After much anticipation the Samsung Galaxy S5 has launched, with critics already predicting it to be one of the best selling phones of 2014. So how does it measure up against its predecessor? Our side-by-side comparison shows you just how far Samsung have come in a year.
In a surprising move, the new Galaxy S5 is slightly larger, thicker, and heavier than the S4. While this is partly due to a larger screen and bigger battery, this may also be owed to the fact that the S5 is now water and dust proof. Looking at the numbers, the S5 sports a 5.1” full HD Super AMOLED display, a mere 0.1” larger than the S4’s 5.0” (otherwise identical) full HD Super AMOLED display. The S5 measures in at 8.1mm thick, a mere 0.2 mm thicker than the S4, and weighs in at 145 grams, slightly heavier than the S4’s 130 grams.
Samsung has stacked the S5 with a Snapdragon 801 2.5Ghz quad-core processor, which is a significant improvement over the S4’s 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600 chipset. Both phones feature 2GB of RAM, offer models with 16, 32, or 64GB of internal memory, and are expandable up to an additional 64GB, via micro-SD.
The S5’s front-facing camera has been marginally improved to 2.1 Megapixels, over last year’s 2. However, the rear-facing camera has been upgraded from the S4’s 13 Megapixels, to a beautiful 16 Megapixels. The S5’s rear camera also features an LED Flash that doubles as a heart rate monitor (similar to the one seen on the Galaxy Gear Fit).
The battery has been improved from the S4’s 2600mAh battery to a 2800mAh battery in the S5. Finally, in order to compete with the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 now has a fingerprint scanner. While pricing has not yet been announced, the S5 is expected to sell at a similar price-point as the S4, at its debut last year.