that the real s5 will be unveiled at 2. anyone know if this is true?

  • Cbp

    This time Samsung used real plastic instead of fake plastic

  • David Narada Brown

    i hate that physical button!

  • Dorian Brooks

    More…. of…. the…. same….

  • Kyle

    The phones leaked in the Gear video appear to not have the dimpled back. Or is it just a crappy photo?

  • Jared

    boring. another samsung phone i’ll never buy.

  • ezpotato

    yup. my g2 will remain in my pocket for quite some time. i like my bezels like my women, small and narrow.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Anybody else think the dotted back looks even cheaper than the original plastic?

  • Steviemac

    Epic FAIL!!!! I’m assuming that “Same”sung fans were hoping for a better designed Galaxy S5 phone instead they will feel a big disappointment.

  • charesa39

    Yawn. Uninspired.

  • We love the Samsung Galaxy products.

  • Kapi187

    U.G.L.Y… you ain’t got no alibi you UGLY… YOU…. YOU.. YOU UGLY! LOL…. Think I’m done with Samsung S phones.

  • Ajmobileguru

    looks like a fake to me..Cos I dont think their quality/design team would allow something this ugly. The back looks hideous. This is fugly by Samsung’s standards.

  • SHMeyer

    all i can think of is…big….big….phone big….big.

  • gpaine

    Holy bezel

  • DonDemon

    Just like the S3 and S4, there will be 1,000,000+ backs to choose from. Im interested to know if the new 128 GB micro sim will be compatible with the S5?

  • ASV505

    I need bigger phones. I need a phone bigger than a tablet or I’m not buying.

  • Jared Denman

    Looks like they ditched the microSD maybe? Don’t see it. Sad day

    • GJV

      They literally circled the microSD port in one of the pics again. Look harder. It’s a dual slot with the micro SIM.

      • Jared Denman

        Ah feel retarded now. Lol I for some reason thought it said micro Sim.

  • J1787

    this could possibly be the new Galaxy S5 Active. As a consumer the concept of the active was cool, but in my opinion, it didnt look good. Maybe Samsung corrected the issue.

  • Great! The only company that know people needs: Removable battery 🙂

    • LionStone

      The last company with old battery tech, hehe 🙂

    • SA_NYC

      Agreed, this is the one feature that keeps my coming back to Sammy.

    • illregal

      You need to remove them because they’re POS lithium ion batteries. Most others are using polymer batteries at this point, which don’t fail like the cheap samsung ones.

  • John T. Wildman

    Samsung will sell a crap load whether you love or hate them. I personally like their product, it’s not everything, but it does most things pretty well and gives you a ton of options.

  • Stephen D

    The plug looks to be the same microusb 3.0 from the Note 3, although it has a cover, so I guess the waterproof rumors were true.

  • Ron H

    I actually don’t mind it. I like the back better than the leather back. I could do w/o the physical button, but it’s been there and they are making it useful for other things (finger print scanner). The back button switch..I could get use to it. Honestly, my only gripe is the size…but besides that it is rumored to have a killer camera, a great display, and long battery life. That’s good for me! Yes, motorola’s look better, but this is far from the “ugliest phone ever”.

  • Opinionated_In_Bangor

    If this is actually the GS5, then I see ZERO reason to update from my GS4. HUGE FAIL SAMSUNG!!

    • MikeCiggy

      Except if this device is waterproof… making it WAY more durable than your S4. This is so important to me. Anyone else?

      • Opinionated_In_Bangor

        I agree its better.. But not sure its worth paying the $$ to upgrade. Not in my case anyway.

  • Kyle

    The best thing Samsung could do is rename this phone to something other than the GS5 and then announce a real GS5 later.

  • Justin Fosco

    Meh…I’ll wait for the note 4

  • Bassenza

    The back looks like it was borrowed from the 2012 nexus 7 and then painted gold.

  • leo

    agreed, this looks uglier than the S4 (the S4 looks great in my opinion) however, if the rumors were true, the pictured phone is the cheaper version and I’m sure the TOP S5 will look amazing.

  • Bassenza

    That is the ugliest phone I’ve ever seen

    • BMC123

      no it isn’t. get a grip.

  • Hotpie!

