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For the last several years Samsung has refreshed its primary Galaxy S line in the spring and the Galaxy Note in the fall, and it looks like the company isn't going to break that streak in 2014. Speaking to Bloomberg, Samsung's Vice President of Mobile Lee Young Hee confirmed that the "S5" would arrive before the end April. "We've been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March or April, and we are still targeting for release around that time," she said.

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Samsung Executive Vice President of Mobile Lee Young Hee. Photo credit: AllThingsD

So what's new in the Galaxy S5, which Hee seems to have confirmed as the name of the new device? Aside from the usual specification bump and software adjustments, you can rely on a new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch as well.

When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved. -Lee Young Hee

That may come as a surprise to some observers - the current Galaxy Gear was released alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in September, which would make it just over 6 months old if a new model comes in April. Perhaps more importantly, it would be less than 6 months old when Samsung announces the successor sometime in March, if the company repeats its rough schedule for the Galaxy S4 and S III. While the general tech media zeitgeist is that the Galaxy Gear is a somewhat unfinished first-generation product, that would still leave a lot of unhappy customers with an "outdated" model less than half a year after purchasing their $300 space age electronic watch. Lee also said that Samsung is preparing at least one other wearable device for release in 2014, though she declined to give any further details.

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That leaves just one more question: what new features will the Galaxy S5 have? Lee made a leading statement about iris scanning technology, without explicitly stating that the next Galaxy revision would use it.

Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.

An iris scanner would make sense, if only because Samsung needs something to one-up Apple and the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. Presumably it could be a way to quickly get past the standard phone lock screen, though I'm sure Samsung could think of other ways to integrate it into Android and/or TouchWiz.

Dedicated Samsung customers may be more pleased to hear that the company is considering a more radical departure from its usual design language this year. Lee admitted that the tepid redesign from the Galaxy S III to the Galaxy S4 may have hurt sales, and she says that the S5 will shake things up again. Samsung posted its first profit dip in over two years this week, which may jolt the company out of what many consider its plastic-focused design rut.

When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big. For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.

Reading between the lines, one can't help but recall the faux leather rear cover of the Galaxy Note 3 and subsequent Samsung phones and tablets when Lee mentions "the feel of the cover." That might not create the excited consumer reaction that Samsung is hoping for with the S5. A bump in screen resolution seems like an obvious upgrade - the S III and S4 increased both the size and resolution of their screens over the previous models.

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This is the first time we've heard a Samsung representative talk openly about the company's plans for the Galaxy S5. As the March-April timeframe draws nearer, you can expect to see more information (both official and unofficial) about what is likely to be 2014's best-selling Android phone.

Source: Bloomberg

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    A $300 watch outdated in under six months? Ouch.

    • MJ

      I would assume anyone who purchased a Galaxy Gear watch read a couple of reviews but still spent $300 so it was no biggie for them. Don't feel sorry for them...

    • Matthew Fry

      Based on AP's own Galaxy Gear review, I had the impression it was a rush job trying to profit off of hype. I don't think it convinced anyone not on the smartwatch bandwagon already to take the plunge. Maybe this new one will be Android instead of Samsung compatible.

    • ProductFRED

      I'm not trying to insult anyone who bought one, but those people definitely overpaid for one in the first place. Do you REALLY need a portable computer with a camera on your wrist to check the time? I mean what's the point? You get notifications of things, and then what? You have to pull out your phone anyway to respond to most of them. And the price tag is just the cherry on top. Granted, it's no one's fault that it's already "outdated", but buying it in the first place was pretty stupid move IMO.

      • Mystery Man

        I think that's kind of how tech works as stated in the diffusion of innovations theory. I believe we refer to them as early adopters.

        • Serge Cebrian

          yep this way tech companies know what to address for the next iteration cycle.

          but still OUCH

        • Mike Reid

          Pioneers get arrows. :)

  • hot_spare

    *Only* Android manufacturer making profit. And possibly, only company that can keep google in check.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      HTC just posted a profit, even if it wasn't as much as analysts wanted. Motorola's earnings are no longer reported separately, I don't believe, so we don't know much in regards to them.

