Samsung's Galaxy S5 'will have 2K display, fingerprint scanner'

Samsung's Galaxy S5 'will have 2K display, fingerprint scanner'

Summary: More details of the forthcoming S5 have emerged, thanks to leaked images of file names supposedly from the device.

TOPICS: Samsung, Android, MWC

Leaked screenshots suggest Samsung will stick with convention for the naming of its next flagship.

According to @evleaks, a Twitter leaker with a good track record of revealing details of unreleased smartphones, Samsung will stick with the nomenclature that's worked for past flagships, with the latest to be called the Galaxy S5.

Although it would make sense for Samsung to continue with tradition, the company doesn't confirm the name until the device is released.

Samsung has been tipped to be equipping the S5 with a QHD 2K display, which appears to be borne out by two images posted by evleaks of the S5's APK files. The file names may also point to a 3D viewer and QHD display — '3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk' — on the device as well as a possible fingerprint scanner, suggested by the 'FingerprintService.apk' file name. The reference to WQHD suggests the S5 a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

The resolution is consistent with benchmarks for a mystery Samsung device that surfaced late last year and were thought to be for the Galaxy S5.

Samsung has also been rumoured to be building an eye-scanner, with execs teasing the possibility by telling Bloomberg recently that people were fascinated by the iris recognition technology. But the APK file could mean Samsung, like Apple, is going with fingerprints as its biometric of choice after all.

Samsung was initially thought to be releasing the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month but seemed to deny that afterwards, with an exec claiming the launch will happen at its own event in March or April — the period in which Samsung has released previous versions of the Galaxy S.

Earlier screenshots supposedly of the Galaxy S5 also leaked by @evleaks pointed to the S5 getting a Windows-like Magazine UX make-over in place of its current TouchWiz UI. However, that may not see the light of day if a report this week by Re/code is correct.

Samsung has reportedly acquiesced to Google's request to fall in line with its vision for Android and ditch or modify Magazine UX that featured on Galaxy NotePro, which reviewers noted looked more like Windows than the Android KitKat OS it is actually running on. 

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Topics: Samsung, Android, MWC

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  • There are good innovations and bad ones

    The good ones survive to the pass of time, the bad ones normally have some adoption while they are "fashionable" and disappear with time.
    I might be wrong, but fingerprint scanners on smartphones (as in PCs) is one of those worthless ideas.... time will tell.
    • Yup, if it ain't secure it won't last

      Fingerprint scanners have been fooled and hacked repeatedly, and that will only continue. There's no reason to trust biometrics for anything that require security.
      • For a consumer device, fingerprint

        biometrics are perfectly fine.
        • Especially For Something In Your Pocket

          Maybe your phablet or ipad or laptop won't be on you at all times, but your phone is, especially a reasonably-sized phone. So first you have to steal the device. Then you have to make or have made a fake fingerprint, BEFORE I get to another device (probably in my bag or in the possession of my spouse) before they put it in lost/stolen mode.

          The fingerprint scanner on the 5s is really fast, and very reliable, so of course I didn't complain when my employer installed a provisioning profile that required a monstrously monstrous pin to log in (12 digits minimum).

          I think it's a big improvement. Sure you can probably hack it, if you really want to, but you'll be prying it out of my cold, dead hand.
    • That's kind of the definition of "innovation"

      You can add all kinds of features to a device... that doesn't make them innovations. We look back on something being innovative with an eye on the history. Small changes aren't innovations... everyone expects things like faster CPUs, more memory, more pixels, etc. Something really new might be an innovation... or it might wind up on the "worst of the year" list. When you do something interesting enough to be judged an innovation, you also open up the chance of it being just a stupid idea.. again, once viewed through the lens of time.
  • Your logic is sound

    But on my iPhone I find find fingerprint security highly timesaving. Even for purchases I welcome it. If innovation is done well to the point of having a high percentage of success in its works, that innovation will get assimilated everywhere.
    • I agree, but...

      My only complaint is that as karma for all the years people accused Android and their handset makers of "copying" Apple, now that Apple has lost it's lead (and with it, control of the mobile paradigm) it's been forced to copy Android features.

