Samsung Galaxy S5 Problems Starts Showing Ahead of Launch Date

Official Samsung Galaxy S5

The government ban on smartphone sales in South Korea  could pressure Samsung into launching the Galaxy S5 earlier than planned. The three major South Korean carriers are being punished for illegal subsidizing with a ban on smartphone sales, including the Samsung Galaxy S5. Due to this, the device won’t go on sale until about two weeks after its planned April 11 launch date.

Although Sammy will debut its flagship phone in about 150 countries simultaneously, postponing the premiere in its home country appears to be undesirable. A source inside South Korea Telecom, the nation’s largest carrier, stated that if the S5 launches after April 5, which is when the government ban will hit the telecom, the smartphone will “have a smaller impact on the market” according to a SK Telecom spokesman. If the S5 debuts on April 11, only LG U+, South Korea’s smallest carrier, will have the opportunity to sell it for a short period between April 11 and 27.

Obviously, this is unacceptable for Samsung. “Although Samsung is a global company, it is based in Korea. It cannot underestimate the impact of the No. 1 carrier SK Telecom.” – an inside source told the Korean Herald, and added – “Samsung is considering rescheduling the release date before April 5 when SK Telecom‘s business suspension starts.”

Another source suggested that an early South Korean launch might affect the global release date as well. Reportedly, the new date is March 27, which is this Thursday. If that’s true, then Samsung and the three carriers will have to hastily put together and promote a launch event. In addition, we doubt that the company has produced enough Galaxy S5 units to meet demand.

Pouring fuel into the fire, a Korean report suggests that Samsung is facing issues with the coating process for the S5’s lens module. Although they are making good progress in fixing these errors, the Korean tech-giant has definitely taken a hit as a result.. Due to these difficulties, the company expects to have between 4 to 5 million units ready at launch, while it originally aimed towards 7 million units. Furthermore, pulling the launch event to March 27 means that the phone will sell for about week and a half until April 5 in South Korea, before sales there are suspended. This sounds like an awkward plan, considering the huge initial demand for the phone.



Ultimately, we advice against holding your breath for a sudden Thursday launch. But who knows, maybe Samsung and the telecoms will figure out a way to circumvent the government ban and bring the Galaxy S5 earlier than expected.

Samsung Officially Unveils The Galaxy S5: 5.1 inch Screen, Fingerprint Scanner, Heart Rate Sensor and more!

Official Samsung Galaxy S5

Once a year, Samsung takes some of its best material and slaps it together into a premium flagship model called the Galaxy S. While 2014’s version — the S5 — came a bit earlier in the year than some earlier iterations, we’re no less excited to see it become the star of the show at Mobile World Congress. The new device will ship in April, although exact pricing and availability are still unknown. It features a refreshed design language, yet anyone who has used a GS phone recently will immediately recognize it as a Samsung flagship.

Despite its familiar design, the GS5 has a few new useful hardware features, including a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and a toned-down TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, however, was that Samsung didn’t overload its prized new smartphone with a heaping dose of new S-branded features. This is a marked departure from the company’s previous strategy of cramming in every software feature under the sun, which leads us to wonder if this is related to Samsung’s recent agreement to dial back the customization it does on Android devices. So what else is new here? Read on for a deeper dive.

SM-G900F_electric BLUE_02

The new Galaxy retains the same 1080p Super AMOLED panel as the GS4; it’s just slightly larger, at 5.1 inches. With this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the viewing experience is pretty much the same as its predecessor. Additionally, the GS5 comes with a swappable back cover, microSD slot and removable 2,800mAh battery, which has a higher capacity than last year’s model. It’s also IP67-certified, which adds an element of water and dust resistance never before enjoyed by Galaxy S users (unless you count the GS4 Active, that is). As a result, the micro-USB 3.0 port at the bottom is protected by a tab that keeps water from getting inside.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung says the back of the GS5 is “leather-like,” which basically means it’s a fancy-looking polycarbonate build. While the company already uses similar design language for the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 edition, the look and feel is slightly different; it’s not quite as soft as the new Notes, and its small divots actually remind us of the original Nexus 7. Though the sides have a metallic finish, company reps confirmed they’re actually made from a blend of polycarbonate and glass fiber. Still, we’re more confident of the durability here than we were with many of Samsung’s previous Galaxy phones.

