We’ve waited for this moment for quite some time, but now the S5 has officially been revealed. Samsung’s latest offering comes with a 5.1″ 1920 x 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage plus the ability to host a Micro SD card. Android 4.4.2 is on board as expected, and it sports a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon process (not sure of 800, 801 or 805).
As we identified before, the S5 boasts a fingerprint scanner, and not only that, but also an IR blaster and a USB 3.0 port. The camera is now a 16 megapixel shooter, which is also capable of capturing video in 4K resolution at a rate of 30 FPS. Besides the camera’s pixel count, Samsung states that the phone has an autofocus time of 0.3 seconds, which is astonishing to say the least, and it should find favour in the hands of those who love to shoot things. With a 2800 mAh battery, Samsung states that you will get up to 21 hours of talk time and as much as 390 hours on stand by. With the great push towards health that’s going on today, The S5 offers a heart rate monitor, coupled with its S Health app.
Not to be outdone by Sony and other OEMs, the S5 is fully dust resistant and is waterproof up to a depth of 1 meter. Other benefits include an ultra low power mode when needed, and what Samsung claims to be the “most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.” Their claim is backed up by the presence of Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2X2 MIMO and their ability to support a wide range of LTE frequencies around the globe.
Samsung seems to have left no stone unturned, although rumours of a 2K display were incorrect, they did make improvements where necessary, and even made some changes to the new TouchWiz. I had hoped that it would get a bit closer to stock Android in its looks, but I have to learn to deal with my disappointments. With the Sony Z2 launching today as well, and the new HTC flagship not yet launched, all the top OEMs have a battle on their hands, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store.