The Galaxy S4 was Samsung’s big flagship phone for 2013 and the company made sure it got plenty of bang for its buck. Within the span of just a few months, Samsung launched eight different versions of the Galaxy S4. And we’re not just talking about different storage options here, we talking about eight different model numbers. Now, as details continue to trickle out about next year’s Galaxy S5, it’s looking like Samsung may adopt a similar strategy — referred to by some as “gadget spamming” — and launch several different versions of its Galaxy S5-branded handset.
ET News has a mixed track record but often reports accurate information about unannounced devices. In a new report on Thursday, the Korean-language news site again referred to multiple upcoming versions of the Galaxy S5, noting that some versions may feature Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) antenna technology.
In this context, LDS technology allows Samsung to build a smartphone’s antenna directly into the device’s chassis in the plate that separates the phone’s main circuitry from the battery compartment. This technology facilitates thinner device designs and it has already been used by Samsung in the Galaxy Note 3.
While we have no idea which new Galaxy S5 models will utilize LDS antenna technology, it’s likely that the higher-end models will include an integrated antenna design to keep them as thin as possible.
The latest rumors suggest that Samsung’s main Galaxy S5 handset will feature a 5.25-inch ultra HD 2K display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor or a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor, a 16-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. There also may be a premium metal Galaxy S5 in the works with similar specs.