Samsung admits failures over new Galaxy S5's dodgy camera

Samsung has played down reports of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone packing a dodgy camera.

The South Korean behemoth has said that the number of mobiles shipped with faulty cameras is "very limited". It also claims to have taken measures to ensure the issue does not surface again.

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"We have discovered that the issue has been seen in a very limited portion of early production Galaxy S5 units, and was caused by complications in the ROM (Read Only Memory) component which stores the information necessary to operate the camera," said Samsung in a statement.

It is not clear how many devices have been affected by the issue, but it is a big setback for the smartphone manufacturer in such a saturated market, with Apple, Sony and HTC all bearing down on the South Korean firm.

Samsung launched the S5 at Mobile World Congress back in February, and has received mixed responses from the public, with many disappointed that the device is clad in plastic, rather than metal, like the new HTC One and iPhone 5S.

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Still, it gained a highly respectable 4.5 out of five in our review.

Rumours suggesting that a "premium", metal-clad version of the smartphone is in production are currently making the rounds but no concrete information is yet available.