The long awaited, much anticipated, rumored, leaked and speculated Galaxy S5 is finally official. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Samsung’s flagship phone for 2014 in all its glory. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will go on sale globally pretty quickly in March. Samsung hasn’t confirmed pricing yet, but we have no reason to suspect that the device will depart from a typical high-end price range of about $600 outright or $200 with carrier subsidy if you sing up a long term contract.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Official Announcement
It was a bit surprising that Samsung decided to unveil the Galaxy S5 at MWC, since previous Galaxy S phones were introduced to the world during special dedicated events. It may suggest that the company has more aces up in its sleeve, intended to keep competition’s releases in the shadow of the long awaited Galaxy S5, reduce expenses or the decision may not have any deeper significance whatsoever.
Samsung Galaxy S5 – Design & Color Options
Those who expected the Korean manufacturer to go crazy with design may feel slightly disappointed since the front of the Galaxy S5 looks very similar to the Galaxy S4 at first glance. The back is a whole different story. The main material is still plastic and it has a leathery feel to it, but the texture is quite different with a perforated pattern. In addition to Charcoal Black and Shimmery White, the phone will be available also in Electric Blue and Copper Gold color options.
The Galaxy S5 measures 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. The dimensions clearly show that the phone is much longer than its predecessor, also a bit wider and heavier. All elements of the body are sealed tight and received IP67 certification which means that the phone is dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
Display and Finger Scanner
The Galaxy S5 packs a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution. Due to a larger size of the display, pixel resolution of 432 ppi is a tad lower than on the Galaxy S4, but still high enough to deliver brilliant viewing experience. Right below the screen, embedded in the home key, is the Finger Scanner. Like in the case of other phones sporting similar feature, the main function of the Scanner is to provide biometric authentication for unlocking the phone, or for securing mobile payments transactions.
Processor, Memory and Camera
Inside the phone ticks a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU. The Snapdragon 801 is the latest Qualcomm chip currently available for smartphones reported to deliver 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics compared to the previous version.
The Galaxy S5 comes with 2 GB of RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, both expandable via microSD slot. The handset is equipped with a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera with LED flash, 4K video capture and a variety of camera features such as Selective Focus. There is also a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.
Galaxy S5 – Connectivity and Software
Connectivity features include LTE-A support, Wi-Fi/Ac, NFC radio, and an IR blaster. The 2,800 mAh removable battery is expected to provide up to 21 hours of talk time or up to 16 days of standby time. The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI which introduces new round icons, revamped menus and a handful of useful features such as Ultra Power Saving Mode and redesigned S Health 3.0 app which works with a built-in heart rate sensor.