The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been in the rumor mill for quite some time. Lately, the leaks and rumors appear to be coming true. Samsung will be announcing its upcoming flagship phone this February. Recent reports also note that the product will have an official release a month or so after the announcement, around March or April. Likewise, as opposed to many "industry insider" sources, recent details about the smartphone come from KGI securities.
The latest specs prediction and list came from KGI securities. The company is a well respected firm that has a proven track record of tech predictions. While the official specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S5 can only come from Samsung, the information from KGI is worth a look at. Consumers will have a better idea what to expect from the Korean tech giant.
For a complete breakdown of the list of specs from KGI, refer to this link.
Similar to the previous Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series, the Samsung Galaxy S5 appears to have two versions: one running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Series and one running on Samsung's Exynos processor. Previously, Samsung devices running on the Exynos could not support LTE modems properly. The Qualcomm variants, on the other hand, offer LTE modem support.
According to recent reports, Samsung wants to take away the dual-model processor. The company wants to focus on in-house chips. However, this will not translate to the Samsung Galaxy S5 just yet. As for the rest of the specs, the features appear standard for what a top-tier handset should be. KGI's prediction focuses on two interesting features: the fingerprint scanner and the camera. There have been countless reports on the iris scanner in the Galaxy S5. However, not many focused on the fingerprint scanner. The new prediction from KGI brings interest back to the possible TouchID contender.
Some analysts think it will be disappointing for Samsung to include a fingerprint scanner. This will only show it is following the footsteps of Apple and not challenging them. Another point of interest is the camera. Most users are particular about the camera especially since smartphones double as picture/video capturing devices these days.
The overall camera quality of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series has declined rather improve according to analysts. Some areas that suffered included up-close macro shots and low-light situations. It appears Samsung wants to change that. The camera is predicted to be at 16 or 20 megapixels. According to KGI's speculation, Samsung will be using a technology that allows the camera to process light better. There will also be a Phase Detection Auto Focus. It offers faster focus compared to the Contrast Detection Auto Focus.