    Too bad Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. With this offering, Samsung was setting itself up for losing market share to a better built, and better supported handset from Moto, a la Moto X, but with specs to compete this time around.

    Come on HTC, LG…show Sammy how to build a descent handset!

    • ToddAwesome

      No worries, Sammy already knows how to make a descending handset!

  • Ben Udkow

    Since I switched from the Note 2 to the G2, I can’t ever imagine using a physical button on my phone again. Every time I use my Note 8 I keep forgetting that I have to press HARD to use home. Ditch the button and maybe I’ll come back Samsung, but until then I’m surprisingly happy with my LG (never would have thought I’d say that a couple months ago).

    • jnt

      Knock On is definitely addicting – and I can’t wait for the KitKat update to make it even more responsive. The G2 is still an awesome phone and still has top of the line specs. I can never settle on which I want to keep between it and my Moto X – two completely opposite philosophies, but I love what both are doing…

  • h_f_m

    It definitely looks like a smartphone…

  • Yawn

  • jnt

    I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, but replacing the menu button with the multi-tasking button is likely going to end up being quite an annoyance and bad idea. On a phone this size and a screen this size, the inconsistency of where the menu button will be in apps is going to be a real headache to find, and especially to reach, in a lot of scenarios. At least before, it was always at the bottom where you were reaching for the home & back buttons anyway.

  • Daistaar

    Just give me the faux leather back for my S4 with S-View and I’ll be a happy camper.

  • Dustin Casper

    Galaxy Note 3 mini

  • Dan Churco

    I’m going to Down Vote anyone complaining about the Physical home Button. Come on.. really did you not expect that.

    • SA_NYC

      Fair point.

    • LionStone

      You do know there isn’t anymore down votes?

    • Ben Udkow

      I just commented on it. Go ahead and downvote. 🙂 Honestly, I REALLY thought they’d see how much the physical button sucks. There’s no reason any bottom buttons should ever be physical in 2014.

      • Dan Churco

        you got it!

  • meetloaf13

    If I had a nickel for every time I saw one of the above comments…what a troll festivus.

    One, you know they aren’t ditching the physical home button.

    Two, “the S# line is going to keep growing and growing and growing in size”…that’s idiocracy.

    Three, “TW, eww, no thanks”…if that surprises you, go get an iPhone.

  • Aaron

    Wow…perhaps the ugliest Samsung I’ve ever seen. I was thinking of going to this from my X but this looks even cheaper and uglier than my s4 I got rid of. I was hoping for something more. IDC if there is a “premium” version launching in a few months. Stupid to have 2,versions of a flagship phone. Guess I’ll be going to HTC until the x2 comes out. Very disappointing

  • kxc1279

    Same design language again and again, what a let down. Obviously they
    didn’t get the memo from the S3 to the S4. The other versions better
    have metal(very much needed) and QHD(not needed though) cause this
    version is DOA. HTC seems to be the only OEM that understands design.

    • jimbob

      Is the memo you speak of the one which says the S3 and S4 were top selling phones and made Sammy all kinds of $$$? Why would they drastically change the design? As has been stated a million times, the average person is significantly different in their preferences than us geeks who visit sites like this. Samsung’s job is to make money for its shareowners and other stakeholders, not to impress a small percentage of the population that is often impossible to satisfy.

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  • Severo Rivera

    Hate physical buttons.

  • j

    My 6 year old child made fun of a guy with a LG G2 covering his face by saying is that a iPad on your face……

    • ChristianPasquariello

      …and then he filled his diaper. Lol. J/K

  • Rodeojones000

    TouchWiz and a physical home button? No thanks.

    • Jeremy Gross

      u really expected no touchwiz?

  • Kyle


  • j

    Bigger bigger is not always better, I am a active guy and you can’t do anything with out the phones of larger size getting in the way. I have a Moto X on Republic and a iPhone 5s and I can do any thing I want and not feel hindered by the phone. It is funny but I study market trends and this trend of sub 5-6 in phone screens. I had a friend over and his lg g2 was as big a my nexus 7.

    • 213ninja

      I’d like to hear more about how .5″ of plastic prevents you from doing stuff…

  • asten77

    Ugh. Still with the stupid button.

  • duke69111

    Still a tiny speaker. I don’t need boom sound or even front speakers, but please make the speaker bigger. They are all guilty of this though.

