If rumours are to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is only a few days away from being announced to the world at MWC on February 24th. Samsung practically confirmed the announcement themselves on inviting the press to their “Unpacked 5” event, and anticipation has reached fever pitch. With that in mind, we can turn our attention to the latest leak of the device: this time featuring the supposed packaging of the hotly awaited smartphone.
Dutch website SamsungGalaxyS5.nl has shared with the world some photos which were obtained through an anonymous tipster. The images show a very similar box to that of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, which feature the same recyclable cardboard. Of course, whilst the box is pretty cool, it’s the specs on the back that are of interest.
There’s a full rundown of all the features listed on the packaging, with a few little surprises thrown in for good measure. Starting at the top, we can see a quad core processor with 2.5GHz cores listed, which suggests a top-end Snapdragon 805 is powering the device. This is no big surprise, and we expect to see an Exynos 6 SoC in some of the handsets also. There’s 3GB of RAM onboard keeping the phone snappy during multitasking, which again is hardly surprising given the Note 3’s similar specs.
The screen is listed as being 5.25” long which matches with the rumours nicely, with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440p. This will mean a pixel density of 560+ppi, which is huge.
The big surprise here is the camera, which is listed as being a 20 megapixel sensor. We’ve been expecting a 16 megapixel rear camera for some time, not least thanks to Samsung showing off a 16 megapixel ISOCELL sensor late last year. Towards the end of January, rumours surfaced that there may instead be a 20 megapixel camera with Iris technology, and this looks to be the case. It’s possible that the Exynos version of the S5 might have a 16 megapixel camera instead, but for now we’re not too sure.
So, what do we make of the authenticity of this leak? I have to say it looks a little shaky to me. That fact that we can only see a small section of the box suggests that the image is a little suspect, and those with keen eyes have spotted some slight differences in fonts. This points towards some photoshop tomfoolery, and I’m taking this one with a huge pinch of salt, personally.
That said, we just don’t know for sure, so for now all we can do is wait for new leaks to roll in. The official unveiling is only a few days away now, so we’ll find out soon enough if this leak is authentic.
What do you think? Is the image legit?