Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor roundup: Iris Scanner, March release and more

By Prarthito

South Korean smartphone giant Samsung may have achieved a boatload of success with the domestic Indian release of its flagship Galaxy handsets, but it doesn't seem like the company is taking its major recent successes lightly and is already rumored to be planning on bringing an entirely new handset in the Galaxy franchise for its fans - Samsung Galaxy S5.

There are a number of rumors that are making rounds on the web regarding the currently rumored device. And if the newest rumors related to the same have even the slightest elements of truth in them, the upcoming Galaxy S5, on arrival, will feature fingerprint sensor, although it seems like the device will miss out on the iris sensor technology as it will make matters too complicated.


As revealed via The Korea Herald, thanks to an industry source, there are a number of different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for future-based Galaxy S5 and that the company "will go for fingerprint authentication rather than unintuitive user experience of iris recognition," as stated by the source.

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What this means is that Samsung will look to leave out a basic home button, similar to that of an Apple iPhone 5s, in favor of executing the fingerprint sensor that will be placed under the device's display in order to allow users to scan their fingerprints on the phone's screen.

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And as far as Samsung's decision to let go of an iris scanner for its new handset is concerned, the same source added "Who would want to put their handset up close to their eyes for authentication in places like movie theaters and bed, or even while they are driving?"


But that's not the end of road for the device or its heavily rumored fingerprint authentication program. Another source related to the market explained that if Samsung is indeed planning to introduce the iris scanner on to the new smartphone, the company will need to design an extra camera that will be required should the iris identification technology eventually makes its way to the phone. However, the problem here is that this will make the smartphone bigger and heavier since it will consist of as many as three camera modules, and hence that's already out of contention.

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Heading back to the list of assorted rumors and leaks for the device, a number of details have already been leaked via a variety of sources. It wasn't long ago when it was revealed that the S5 could be set for March release in London with a 5" plus display that could feature an amazing 2560 x 1440 resolution that, in turn, will result in a futuristic pixel density of 560 ppi.

Other rumors related to the device suggested that it would be powered via the next generation 64-bit Exynos chipset that will look to to take on the likes of iPhone 5s and it's A7 SoC. Also, taking cue from previously released Samsung Galaxy S3 that sported 3GB of RAM, the S5 is heavily touted to come with 4GB of RAM, especially with Samsung already unveiling the first 8-gigabit (1GB) low-power DDR4 memory chip, called the LPDDR4 - said to offer 50 per cent faster performance, compared to other existing chips, while requiring 40 per cent less power than usual.

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As far as the in-device camera is concerned, it is also believed that the S5 will arrive with an evolved 16 MP camera that will offer optical image stabilization, apart from 4k UHD recording and "up to 8 times brighter" images when shooting indoors.

While the above rumors serve as the basic specifications for a device that still requires some kind of official confirmation from its company, fans of more intricate details will be excited to know that the S5 could arrive with a new head gesture control, as indicated via a recent patent for the same.

Quite interestingly, the patent hinted at the possibility of evolved gesture controls and options that would facilitate something like turning your head to turn a page in the ebook loaded in the device - something similar to Microsoft's Kinect development for its recently released Xbox One console.

Lastly, but not any less interestingly, Samsung's new UI for the Galaxy S5 was also recently leaked that's somewhat built in the image of HTC's Blinkfeed tech, although Samsung's basic UI design for its Galaxy range of smartphones remain the same.

As of now, Samsung is yet to reveal anything solid regarding the smartphone although we are guessing that it won't be long before the first real evidence of the existence of the smartphone is unearthed.

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