Galaxy S5 will have fewer gimmicks than S4, source says

Samsung is planning a more low key launch for the Galaxy S5, according to a source, with fewer gimmicky features.

If you're chomping at the bit to see what Samsung has in store for its Galaxy S5 smart phone in a couple of weeks… maybe stop reading now. That's because Samsung has a much more low key event planned, with fewer extra features and gimmicks than the S4, according to one tipster.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 at New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall. Some critics accused the handset of being too gimmicky, with too many features added on for the sake of it. Now "a person in the smart phone industry with knowledge of the plans" told The New York Times that Samsung will be playing it safer this time.

The Galaxy S5 will feature design enhancements and other improvements, the source said, but Samsung is betting on more belt and braces features like a new version of its Knox security software. It's hoped this will make the S5 an attractive prospect for business users.

And that eyeball scanner? The one that'll let you unlock your phone just by looking at it? That's not going to make an appearance, according to the source. Neither will the 4K screen we've heard rumoured.

So what can we expect? The source -- who's been briefed on the Galaxy S5 -- says a better camera and a more powerful processor is on the cards. Ho-hum.

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S5 at its Unpacked event on 24 February. That's at the start of Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest phone fair. Samsung is also set to pull back the curtain on a new version of its Galaxy Gear smart watch, according to the source.

Earlier this week, another tipster said the S5 would have a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,440x2,560 pixels. That would give it a pixel per inch rating of 560ppi, which would shame the iPhone 5S's 326ppi.

This is all hearsay at the moment, so I'd take it all with a pinch of salt.

I've contacted Samsung for comment, and will update this story if I hear back.

What do you reckon Samsung will do with the S5? And is it madness to release a new version of the S4 just before the S5 launches? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Update: A spokesperson for the company told me Samsung does not comment on rumour or speculation. 

Tags:
Phones
Samsung
About the author

    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.

     

    ARTICLE DISCUSSION

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Don't Miss
    Hot Products
    • Samsung Galaxy S5

      The Galaxy S5 has a bright display, quad-core processor, and an excellent camera. $168.00 4.5 stars
    • Google Chromecast

      Google's £30 Chromecast streams iPlayer, Netflix and more to your TV. $28.95 3.5 stars
    • Sony Xperia Z2

      If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place. 4.5 stars
    • Samsung UE55H8000

      Supremely stylish and bursting with features, the UE55H8000 is very pricey. 3.5 stars
    • HTC One M8

      Elegant style, raw power and sophisticated features make the HTC One M8 an excellent choice. $149.99 4.5 stars
    Trending on CNET

    Hot on CNET

    The Next Big Thing

    Consoles go wide and far beyond gaming with power and realism.