An apparently test flipboard account, @123fliptest, had posted a photo 20 days ago. All of a sudden, that photo is converging everyone’s eyes. And it’s because of what’s in the photo but of what’s in the EXIF data.
The camera that took the shot is said to be of Samsung SM-G900V and the name used G900 in context is known from a couple of benchmarks. One of those benchmarks was AnTuTu, and the team responsible for the app did some fiddling, digging and claims that the G900 is the Galaxy S5.
What was so compelling then? The benchmark detected a 16MP camera (5,132 x 2,988) – not 13MP as the current S4 (and its Snapdragon 800-powered advanced version) or the Galaxy J. It was fascinating that the same is the resolution of the photo that was leaked.
Other info from EXIF revealed that the camera had an f/2.2 aperture. It also revealed that the camera had a focal length of 4.6mm. If we assume that the camera lens will be 28mm equivalent in 35mm terms equivalent, the sensor size is reckoned at 1/2.5″ – the size of the 20MP camera in the Nokia Lumia 1520.
There is certainly some speculation about the camera that since the photo has 16:9 aspect ratio, the full resolution of the sensor could be 21MP for a 4:3 sensor). This is just the computation though, nothing was leaked or revealed regarding this.
Anyway, the phone that did the benchmarks was G900F, while this one is G900V. If Samsung has not fiddled and altered its naming convention, this would be the Galaxy S5 for Verizon.
Keep in mind that the EXIF info is easy to edit, so take this photo with the considerate and appropriate amount of salt.
As the launch date is coming closer lots of prominent leaks are revealed. According to previous rumours, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched on 23rd of February at Mobile World Congress 2014.