      • Drew M

        I think the mobile divisions of LG, Asus, and Sony are also profitable. Motorola seems to be slowly getting there too--especially as they build up their branding outside of the Verizon market and beyond the US. And I see it as Google keeping Samsung in check. Samsung is the only entity presently capable of truly forking Android.

      • jak_341

        HTC posted a narrow profit, but that included the Beats Audio stake sale. From BGR, "HTC reported another dismal Christmas quarter, posting a razor-thin $10 million unaudited net profit that missed analysts’ expectations by $12 million. And that profit was only achieved thanks to the company’s $265 million sale of its stake in Beats Electronics." Without that sale, they post 255 million loss for the quarter. Bottom line: HTC is in dire straits.

        • Matthew Fry

          Sad since the One is a fantastic Android device and they are so enthusiastic about updating their current lineup to Kit Kat.

    • MJ

      How does Samsung making money keep Google in check? Why is their a need to for Samsung to keep Google in check?

      Samsung doing well helps Google and Samsung benefits from Google's mobile OS and app store so it's a mutually beneficial relationship. Samsung has no real say in the direction of Android or control of the app store.

      Samsung really does nothing special... Ok phones with bloated software that mainly sell well due to good marketing.

      What keeps Google in check is the other mobile platforms (iOS, Windows, etc.).

    • KingofPing

      "*Only* Android manufacturer making profit."

      Um, no.

    • Jacob Martin

      A company that really benefits from all of this is Microsoft with their Android fee.

  • Andrei

    Who wants an iris scanner? They just ran out of ideas and they're pushing this as something "people are fanatical about". Sheesh...

    • Christopher Robert

      The NSA wants you to want an iris scanner.

    • Marcell Lévai

      The same people who need a fingerprint scanner on their phone ;)

    • Mystery Man

      well dual factor authentication is required for some government/corporate jobs. Adding a biometric factor just helps.

      • CoreRooted

        I *have* to carry an iPhone 5s for my job and to be honest, the fingerprint scanner is probably the best feature of the phone. I *hated* my BB and the required 12 character password. Every. Single. Time. I. Powered. On. The. BB.

        An Iris scanner (or any type of true bio-metric security) would help Android push iPhones out of secure environments just that much more.

        • didibus

          But iris scanner is a bit weirder, because you'd have to bring the phone up to your face. Also, the iphone 5s fingerprint scanner is awfully unsecure from what I heard, like if someone has your phone, he can replicate your fingerprint from the screen surface and then use it to unlock the phone. I thought it was mostly a way for normal people to have a bit more security yet not have them write a complicated password.

          • CoreRooted

            No more odd than the Face Unlock is (seriously, does anyone even use that???). As I understand it, iris scanners typically have a 0-100cm scanning range. So, it's not actually that close.

            The fingerprint scanner is actually fairly secure. Can someone replicate your prints? Sure. However, Apple was actually a bit clever with it. You can store up to 10 prints for the scanner. What our policy dictates is that You cannot use the thumb, index or secondary finger from your dominant hand. Obviously, it's a policy, so no one follows it, but it's there in writing. The other nice thing is that if the device is restarted, you MUST enter in your password before the fingerprint scanner becomes active again. Whilst I *hate* Apple, I do have to say they have done fairly well with the fingerprint scanner (and it pains me greatly to say that lol).

          • Leonardo Farage Freitas

            "0-100cm"? You added a zero by mistake perhaps?

            "[...] An iris scan is similar to taking a photograph and can be performed from about 10 cm to a few meters away.[...]" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_recognition).

          • CoreRooted

            Good catch. It was supposed to be 10-100cm (100cm is realistically the max for a "good" scan of the iris).

          • didibus

            Well, it was hacked already. And it is done by taking the print from the phone glass and replicating it. Yes, the process is a bit complex, and requires some equipment and know how, but if you're a company looking to avoid corporate espionage from stolen phones, it's not that secure, the pin still beats it in terms of security.

            Face Unlock is really insecure, and a proof of concept that's not even really convenient, but, it does work nicely to prevent my Dad from snooping on my Mom's Android account.

            If the iris scanner is fast and performs well at a distance, it might be pretty nice. I just thought you had to be real close to it. It at least has the advantage that the password isn't present on the phone itself, so it would be more secure than the fingerprint unlock. Hopefully, it doesn't rape your battery too.

