Already one of the most anticipated phones this year, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is said to bring a new design for Samsung phones. While we have no idea how the phone will look or whether Samsung will indeed go a different direction when it comes to the design, we can get a fair idea based on a new patent filing.

SamMobile reports's Samsung application for design patents in December indicates the new direction the company might take for the next flagship. The phone depicted in the application through a line drawing could be the Galaxy S5, but it looks more like the next Galaxy Note, thanks to a prominently displayed stylus slot.

The design doesn’t show any hardware buttons either, which would be a first for a Galaxy phone (besides the Galaxy Nexus of course). However, it isn’t clear whether this is a temporary omission or if the company finally plans to bid adieu to the physical and capacitive buttons. Of course, we cannot entirely rule out the possibility of the Galaxy S5 looking like this, at this moment.

Note 4..or is it the Galaxy S5?

Note 4…or is it the Galaxy S5?

Considering that the Galaxy S5 is said to be set for an early launch next year, it may be a bit too late for a December application for a design patent for that phone. All the more reason for us to believe that this patent belongs to the Note 4.

Though we yet don’t know much about the Note 4, some speculation about the Galaxy S5's specs are out. There are reports claiming that Samsung plans to ditch polycarbonate or plastic and opt for a metal body for the Galaxy S5. It is also highly speculated to come powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, or a 64-bit version of Samsung's own Exynos chip. The Galaxy S5 is also expected to get a 16-megapixel camera module with optical image stabilisation and 2K display. It could also get the rumoured “Eye-Scanning” unlock capability based on the Iris verification technology, using the front camera.

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