  • chris_johns

    and i now hate disqus…how g a y is the downvoting now…to many people crying? get over it they should of never changed it the worlds going soft enough as it is

    • 213ninja

      Whilst pictured, I am up voting you for our shared loathing of the recent Disqus down voting changes.

      • Tim242

        I’m glad they made the changes. It helps with civility. There were far too many down vote trolls around. Now, attention can stay focused on the topics at hand.

        • 213ninja

          How does knowing the number of down votes you received create an environment any less civilized than what you see in this thread today?

          • Tim242

            It stops people from down voting just because they don’t like the person. It stops people from commenting asking why they got down voted, and the responses. It puts the focus on the topic, rather than silly down votes.

          • 213ninja

            You can still downvote someone for any reason you like, including not liking the person. As well, it doesn’t prevent discussion about down voting and I know this because the same dude I up voted on this post down voted one of my posts and decided to point it out via the comments. So while it has potential to cut down on some of the voting banter, it certainly will not prevent any uncivilized behavior. The only way to prevent it is to moderate, and nobody wants to be over-moderated…

          • 213ninja

            See screenshot.

          • Tim242

            That’s only because the change is new. In a few days, down votes will be forgotten.

          • 213ninja

            I applaud the good-hearted intent and your optimism, but I’ll believe it when i see it sir.

            My take is, either make it work the way it used to, or get rid of it altogether.

    • Tim242

      See below.

  • chris_johns

    um…why make the phone bigger…i really dont get this trend…i mean when does it end? when we have the s7 thats the size of my nexus7? seriously i dont understand…i thought the s4’s strength was getting smaller package…this is just stupid it looks dramatically bigger..fail fail

  • TemplesOfSyrinx

    Physical buttons?!?! Still?!?! What, am I stuck in a Temporal causality loop. Is this 2008 still?

    • ChristianPasquariello

      No Spock, its the Asian design loop. If its not an exact copy of the competition, then watch out, ugly is on the way.

  • Mon

    The paint is chipping on my S4 so I need an update. My JUMP came last week. I want the metal version or I might just get this and still get the metal version in june. The only disappointment is that the “cheaper version is announced/launched first and “best/premium” model is announced later, kinda kills the anticipation.

    • Stone Cold

      Hope you are grandfathered the new Jump program kicked in yesterday.

  • Destroythanet

    Unlike the tiny little iPhone, the Galaxy didn’t need a bigger screen. Should’ve kept it at 5″ like the S4 and leave the bigger sizes to the Note.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      This is true. But like most of the people commenting here, if they had, they’d be saying “why didn’t they go bigger!?” just like how they keep saying Sammy didn’t do anything different from last year’s

  • Steve B

    I will give Samsung credit for the status bar. Looks nearly like stock Android. Nice work, now let me see how you butchered my quick tiles…

  • Dave

    While I’m glad it doesn’t look overtly glossy….I think they could’ve done away with the dimpled back. I never really liked that look on the 2012 Nexus 7 and it just looks worse here. Too busy on the front and back. Looks like a mess. all the way around. At least they finally nixed the menu button!

  • MichaelFranz

    That battery looks huge..wonder what the mah onl it is, 3k, 3.5k?…..and one thing i noticed with the Micro SD slot picture is the model number saying GT-00000. That is pretty weird on its own. I wonder if this is a troll leak. Probably not but maybe this is a demo model or something that is close to final production.

    The dimpled back might look weird but at leats it wont be a huge finger print magnet

    • hoosiercub88

      I would presume that GT-00000 would have something to do with it being pre-production hardware.. I like it, subtle changes, looks like they’re finally getting their software in line, while still maintaining all the ridiculous features no one uses. I’d consider it, after it comes out in a few more colors lol

      Agreed on the back, I don’t like glossy.

      • MichaelFranz

        it might make me switch back. I had an S3 and loved it except for the GPS issues and all. Either way this phone will have a huge following with good dev community support. I might get it just on principle. But I need to be impressed and probably wow’d by what they have to say it can do etc etc. As like most. Im spoiled by my Droid Maxx so i need some heavy convincing

        • hoosiercub88

          I’m actually concerned about the dev community and this phone. Knox and all.

