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New S5 picture emerges – looks like a Nexus 5

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Feb 7, 2014

A new concept render of the Galaxy S5 has appeared on MovePlayer's website. It looks pretty much like the other 'images' of the S5 that we've seen lately, albeit with some sensors shifted around, but the first thing I thought when I saw it was: white Nexus 5 with a hardware button. Of course, there's no telling how the actual Galaxy S5 will end up looking until we get our hands on it in a couple of weeks at MWC 2014, but this concept looks as good as any.

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The latest concept of the Galaxy S5 looks pretty good to me. / © moveplayer

We have no idea if Samsung are actually planning to use the rounded top and bottom edges like the Nexus 5, but we have already seen the Tizen phone from eBay fame that sported a curve top and bottom. Likewise, Samsung has said that the Galaxy S5 will be a return to basics, all about the feel of the cover, and the Nexus 5 is widely regarded as a successfully unassuming slab that simply serves to deliver a screen as unobtrusively as possible. So taking a page from the Nexus 5's book wouldn't be a bad start if that is Samsung's goal with the Galaxy S5.

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Would you be happy with a Nexus-esque Galaxy S5 with hardware button? / © AndroidPIT/Moveplayer/Google

There's still that characteristic hardware button there though. While I'm more of a fan of capacitive or on-screen buttons, Samsung certainly has a large enough following that have happily adopted the physicality of the hardware key. The popularity of Sony's dedicated shutter button and the upcoming programmable button accessory, Pressy, certainly attests to the fact that on-screen is not the be all and end all. No matter which way you slice it though, the Galaxy S5 is going to be a beast.

What do you think about Samsung's hardware button? Love it or hate it?

Source: MovePlayer

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Sterling Keys Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm digging it.

  • Anders Bagger Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

    I allways go for at least the home button, and lockscreen and volume rocker as physical buttons. This would be a greater design choice that the one in the former article.
    Hope this is the one they go for, and not the HTC design "rip-off".

    Still a great design though, the "ONE-ripoff" in the other article.

  • iMaC74 Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

    Beast with a button, I don't mind a hardware button on the S-series it seems to be positive, well built and works, not like Apple's home button where I have replaced 100's of these from the 2G and my latest was a iP5S.

    • Kris Carlon
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      Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

      I actually don't mind the hardware button so much on the S4, when it's smooth. Ours in the office is all a bit sticky and awful. But I'd still like to see the response to a Galaxy without one.

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