Samsung has been a bit quite about its next flagship launch though the internet is buzzing with so called image and benchmark leaks. Today @evleaks released a set of images which it has said are of Samsung Galaxy S 5. @evleaks is a very dependable source and has been right about most of its leaks.
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This photo leaks reveal a different looking home screen for Samsung Galaxy S 5 which will mean that Samsung has quietly buried its TouchWiz UI. Interestingly the first image which is of the lock screen shows of a map with distance and estimated time of arrival. Now this reflects a change in the lock screen UI into a customised one which means that if you want a live map giving you your destination, on your locked screen, you will now be able to get directions to the destinations without unlocking your smart phone. Though it is not known what Apps can be put on the lock screen as live Apps, it is pretty safe to assume that all Google Apps will be available to the user.
The second image shows the home screen which again has the Map, a social networking site widget and a latest news widget. Here again it is safe to infer that the Map is up there because it is on the lock screen. The third shot shows of the Samsung and Android Apps short cuts. The icons of Gmail, Google Play, and Samsung Hub are shown with a smear-effect background in deep bluish, purplish hues.
Earlier a leak had suggested that the new flagship from Samsung stable will have a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz and running on the very latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Its screen size is said to be 5.5 inches with resolution of 2560 x 1440 which is also known as 2K. Interestingly some of the sites say that this is incorrect and Samsung Galaxy S 5 will feature a 4K resolution. Another big debate running on in the Galaxy S 5 forums and on blogs is the chip that Samsung will use. After the release of A7 powered iPhone 5s which has a 64-bit chip, rumours suggested that the S 5 will also have a 64-bit chip but there is a strong case that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will actually be powered by a 32-bit chip because of the Snapdragon 800 CPU mentioned above. Readers may note that while Samsung’s CEO of Mobile Shin Jong-Kyun had recently gone on record by saying "yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," but reports from the Samsung production lines indicate that they are facing issues with the 64-bit processor and S5 may not carry it aboard. The Galaxy S5 is also tipped to have an Adreno 330 GPU.
Another thing to note is that Samsung may drop its marquee AMOLED panel for a more cheaper LCD panel to manage price of the S5. The camera too is going through a major haul on this flagship with rumours of a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensors. The S5 will run on a powerful 4GB of RAM which is not at all surprising as the Note III runs of a wee bit similar architecture with 3GB RAM.
Source : GFXBench