CNET has been following the rumors about the successor to Samsung's 2013 flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. Even as the rumors continue to come in, it is uncertain whether the successor phone will be called Galaxy S5. Also, details about the design, the camera, and the materials are still not available for the Galaxy S5.
Some things are certain, though. Samsung will definitely include many hardware upgrades in the Galaxy S5. Anticipated to be included are upgrades such as a new camera sporting an improved sensor, a powerful processor, and possibly a fast-charging battery. Reports have been coming in regarding a higher-resolution screen with a 2,560x1,440-pixel AMOLED display. Speculations about the case point to Samsung getting rid of the polycarbonate exterior that was used on the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3 devices. Instead, the Galaxy S4 is anticipated to get an all-metal case.
New sensors, including an iris scanner to unlock the phone by scanning the eyeball, are being rumored - Samsung's answer to Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S device. As for the software piece, it is very likely that TouchWiz - Samsung's version of Android - will get a design makeover.
When will we get the Galaxy S5?
Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S5 in February, either prior to the Mobile World Congress or during the mobile hardware trade show in Barcelona, which is scheduled for February 24 to 27. It is not expected that the phone will go on sale before March or April this year.
A previous report from CNET, on January 21, 2014, pointed to the rumors about the TouchWiz update expected in the Galaxy S5. Leaked images from Twitter tipster evleaks showed this update. Images showed a card-like interface, where notifications pop up and constantly update.
Stand by for more updates on the successor to the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S4 - the new Galaxy S5.