Samsung Galaxy S5 pictures leak ahead of reveal

The Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain is underway and we've seen a lot of cool announcements so far. One of the most eagerly awaited releases is the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latest iteration of the wildly popular phone.

Although the announcement is still a few hours away, pictures of the new phone have leaked thanks to Twitter user SaudiAndroid. The first thing you'll notice is that the phone is BIG. It's not quite as big as the Galaxy Note 3, but is significantly larger than the Galaxy S4 (which was bigger than the S3). At this rate, we'll need larger pockets to house our phones. The back appears to be textured and is covered with indentations to help improve grip, but we can't tell if it's metal or plastic. As expected, the Galaxy S5 has followed the current trends and gone with flat icons on the screen.

One of the cool features the leak revealed is that the Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified, meaning it can be submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes without any negative impact. That could reduce the need for many people to purchase an Otterbox or a few pounds of rice.

On the video/photo side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S5 supports UHD video (3840x2160). In addition, the camera has "selective focus," allowing you to take a picture now and decide what should be in focus later. The phone also looks like it has a fingerprint reader and a heartbeat monitor.

We should be hearing the official release and seeing higher quality images later today.

Source: Twitter via RedmondPie | Images Courtesy of @SaudiAndroid and RedmondPie

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Why are there trends with UI styles? I often find it really tiring how companies essentially design their themes according to what's in vogue.

riahc3 said,
If all their S5 (Mini, Galaxy Pro, etc) variants come with waterproofing, we could have a winner here.

Xperia Z doesn't seem to be taking much from Samsung at this point, so you may be right.

Couldn't give a monkeys what the back of it looks like. If it's a winning performer, I'll be getting me a nice case to go round it anyway so it wont even be noticed.

Funnily enough, I prefer to look at the front. Especially with a hot girl as a wallpaper.
My S3 is the white version. Not that you'd notice as I've got a damn fine Otterbox for it, and a good job it does too.

"larger than the Galaxy S4 (which was bigger than the S3)"

Actually the S4 is smaller (slightly narrower and 1mm less thick) than the S3 while cramming in a bigger display.

That said, if that is really the S5 I definitely won't be upgrading. I desperately hope that the eventual S5 Mini will actually be a 4.3-4.5" compact phone with S4 like internals.

LaXu said,
"larger than the Galaxy S4 (which was bigger than the S3)"

Actually the S4 is smaller (slightly narrower and 1mm less thick) than the S3 while cramming in a bigger display.

That said, if that is really the S5 I definitely won't be upgrading. I desperately hope that the eventual S5 Mini will actually be a 4.3-4.5" compact phone with S4 like internals.


Wow, you're right -- it just looks so much larger because of the screen.

Same old recycled design from Samsung as usual. It's uninspired and tiring.
Samsung's repetitive and overused design is more than enough to put me into sleep.

Can't wait for them to release the "Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Neo Hyper-Intergalactic edition"...

Edited by Jollibee, Feb 24 2014, 3:42pm :

You must think Apple products are disgusting and old, repetitive, tiring, and uninspired as well.

Hey will Apple come out with two phones. Wait they did and one didn't sell so they had to discontinue it.

Looks horrible, but then again at this point I dont think anyone is expecting decent design from Samesung. Cant wait for them to demo all the features they have copied from their competitors.

I guess the front side is awesome because the back side is aweful :-/
Is the phone on the right the S4 (for comparison purporses)?

daniel_rh said,
I guess the front side is awesome because the back side is aweful :-/
Is the phone on the right the S4 (for comparison purporses)?

Yep.

Syanide said,
Looks awful, but nothing new there.

It... really is awful isn't it. Sometimes I think I take my iPhone for granted, but just look at one compared to that monstrosity!

Master of Earth said,
I never purchase any of the product related to samsung. Simply way too shenanigan after what they have done.

Happy Samsung customer here.

Much happier with my Note 2 than I was with my iPhone 3GS (I hate Apple's walled garden and now stale OS, but they were the best for about two years) and my Motorola Atrix (damn locked bootloader).