          • MichaelFranz

            there should be enough adopters that most dev’s will take a stab at it.

    • sr_erick

      Looks like 2800 mAh.

    • Dan Churco

      2800 Mah

      • SA_NYC

        Indeed, 2,800. Interesting it wasn’t the 3,000 we saw on that box ‘leak’ a week ago.

        • MichaelFranz

          could be a bigger battery in US version vs Intl. they did that with the galaxy nexus because of the LTE. I was hoping for atleast 3000 or better. if it is 2800mah, i am kind of disappointed.

          • SA_NYC

            Good point. And yes, I was pumped at the thought of 3,000, that would be really nice when I think of it in comparison to my already-good battery life at 3,100 on my Note 2.

  • Zachary

    fingerprint scanner is in the home button, and colors include black, white, gold and blue

  • HoosierDaddy

    I’m hoping that the G Pro 2 will be on VZW. Not holding my breath though…

  • Steve B

    Well, at least they added a multitasking button…

    • Tim242

      Easier to reach the back button.

  • Trysta

    Not trying to hate on this phone (honestly i’m not!) but I’m really surprised at how much larger it is than the S4. I always thought one of Samsung’s strengths was minimizing the overall size of the phone relative to screen size but this time it doesn’t seem that impressive…

    Also of course this could be some other S5 generation phone and not THE S5…hopefully?

    *Looks at Nexus 5 and smiles*

  • Although I still believe my htc One “Classic” is still more attractive going by the leaked GS5, it seems the All New htc #One has a chance.

  • reyalP

    It’s a phone and a cheese grader all in one device! Still not a fan of the silver trim around the edge. I was hoping more high end and less plastic.

    • reyalP


  • sunday39

    idc i like it, the designs isnt amazing, but it def will have quality under the hood

  • Such

    Same song & dance for Samsung unfortunately. That thing looks nasty for some reason. What’s the point of increasing the size of the screen every year? Beginning of the end for Samsung imo, they’re getting too full of themselves.

    • Stone Cold

      I agree

  • 213ninja

    while reading the comments, keep in mind that half of the people in this thread will buy an s5.

    • chris_johns

      I downvoted you…since disqus wont tell you i will

      • 213ninja

        That just means you’re gonna buy 2.

      • Brandon

        Yea that pissed me off that they took that away, takes all the fun out of trolling BGR now!

    • Kyle

      I’m at the perfect time to upgrade – end of a 2 year contract, still sporting my GS3. I so wanted a GS5, but this thing is hideous. Looking at the Xperia Z2 and the HTC M8.

      • Dale

        I too was interested in the Z2 until I saw how big it is. It’s basically the same size as the Note 3!

        • Kyle

          Thanks for the info Dale. I didn’t know that….. I guess it’s a day full of disappointment for me.

    • Tony Byatt

      Nah, after seeing the HTC One 2014 and what may be the S5 I’ll be waiting to see the last or one of the last Google inspired Moto devices or the Nexus…

      • 213ninja

        Definitely worth waiting. I love giant phones but if I were looking for a non-phablet flagship, I would absolutely be waiting to compare…

    • Stone Cold

      Not I just got my Z1S loving it.

  • João Grácio

    That´s why there wasn´t no leaks until now…This phone doens´t seem like a flagship, the design is so awful that leakers didnºt belieieve that this phone will indeed be the galaxy s5

    • Destroythanet

      Leakers just thought it was an S4 and didn’t bother posting about it.

  • fartbubbler

    don’t care much for that dotted back.


  • Brian

    Why are all the newer phones going to the bigger size? At this rate, I’d rather strap a tablet to the side of my head and use that.

    • 213ninja

      they make “mini” variants for you…

      • Brian

        With some phones they do. I have the HTC ONE and was looking forward to this phone as rumors were it was going to be made of metal like the ONE. Anything over 4.65-4.85″ is just too big for a phone. I’ve seen some 90’s bag phones that are smaller then the ones they keep releasing lately.

        • Jason Nguyen

          It’s more about phone size than screen size. The S4 is actually a tiny bit smaller than the S3 but had a screen that was .2″ larger.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Agreed, but this device is going up in size very significantly. I’d love a comparison between it and the original Note, the screen sizes are fairly close.