SM-G900F_shimmery WHITE_01

One of the biggest talking points for the GS5 is that new fingerprint scanner. It’s easy to see this as a response to Apple’s Touch ID implementation in the iPhone 5s, and while it’s hard to say if that was the primary motivation for the new feature, Apple’s not the only manufacturer to have integrated a fingerprint scanner, and we’re sure it won’t be the last. In this case, Samsung’s scanner, which works by swiping your finger down over the home button, has a few handy use cases. In addition to the obligatory phone unlock option, it also lets you fingerprint-protect a private data locker on your phone, in case you have confidential information you don’t want getting out there. Samsung also announced a partnership with PayPal which allows you to make online payments using the fingerprint method. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting to hear back on exactly how Samsung will implement security and privacy concerns with the scanner, so we’ll update you as soon as we know more details.

The other major new hardware feature is the heart rate sensor, which is built into the same rear module as the LED flash. It works in conjunction with S-Health 3.0, which acts as a personal life coach of sorts. To monitor your pulse, hold your finger up to the sensor and leave it there while the phone does the rest of the work. As you continue to do this more often, S-Health remembers your history and even goes through the effort of graphing it and offering up other relevant information. It also acts as a pedometer and food monitor. Samsung plans to offer an open SDK for developers to incorporate the tech into their own apps.

SM-G900F_copper GOLD_02

Of course, Samsung also put some emphasis on the camera as well. In this case, the GS5 comes with a 16-megapixel sensor that features UHD recording capability and real-time HDR (both photos and video) and a couple new modes that we’re excited to review. First, Samsung is introducing a selective focus feature that’s much like Nokia’s Refocus Lens, in which you can change the depth of field on an image after it’s taken. Additionally, it also has “Shot & More,” which is essentially your standard suite of best photo, eraser and drama; the GS4 had the ability to do these modes, but the difficulty was in the fact that you had to know exactly which mode you wanted to use before taking the shot, whereas now you’ll be able to sort those details out after the shot is taken so you’re not wasting extra time. Lastly, there’s also a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front.

The design philosophy behind this version of the Galaxy S involves a modern, glam look, and it even shows in the user interface. It’s still very much a TouchWiz device, but it has a much different appearance than previous versions. It seems to be less in-your-face (again, a likely consequence of Google’s intervention) with fewer tabs and menus. My Magazine is still around, but it’s now accessible by swiping from left to right, not down to up.

SM-G900F_charcoal BLACK_02

The rest of the phone’s stats won’t come as any shock. The GS5 offers a top-of-the-line 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, an IR remote, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+, Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps down/50Mbps up) and your choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage; oddly, 64GB doesn’t appear to be an option, though you can add up to 64GB via a microSD card if needed. All told, it’s very much a run-of-the-mill Galaxy S flagship, but there are enough new hardware features and software tweaks to make it feel fresh.

Meet Samsung’s new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

Samsung’s new crop of Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That’s because Tizen, the company’s open-sourced OS, has taken over the reins for the line begot by the barely five-month-old Galaxy Gear. And, in typical Samsung fashion, the company hasn’t released just one new Gear, but three with very specific areas of focus: the fashionable Gear 2, the functional Gear Neo and fitness-focused Gear Fit. The newly announced trio was on display here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, giving us a chance to get acquainted with their particular quirks and let you know whether or not to free up some space on your wrist.

