Samsung’s next flagship device, one of the most anticipated smartphone of the year, the Galaxy S5 is finally here. Well, the smartphone will be launched globally on April 11th if everything goes according to plan, but it is officially here among us. Samsung didn’t try to use any of their head-turning formulas this year and only focused on adding more features. The smartphone looks familiar to the Galaxy S4 and except the larger screen. Let’s see what more the new smartphone has to offer.
The front-side of the Galaxy S5 looks extremely familiar and can be traced back to the original Galaxy Note too if not the Galaxy S4. However, the glossy plastic cover is not found in this one and is replaced by a chrome-like plastic cover which does not match with what we heard about metal rumors earlier. The smartphone doesn’t look very new design-wise but the back definitely changed the way the device feels. It’s not easy to hold and it also doesn’t use that fake-leather like design to do that. It’s definitely an improvement comparing to that glossy, cheap plastic covers. People will get four different color options when buying this smartphone – black, white, blue and gold.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a big 5.1-inch which is slightly bigger than the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4. There were rumors about Samsung planning to release their next smartphone featuring 2K or 4K display but looks like the company is happy with their full 1080p resolution. The latest Galaxy S5 has 432 pixels per inch which is slightly less than the Galaxy S4’s 441 pixels per inch but the difference is not visible to the naked eye.
Features and Specs
This is where the Galaxy S5 has some great things to offer comparing to the Galaxy S4. The latest smartphone from Samsung offers a fingerprint scanner, placed under the home button. It doesn’t require you to rest your finger on the sensor unlike iPhone and you can just swipe your finger across the sensor to let this scanner scan your fingerprint. Samsung is also trying to integrate PayPal payment with this scanner which will be really amazing if possible.
Samsung was planning to focus on health apps according to the rumor mill and the latest GS5 offers a heart rate monitor sensor matching with the rumors. The heart rate monitor is placed right under the camera and can give us a reading in just a few seconds. All you have to do is keep your fingertip on the sensor and you are done. It’s a part of TouchWiz’s S Health app along with some other health apps.
One of the most attractive features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is its “Ultra Power Saving Mode.” When the mode is enabled, the display will be turned black & white and all the unnecessary background processes will be turned off. It’s great when your battery is almost about to end as this mode can help you to run your phone 24 more hours on just 10 percent charge. For me, this is the best feature of Galaxy S5 as I won’t be using the fingerprint scanner or heart rate monitor scanner most of the time.
The Galaxy S5 is also water and dust resistance so it is ready to compete with Sony’s water resistance feature now rated at IP67. The LTE version of GS5 offers Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and the non-LTE version will feature an octa-core Exynos processor. We heard some rumors about Samsung planning to offer 3GB RAM in its latest flagship device but it’s not true. The GS5 offers the same 2GB RAM and won’t even offer a 64GB storage option like the GS4. Other notable features include: 2,800mAh battery which is slightly bigger than the 2,600mAh of the GS4, IR blasters and Samsung Gear compatibility.
Camera and Software
The camera of the GS5 has been upgraded to a big 16-megapixel one that supports 4k video capturing with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. One of the cool features of this camera is a live HDR mode which allows you to see preview with HDR changes without capturing the image. There is also a selective focus tool that allows you to change focal point of an image even after capturing using Lytro style. The camera interface is also simpler now to offer fast response. However, the front camera still offers 2-megapixel.
All the flagship devices of Samsung are known for offering the latest version of Android and the GS5 managed to continue the trend by offering the Android 4.4.2 out-of-the-box, KitKat. The GS4 owners can also rejoice as the Android 4.4.2 update is also coming to their device soon.
That’s all we have about the upcoming Samsung flagship device. The smartphone is expected to launch globally on 11 April and the price tag is still a mystery. The pricing is not really a big issue here as the company has always managed to find success with its Galaxy lineup. Don’t forget to share your views on the latest flagship device from Samsung.