By Stephen Schenck | December 16, 2013 2:44 PM
There’s only a little more than two weeks left in 2013, and before you know it, the very first 2014 handsets will start poring in. Of those early-year launches, one we’ve been really looking forward to is Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 – at least, it might be super-early this year, based on some of the rumors we’ve heard. Those rumors have also talked a lot about what sort of hardware we might expect for the phone – things like a metal body – and today we hear new support for a few of them.
Well, to be fair, this report doesn’t call out the Galaxy S 5 by name, but as it discusses features Samsung’s supposedly interested in deploying for its 2014 flagships, it feels pretty safe to assume that the GS5 would introduce these.
For one, we’re hearing again about the possibility of iris scanners to authenticate users. Samsung’s fingerprint scanner plans may never have come to fruition in the way we were expecting, but we’ve heard before about this idea that Samsung could use a high-sensitivity front-facing camera to manage device security, much in the same way Apple does with fingerprints and Touch ID.
There’s also word that Tizen’s finally going to be a big part of Samsung’s plans in 2014, after we failed to see commercial phones launch this year. We’re not expecting a Tizen-based Galaxy S 5 or anything, but this other feature these sources name could well land on the GS5: a quad HD 2K 2560×1440 resolution screen.
We’ve already caught signs of such a device in some benchmark results, though it’s not clear if that model was the Galaxy S 5 itself, or just a prototype Samsung was using to evaluate the display tech. According to these sources, Samsung is committed to the idea of phones with such screens, and is currently working out the logistics of mass production.