Based on looks alone, it’s obvious the Gear 2 is Samsung’s new smartwatch flagship. The device not only surpasses its stripped down sibling, the Neo, with the inclusion of a camera just above its 1.63-inch watchface, but it also boasts an all-metal enclosure and removable leather strap. This is in contrast to the Neo’s all-over colorful, plastic design — though it, too, features a swappable strap and even designer support from the likes of Moschino and Nicholas Kirkwood. Their spec differences aside, both the Gear 2 and Neo feature 4GB of internal storage, 300mAh battery, an inbuilt IR blaster (paired with Samsung’s WatchOn app) for controlling your TV, IP67 rating for water-resistance, Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to a portable media player and heart rate monitor to aid with fitness-tracking. That latter health-focused bit even goes as far as “coaching” users, via haptic feedback, to increase or decrease their exercise rate.

Group Gear 2 Gear Neo

So how do these two new Gears differ cosmetically from the original Galaxy Gear that inspired them? For starters, Samsung’s done away with the exposed metal screws of the Galaxy Gear’s front face in favor of a sleeker, seamless finish that gently blends into the band. The home button has been moved to a prominent position just at the base of the touchscreen, while the camera and/or IR blaster (depending on the Gear model) reside just above the top edge. The Gear 2 and Neo also sport a bit of user customization, as both now offer a multitude of wallpaper and font options. As for their charging cradle, Samsung didn’t have any on-hand to show off, but we’ve been told they’ll be different than that of the OG Galaxy Gear’s.

Then there’s the Gear Fit. In this trio of Samsung smartwatch amigos, it’s kind of the oddball, what with its 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display (432 x 128) and narrow focus on health and wellness. The Fit, like its Gear siblings, also features a swappable strap, Bluetooth 4.0 and an IP67 rating for water-resistance, except its battery is rated for longer use at up to four days. Of the bunch, it’s definitely the most physically attractive Gear option and the one we could really see users embracing.


There’ll be no shortage of apps for consumers that plunk down for any of these new Gears. Samsung has stated that it now counts over 100 dedicated apps for its Gear line and with the availability of its open SDK, that number is poised to expand even further. Of course, Samsung’s offering a means of getting to these third-party Gear apps easily via its own curated app store. As for its own pre-loaded selection, Samsung’s made it so that users will have access to the same stable of apps on Samsung’s Gear 2 and Neo: Notifications, Logs, Dialler, Contacts, Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, S Voice, Media Controller, WatchOn Remote, Apps and Settings. While the Fit ditches the IR blaster- and phone-focused apps for the more narrow suite of Notifications, Media Controller, Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, Timer, Stopwatch and Settings.

Samsung Gear 2 Product Specifications

You’re probably wondering when we can expect to see these new Gears hit retail and just how much each is going to cost. Those are both good questions we, unfortunately, don’t have the answer to right now. Samsung would only go on record to say that the Gear 2, Neo and Fit would be available sometime in April, but that still leaves a giant question mark hovering over their respective prices. While that essential bit’s currently an unknown, we’d bet that, given the breadth of this new Gear line, you can expect there’ll be a range of affordability.

Samsung Galaxy S5 live pictures and specs leak!!

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 has just leaked in live photos, specs and details. Some ingenious reader managed to guess the link to a hidden article over and downloaded everything about the upcoming flagship smartphone.

So, the Galaxy S5 packs a 5.0″ SuperAMOLED display with 1080p resolution, not much of an upgrade over its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 6

The camera got a significant update though – it’s now a 16MP one with just 0.3s shot-to-shot time, selective focus and 4K video recording. The Selective Focus seems to be similar to Nokia’s Refocus app – it shoots a picture and you can choose the focus after the fact.

There is also HDR Live – you can now see how the HDR photo will look like even before you take it.

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2

Another new addition is the heart rate monitor placed just below the rear camera under to the LED flash. You just need to put you index finger there and the device will tell you your heart rate. Apparently Samsung Galaxy S5 will focus on fitness apps (S-Health 3.0 on board), especially with Samsung’s newest wearables having a heart rate monitor, too.

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 8

Galaxy S5 will come with a fingerprint sensor (who would have guessed!) and it will be embedded in the Home key. You will need to swipe your finger 8 times to record it and after that you will be able to unlock the S5 with your fingerprint. You can also authorize PayPal payments with just a single swipe of your registered finger.

