You may remember a week ago I posted an article rounding up a bunch of great Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, including a metal chassis, water and dust proof ratings and a 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. Well this week is no different. Actually, it's very different because all those rumors seem to be contradicted by the latest bunch. Now the rumors are the S5 will be wrapped in plastic and fake leather like the Galaxy Note 3, and that the camera has been beefed up to a 16 MP sensor.
First things first, plastic and fake leather may have you reaching for a bucket, but if it hadn't been for the previous rumor of the S5 going metallic this would just seem natural. After all, the Note 3 is currently luxuriating in its plastic and fake leather cheapness and it certainly seems to be selling well enough. Even though the previous rumor was supported by a report that Samsung was sourcing a metal supplier.
The full metal jacket S5 was also rumored to be water-resistant and dust-proof like the Sony Xperia Z range. Right now we don't know if the plastic and leather S5 will aspire to these certifications, but I doubt Samsung would be trying to make fake leather waterproof. So the metal housing may well be for the new Galaxy F series which will replace the S series as the premium Samsung line next year. Remember the S5 is also reportedly shipping with a biometric eye scanner and a 64-bit processor.
The S5 camera has also started punching above its weight, with new details about Samsung's camera plans for what will likely be the final Galaxy S smartphone. The ISOCELL sensor that will improve low-light color reproduction is currently being manufactured at the 8 MP range by Samsung's System LSI, and it looks like they might be aiming to challenge Sony on the high resolution camera production line by increasing their production levels.
System LSI is also testing 13 MP and 16 MP sensors and it only makes sense if they can meet the volume and quality demands Samsung will want for the S5 that they will be the chosen supplier. Samsung's Electro-Mechanics Division is likely to be the camera module supplier, as they are already working on a 13 MP camera module with OIS (hence the previous rumor) and it only makes sense a 16 MP version will follow soon. Add to this the ISOCELL sensor and you're looking at some serious photographic hardware. Now all we need is some confirmation.
The release of the Galaxy S5 is believed to be somewhere between mid-January and the Mobile World Congress in February, 2014.