          • CoreRooted

            Yeah, I read about the fingerprint hack. To be honest, there is truly no secure system anymore. Any kind of security is going to be broken given time and tenacity. It's just a fact of the digital life. My work iPhone is as secure as it can be, but to be honest, there really isn't anything that would damage the branch of government I work for. I'm not carrying around state secrets. But, for someone in say the Department of Defense, a minimum of two-factor authentication would be in place anyhow.

            It'll be interesting to see if and how Samsung implements the iris scanner and the security behind it.

    • prinnlyn

      I want a lip scanner, so I can kiss my phone to unlock them.
      "Kiss to unlock" is the new term!! , Oh yeah baby.

      *smooch*

  • CBNforum

    Let's just hope that when the new Galaxy Gear comes, it will not be limited to the S5. It needs to work with all their current devices with Android 4.x, better yet work with all Android devices regardless of the make.

  • Djdjdjdj

    An iris scanner will be useless In low light situations fingerprint is better

    • mauswe

      the phone is not dark.

    • Serge Cebrian

      no if they put a flash on the front camera :P
      and they could use an infrared iris scanner so low light wouldnt be problem then
      like the sony nightvision which used infrared to illuminate your face on dark conditions so you could make bad blair witch project impersonations

    • sally

      Fingerprint scanner will also be useless in winter condition, when people wear gloves most of time.

    • uniquename72

      I can turn my gf's iPhone on with my index fingerprint. The "security" of fingerprint scanners is a joke.

    • CoreRooted

      That is incorrect as the most popular iris scanner technology uses infrared light and not visible light to scan.

  • namesib

    NO TO VIRTUAL BUTTONS. MORE SCREEN SPACE FTW

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes to virtual buttons, death to the menu key, life to versatility and future-proofing.

      • uniquename72

        Death to the menu key, which turns the phone on in my pocket ALL THE TIME and kills my battery life.

        Unless Samsung allows a way to disable this without root, or removes it altogether, I'm done buying their phones.

        • Tim242

          The menu key does not turn the screen on. The home button does. There is no way your pocket is pressing the home button.

          • David Hart

            less you live in his pocket I don't know how you can say that.

          • Tim242

            I have owned the Note 2, S4, and Note 3. I am 5'6, weigh 115. I am a small built person, with small pockets. Not once has my phone ever been turned on in my pocket. There's just no way the physical home button can be physically pressed in the pocket accidentally.

          • David Hart

            Lol OK spew your bs

            It's a button it can be pressed.

          • Tim242

            By a finger, but not by denim.

          • David Hart

            https://www.google.com/search?q=home+button+presses+in+pocket&oq=home+button+presses+in+pocket&aqs=chrome..69i57&client=ms-android-google&sourceid=chrome-mobile&espv=1&ie=UTF-8

            Give that a click and tell Me people don't have this problem

          • David Hart

            There's millions of phones in use, thanks for telling me your experience with 3 of them.

            You're still wrong.

          • Tim242

            You can call me wrong all day. I work in a cell phone store and have never once heard this complaint. It's easier for a side power button to be pressed than a home button. You lack common sense

          • David Hart

            I never once said anything about the power button, yeah it is easier to press that in the pocket. So what. Another button that's easy to press in the pocket, you're just proving my point that this does happen.

            Honestly though I've pressed more top power buttons on accident by putting them in my pocket.

            You lack the ability to just let people identify problems that do actually happen.

            I lack the ability to put up with your shit.

          • Tim242

            I'll break this down for you. The power button is on the side, and can be pressed up against the corner of the pocket. The home button has to be pressed down on. The bottom line? The home button isn't the problem.

      • namesib

        Flash a ROM with virtual keys if you want them so much. A functionless bottom bezel is useless. It has to be there for ergonomic reasons, so the manufacturer may as well add buttons to it.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Nope. Redundant buttons is absurd. And physical buttons leads to MORE bezel, not the same, as you still need space to grasp the phone without activating the buttons.

