Without doubt one of the most highly anticipated product launches of the week is that of Samsung’s latest flagship Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5. We managed to get our geeky paws on the new device which is set to retail on April 11th of this year for a price point of around $650. First let’s get down to some cold hard specs:
Samsung Galaxy S5
• 5.1″ Super AMOLED Display
• 1080 x 1920 Full HD Resolution
• Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.5GHz
• 16MP back Camera (0.3 Second Auto focus)
• 2.1MP Rear Camera
• 2GB Memory
• 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
• MicroSD Card plus USB 3.0 host support
• 8.1mm x 142mm x 72.5mm
• 145 grams
• 2,800 mAh Battery
• Fingerprint Reader
• Android 4.4.2
In terms of sheer look and feel, many would argue that the new GS5 is probably best described as the love-child of two of Samsung’s most recent devices, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4. With a display size of 5.1″ it’s a tad larger than its predecessor, although it’s based on the same Super AMOLED technology with a Full HD resolution of 1080p -not 1440p as many on the rumor mill had hoped.
The raw specifications don’t really sound as devastatingly next-gen as many would have hoped, but Samsung has generally taken a slightly more conservative approach in the past so it’s no huge surprise that we’re seeing the GS5 integrate features that Samsung has used before. The new GS5 is dust and water resistant (IP67) which something they had showcased on the GS4 Active. The GS5 also sports a USB 3.0 host port, again something that was done on the Galaxy Note 3.
But even though the new Galaxy S5 is more evolution than revolution, Samsung has still managed to pack it’s new flagship Smartphone with a couple of new features. The rear camera has been upgraded to a whopping 16MP, with an auto-focus of only 0.3 seconds. There is also a fingerprint scanner (clearly a response to Apple’s Touch ID) integrated into the home button which can be configured as a private data lock and doubles up as a heart rate sensor for fitness apps. The overall finish too has been tweaked with the back side of the device sporting a faux leather finish, similar to what we saw on the first Nexus 7.
By just taking one look at the new Galaxy S5, you know you’re looking at a Samsung Galaxy device. We may have been excited at the prospect of Samsung unveiling something more radically different, but with the Galaxy S5 we have an elegant upgrade that will keep Samsung Smartphone users pretty satisfied – even if it may still disappoint the hard core geeks… just a little.