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 7

Finally, the Galaxy S5 will be water and dust proof. This means we are probably not getting an Active version as it was with the Galaxy S4.

Other specs we managed to collect over all leaked articles are USB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity with download booster mode where you can use both Wi-Fi and LTE for super-fast downloads, Android 4.4 KitKat with support for OK, Google command to launch Google Now anywhere, new TouchWiz skin with flat and round icons (probably the same as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 slate).

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 4

Unfortunately, the design of the Galaxy S5 is nothing ground-breaking. The front looks quite the same as the previous Galaxy S4, though the back features a matte plastic with some dotted texture. If theprevious leak is to be trusted, the Galaxy S5 will become available in black, white and gold colors.

Samsung Galaxy S5 - 3

The official announcement is this evening and we’ll be there to cover it as it unfolds. Stay tuned for our hands-in impressions!

Source: GSMA

[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S5 Coming Tomorrow, What To Expect?

Update: Is this the Galaxy S5 that we see in the background?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Caught on video

Samsung kicked off the MWC with the announcement of the Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but the star of the show will arrive tomorrow – the Galaxy S5. The upcoming flagship is presumably in Barcelona right now and was caught in a short video showing the Gear 2.

Here’s the picture from the video, but don’t look at the watch – there’s a device that looks a lot like a Galaxy S4, except there’s something strange under the camera. The LED flash on the S4 is there, but that’s a small, single LED, while this unknown feature looks as wide as the camera.

We’ll find out tomorrow what that feature is, but here’s something we can tell right now – there will be at least three color versions of the Galaxy S5. There’s a White one, a Black (dark blue?) one and a Gold one. Oh, and it looks like they are all using plastic back panels yet again.

Original Post:

Samsung Brand Shots CES 2014-3

Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching, and it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll be seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 come February 24th. While Samsung has yet to officially confirm that the handset will be shown off at their MWC press conference, their current teasers make it pretty obvious.

Okay, but what exactly can we expect from the Galaxy S5 when it arrives? Sometimes we have such solid, unified rumors that it’s easy to say for sure “this is exactly what the next flagship will offer” . Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those times.

There are a ton of rumors regarding the GS5, and it’s hard to say what the rumor mill got right, and what is flat wrong. Nonetheless, we can at least take a look at some of the most prevalent rumors and reports to come up with at least a rough picture of what the next Galaxy S flagship will offer.


More than one executive has made it clear that the GS5 will be a fairly different animal from the Galaxy S4. In fact, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, recently mentioned that the “display and the feel of the cover” would be the most noticeable changes.

Samsung Galaxy S5 will reportedly come in two variants

So what exactly does that mean? Turning to the rumor mill, we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will reportedly come in (at least) two variants, one with a plastic casing, and the other with at least a partially metallic design.

The former of these models is said to be a base version with slightly lesser specs, and will likely at least somewhat follow the design language introduced with theGalaxy Note 3. If the metal version does in fact exist, it is expected to have more premium specs and may or may not debut under the Galaxy F name.

As for the front of the device? Rumors suggest that the device may have a 2K display, though it is probable that the handset will still rock physical buttons and a design that is pretty close to what we’ve seen from Samsung in the past.

Galaxy S5 Concept


Over the last few months, we’ve heard varying reports about what kind of hardware the Galaxy S5 will pack. At one point, it was believed we’d see an iris scanner, now this is looking unlikely.

Based on the most recent (and likely most accurate) ‘leaks’, the GS5 is expected to debut with a 5.24-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display with 560ppi. It is important to note, however, that a New York Times report claims that the handset will actually have a 1080p display, and not a so-called 2k screen. So which rumor is right? Perhaps both. If Samsung really is preparing two versions of the handset, it is possible that the base model will have a 1080p display and the premium model will instead opt for a 2560×1440 resolution.

Aside from the display, the Galaxy S5 is rumored to come in both a Snapdragon 800(or maybe 805) and an Exynos variant. Other specs include 3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 16MP rear cam, a 3.2MP front cam and a 3200 mAh battery. It’s unknown whether the above-mentioned specs will be roughly the same for both the metal and plastic variants or not.

