Report: "Premium" Galaxy S5 to feature curved display, metal case

South Korea's ET News reports (translation) a "premium" version of Samsung's (SSNLF, SSNGY) Galaxy S5 will feature a 5" curved display and a metal case, while a standard model will have a flat display and plastic case. Initial production volumes for the S5 are reportedly set for January, but mass production won't start until February-March.

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Round, a phone with a curved 5.7" display, in limited volumes. The electronics giant argues curved displays are more durable, offer better viewing angles, and (for large phones) are easier to grip than flat ones.

The S5 is also said to feature an ultra high-res display (previous), a 64-bit ARM CPU (Apple just put one into the iPhone 5S), a 16MP camera, 3GB of RAM, and (take this one with a grain of salt) a massive 4,000 mAh battery.

S4 component suppliers that could benefit from an early S5 launch include Synaptics (SYNA), Universal Display (OLED - would also benefit from a higher-res screen), Anadigics (ANAD), and RF Micro (RFMD).

S4 sales started off strong, but failed to meet lofty expectations due to a demand shift towards cheaper Android phones. The S5 will face competition from a slew of Chinese firms offering Android phones with high-end specs and mid-range pricing.

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  • Esekla
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    I wonder how these particular suppliers were selected for mention? There seem to be many, many possibilities for most of the components.
    29 Nov 2013, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    SYNA, OLED, ANAD, and RFMD have been exposed enough to S4 sales to see their shares move on S4-related news/commentary. That was the main criteria.
    29 Nov 2013, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Can't help but think the name S5 is a cheap attempt by Samsung to confuse the consumer with the iphone 5S. Can't rule it out. They are losing the war and will resort to anything they think will work. In the end, too little too late.
    29 Nov 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • Bluismycat
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    @Jack Baker
    How can you possibly come up with a comment like that???
    Samsung have had the Galaxy S, S2, S3 and S4. Logically, chronologically, numerically, so of course, OBVIOUSLY the next iteration is the Galaxy S5.


    Oh! I see. When Samsung first started making the Galaxy series smartphone they thought...
    "down the track , say in 2013, AAPL will have the iPhone 5S so we will be able to create confusion in the market, with the consumers, by naming the phone the S5! Aren't we just wonderful, evil geniuses!?! "


    30 Nov 2013, 06:08 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Chop..... Just like u troll most AAPL threads.
    30 Nov 2013, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • Bluismycat
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    OMG! How can you defend such a comment. By doing so you have just put yourself under the same hubris umbrella as Jack Baker. Ok OK you did not say anything about Jack's comment but by attacking the person who made on obvious comment and just showed his frustration about something that is so ARE defending him!


    Sometimes I am just flabbergasted at peoples reasoning. This one just about takes the cake! I would be roflmao if it wasn't so So SO sad.
    30 Nov 2013, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Bluis...... Really don't understand what you are trying to say here. I typically don't make comments on threads that discuss corps that I don't invest in but if all did that no comment would have been made by me. Wasn't even referring to nor defending Jack's comment just to one comment that apparently was deleted for whatever reason.


    Since it was deleted I suppose you must misunderstood my intent. "Takes the cake" is way over the top but, again, I assume you must have misunderstood.


    BTW, love cats!
    1 Dec 2013, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • arigbuy
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    GSMArena says this is a standard GSM phone, without LTE. That means it should work in the US on AT&T and on the parts of T-Mobile's network that have been converted to standard GSM.
    18 Jan 2014, 10:14 AM Reply Like
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