      So it would be a shame for Samsung to copy this Apple feature.

      I don't accuse Apple of stealing the fingerprint scanner from the Motorola Atrix, because it was big and awkward there - Apple solved all problems entirely with the most beautifully integrated fingerprint scanner I've ever seen that reportedly works excellently.
      • That has always been Apple's modus

        operandi: Take something that exists, and refine it to where it doesn't suck.
      • Not so much

        It might actually become a standard feature on smartphones.
      • Whoops

        Accidentally ended that last one without saying anything. I have a seven-year-old HP laptop with a fingerprint sensor. Never worked as well as I'd require to find it a useful feature, but it did work.

        Of course, HP didn't bring this to smartphones... Motorola did. The Android powered Atrix was actually the first smartphone, at least recently, to offer this. Not Apple... they're just the latest in a long history.

        That's not to blast Apple, either... lots of engineers and even regular folks can recognize the value of such a simple idea. Turning that idea into something that really works is a different story. If Apple nailed this in a way that really works, versus the Atrix, they may have re-invigorated that one element in smartphones. But it's just as possible that Apple didn't get it right, but suggested to other companies how it should be done. That happens at least as often.
      • apple

        Apple has copied from other companies for years with smart phone and decades with computers. People pay the over priced costs for the name.
  • finger print & eyel scanning

    We tend to forget that our cell phones do constant broadcasts or pings to the towers to aid in finding you for that urgent text. In view of recent info on how those in gov't feel we are all so interesting that they must know everything we do. Do you really want to send them your finger print & eye print?
    • Um

      The government got my thumbprint when I got a driver's license. Fingerprints are required to apply for some jobs.

      Plus, the 5s does not transmit data when validating access and does not store a literal image of the fingerprints the owner provides it.

      I cannot tell you when it's time to feel safe. I can only offer you some points with which you may adjust your assumptions and reasoning.

      (Disclaimer, I went with a 5c this cycle, as I thought more storage was a better deal for my $100.)
      • Drivers licenses are racist

        so say every liberal against photo ID.
        • Ignorance ain't pretty

          If you think liberals are against driver's license, you've been eating the wrong drugs. No one's against photo driver's licenses. After all, a driver's license isn't a right, it's a privilege.... you can offer up the information your state requires to get that license, or you can not, and then not drive. Your choice.

          What liberals oppose is the use of ID as a means to restrict voting. Unlike driving, voting is a Constitutionally guaranteed right. There's no requirement in the Constitution for you to pay money to get a license or other form of ID in order to vote. In fact, the Constitution forbids any kind of mandatory expense to allow you to vote -- it's your right.

          Some Red States have been using the fear of voter fraud (which fundamentally does not exist, at least not in this form -- virtually all voter fraud is done via mail-in ballots) in an attempt to disenfranchise some voters... those most likely to vote Democratic. That is what your liberal buddies are opposing. Not even slightly hard to understand this problem, particularly since many prominent Republicans working on these laws have openly stated their main goal is to reduce the Democratic vote.
    • Fingerprints are redundant

      Your operator already knows your name as part of your contract, and all it takes for the white van to track you is a polite request. Assuming that evil Samsung does send your fingerprint straight to the NSA, how would that help?
      • Duh...

        The point of the fingerprint isn't to prove to your network operator who your phone is... the point is to prove to your phone who your are.
  • As a GS3 owner who will be upgrading about when this is launched...

    ...I like the idea of the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone, Apple solved the problem of it being bulky and ugly and unweildy on the old Android Atrix phone.

    That being said, Samsung and Google have enjoyed a few karma-laden years of Apple needing to copy Android and Samsung features to remain competitive as the smartphone paradigm IS always steered by the market leader (whomever holds majority marketshare - people vote with their wallets).

    Accordingly, it would almost be disappointing to see Samsung copying this Apple feature - even if it's a good one, even if I could and would use it.
    • behind the times.

      Apple has been behind in mobile tech since the the I4. They are almost 2 generations behind their competitors. They have been surviving on Steve Jobs drive and the fanboys. At the rate they are going their smartphones are going to be like the computers, second rate tech for top of the line price.