      • NickA

        Mini now means lesser specs. Give me a 4.3″ with the same specs and I’d be happy. I’m looking at you LG G2 mini.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        No, the “mini” variants are decidedly mid-range devices.

        The only flagship-level small-ish devices are the Moto X and Z1 Compact. The rest of the “mini” lines are pretty much terrible, missing features, specs, and premium materials to make them truly compelling.

        • 213ninja

          I agree.

  • Mark

    Wait to reserve judgement till this afternoon. This is the cheaper S5, if anyone keeps up with the rumors. The metal casing, 2k display “more premium” version is launching in June. It was not ready in time for initial launch as Samsung had display issues with the 2K that it needed to fix. Hence why Samsung pushed the “low key” MWC announcement.

  • Dale

    Good thing looks don’t matter to me nearly as much as the specs and usability, because this thing is ugly. Hopefully the bad looks are because the rumors of a ‘cheaper’ price are true ($499?).

    Big question is whether to pull the trigger on release day or wait to see what HTC has to offer.

    • Al-Burrit0

      If their is a cheaper model i don’t find $499 cheap.

      • Dale

        That’s why I put cheaper in quotations. It’s cheaper compared to $599 or $649.

      • Guest

        That is why I put cheaper in quotations. It’s cheaper compared to $599 or $649.

        • Dale

          I like you, Disqus, but some times you make me want to throw something.

          • Al-Burrit0

            Haha XD It just bothers me that if there is a “cheaper” model it comes with dissapointing specs and they still selling it for a crapload of money for a mid-range phone. I guess we will find out soon…

      • chris_johns

        note 3 is like 700+ brand new lol

        • Al-Burrit0

          Yea i know, I don’t even want to start with flagship devices! :p
          I’m just saying usually a “cheaper” version don’t include the same specs of the original device. So $500 for a mid-range phone is ridiculous! Google sells the nexus line with top specs for affordable prices. Why can’t Samsung? Hopefully Samsung at least keeps decent specs in the “cheaper” more “affordable” model.

  • Xcalibur1011

    They are just like Apple releasing the same phone with a few updated specs, and minor cosmetic changes. But I’ll still wait until 2pm to hear more.

    • AJ McKay

      Just wait for the Galaxy S5s! All metal! 2K display! Also, if this is too big, we’ll have a slightly smaller one in a multitude of pastel colors…it’s the Galaxy S5c!

  • invincible1914

    Y’all hating, but this phone is going to sell like hotcakes. I want to work for the Samsung marketing team…

    • Orion

      Nobody is saying it wont sell. Like Apple, Samsung has their sheep. It’s funny that years ago Samsung had that GS3 teaser with the sheep in the end. Now look at them lol.

  • turdbogls

    the design,size, and bezels make me think this is NOT the S5. if it is…..Yikes, it looks horrible.

  • EricMayBell

    Wait.. what is the back plate?.. That’s the ugliest texture I’ve ever seen.

  • htowngtr

    How is that seriously any different? I honestly couldn’t tell you that’s a new S5.

  • Jeffrey Huber


  • Tony Byatt

    WTF is this…


  • Fredy Nativi

    Why is the speaker not at the bottom at least. Is like they don’t listen to customers. And those bezels are HUGE.

  • nosedive94

    That is one ugly phone. It better be a performance beast.

  • Silky Johnson

    I was starting to get hopeful for this phone….. I’ve been fooled again. Those bezels on the side are hideous. Looks like I’ll Stick to my g2 and wait for the g3 to drop. That, or get the g2 pro

    • jnt

      The G2 is definitely still a top-tier phone with a top-tier processor.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i cant wait to feel it. The rear looks fun.

  • rals

    Que the “how will they know I upgrade” meme

  • Al-Burrit0

    That is ugly, why Samsung?!

  • Beavis

    Same phone, different year.

  • Nathan Bryant

    There is a lot more. Just wait until 2pm.

    • Disqus_n00b

      Redesigned TouchWiz Games & Apps, finally, all your content in one place? /s

    • Orion

      Like what? The revolutionary ”new” Touchwiz?

    • Mike


      Despite all the rumors saying that there will be 2 versions (plastic and metal) and that the premium version wasn’t ready for launch yet due to 2k display issues people still coming strong with the hate.

