Samsung Galaxy S5 is being talked about everywhere like its Price William’s next kid. All the reports in the past few weeks talked very highly of it and pegged it to have a QHD 2560 x 1440 display along with Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Some even talked about it having an iris scanner to go against the finger print scanner on the iPhone 5s. But New York Times published a report earlier this week that the Galaxy S5 might not be as impressive as everyone is thinking right now. NYT also cut down the chances of an iris scanner or QHD display. And being such an established and credible news outlet, their report surely has some weight.
Another progress has been made on this topic earlier today, an Italian website, HDBlog.it, leaked some AnTuTu benchmark results of Galaxy S5. But let’s put aside the results for a bit and have a look at the specifications mentioned in the AnTuTu app. According to the app, the device under the scope is obviously by Samsung but the model number is blacked out; HDBlog claims that its Galaxy S5. Moving down below, the phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat which is what Galaxy S5 is expected to ship with. And the CPU model is Snapdragon 800 as opposed to the 805 however its running at very high clock speeds of 2.45 GHz. On the GPU front, we’ve Adreno 330 along with a 1920 x 1080 display which is the same as the Galaxy S4, Note 3 and pretty much all the current high end phones. This might come off as the biggest disappointment among people as everyone is eagerly waiting for 2560 x 1440 displays on smartphones.
The RAM is also listed to be 2GB instead of the rumoured 3GB. This might come as a surprise because Galaxy Note 3 already comes with 3GB of RAM and it seemed quite logical for Samsung to put 3GB in Galaxy S5. However, Samsung might have kept the RAM at 2GB because there are reports that a new version of TouchWiz is coming with the new phone and it’ll be a lot lighter hence it might not need that much of RAM.
Moving to the imaging capabilities of the device, it comes with 16 megapixel back camera along with a 2 megapixel front camera. This is something that confirms that the leaked screenshots are indeed from a Galaxy S5 as there is no other Samsung phone with has a 16 megapixel sensor and moreover it been reported since forever that Galaxy S5 will have such a sensor.
HDLabs also claims that Galaxy S5’s whole screen will act as a finger print scanner. We are not sure if that’s even technically possible or how it’ll effect the screen quality and thickness of the device but it sure seems like an interesting take as compared to the finger print sensor on Galaxy S5.
Coming to the actual AnTuTu benchmark, the Galaxy S5 scores 35666. That’s higher than both Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra which are the fastest phones on the market right now.
We would still suggest to take all this information with a pinch of salt since anything can change in this world of technology. However, if this latest report is true then we have to say that Galaxy S5 obviously doesn’t seem to be as impressive as everyone though. However, a friend also points out that the device tested might actually be an engineering sample which is given to carriers prior to launch for testing and these devices usually don’t ship with final hardware or all the features enabled. Samsung is officially releasing the Galaxy S5 later this month on MWC 2014; that’s when all these rumors will come to and we’ll get to see the actual device.