Galaxy S5 rumors: new production problems, Active model could still happen
Have you managed to get through all this new HTC One coverage without forgetting about Samsung’s Galaxy S5? Though Samsung got its news out early, HTC has managed to beat the South Korean company when it comes to getting its new phone into the hands of users. We’re still waiting for GS5 sales to begin, and last week heard a rumor suggesting that Samsung was running into manufacturing issues that threatened to affect availability. Today we get an update on that situation, and also hear about a possible Galaxy S5 Active (GS4 version above).
As you’ll recall, last time the problem with GS5 production was supposed to center on the phone’s camera, and specifically the complicated six-lens optics package it used. While Samsung’s efforts to correct those issues with lens molding have reportedly been successful, this new rumor claims that the company has hit another snag, and is now facing problems as it attempt to apply coatings to those now-formed lenses. While there’s no confirmation yet of any availability dates changing, Samsung may be forced to make do with something like 4-5 million handsets, instead of the 5-7 million it was hoping to have ready.
What about this GS5 Active? We heard a rumor in early February claiming that such a model would be coming this year, and that it could make up a substantial fraction of GS5-family sales, but then when we saw the actual GS5 offer dust and water-resistance of its own, we wondered if plans have changed. Not so, according to @evleaks, who indicates that evidence points to a GS5 Active arriving for AT&T, Sprint, and other carriers as the company’s model SM-G870. What could it offer? Better waterproofing? There’s no mention of specific capabilities here, so we’ll just have to keep on the lookout for any additional leaks.