          • namesib

            There is nothing redundant about them. They are very useful functions; not everything is better off as software. Not really, you could very easily put hardware buttons on the bottom of the Nexus 5 without increasing the size of the bezel. "Functionless" in that it's just empty space.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            There is most CERTAINLY something redundant about adding the on-screen buttons, like you suggested, and also having hardware buttons. And the minor convenience of unlocking the GS4 with the home button doesn't at all make up for its limitations, like much slower access to Now, or the ridiculous need to hold onto the menu key which should be dead, dead, DEAD by now.

            As for the bezel, no, you canNOT fill up a bezel with buttons, as that defeats the entire PURPOSE of a bezel, which is a place to HOLD the device without activating functions. If there are buttons there it's not a true bezel. I have no problem with a bezel having empty space as that its PURPOSE.

            Burn-in is quite rarely an issue anymore with modern screen technologies. On top of that, in the apps you're more likely to leave your phone running for extended periods of time, those buttons disappear anyway.

    • CoreRooted

      Physical buttons need to go. Too limiting when it comes to customization options (for instance, I wanted a 4 button layout on the nav bar. Can't do that with physical buttons) and as @uniquename72:disqus said, physical buttons allow for the device to turn on when not wanted.

      Plus, with KitKat 4.4 and immersive mode, you are gaining back that screen space anyhow.

      • Tim242

        You have to be rooted to customize the buttons. Immersive mode only works in a few apps. The home button cannot be accidentally pressed in your pocket. Next...

        • CoreRooted

          Actually, you don't. My G2 (yes, non-Samsung) allows for the nav bar buttons to be changed without root. Immersive mode is coming to more apps (and may actually be available system-wide if 5.0 rumours are to be trusted). The home button on the S3 CAN be accidentally triggered in your pocket or bag. Happened to me many times when I've thrown my phone in my backpack with other items.

          Next...

          • Tim242

            The power button can be pressed up against a corner to activate it. The home button takes a harder press to activate. So tell me, how is it that you would know that the home button was the issue? Next...

          • CoreRooted

            Because of the case I was using at the time ruled out the power button being "accidentally" pressed. I had an Otterbox Defender on it and one of it's noted "flaws" was that you really had to press hard for the power button to activate. The home button has no such limitation. Therefore, the home button it is.

          • Tim242

            I work in a cell phone store. I sell otterboxes. They also make it harder to press the home button. So again, you don't know what is being pressed.

          • CoreRooted

            Uh, have you actually looked at the case for the S3? There is NO protection for the home button at all (aside from the transparent screen protection that surrounds it. It's an open screen implementation. The power and volume buttons are protected by rubber covers (the power button in particular has been complained about because you have to really mash it to get it to activate).

            http://www.otterbox.com/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Defender-Series-Build-Your-Own-Case/sam2-galaxy-s3-set,default,pd.html

          • DarkStarr

            On the S4 the home button is more recessed making it less likely to get pressed on accident.

      • namesib

        You can flash a ROM with virtual buttons if you want them so much. I cannot see the point in having a functionless bottom bezel; I want as much screen space as possible in every circumstance. Removing the bezel completely is not an option because it is ergonomically undesirable, so it should be used for buttons instead.

        • CoreRooted

          I shouldn't *have* to flash a ROM with virtual buttons. Google has already given us more screen space in 4.4 as long as app developers take advantage of immersive mode. I'd be happy with even smaller bezels. The LG G2 is *almost* perfect in it's bezel size, although I would love to have an even smaller bottom bezel on it (I think it's about 2.5cm right now, I haven't measured it). Were they to drop the LG logo and trim off an extra 1cm off the bottom bezel, the total bezel size would be perfect.

  • abobobilly

    Samsung has almost always followed this strategy.
    - Releasing "Galaxy Note" after about 6 months of "Galaxy" series phone.
    - The next installment of "Galaxy" phone, basically a smaller (and somewhat identical) version of last released "Galaxy Note" (so the "Next Galaxy Note" would be a device with latest specifications).

    I am pretty sure the upcoming S5 will be nothing more than a younger brother of Note 3. And i bet a hefty donut that it'll be featuring that same "fake-lookin' leather" on its back. That might (or most definitely) put off A LOT of people ... who will still buy it for some reason (including me lol :P)

  • Stanley Chan

    I thought Lee Younh Hee was a guy LoL.

