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Galaxy S5’s specs confirmed one week before launch

Published Feb 18th, 2014 11:34AM EST
Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs

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We pretty much know everything there is to know about the Galaxy S5 as far as its basic specs are concerned but it’s still nice to get some confirmation. An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that the Galaxy S5 will indeed feature a 5.2-inch display with a “sharper” resolution, although the source doesn’t indicate whether the display will be a 2K display as we’ve heard in previous leaks. Bloomberg’s source also says that the new device will have “an improved battery and camera,” which is pretty much a prerequisite for new smartphones and not at all surprising.

The other interesting tidbit from Bloomberg’s report is that Samsung may actually price the Galaxy S5 lower than it priced the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 when they were first released. A second unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Samsung has apparently been encouraged by a major carrier to knock down the price of the Galaxy S5 and that Samsung has been receptive to the idea. While it’s not clear that Samsung really will sell the Galaxy S5 for less than it sold its previous flagship models, it is interesting that the company is considering cutting prices to better compete with the influx of dirt-cheap Android handsets coming from China.

Other rumored specs for the Galaxy S5 include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor or an 8-core Exynos processor depending on the model, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 next week alongside its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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