It is a great news that Samsung’s Galaxy series of flagship devices entering into their fifth generation, and the Korean electronics giant unwrapped their latest Galaxy device at the Samsung Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona, as expected earlier. The latest model is coming with some exciting features, improved wireless performance and all new design with a damage resistant case.
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers. Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation,” noted JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung.
Now let’s meet the device in detail
Samsung has introduced all new design portfolio in their fifth series device, but still it uses plastic as the basis material. The device is not following the stitched leather finish of Galaxy Note devices, rather it features a perforated pattern design. Though it gives a leather feeling, it offers a metallic feel on the edges. It is finished with an alloy of glass fiber and polycarbonate. Samsung is calling the new design paradigm as glamorous, So what do you think?
Apart from the new design, Samsung finished the device with IP67 certification, so you don’t have to go for any ‘Active’ version of the device. The phone is completely sealed from dust and it will be active without any problem even after you dunk it in up to three feet of water, for 30 minutes.
More than that Samsung has ditched the Android Menu button and included the multitasking button in the new version.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming with a 5.1″ display, that rocks with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. Unfortunately the phone stick on the same 1080p display, and the much awaited QHD display is missing in the newbie. The device is designed for dimmer and brighter views, letting the screen go brighter at peak brightness (extremely good for outdoor use) and dimmer at the lowest levels (good for night-time viewing, without hurting your eyes or your partner)
Processor and Memory
To do all the muscle-work underneath the display, Samsung has thrown the quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor into the device. The processor, Qualcomm’s MSM8974-AC, is clocked at 2.5GHz. The new chipset supports fast 150 Mbps LTE-Advanced download speeds.
This Android giant houses a 2GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card support, that extends the storage up to 128 GB further.
Samsung has packed their latest version of Galaxy S5 with feature rich camera. The phone sports a 16 MP camera on the back and a 2 MP front camera. The camera offers improved performance and better user interface. According to Samsung the camera boast’s world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 Sec, achieved by the dedicated image signal processor in the Snapdragon 801 processor. The camera offers 4K video recording at 30fps, along with HDR, which reproduces natural light and color with extreme intensity at any circumstances. More than that the 16MP camera within the device features some extra camera tricks, like Selective Focus, that allows that user to tap on the object they wanted to focus, while the rest of the background gets blurred. The camera also features Samsung’s new ISOCELL technology with which the users will get blur-free photos even in low-light, and with the newly-coined processor all the above features will work at lightning-fast speed.
Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a 2800 mAh removable battery. Samsung claims that the battery will power the device upto 21 hours, on a single charge. It offers 16 days of standby, and up to 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video playback. If the Galaxy offers the same, when it reaches the consumer hands, then it seems to be impressive.
The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and as always Samsung has included a range of customization, that gives an uncluttered user experience. It comes with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and app suite. More than that Samsung has also included a series of software tweaks, but they dropped dozens of S-apps that they used to include in their previous S series devices, while keeping only the most popular apps like S-Voice, S-Health.
- Ultra Power Saver
Samsung has included a new power saving technology, in the Galaxy S5, named Ultra Power Saver. It turns the display to black and white, and shutting all unnecessary features, to maximize the battery life.
- Fastest Internet Connection
Samsung Galaxy S5 offers most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance with the latest technology included in the system. It is the first phone to offer Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO Wi-Fi antenna, that boosts the download speed up to three times faster than S4. Samsung has also included a new feature called ‘Download Booster,’ that further improves data speed by bonding Wi-FI and LTE simultaneously.
- Fingerprint Scanner
As it rumored earlier, Samsung has included the Fingerprint scanner into the device, Which is a secure, bio-metric screen locking solution, that increase the device security. You don’t have to remember any codes or patterns to unlock your device, and you just needed to swipe your finger to the bottom of the display, where the fingerprint scanner is placed.
- Heartrate Sensor
To keep their users fit and active Samsung has updated their S Health app to S Health 3.0. The latest version offers more tools to stay their users healthy and fit. It also offers a built-in heartrate sensor, to measure the user’s pulse. The sensor is placed on the rear side of the device, next to the camera flash, and the users must have to place their finger on the sensor to measure the pulse.
Pricing and Availability
Samsung Galaxy release date is scheduled for April 11, across 150 countries around the world. But there is no word on the pricing of the device now. Most probably, it will be around $600, without any contract.