2 weeks ago, we wrote about Samsung Mobile’s Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee talking about the possibility of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 to sport an Iris scanner in answer for the iPhone 5S’ Touch ID fingerprint scanner. And now, word has it that apparently, Samsung has shelved the idea, and decided to go with a fingerprint scanner and better air gestures. Details after the break!
Another detail on the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 surfaced as we get closer to the said unveiling of the device. According to an unnamed Korean Herald source, Samsung has decided not to include the Iris scanner for the upcoming S5, as it is simply impractical. At least as of now. Imagine having to put the device near your eyes just to unlock it. And, an iris scanner would require a third camera on the device, which would then make the S5 thicker.
But instead, the Korean tech giant is said to have decided to include a fingerprint reader used to unlock the device, found embedded under the display. Swedish fingerprint sensor developer Fingerprint Cards AB previously confirmed that they have been talking to smartphone makers, including Samsung.
It is also reported that the Galaxy S5 will include an improved air gesture sensors compared to those found on earlier devices. A separate report on the other hand leaked a screenshot of what seems to be the Galaxy S5’s new TouchWiz UI, a tile-based home screen with looks similar to Microsoft’s Modern Metro UI.
As for the availability, Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin sent a tweet today claiming that apparently, Samsung is officially unveiling the Galaxy S5 on February 23 in Barcelona, a day before the start of the Mobile World Congress, in a whole separate event and will be available in the market by the end of April.
To sum it all up, here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5: A whole new revamped design far from the S3 and S4, a 3 to 4 GB of RAM, a choice of Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 64-bit processor, 5.2″ 2k display, 16 megapixel main camera, new tile-based TouchWiz UI, Fingerprint sensor, improved air gesture sensors, 3000 mAh battery and a price tag that is the same as the current Galaxy S4.