The most awaited, the most hyped smartphone of the year has finally been revealed officially – Samsung Galaxy S5. The wraps are off and we get the first look at Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes packed with new features focused on great photography, seamless connectivity, fitness tracking, durability, security and mobile payment. Riding high on expectations has the Samsung Galaxy S5 lived up to the hype?
To start with, there is not lot of innovation seen on the design front. It has the same rounded edges that we have been accustomed to since Galaxy S3, shiny faux metal trim and a home button below the screen. The back of the Galaxy S5 however, has a soft touch finish with tiny dimples, which should make it resistant to accidental slips. There are lot of colour options available: charcoal black, shimmery White, enticing copper and bright blue. The camera housing is slightly raised creating a bump at the back.
Samsung Galaxy S5 packs 5.1inch Super AMOLED display with FULL HD resolution. There were rumours that the S5 will contain a 2K resolution, but I guess Samsung realises that resolution higher than 1920×1080 is not going to make any practical difference, rather would be a reason for battery drain.
Waterproof and Dust proof:
Samsung had made a separate variant of their previous flagship with waterproof and dustproof build – Galaxy S4 Active. This time Samsung has included military spec IP67, which means the
device can stay 3 feet underwater for up to 30 minutes.
Being flagship device, Galaxy S5 packs in all the latest hardware with top of the line Qualcomm 2.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 chipset along with 2GB of RAM. The internal storage include options for 16GB or 32GB. Beating the Apple iPhone, Samsung has gone ahead and added support for up to 128 GB of expandable memory support. There’s usual flair of NFC, LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11ac to top it off.
We were hearing rumours that Samsung is planning to add more pixels into its camera sensors and we now have a 16MP sensor for photography on the Galaxy S5. It can capture videos at 4K resolution. This should be appealing for owners of 4K Televisions, because the S5 has a 1080p display only. Samsung is touting the camera to have the fastest auto focus to help capture fast moving objects easily. The new camera can capture images in slow motion and also has post-capture refocus selection available.
Taking a leaf from iPhone 5S and HTC One Max, Samsung has made sure they add a fingerprint sensor for better security and simpler unlocking. The fingerprint sensor is placed under the home button (maybe that is why Samsung is not willing to go with button less front). However, the user needs to swipe the finger to make an entry unlike the iPhone 5S where you can just hold your finger on the home button.
Samsung KNOX makes an appearance on the Galaxy S5, which was seen on Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. It contains features to keep your personal and professional data secure.
People obsessed with their smartphones and also fitness will be happy to know that they can now have a handy heart rate monitor in the Galaxy S5. The heart rate monitor is packed along with the camera flash. When you place your finger on the heart rate sensor it links with the S healt 3.0 app to show your pulse. S health makes use of the step counter and heart rate monitor to give to acts as a pedometer, fitness coach and exercise tracker, to give you a better idea of your health.
Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung has made slight changes to the TouchWiz UI, which is good, giving it a fresh visual appearance. Noticeably, there are new icons and buttons. Pinching on home screen now brings up panels instead of grid. Setting menu has gotten a complete makeover : there’s vertically scrolling menu, with round icons on black backdrop, organised according to sub categories. Samsung has preloaded the Galaxy S5 with familiar suit of proprietary apps such as WatchOn, Smart Remote, S Health, S voice, S PLanner, S Note and already mentioned KNOX.
Addition of a fingerprint scanner makes mobile payments secure yet easy. You can use it to authorize payments through PayPal app. This is much better than Apple’s iPhone 5S which can currently just unlock your device and make iTunes purchase using fingerprint authorisation. PayPal can be used to make wide variety of purchases both online and physical.
Even though Samsung Galaxy S5 brings lot of new features to the table, there is nothing that makes it unique or innovative. The device will start shipping from April 11th and will be available in 150 countries. There is no word on the pricing yet.
What are your views on the Samsung Galaxy S5, would you care to buy one?