    She said back to the basics. Hope we have a better design less bezel not huge screen but UHD resolution, quality is not always a bigger size.

    About the iris thing, is useless but new tech is a must for the S models.

    And this leather cover for me is ugly as hell and I dont even care.

    • Danny365

      Why would you need UHD res on such little screen? 1080p is perfectly sharp.

    • h4rr4r

      Korean name order is not the same as western. Lee is her family name, it is the second most popular family name in Korea.

      • Jamie

        Parts of Europe it is common as well and often common in business they tend to use 'Surname, First forename' (additional forenames optional)

        • h4rr4r

          I know of no place in Europe where that is normal. Addresses people by lastname sure, but not lastname firstname as a normal method of writing their names.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I sure hope we don't get UHD. What would be the point? We literally can no longer see the pixels with our 1080p screens. There's no benefit to any human in increasing the PPI any further, and the higher the resolution the harder the GPU and processor have to work to FEED that screen, which means decreased performance and battery life.

      Can we please stop this "more for the sake of more" march already? Enough is enough. 720p was already nearly enough, if not enough, but with effort I could see the pixels on my Nexus 4, so I can grant 1080p. Now I can't. It's done. No more.

      • didibus

        I'd like a UHD screen. Imagine how good the Occulus Rift would become if they start making cheap small UHD screens.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Sure, we'll just have millions of smartphone buyers foot the bill in increased costs, decreased performance, and decreased battery life just to improve availability of UHD panels for a niche gaming device roughly .05% of them will even own.

          This isn't about the Oculus Rift. This is about a phone. A UHD panel is not only useless in a 5" phone, but a detriment to it. These are separate arguments. In an Oculus Rift, when it's mere inches from your eyes? Absolutely, I agree, worth it, and very cool. In a phone that's held one to two feet in front of your face? Completely imperceptible difference at a high cost.

          • didibus

            Well, I guess it mostly depends how high the cost. Once they got the manufacturing rolling, it might cost the same to make UHD then HD screens, so why not?

            I remember reading from someone who seemed really knowledgeable how it wouldn't impact battery or performance because of other advancements. It sounded like theoretically at least, it didn't need to.

            Anyways, there's for sure a bit of a resolution wars, because I guess the increase in number sells more phones. Time might be better spent improving elsewhere, but if they can't, and this is all they could improve, I say so be it and improve what can be.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            It might cost the same, but that's doubtful, or we wouldn't still see lower-specced phones with lower-resolution screens. There'd be no benefit to giving them that.

            And I'd like to see that advice from that user, because anybody who's ever used a graphics card knows that the higher you bump the resolution, the worse the performance is. There's no way around that. Yes, they can keep raising the performance of the chip to match it, but why not, instead, NOT raise the resolution of the screen, STILL raise the performance of the chip, and make the phone perform BETTER instead of merely the same? This constant need to maintain the same is really weird. Like how they kept making phones thinner, thinner, thinner, past the point of sanity, while maintaining the same terrible battery life all of us begrudgingly accepted. Why not keep the thickness the same, make the components smaller, and make it last longer? Same deal here: stop making the screen higher res for no benefit and use the advancements to make our phones ACTUALLY better.

            But I still disagree. Improving for the sake of a spec sheet and NOT helping the consumer is NOT worth it. It's wasteful and pointless and backward. There are PLENTY of other places there's room to improve that users will ACTUALLY notice. Make my non-phablet last an entire day without needing to be plugged in while I'm working. Give me more storage space. Give me better voice controls, better photo quality, faster cameras, etc., etc., etc. There's tons of room to innovate in places I'll actually notice it. I won't notice a higher-res screen than what we have now.

          • didibus

            Well, I remember the primary argument was that a higher resolution screen does not mean you need to render your game at a higher resolution. And that modern GPUs have scalers in them to upscale, just like Xbox One and PS4 do currently. So, with the scaler doing the work, you're not taxing the GPU any more. He also went into pretty technical software solutions that I didn't really understood. And his arguments with the battery is that the higher number of pixels, didn't translate into a higher use of power, the light output is the same and other things that I didn't fully understand as I'm not an expert at how screen works.

