While the model pictured above at a recent Samsung Galaxy event may be holding the latest and greatest smartphone, that will change in just a couple of weeks. It's been rumored that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will debut on February 24. Here are some of the most intriguing rumors we've heard about the launch.
1. A Bigger, Better Camera
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 4, 2014
The device is likely to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. While noting that it is often difficult to separate outlandish rumors from likely facts, TIME predicts that the Galaxy S5 is likely to boast a 16 megapixel rear camera. This is a step up from the S4's 13 megapixel camera, and will likely mean the phone is capable of better capturing images in low-light conditions.
As for the front-facing camera, it will likely clock in between 2 and 3.2 megapixels.
2. Biometric ID
— Biometric Update (@BiometricUpdate) February 5, 2014
Complex is betting that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will offer some kind of biometric ID system, similar to Apple's Touch ID offering for the iPhone 5S. While an iris scanner had been rumored previously, a fingerprint scanner seems more likely at this junction.
3. Metal or Plastic?
Metal body,dust/water proof,16mp cam,2Kdisplay,64 bit processor and much more. One more concept of samsung galaxy S5. pic.twitter.com/mU0r5N7wRb
— MoboGenie (@MoboGenie) January 24, 2014
The Daily Mail reports that the S5 will come in two flavors: an all-metal design, or a design with a plastic case, with the plastic model being about $200 cheaper.
4. Snapdragon Processor
Specs! "Samsung Galaxy S5 “confirmed” specs include Snapdragon 805, 2,560×1,440 display and more" http://t.co/G3cM82nsza
— Aaron Pressman (@ampressman) January 13, 2014
The Galaxy 5S is expected to house a Snapdragon processor. However, opinion is split about which Snapgdragon the S5 will get. Droid Life believes that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will only have the Snapdragon 8000 processor, but Phandroid reports that the S5 will actually have the much faster 805 processor.
5. Super-Fast Charging
Which Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor do you most hope is real? Barely ahead in our poll: rapid-charging battery http://t.co/Mh872LuGMI
— crave (@crave) January 31, 2014
CNET reports that one cool feature the Galaxy S5 might boast is super-fast charging. They write:
"Smartphone battery life is a big recurring complaint these days. If this rumor pans out, the S5 would have a 20 percent greater capacity in the same footprint as its predecessor, and it would also charge up in less than two hours."