We have almost come to the end of the year 2013, and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5 have started hitting the Internet. Recent rumors indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will not have Optical Image Stabilization in its camera and will come in two variants similar to the Galaxy S4.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, there were two models of this smartphone. The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was powered by the company’s own Exynos chipset that consisted of two quad-core processors. The other one was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and had support for 4G LTE.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also expected to be launched in two different variants. Of course, one of them will be powered by the company’s own Exynos chipset but there is another major difference here! The Exynos chipset powered Samsung Galaxy S5 will be capable of 64-bit computing and will run on a true-octa core processor. So it means that all 8 cores will be able to run at the same time, unlike the Galaxy S4 wherein the processors get switched depending upon the task at hand.
But the most important difference is expected to be in the display and overall design of the handset. The 64-bit Exynos powered Galaxy S5 is expected to have a curved and flexible OLED display whereas the other one that will be powered by a quad-core chipset from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 family will have a standard display. We expect Samsung to come up with a smart way of combining IGZO technology with Super AMOLED for a thinner, better and improved display.
Apart from the rumors about the processors and displays that will be used in these two variants, another report says that the Samsung Galaxy S5 primary camera might not have the Optical Image Stabilization feature. There have been a number of OIS-enabled cameras related to Samsung, there was a 13MP one and then there was a 16MP one as well.
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to have a 16MP primary camera, there is a high probability that it will not have support for OIS. A report from Korean publication ETNews says that there are a number of issues due to which this won’t happen. For instance, one of the reasons that made perfect sense was that the OIS camera modules are very thick and might not fit in the Galaxy S5 that is expected to have a thickness of just 7 to 7.5 mm.
Another important reason why Samsung might decide to ditch OIS is because of supply issues. After launch, millions of Samsung Galaxy devices get sold within a few months (for example – 40 million Galaxy S4 units have already been sold). So Samsung is worried about that its camera suppliers might not be able to deliver enough units in time and the launch event could be delayed. It is being said that Samsung will unveil the next-gen Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone early next year, and if the company wants to do so, it has to ensure that things are in place way before time.
So in short, Samsung does not want to end up like Google always does. The Android maker unveils its new Google Nexus devices but does not even have enough stock to entertain consumers for a day or so. Google Nexus units get sold out within a few minutes or hours and other consumers are left frustrated and have to wait for weeks on end for the units to get back in stock. Samsung would never want this to happen in case of the Galaxy S5 and will take all the steps necessary to ensure the same.