Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch in ‘Prime’ and ‘Standard’ models, no metal body

By Alexandra Burlacu | Jan 27, 2014 08:22 AM EST

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 may reportedly launch in two versions, one "Prime" and one "Standard," none of which would sport a metal body.

Launching the Samsung Galaxy S5 in different variants would not be a surprise to anyone, as Samsung is well-known for offering different versions of its flagships. Moreover, this is not the first time we hear about two models for the next-generation Galaxy flagship smartphone, but this time one analyst makes some interesting claims.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is a trusted source when it comes to Apple-centric predictions, as he was spot-on with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, and several other claims. In a new research note, the analyst now tackles the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it remains to be seen whether he is as accurate.

According to Kuo, Samsung will launch its next-generation Galaxy S5 in two versions: "Prime" and "Standard," and both will carry on the company's love of plastic, not a metal body as previously rumored.

The "Prime" model will reportedly pack a 32-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, made using a 20nm process. The "Standard" version, meanwhile, would feature either a 32-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor or a 32-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422, both made using the 28nm process.

This means that one notable difference would be found under the hood in the processor department, but the analyst also claims there will be a big difference in the display department as well. Both versions would sport a 5.2-inch screen, but the "Prime" model would boast a high resolution of 1440 x 2560, with a whopping pixel density of 565 pixels per inch (ppi). The "Standard" version would have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a pixel density of 423 ppi. The analyst further bolsters claims that the Galaxy S5 would come with a fingerprint scanner.

"Fingerprint is necessary for a star model," Kuo wrote in his note, as cited by Apple Insider. "Because Apple's iPhone 5S and HTC's One Max have fingerprint, S5 the star model can't lack the function even [if] the solution (area type same as iPhone 5S provided by Validity) is not as mature as iPhone 5S's."

The rest of the Galaxy S5 specifications are expected to remain the same as previously rumored, which include 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front shooter. Both models will reportedly feature a fingerprint scanner, as well as 3-D gesture support and a 2,850 mAh battery.

While nothing is official just yet, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to make its debut as soon as next month. Previous reports have claimed that Samsung would introduce its new flagship on Feb. 23, one day before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 kicks off. As always, however, take everything with a grain of salt until it becomes official.




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