Reports: Metal phone, 2K displays, OIS, folding tablet in Samsung's pipeline


Pictures said to depict Samsung's (SSNLF, SSNGY) Galaxy F flagship phone have surfaced. In-line with past rumors - they referred to the phone as the S5 Prime - the pictures show a device with a metal case, a feature users partial to the iPhone's aluminum cases have long clamored for.

Evleaks, generally a reliable source for mobile scoops, reports the Galaxy F will have a 2560x1440 display (also backed by previous rumors), Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 805 CPU, and a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). A September launch is expected. The Galaxy S5 has a 1080p display, and its 16MP camera lacks OIS.

Likewise, SamMobile has reported the Galaxy Note 4 (also expected in the Sep. timeframe) will have a 2K display and a 16MP camera with a Sony OIS module. A mixture of Qualcomm and Samsung processors will be used (similar to the S5).

Korean media, meanwhile, has reported Samsung wants to eventually launch an 8"-9" tablet with an OLED display that can be folded twice to create a smartphone-like form factor in terms of height and width (but probably not thickness). An early 2015 launch is reportedly being eyed.

The Galaxy F/Note 4 reports come with Apple widely expected to launch 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones this fall.

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