What shenanigans have they done that warrant not buying from them? Sony has Rootkits. Motorola has locked bootloaders. Apple is just play douchey. What about Samsung?

wernercd said,

What shenanigans have they done that warrant not buying from them? Sony has Rootkits. Motorola has locked bootloaders. Apple is just play douchey. What about Samsung?

The Android support? In my opinion, the operating system is half the smartphone, and Samsung Galaxy S3 won't get Android 4.4 KitKat. That is a phone which is just 1.5 years old. And that's the problem besides crapping all over the operating system with Samsung apps.

I don't use Android, but if I would, I would go Google.

Compared to other Android manufacturers, Samsung does a pretty good providing updates IMO. Plus, they use Qualcomm and have good developer backing.

Google you say? They have a 18 month policy for support. Their battery life (non-replaceable) is really bad.

Maybe try android and you will have a better informed post.

Northgrove said,

Samsung Galaxy S3 won't get Android 4.4 KitKat. That is a phone which is just 1.5 years old.

That is only for Google devices. OEMs can support their phones for however long they choose.

techbeck said,

That is only for Google devices. OEMs can support their phones for however long they choose.

If Samsung releases a ROM for the Galaxy S III, it would be for all variants. Its up to your carrier to make it available to you. After all, they make more money selling you a new phone vs making the old one as good as new.

Also, in that list of phones, not all of those devices have Google Editions so you are simply WRONG!

Last I cjeck, the Galaxy S 4 is the only one that has a Google Edition

"That's version 4.4.2, otherwise known as "KitKat". According to a Samsung USA press release sent to SamMobile and other media outlets today, a total of 14 Galaxy smartphones and tablets will gain access to KitKat. That includes the Galaxy S III, which was first launched in May 2012.

The full list includes:
• Galaxy Note 3
• Galaxy Note II
• Galaxy S4
• Galaxy S4 mini
• Galaxy S4 Active
• Galaxy S4 zoom
• Galaxy S III
• Galaxy S III mini
• Galaxy Mega
• Galaxy Light
• Galaxy Note 8.0
• Galaxy Tab 3
• Galaxy Note 10.1
• Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
"

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
snip

What are you talking about? I wasnt commenting on GPE editions. I made a comment on Google offering updates for 1.5 years on their devices while OEMs have the option to support for longer.

Seriously, read first before you start yelling WRONG at people.

That could reduce the need for many people to purchase an Otterbox or a few pounds of rice.

I would negate the purchase of an otterbox if the phone can be forcefully thrown against a filing cabinet and come out unscratched or at the very least unshattered...it can with the otter box...in a fit of rage with my wife I threw my s4 encased with an otterbox against a filing cabinet. The phone survived without even a scratch.

sc302 said,

I would negate the purchase of an otterbox if the phone can be forcefully thrown against a filing cabinet and come out unscratched or at the very least unshattered...it can with the otter box...in a fit of rage with my wife I threw my s4 encased with an otterbox against a filing cabinet. The phone survived without even a scratch.

I think you need anger management therapy....or a new wife.

Hello,

sc302 said,

in a fit of rage with my wife I threw my s4 encased with an otterbox against a filing cabinet.

That actually worries me...

Hope it was actually at your cabinet and not at your wife.

After working at a phone retailer where we sold one of the other waterproof Samsung Galaxy Active variants I will never again trust the Samsung waterproofing a phone. Nearly all of them that came into contact with water were damaged anyway.

Can wait, but so far the design is definitely not what I expected from the back. I think it will be only a minor face lift.

(Spork) said,
that back plate is horrible looking
complain complain complain!
You didn't like the Faux Leather look, you don't like this one, you didn't like the plain back cover on the III and 4. What the heck? Can you make something better? I would prefer not to have metal. It scars, it scratches and the only fix is replace.

Why does it even matter when you can buy your own cover or buy a case for it? Geez.

(Spork) said,
my htc one is metal and guess what no case and NO scratches
Yea and you're babying it too. I've had an iPhone. Stop trying to act like metal or glass phone are indestructible...because they aren't.

Also I have no way of knowing whether you use a case or not and actually it doesn't even matter.