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Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date, Features & Specs: Smartphone Will Come in Two Variants - Metal and Plastic?

First Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:22 AM EST
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Rumors are swirling that Samsung Galaxy S5 will hit the market next year in two variants: metal and plastic, according to Times of India. The report is especially noteworthy, as news and  photos of the smartphone in a metal frame have been circulating the internet.

ET News reported that the metal variant of Galaxy S5 will feature a bendable OLED screen, while the plastic variant will be more similar to most Samsung phones. The much-anticipated handset will reportedly go into production in January 2014, and will be launched in the market 2 months after in March, according to the International Business Times.

The two smartphone variants will reportedly feature different specs, as technology website SamMobile points out that one version of Galaxy S5 'will run on 64-bit Exynos chipset, while the other one will be powered by a Snapdragon chip. Other rumoured specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 include a display with 2K resolution, 16MP camera, 4,000mAh battery and Android 4.4 (KitKat). The big date for the release is reportedly slated on between March and April next year, as mass production of the gadgets start in January, with the target number at 800,000 units. The company is aiming to reach the 6 million mark by February, production-wise.

Meanwhile, it is also rumored that alongside the 2014 versions of Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Gear  2 may also be launched to replace the unpopular original version of the smartwatch. With only 50,000 sales, it is no surprise that a better version may be in order.

Samsung has not denied nor confirmed the rumours about the smartphone variants. Other rumours pertaining to Samsung Galaxy S5 includes the assumption that the smartphone may launch  "premium" and "low cost" versions. IBT speculates that 'The "premium" model will sport a metal case, and a flexible OLED and the cheaper version will boot the normal OLED and a plastic chassis.'

Samsung fanatics will have to wait until next year to confirm all these rumors to be true; and then they'll have to choose which Galaxy S5 is the best purchase - metal or plastic. 

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