The new fingerprint scanner will be integrated into the physical home button.

Another new hardware element for the GS5 could be a fingerprint scanner, as several reports have mentioned in the past. Originally we heard that the scanner might somehow be integrated into the display, but a new report from SamMobile tells a different story.

The new fingerprint scanner is now believed to be integrated into the physical home button. Activating the reader will require you to keep your finger flat while swiping across the home button. Reportedly the reader will be able to recognize/store up to 8 different fingerprints.

0211G_KV °¡·ÎÇüfinal


Late last month a report surfaced claiming that Samsung and Google had reached a new agreement that would cause several changes take place in the world of Android.Reportedly, one of these changes would be that Samsung would scale back some of its own ecosystem efforts in order to better represent Google’s vision for Android.

We might see less focus on some Samsung features like the Hub this time around

We don’t know how much this agreement(if it is true) will influence the Galaxy S5’s software, but we do know that leaked GS5 app screenshots have shown off a look that is flatter, more vibrant and has a KitKat-esque design to it.

Some of the leaked images include a redesigned S-Voice app, a new Life logging appand a redesigned S-Health app.


Bottom-line, while Samsung will certainly bring plenty of new software features to the table with the GS5, we might see less focus on some Samsung features like the Hub this time around, and more of a push towards Google services and UI design language.


Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 both have rather impressive cameras, expect the Galaxy S5 to be a pretty big leap forward, at least if all the rumors prove correct.

The Galaxy S5 is expected to feature a 16MP sensor on the back and may evenfeature ISOCELL technology. For those that don’t know what this is, basically this new technology promises increased light sensitivity and higher color fidelity, even in poor lighting conditions.

We also imagine that the Galaxy S5 will include software improvements to better take advantage of the 16MP shooter. Very little information has been leaked about the new software, but we expect that its UI will at least be redesigned to fall in line with the other updated GS5 apps.

samsung galaxy gear aa 20

Galaxy Gear 2 support

Despite the fact that the Galaxy Gear hasn’t been on the market very long, we’ve heard several rumors that indicate the Galaxy S5 will launch alongside a next-gen Galaxy Gear. Whether this is a full-blow successor or just a revised variant remains unclear. If a new version of the Galaxy Gear is on its way, we can expect some form of integration with the Galaxy S5.

Whether this is a full-blow successor or just a revised variant remains unclear.

So why would Samsung release the Galaxy Gear 2 so quickly after the original? Since the first-gen hardwarereceived mixed reviews, it’s possible that the company wants to quickly address their mistakes in order to make a bigger dent in the wearable market.

Keep in mind that we don’t know with any certainty whether or not the Galaxy Gear 2 is really on its way in time for MWC.

Pricing and Availability

It’s obviously too early to say exactly when the Galaxy S5 will hit store shelves, where or how much it will cost. That said, we can look back at Samsung’s history to get a better idea on pricing.

Considering the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 were both $199.99 with two year contract and around $550-600 outright, it’s likely that at least one of the Galaxy S5 models will follow suit. Several rumors have suggested that the premium Galaxy S5 will cost more than past generation Galaxy S handsets, however. How much more is anyone’s guess.

As for availability? Lee Young Hee was quoted not too long ago stating that the Galaxy S5 release date will fall somewhere in March or April. Considering the GS5 will be unveiled at the tail end of February, we imagine early-to-mid March seems likely, but that’s just speculation on our part.

We aren’t so sure on what countries will get the handset when, but we do know that the Galaxy S4 launched with on 327 carriers in 155 countries, so we imagine a similar(or even larger) rollout will occur for the GS5.

Wrap up

Although the Galaxy S4 was a solid handset, there were many folks that felt it was too similar to the Galaxy S3 in terms of design and overall device size (even if the display was larger). We might not know all the specifics about the GS5, but we are fairly confident, based on both rumors and Samsung exec remarks, that the Korean giant is intent on delivering an experience that will truly stand out and take the Galaxy S brand to whole new heights.