Samsung fans will be delighted to learn that the next flagship smartphone from the company may be coming as early as April this year and it may come with completely new specs and features including a display larger than that of the current flagship smartphone the S4 and using a completely different technology.
Samsung has for some time now stuck to AMOLED displays in their smartphones, tablets and phablets but it seems this time it is skipping the Super AMOLDED HD displays for Ultra HD LTPS displays for their next flagship smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will supposedly have a 5.25 inch 2K display, slightly larger than the current flagship smartphone’s screen which is 5.0 inches. While Samsung has stuck to AMOLED technology for long in its Galaxy S line of smartphone, it may have chosen to use Sharp’s LTPS technology to meet the high pixels density requirements of 2K displays to stay on top of the competition. The big question experts ask is whether Samsung will still deliver with the S5 despite using a completely different display technology.
Apparently, display will not be the only different feature of the S5 according to GSM Arena as it is speculated that Samsung has delayed production of the Galaxy S5 because of issues encountered with the 2K Ultra HD AMOLED display that the S5 was supposed to come with. As it turns out, the switch to the 2K Ultra HD LTPS display is an attempt to make up for the delay and release of the smartphone may be in April or thereabouts. Interestingly, Samsung owns a 3% stake in Sharp meaning that the South Korean based manufacturer will still benefit from the change in display.
This report confirms rumors surfacing earlier this week hinted at Samsung using Sharp’s LTPS LCD panels for the S5 and rumors on the 5.25 inche screen size that came up last year. Benchmark results published in various sites last year hinted at the 2K Ultra HD display for the 5.25 inch Samsung Galaxy S5 and the February release at the MWC in Barcelona by a Korean publication may be accurate. The source of the news, Samsung’s Vice President of Design Team Dong-hoon Chang, is reported to have revealed that Samsung was still reviewing the possibility of the S5 coming with a flexible screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with the Galaxy F phone, a variant of the Galaxy S5 which will have a metal chassis according to another Korean site, ET News. If this materializes, the Galaxy F will be Samsung’s first smartphone to feature a metal chassis and although the prototype is reported to have been made in Europe, it will be produced in Vietnam. Bloomberg also reports that the Galaxy S5 will come with a new Galaxy Gear smartwatch companion device, a refined model that promises to be better than the disappointing Gear that was released alongside the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and possibly an eye-scanner or a fingerprint scanner.
So far, what we know about the Galaxy S5 is that it will have a 5.25 inch 2560 x 1440 2K UHD LTPS LCD screen, next generation 64-bit Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3 GB RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat OS.