Last week – beyond all the CES goings-on – was a big week for new surrounding the anticipated Galaxy S 5 launch. We got a look at what might be Samsung’s new UI for the phone, and heard from an exec about plans for a launch in March or April. Over the weekend, we’ve picked up a couple new rumors, talking again about that launch schedule, and looking to nail-down some details about the phone’s hardware.
Let’s start with that launch update. Supposedly, Samsung may announce the GS5 at a London event sometime around the middle of March – as opposed to the NYC launch the GS4 saw last year. If that’s indeed the case, we may see retail availability follow a few weeks later in April, fitting with that earlier window.
On the hardware side, we hear some “confirmed” specs, but as with any unreleased phone, we’re hesitant to embrace that label, despite the source’s confidence. It’s all really not significantly different than the sort of things we’ve heard before, nor is this set comprehensive. There’s mention of a 2560 x 1440 OLED display (though the size wasn’t confirmed), a 16-megapixel camera (with no confirmation of the presence or absence of OIS), and use of either an Exynos 6 or Snapdragon 805, depending on LTE connectivity. And that idea of dual metal/plastic versions returns, though this time with some prices: 800 and 650 EUR, respectively.
And finally, Samsung may be planning a repeat of last year’s family of GS5 spin-offs, launching both a GS5 Mini and a GS5 Zoom sometime in May or June.