      Just wait

  • r0l

    Isn’t this the size of the original Note? Wonder if the Note 4 will be 6″?

    • 213ninja

      i hope so.

    • BillySuede

      i can’t see the note 4 not being 6″. all good by me though that will probably be my limit. i can also see the note 4 featuring the wrap-around display.

  • jrgray27

    Meh, looks like I’ll be sticking to my Galaxy S4 for a little while. Hope they still offer a “premium” version made of metal, that would change my mind. And we’re getting close to the point in size where you might as well get a Galaxy Note…but we will see…we will see…

  • bb5

    The s4 was my upper size limit, the top and bottom bezel looks bigger than my s4 as well.

    • EricMayBell

      Why are phones STILL getting bigger?! I want a phone that comfortably fits in my hand (moto x). The S4 was already too big IMO

      • cizzlen

        The S4 and G2 are perfect in the hands. That’s as big as those phones should be imo.

      • Frettfreak

        I agree. Even the htc one feels kinda big. 5″or less is where my perfect phone would be but apparently everyone that works at samsung has giant hands

        • Al-Burrit0

          I know right. I think they use Lebron James as their hand model as well.

      • Brandon

        Some people want a phone that is both a phone and a tablet. When I got my N7 I had a Galaxy Nexus so the tablet was obviously better so I used that for most things, then I got the S4 which was better than the tablet and used them both for a while but found it kind of annoying to keep using both of them (N7 for the good-sized screen, S4 for the phone/texting/portability features) so I stopped using the N7 for a while and it got stolen, haven’t really missed it that much and was going to get the Note 3 since I wanted something in between. Would have gotten the Galaxy Mega if it had better specs. I actually got the Moto X to see how it was and to see what MWC has to offer before I use an upgrade.

    • jnt

      Ditto – the size alone is going to keep me from trying this. I’ve tried the Note 2 and 3, and while they’re incredible devices, I simply can’t use something that large as a daily driver for my phone. This is not as big obviously, but is close enough…

    • mmark27

      This. I don’t want any larger of a phone. S4 is fine to me.

  • Celsius

    Physical buttons are still.there…..

    • h_f_m

      Agreed.. I so heart the nexus virtual buttons… I mean they’ve been there for 3 generations of nexus phones at this point. Why isn’t everyone taking the hint that they are better…

      • Celsius

        Yea i have my Note 2 for one more week…and then i’m switchin’ to Tmo and the N5…quite done with the physical buttons lol

      • carl rainey

        Maybe because a Nexus can’t hold a candle to the sales of a Galaxy. If they could Google wouldn’t have discontinued the Nexus Program.

        • h_f_m

          You have a reference for this “google discontinued the nexus program” statement. I have heard no such thing. In fact, there are rumors flying about already regarding Nexus 8 and the next phone in Q4.

    • hansip

      Can never imagine a keyboard and mouse connected to your phone and you must press the physical button on the phone to navigate around. At least with my Xperia Z Ultra i can do it by the mouse all over..

    • Brandon

      I was never really a fan of them on my Gnex (mostly because they looked ugly with the black background) but after having the S4 for 6 months I grew to loathe the physical home button (it was laggy) and the capacitive buttons. I actually like having them now on my Moto X.

  • Jason Peters

    Is it just me, but if that is a 5.2 inch screen, as is chic, that looks like a lot of bezel around it. Phone has to be pretty big.

    • Orion

      Yeah those bezels look hideous. It’s like they took a step back. lol

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      If you look at the comparison shot, it is at minimum 1/4″ taller and 1/16″ wider than the S4,as it increased the screen size to 5.25″ but doesn’t look to have decreased the bezels sizes at all.

      All in all, I think this will be a tough sell, especially if a “premium” version is going to come in a few months. Why would anyone want this version instead?

  • jbworldwide1

    Hahaha! Nexus 5!!!!

  • Disqus_n00b

    Remember those ads taunting Apple – “This time the headphone jack is on the BOTTOM!” ::mindblown::

    Too similar to the GS4. Changing one of the menu buttons? Oh my!

    • possomcrast1

      And they put the multitasking button on the wrong side…They couldn’t even conform to Android standards in that small way.

      • michaelbrandon

        This drives me NUTS! For the life of me I cannot wrap my brain around this other than Samsung simply being cunts. This UX navigation should be standardized by Google. Even the HTC One irks me.

