Is Samsung planning to launch the Galaxy S5 in two models?

Leading analyst says firm will launch Standard and Prime versions of the phone

Samsung will launch two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 this spring an analyst has claimed.

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has become the latest voice to throw their hat in with the two-S5s camp. According to Ming-Cho, the two models will be called Prime and Standard.

The Prime model – as the name suggests – will be the top end model, according to the analyst. It will be almost exactly the same as the Standard model, coming with a 5.2-inch screen.

The difference will be that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime will come with a 4K screen while the Samsung Galaxy S5 Standard will feature a 1080p display. On the processor side, the Prime will come with a Samsung octa-core Exynos 5430 processor, while the Standard model will come with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.

Perhaps the biggest surprise to be found in Ming-Chi’s prediction is that both models will come with 32-bit processors.

It had been suggested by Samsung executives that the next model of its flagship smartphone would come with a 64-bit processor to match that found in Apple’s iPhone 5S.

Fingerprints everywhere

Ming-Chi also said that Samsung has dropped the plans to include iris-scanning technology in the Samsung Galaxy S5.

However unlike the source that spoke to the Korea Herald, he did not say where the fingerprint scanner would be found. According to the Korea Herald, Samsung has placed the scanner under the screen of the Galaxy S5.

Other specifications that Ming-Chi claimed will appear in the Samsung Galaxy S5 are 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, two megapixel front-facing camera, 3D gesture support and a 2850mAh battery.

Samsung has confirmed that the handset will be launched in either March or April. It is possible that the company will unveil its next generation flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress next month.

It used the first of two Samsung Unpacked events in 2013 to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4. The other event saw the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

That Samsung is hosting on of its Unpacked events at MWC, and that it is so close to March suggests that Samsung will unveil the handset at the trade show in Barcelona next month.