Samsung has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5 – at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Our colleagues over at PhoneDog have all the details:
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1920×1080 Super AMOLED display on its face, which is just a hair larger than the 5-inch 1080p panel found on the Galaxy S 4. Powering Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphone is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor that’s paired with 2GB of RAM and a 2800mAh battery. The Galaxy S5 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage built-in, but that can be supplemented with a microSD card up to 64GB in size.
Samsung says that one of the most important features of any smartphone today is its camera, and so the company chose to make the shooter on the Galaxy S5 is one of its tentpole features. The S5 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with an autofocus speed of up to 0.3 seconds, HDR and a Selective Focus feature that allows the user to focus on one part of an image and blur out the rest. Also included is a 2.1-megapixel shooter on the Galaxy S5′s face.
But wait, there’s more! Samsung has packed its new Galaxy flagship to the gills with hardware features, including Cat 4 LTE for speeds up to 150Mbps, an IP67-rated body for resistance to dust and water and a new S Health 3.0 app with a built-in heart rate monitor and fitness tracking capabilities. The Galaxy S5 also includes a Finger Scanner biometric feature for added security and an Ultra Power Saving Mode that’ll turn the display black and white for those times when you need to stretch your battery as far as it’ll go.
Compared to Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, the fingerprint scanner in the S5 is not as advanced, but it’s a step in the right direction in terms of security and privacy. It’s also interesting that Samsung put so much emphasis on health in its keynote and in its products with heart rate monitors in the S5 as well as its companion smartwatches – the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Apple is rumored to be working hard on health and fitness features for its next generation iPhone, iOS 8 and as-yet-unannounced iWatch.
What I’m most impressed about in the new Galaxy S5 is its water-resistance – something I’d love to see brought to iPhone. The camera also sounds pretty powerful and I’m looking forward to seeing some real-world tests when the S5 is released in April.
Samsung has maintained the plastic material for the Galaxy S-line of devices, although opting for a perforated, soft-touch texture which is an improvement. The gold colorway, almost identical to the gold iPhone 5s’s hue, is unsurprising but, then again, gold is best, right?
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear line of wearables? What does Apple need to do for its iPhone 6, iOS 8 and iWatch to stay competitive? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter: @TodaysiPhone.