        • Brandon

          Yea that always pissed me off in the early days of Android when every phone had capacitive buttons. After getting a new phone you pretty much had to break “muscle memory” and re-train your fingers all over again.

  • Eric Hare

    Wow, they managed to make it look uglier….

    • Mark

      Wait to reserve judgement till this afternoon. This is the cheaper S5,
      if anyone keeps up with the rumors (which all pointed to 2 versions of the phone). The metal casing, 2k display “more
      premium” version is launching in June. It was not ready in time for
      initial launch as Samsung ran into display issues with the 2K that it needed
      to fix. Hence why Samsung pushed the “low key” MWC announcement.

      • rals

        I have a feeling as well that this is the cheaper model.

      • Jkdem85

        Where did you hear about the delay to June? Wonder if they will still announce both models today. I sure as heck hope so, because the version above is a major disappointment (if it’s the only model.)

        • The Narrator

          If the QHD isn’t running an 805…i wouldn’t go anywhere near it.

      • Brandon

        So this is essentially Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iPhone 5c? LOL

    • Mark

      “All the leaks and rumors in the past few weeks have hinted at the fact that the Galaxy S5 will have two models, with one of them having a standard 1080p display and the other sporting a QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (and other premium features such as a metallic build.) Now, the Korean media is reporting that the model with the QHD screen could actually come a few months after the 1080p display variant, owing to issues Samsung is having with optimizing the picture quality on the QHD panel. According to the report, the QHD display will also be a tad smaller at 5.1-inches, compared to the 5.25-inch Full HD display.”

      The model with the Full HD screen will be the standard variant (reportedly water- and dust-proof), and it will be the one that Samsung will announce at its Unpacked event next Monday at Mobile World Congress.”


      • Al-Burrit0

        Wow what if consumers think this is the s5 and it sells more than the more “premium” version.

        • Feed Jake

          Worked for the old Motorola and the RAZR/RAZR Maxx line.

        • Mark

          I would think that they would mention a more premium version coming since there would be mostly negative feedback (as evident by this board) if they only mentioned this model. Also the cheaper model is rumored to be priced lower than prior Galaxy variants at launch (maybe $100 on-contract?).

          I’m interested to see if they will have the “premium” model to at least show off at today’s event.

          • Al-Burrit0

            Yea but i mean for the average consumers. They won’t find out about the phone until the a commercial or ads start coming out. I doubt Samsung would wait on ads for the “premium” S5 to come out by June.

        • The Narrator

          Millions of people have been following their stupid marketing, so they’d buy whatever they put out.

          • Al-Burrit0

            I know right if they follow the same motto. Samsung will sell the “Premium” edition for $100 more than the regular.

    • Miguel

      And the Nexus 5 continues to be the best phone, looks, price, stock Android.
      Sammy is pulling an Apple, if it’s not broken why fix it, as long as people keep buying Galaxy phones they’ll continue down the trend like Apple does, small changes and software upgrades to the camera and minor things.

      • Frettfreak

        But that’s the problem. Lemmings will keep buying it.

      • Brandon

        I upvoted you for the rest of the comment but you’re forgetting about the Moto X 😉

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        ‘if it’s not broken why fix it’ sounds like a good plan, esp if the phone is well designed like the S line is. Only thing I would change is putting the back button on the left side of the home button, where it belongs 😛

    • S_HOLE

      SENSOR-packed the next big thick by SAMSUNG.

      Now guess which ones are real!

      • Al-Burrit0

        All of the sensors are real lol.

      • TSY87

        if this trend continues, I wont be able to get white galaxy s phones anymore due to trypophobia

    • roberthenderson

      move along hater nothing to see here.

    • Brandon

      I wouldn’t say it looks uglier, considering (the front of) it looks almost exactly like the S4, which looks exactly like the S3. The Galaxy S phones really are the iPhones of the Android world: each iteration looks almost exactly the same.

  • Orion

    Same ish…different year.

  • JohanV

    Samesung.. Google FTW!

    • teejaycard

      It’s not GE anymore Jack, I sold the E to Samsung. They’re now Samesung! – Devan Banks

      • Mchl496

        Don’t make me send a page to your room.