Samsung Galaxy S5: What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date could be here soon. Here, we take a look at the features tipped to appear on the flagship smartphone.

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Samsung is tipped to unveil its Galaxy S5 smartphone during the "Unpacked 5" event at next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Little is known about what the S5 might include. However, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, has reportedly said the company wants to go "back to basics" with the device, claiming consumers were left underwhelmed by the S4's appearance.

As for when the device is likely to drop, Young Hee has previously said the S5 will be released around the same time of year as the S3 and S4.

"We've been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time," she said.

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However, a listing on the O2 Germany website points to a late February release date. This could mean the device makes its debut just days after MWC.

Here, we take a look at some of the features rumoured for inclusion on the S5.

Bigger screen

The Galaxy S5 will probably continue Samsung's tradition of ever-larger flagships, bumping the display size up to 5.25in. Resolution is anyone's guess, with Droid-Life reporting a 2560 x 1440 "2K" display.

It's safe to say the S5 will have a 1920 x 1080 panel at minimum, as Samsung is unlikely to want its flagship device to sport anything smaller than what featured on the S4.

Fingerprint scanner

Reports suggesting Samsung might follow Apple's lead by including a biometric fingerprint scanner on the S5 have been doing the rounds for a while, and continue to gather steam.

In a report on Sammobile, Samsung insiders leaked details about how the fingerprint scanner will work earlier this week, and claim it will be incorporated into the device's home button.

Users will allegedly be able to register a total of eight fingerprints, and assign each one to different tasks.

Better camera

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On the camera side, IT Pro has seen conflicting reports about how many megapixels the S5 will sport. The only consistent bit is that the camera will improve from the Galaxy S4's 13MP.

BGR published a slide leaked from Samsung's analyst day meetings that pegged the S5 camera at 16MP. The device may also use ISOCELL tech to improve low-light images, colour, and sharpness.

Faster processor

We can make a reasonable guess at the Galaxy S5's inner workings. Samsung usually packs its flagship devices with competitive hardware. The Galaxy S4 shipped with a Snapdragon 600 chip and 2GB of RAM, strong specs for the time.

If Samsung wants to keep the S5 on the cutting edge, it will use at least a Snapdragon 800 chip with 3GB of RAM.

To date it has increased the specs on the Galaxy S line every generation, so the company will likely do the same here.

Operating system and interface

The Galaxy S5 will almost certainly ship with a reworked version of TouchWiz, Samsung's custom Android skin.

Samsung's latest invitation also revealed a page of simplified icons, adding weight to rumors it has streamlined the TouchWiz interface with the S5.

This was in the wake of complaints by users about the amount of storage space Touchwiz took up on devices, and the gimmicky nature of some of its features.

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The next version of TouchWiz  may reflect Samsung's new vision, with reduce emphasis on its first-party S-apps, with Google's apps given more prominence.

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