Feb 14, 2014 04:56 PM EST
The first Samsung Galaxy S5 press render has confirmed that the premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be an all-metal device. This represents a marked departure from Samsung's previous design philosophy which focused on a white plastic build that looked and felt cheap. The premium all-metal Samsung Galaxy S5 represents a major leap forward in terms of Samsung's designs. For the first time the powerful high-end specs found on the next-gen flagship will finally correspond to its apperance outside. Potentially this kind of device is what could kill the rival HTC One. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to offically launch on Febuary 24 during the Samsung Unpacked 5 event that has been scheduled for the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 picture leak does show us that Samsung will still retain resemblance and elements of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other Samsung designs. However Phandroid points out that overall this is a bigger design leap that Samsung has taken compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Other interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 design include thin bezels, with some suggestions that Samsung would be moving in the direction of edge to edge displays. There is a smaller home button from the looks of it. Overall its an interesting and much needed design change.
Meawhile the first Sony Xperia Z2 picture leaks shown side by side with the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia Z1 show little to not change to its design or buid. We see the same black square with a shiny glass back and aluminum siding. Like the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia Z1 the Sony Xperia Z2 is likely to have dust resistance and waterproofing features. Sony wants to go head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S5 in addition to beefing the Sony Xperia Z2 up with specs they have scheduled their launch event at the same time as Samsung Unpacked 5. The Sony Xperia Z2 is said to include a larger 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 20-megapixel camera. That is enough power under the hood to take on the Samsung Galaxy S5. That's a bold move, but we have our doubts that viewers will tune in to the Sony launch event over Samsung Unpacked 5.
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