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Rumour: Samsung equipping Galaxy S5 with 2K-display, iris scanner and scratch resistant case

Samsung’s next smartphone is likely to ship with a 2K-resolution display as well as an eye scanning sensor and a scratch resistant metal body.

The Galaxy S5, which will be released next year, will come with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution screen and ZDNet’s Korean site reports it will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress [MWC] in February 2014.

It’s also reported on the same site that the Galaxy S5 will be Samsung’s first device to feature iris scanning technology that will be used to unlock the phone and for various other types of authentication.

If Samsung does include the iris recognition on its device then it will become the first smartphone manufacturer to do so and it comes after it reportedly acquired iris verification technology that is already registered with the Korea Patent Office.

As for the screen, earlier rumours had already alluded to the 2K-resolution and, taking into account the rumoured 5.25in screen, it would mean a device that has a pixel density of 560ppi.

Inside the device’s shell it’s expected there will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and a 4,000mAh battery will provide power. It reportedly has a 16-megapixel camera and will run on the latest version of Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

When it comes to the exterior of the device, ETNews is reporting that Samsung will be ditching the polycarbonate body in favour of one made from carbon that has a diamond metal surface resistant to scratches.

The report, which cites insider sources from Samsung, states that a “diamond metal surface treatment technology” will be applied to the metal case to prevent scratches and deformation.

There are also rumours that Samsung could choose to release two distinct versions of the smartphone. One will have the polycarbonate body the Galaxy range is known for and the other will have a flexible OLED screen similar to the one that adorns the Galaxy Round as well as a metal casing.

If it comes in two different versions then Samsung could also decide to equip one device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and the other with a Samsung Exynos processor that ups the ante to eight total cores as opposed to Snapdragon’s four.