Samsung’s next flagship phone will be available in lower-cost and premium options and will come in an iPhone 5S-style gold colourway, rumours suggest.
According to Tweets from Mobile Review Eldar Murtazin, whose forthright predictions in his guise as an industry analyst you’ll surely have come across before, the Galaxy S5 will arrive in two distinctly different iterations.
One of these will be mid-tier, presumably with a price to match, and will drop at Mobile World Congress on February 24th. A “more advanced” model will show its face a few weeks later, he claims.
Unfortunately, Murtazin doesn’t confirm existing rumours that the top-of-the-range S5 will be metal, with the more wallet-friendly variant sticking with the traditional plastic shell.
But in typically no-holds-barred-style, he does suggest that the cheaper model will feature a somewhat disappointing spec sheet, but that the costlier edition is “the real deal”.
In other S5-related news, GSM Arena has uncovered evidence that a gold model of the handset is on the way, in the form of a leaked Vodafone internal document.
While we’re not fans of the bling trend in smartphones, the huge sales of the gold iPhone 5S with its chintzy chamfered edges suggests we’re very much in the minority.
All of which augurs well for Samsung as it bids to convince networks that the weaker-than-expected sales of the Galaxy S4 were nothing more than a blip.
Other putative selling points of the S5 include a fingerprint scanner, a slightly larger screen and a 16-megapixel camera brimming with modes and effects.