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Don’t expect a 64-bit processor in the Galaxy S5

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:45PM EST
Galaxy S5 Specs and Features

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In a note to investors, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed the specs and features of the next-gen Galaxy S flagship, revealing that the handset may have two versions whose features will be slightly different, 9to5Google reports. The Galaxy S5 “Prime” and the Galaxy S5 “Standard” – which is what Kuo calls them, although it’s likely these aren’t the final names of the products – will share many specs including a 5.2-inch display 16-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3D gesture support, fingerprint sensor, plastic cases and a 2850mAh battery.

However, when it comes to screen resolution, RAM and processor types, the Prime and Standard versions will pack different components. The Galaxy S5 Prime will have an octa-core Exynos 5430 32-bit processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) or 565 pixels per inch (PPI) density, while the Galaxy S5 Standard will have a choice of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC) or octa-core Exynos 5422 32-bit processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) or 423PPI).

Galaxy S5 Specs for “Prime” and “Standard” versions | Image credit KGI Research

Previous reports have said that the Galaxy S5 may pack a 64-bit processor, citing the Exynos 5430 as a potential 64-bit mobile CPU made by Samsung, but that won’t be the case, according to Kuo, an analyst who has been accurate with Apple and Android predictions in the past. Furthermore, it would appear that the Galaxy S5 won’t make use of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 processor either.

Kuo is not the first person to say the Galaxy S5 may arrive in two versions, and the analystalso appears to confirm several other Galaxy S5 rumors that mentioned the fingerprint scanner, the better Air Gestures, and even the bigger battery.

Samsung is yet to announce when its Galaxy S5 smartphone will be unveiled, although many people including Samsung execs have said the phone will be unveiled around MWC 2014, and launch in the following months.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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