The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is nearing, even rumored to be available near the end of this month. Recent benchmark tests reveal some serious hardware being packed into the Galaxy S5.
Invitations to the Samsung unPacked 5 event on February 24th were sent out at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress. The world's biggest smartphone maker is facing its weakest possible annual profit growth in seven years as the market for high-end smartphones is easing.
A rather far-fetched rumor suggests that Samsung will indeed equip the Galaxy S5 with a fingerprint scanner. However, don't expect it to be on an Apple-like home button or a scanner on the back of the HTC One Max. Stuff.tv is going as far as claiming such a scanner will be integrated with the GS5's screen. They even have a University of Houston research paper to back up this claim, but did Samsung have enough enough time to develop this technology?
Meanwhile, further suggestions include Samsung ditching the "Home" button and using the bezel embedded capacity buttons that already exist on the S4 as the "Menu" and "Back" navigation. The home-buttonless home button is supposedly to sit under a 2K resolution QHD 5.25 inch touch screen. However, resolution differs slightly as the confirmed benchmarks tell a different story.
Antutu recently performed a benchmark of the upcoming Galaxy S5 and the major component is a more powerful processor. While it is still unconfirmed as to whether Samsung will use the Snapdragon 800 processor or go up to the 805, Examiner.com thinks both. Just like with the release of two major models with the S4, the IT19500 and 19505, Samsung will do the same with the S5. The 2.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core 805 will be released to as a U.S. model while the 2 GHz Snapdragon 800 will make its way to international version.
In terms of operating system, the S5 is expected to run out of the box Android 4.4.2, currently the latest version of Android. However, users are reportedly to only have 1.7 GB of the 3 GB RAM with the remaining being taken up on the customer user interface. An improvement on the TouchWiz control is also expected for the S5.
Antutu's benchmark ratings show the S5 surpassing the GS4 and even the Note 3. Therefore the processor will have to be along the lines of a Snapdragon 800 to meet up with the Note 3 and a battery capacity of at least 3,200 mAh. The full benchmark can be found over on IB Times.