Contrary to earlier rumors, Samsung is apparently going to announce the Galaxy S5 at MWC and not CES next year, giving it about a one month gap to get the hype up from the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
This is one of the earliest cut off periods for a flagship device, with the Galaxy S4 only being in public circulation for about eight months. Samsung does like to get their smartphones out way before the iPhone to get consumer interest, but this may be pushing it.
Samsung is keeping all the doors locked when it comes to the Galaxy S5, but we are already getting some blurry leaks on the specs and new design of the flagship, pointing at a smartphone without a slimy plastic back.
The Galaxy S5 is expected to be the first smartphone in the S line to come with a full metal build, emulating the experience on the HTC One with Samsung’s classic shell design. One of the biggest complaints about the Galaxy S line was the cheap plastic feel, compared to the iPhone 5S and HTC One, both with premium aluminium builds.
We are also expecting Samsung to pack a new higher resolution display onto the Galaxy S5, after news Sony is preparing to launch the Xperia Z2 with a Triluminous display at 500 PPI around the same time as the Galaxy S5 release.
Samsung may also add newer internals to match the high-end market and the phone will come pre-installed with the latest version of Android, which we expect to be 4.4 KitKat, under the deep TouchWiz UI skin.
Price and availability are not known yet but we can expect it to be priced at $199 on contract in the US and about $700 off contract. Samsung loves being able to stock the shelves in every country in the world and we expect them to have some carrier milestone for the Galaxy S5.