Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Ditch Wireless Charging, Device to be Released on Feb 23 and Feature 32-Bit SOC?

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By Precious Silva | January 30, 2014 12:57 PM EST

As the market waits for Samsung's official release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, one analyst thinks the Korean tech giant will be investing more on scanners and processors. Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a 32-bit processor and fingerprint sensor. Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 deliver? Should the market give enough credit for Samsung's next flagship phone?

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A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013.

 

AppleInsider reported a research note from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to the prediction, the device will not run in 64-bit but in 32-bit. The handset will feature an in-house Exynos 5430 processor based on Samsung's 20-nm process, which is not 64-bit like Apple's iPhone 5s. The device will also feature 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM to ensure graphics performance. Other predicted features include 16 MP camera with 3-D support gestures and phase detection autofocus.

Android Origin also reported that Samsung may skip wireless charging as opposed to previous reports. Earlier, there were sources claiming that Samsung may integrate magnetic resonance charging into the S5. Recent reports say that it might not materialise. People will have to wait for official announcement from Samsung for confirmation of this information.

Going back to Mr Kuo's prediction, he also noted that Samsung will also include a fingerprint verification system to compete in the market. The iPhone 5s has ushered in interest for on-board biometric. While it may not sound groundbreaking, it should bring Samsung closer to competing more with the iPhone 5s.

Although Apple was not the first company to include a biometric security feature, it created a trend. The company introduced an effective, simple and reliable solution via the Touch ID. Banking on the popularity of the iPhone series, Apple was able to get the Touch ID technology to millions of users today. This also prompted other companies to explore similar features.

Apple generated enough interest for the technology.

When it comes to Samsung, the analyst thinks that the company will be including a different type of fingerprint recognition technology. The company has been working with Validity Sensors, a firm acquired by touchpad brainchild Synaptics.

"Fingerprint is necessary for a star model," Mr Kuo wrote in his note.

"Because Apple's iPhone 5S and HTC's One Max have fingerprint, S5 the star model can't lack the function even [if] the solution (area type same as iPhone 5S's provided by Validity) is not as mature as iPhone 5S's," the analyst added.

Mr Kuo also predicted that Samsung will aim for the high-end and low-end markets with two models. The company will differentiate the offerings further with their memory, processor type and display resolution. Both variants will feature 5.2-inch display and Prime iteration through WQHD AMOLED panel with a pixel density of 565 ppi.

Samsung has yet to confirm the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, but GSMArena previously reported that Samsung may announce the device on Feb 23.

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A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013.
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