            I agree though, I'd like to see other aspects improved over screen resolution. But I doubt they're not trying. I just have a feeling they are struggling improving other aspects, like battery, camera, voice controls, etc. So until they find something for those, they'll do what they can and bump the resolution. I mean, no one would buy the newer phone if it had the exact same internals.

      • Lasting Words

        'no benefit to any human in increasing the PPI any further'

        uh-oh! Potentially a famous last word in the making of '640k memory is enough' proportions

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Now if only that 640k RAM quote was real and not a fictional depiction of a person who couldn't clearly see that something like RAM needs, with progressing technology that wasn't limited by something like the human body's physical perceptive abilities, would continue to evolve.

          There's no comparison between the two. The only real reason one keeps increasing pixel depth is to improve clarity for the viewer. We've now increased it PAST what the human eye can perceive at the distances from which people view smartphones. Can it benefit completely different classes of devices that might be viewed from mere inches away, such as the Oculus Rift, or devices that get used in conjunction with other optical devices for peculiar magnification purposes? Perhaps. But we've reached the upper limit of a useful resolution for its intended purpose: visibility to the human eye. From here it's not just the law of diminishing returns, it's reversed returns. As we up the resolution further, we increase the need for system resources dedicated to the higher resolution, we increase battery drain accordingly, the increased density actually reduces the amount of backlighting that gets through which requires an INCREASE in backlight intensity, and we increase manufacturing costs. All for something that LITERALLY only benefits the spec sheet and not the user.

          Trust me, I'm all for new and better technologies. I'm never the person who says, "X was good enough for me when I was a kid, why do my kids need better?" But there's a line, and that line is when the improvement provides NO tangible benefit to the user AND comes at an increased cost.

    • Jamie

      Samsung and LG compete with each other with each wanting ahead of the other.

      It should be noted the Galaxy Note 3 can shoot and record 2160k! but not equal with the screen resolution.

      1440p
      (2560x1440) would be a step up from 1080p - 1920×1080 following an
      similar sized device from LG (LG 5.5" Smartphone/Phablet device - LG
      Display - announced Aug 2013)

      Samsung is behind and will feel the need to match or better.

      Between 1080p and 4kUHD (2160p - 3840×2160) there are steps of 1440p and 1800p (3200x1800).

      If Samsung wants to 'one up' (and expect they do) on display resolution against LG '1800p could be a way.

      1800p is already available on the Samsung ATIV Q (An 13.3" Android-Windows 8
      convertible laptop tablet hybrid) has 3200x1800 resolution and expect to be the next step if not fasttracked to 4kUHD 2160p by the end of the year though personally it be more suited to be held back for the tablet Galaxy Note Range then be used for an Phone sized device.

      • Stanley Chan

        Yep 1440 and 1880p but theyre are not standart as 1080p.

        But I agreed with you. Not to up the sky and not down the earth, but between 'em.

        And of course LG and sammy are competitors over giant screen TVs to smartphones. A 5.5 screen with 1440p with more ppi will be great.

  • Leonardo Baez

    ok now that Samsung is the king of the android hill, they need to change their business model. The market (buyers) will get tired of they unchanged designs and user interface in little more time. They need to not get sleep in their laurels.
    Actually owning a S3, I am very disapointed with update schedules, last year flagship still in android 4.1 (4.3 update still no ready for my region). So when i research to get my tablet samsung was the poorest choice and I went for an Asus Transformer. (Galaxy Tab 3 is a joke for the price).
    And when ready to uodate the phone will choose a nexus most probably

    • Jacob Martin

      Unless you are using the international version the update has more to do with your carrier.

      • Leonardo Baez

        s3 unlocked bought in mexico.
        But it have nothing to do with the fac that samsung relase 4.3 update in december.

  • Guest

    The leaked images and spes specify some crazy features.. bit.ly/S5Specs

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    It's not a Samsung phone if it doesn't have physical button.

  • JP

    How would iris recognition technology detect if you have prescription colored contact lenses on or not? Will that feature be a problem for people who wear contact lenses?

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    "Good, good, get the iris scanner..." - NSA

  • mark boyle

    better blow all the specs out of the water, the s3 was great, the s4 was just not powerful enough.