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Possible Galaxy S5 spotted in benchmarks with 2K screen, 2.5GHz chip

updated 05:06 pm EST, Wed December 4, 2013

Samsung's next flagship may have appeared in benchmarks

The newest version of Samsung's Galaxy S line of flagship devices may well have appeared in online benchmark tests. Fone Arena on Wednesday pointed to new results from GFXBench, showing an as-yet-unannounced Samsung device with the model number SM-G900S. If the device shown off were to prove to be Samsung's next flagship handset, it would signal a huge push on the part of the manufacturer to differentiate its gadgets, as the handset in the benchmarks appears to sport a 2K resolution screen.

The device in the benchmarks sports a 2K display outputting at 2560 x 1440. On a 5.25-inch display, that would work out to a pixel density of 560ppi, far beyond just about any device on the market.

Other specs for the device include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, as well as an Adreno 330 GPU. The device is also said to be running Android 4.4 KitKat, though it is uncertain whether Samsung would have successfully ported the new Google operating system to its devices already, as KitKat was only released a short time ago.

Android devices appear on the verge of a spec war, as more than one manufacturer is said to be considering 2K screens for its smartphones in the next year. The year after that may see the display resolution wars step up even further, as Samsung has hinted that it could roll out 4K displays in 2015.

In addition to high resolution displays, manufacturers are upping the resolution on their cameras as well. Samsung is said to be developing a 20MP camera sensor for inclusion in its 2014 devices.

Next year's Samsung flagships may also see increased processing power. Samsung has promised 64-bit processing for high-end Galaxy devices in the next year It may take some time for their full consumer benefit to emerge, though, as Android does not currently support 64-bit processing.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    It seems like the thing to do for Samsung innovation is to push the resolution limits so far beyond human visual perception that they can claim the biggest specs. (literally, you will need huge specs to just even see the detail)

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-07-07

    And this is why Apple has gone away from focusing on the spec list of their products. Anyone can then produce a product that exceeds some spec list. But how it works and functions is the important part. I don't care how many pixels my screen has. I care that it looks great, and the phone is responsive, and the battery lasts as long as possible.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-27-11

    Next Samsung will show off a spec sheet bullet point with 4x the number on iPhones. Look folks we have 4 times more features that anyone. It's like windows when touch can initiate a command in windows eight different ways within the OS. lol

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    But the Droidboyz love specs. They treasure them like gold. They like to say how long their devices feature list is because more is always better. Bigger is better. More is better. That's the Android device credo. More features for much less money. The whole industry reasons that the more features you can pack in an Android smartphone makes it that much better than an iPhone. The only problem with that is that most of those features only go into the highest-end Android smartphones and the rest of the mid- to low-end Android smartphones are crap. Of course, when the news media says that all Android companies combined outsell the iPhone about 200 to 1 they don't consider that most of those Android smartphone ares low-cost crap sold to people barely surviving in third-world countries.

    Let Samsung pack the Galaxy S5 with features galore. It still doesn't mean they're going to sell a record number of them. Consumers only have but so much money to spend every year on smartphones. Galaxy S4 sales fell short because so many Android users were buying the older but less expensive Galaxy S III which they found more than satisfactory. Features alone don't guarantee high smartphone sales because most consumers aren't feature junkies.

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