Samsung Galaxy S5 due by April, could feature iris scanner

Executive Lee Young Hee's hint at a new cover could mean the s5 wont feature a plastic-clad exterior.

More information has emerged about Samsung’s next flagship release which is expected to be released by April.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the company revealed iris scanning technology could be incorporated into the device in a move that would rival the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint scanner. Samsung also hinted the phone will feature a different (possibly metal) cover and display compared to its predecessor.

Executive vice-president Lee Young Hee says the phone will be released alongside a less "bulky" next generation Galaxy Gear.

“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. When we release our s5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”

As expected, Samsung will also be introducing additional models and features to its lineup to compete with its rivals including lower end models starting at USD$100.

The company posted its first profit decline in nine quarters after sales of its Galaxy S4 drastically fell short of expectations, shipping only 13 million units in the fourth quarter compared to 17 million in the previous three months. The release of the latest flagship is expected to boost the company's market value which has plummeted by USD$20 billion since Q3 2013.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Flickr

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An iris scanner? How will scanning your iris fit in with picking up your phone and unlocking it? I'd love to see how it works, it does not sound convenient or like part of an existing workflow.

Well..when one has 2 year contracts or so, skip a phone or 2. Having a great new phone in the market is not bad at all for customers.

My next phone. I can deal with Touchwiz (by installing a better ROM based on CM) but I can't deal with the lack of MicroSD card reader and removable battery of the Nexus 5.

And I got to admit, I'm a big fan of SuperAMOLED screens used in the Galaxy devices. I hope they will update the design though. Galaxy S3/S4 look dated

ANYTHING to avoid typing in passwords on tiny keyboards would be welcome. I have a fingerprint scanner on my old laptop and the worst that happens is SOMETIMES I have to take .5 seconds to swipe it a 2nd time. If the iris scanner works properly, I would prefer it to the fingerprint I think.

Wow, I remember a couple months ago TechieXP saying how the galaxy 4 will beat the 5s in sales numbers. Even made a get on it. And now we hear about the s4 sales "drastically" falling....I wonder if he will keep his word

stevan said,
Wow, I remember a couple months ago TechieXP saying how the galaxy 4 will beat the 5s in sales numbers. Even made a get on it. And now we hear about the s4 sales "drastically" falling....I wonder if he will keep his word

The Galaxy S3 is still a very capable phone offering good performance. When I had iPhones, I always wanted to get the new one, but I didn't want to replace my S3 for the S4. I will buy the S5 though.

Hell, you can get the phones for free now with an activation apparently. I just sold two Galaxy S4s last night. If you can't move the phones when they don't cost anything, then I just don't know...

myxomatosis said,

The Galaxy S3 is still a very capable phone offering good performance. When I had iPhones, I always wanted to get the new one, but I didn't want to replace my S3 for the S4. I will buy the S5 though.

That's probably because Apple is good at marketing but Samsungs S4 event was stupid beyond words.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

That's probably because Apple is good at marketing but Samsungs S4 event was stupid beyond words.

Honestly I don't care about events Didn't see the S4 event

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I don't care about events Didn't see the S4 event

I watch the events and I like Samsung devices, but Samsung's event put me off the S4 big time.

Seems to be that with more power comes more bloat from Samsung. Maybe they might think about slimming down this fat boy after the usable space complains on the S4?

macoman said,
The S5 will also incorporating a new 64bit processor. Rumors saying.

Which again, just like the A7 in the iPhone 5S, was just a side effect of moving to the ARMv8 architecture. So in of itself, 64-bit is still not the import thing to make note of. Especially when the Android OS will still be running 32-bit.

SK[ said,]Seems to be that with more power comes more bloat from Samsung. Maybe they might think about slimming down this fat boy after the usable space complains on the S4?

Seriously, instead of including all these useless apps in the firmware they could just make them optional installs. Would free up a TON of space.

You know, I haven't heard one word about the iPhone fingerprint scanner since it was launched, which I think speaks volumes.

It's because HTC failed after trying to launch their own version a month later, so everyone else was scared to try..again.

Mr.XXIV said,
It's because HTC failed after trying to launch their own version a month later, so everyone else was scared to try..again.

What does HTC launching a phone with a fingerprint scanner have to do with no one talking about the iPhone fingerprint scanner?

Zagadka said,
You know, I haven't heard one word about the iPhone fingerprint scanner since it was launched, which I think speaks volumes.

?

It's just an everyday thing for those who use it. Those who've mentioned it have seemed to like its accuracy and convenience. Is there much more to say about it?

InsaneNutter said,

What does HTC launching a phone with a fingerprint scanner have to do with no one talking about the iPhone fingerprint scanner?

Jesus Christ..BECAUSE NO ONE HAS TALKED ABOUT THE FINGERPRINT SCANNER. There's no one after it.

Zagadka said,
You know, I haven't heard one word about the iPhone fingerprint scanner since it was launched, which I think speaks volumes.

Because it works pretty well. If it started malfunctioning for everybody, that would be news.

Tigurinn said,
According to Forbes it works for the majority, fails for 20% of the users. http://www.forbes.com/sites/an...-of-users-heres-what-to-do/

But I would upgrade from my iPhone 4 if they were to open it up - I would love it if I could finally get rid of remembering different passwords to different websites and web logins (would be great if they implemented it into the trackpad on their laptops)

ICloud Keychain does a really good job at remembering passwords and doing autofill in forms for me.

Ahh, ok thanks. Haven't really studied the iCloud Keychain, and I have a PC so I let LastPass log me into my email, but I use the same password for other sites (not really that many).

But I just don't trust the cloud for my passwords and personal info, which is why I would much, much rather prefer it to be stored locally on my devices

Tigurinn said,
But I would upgrade from my iPhone 4 if they were to open it up - I would love it if I could finally get rid of remembering different passwords to different websites and web logins (would be great if they implemented it into the trackpad on their laptops)

Apple? Open anything up? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Good one!

Zagadka said,
You know, I haven't heard one word about the iPhone fingerprint scanner since it was launched, which I think speaks volumes.

I haven't heard you talk about the locks on your house/car either. I'm thinking we must go deeper!!

Zagadka said,
You know, I haven't heard one word about the iPhone fingerprint scanner since it was launched, which I think speaks volumes.

Not sure if your post is supposed to be positive or negative.

There's not a lot to be said for the fingerprint scanner. It works. It's a convenient feature.

It saves time and it's a great feature, but it won't rock anyone's world.

lol I'm talking about an OS that Samsung will bloat. Idk if they're still using TouchWiz and whatnot since I'm an iOS user. But I'm hoping there aren't that many complaints anymore.