Samsung recently took the wraps off its newest Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. The Mobile World Congress 2014 has shown some interesting devices and the Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely one of them.
Samsung has been fairly successful in keeping a lid on its important launches. In fact, it has recently proven to be more successful than Apple. The Galaxy S5 was leaked a day before the official launch but this is an achievement nonetheless. In any case, my impression of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is quite mixed.
On one hand, I was expecting something quite different with the Galaxy S5. After all, it was Samsung itself which issued a statement that the new smartphone will be something new and that the company will go back to basics with the Galaxy S5. Also, rumors were floating that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature an aluminum case, a supposed departure from the plastic body that has been a main attribute of Samsung phones.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a better Android phone than its predecessors. Samsung has successfully improved the Galaxy S4. The designs of the previous Galaxy S phones worked and Samsung was probably afraid to rock the boat, so to speak. However, this could be dangerous for Samsung. A lot of its fans were looking for something fresh, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 is far from fresh. It has some interesting additions like a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate monitor and a different faux-leather finish but overall, it’s more of the same from Samsung.
The front part of the Charcoal Black Samsung Galaxy S5
The back of the Galaxy S5 shows new texture and pattern. It’s still essentially plastic.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has bleeding edge specs. I wouldn’t expect less from a Samsung flagship device. The main specs include a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution. This translates to a whopping 432ppi pixel density. This is however almost the same as the display on the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 packs a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB, 16MP main camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera and 2,800mAh battery. Connectivity options include NFC, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0. The Galaxy S5 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Other interesting features about the Galaxy S5 include an Ultra Power Saving Mode, IP67 certification and 4K video capture.
The electric blue Samsung Galaxy S5
The copper gold Samsung Galaxy S5
The white version of the Samsung Galaxy S5
Here are a list detailing the main specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs
- 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Full HD Display (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 432ppi)
- 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
- Adreno 330
- 16 / 32GB
- microSD (up to 128GB)
- 16MP main camera, LED flash, OIS,
- 2.0MP front camera
- 2,800mAh battery (user removable)
- 4K video capture
- NFC, LTE, Bluetooth v4.0
- 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi, dual-band
- Android 4.4 KitKat
There are no pricing details yet but Samsung already disclosed that the Galaxy S5 will be available starting April. Expect the retail price to be around the same as the price of the Galaxy S4 when it first launched, which is somewhere north of Php30,000. Availability in the Philippines should be around the same time as international availability.
Watch this video showcasing the Samsung Galaxy S5.