Mobile World Congress 2014 is now in full swing, and the first full day gave us a lot of excitement. To a lot of people, none was more exciting than the prospect of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Very aware of the debacle they had delivered when launching the Galaxy S4, Samsung decided to tone down the media event, simply focusing on the device at hand.
Before we talk about it further, here is a list of the GS5’s specs:
- 5.1-inch 1080p display. Android 4.4 KitKat.
- 16-megapixel rear camera.
- 2 gigabytes of RAM with a 2.5Ghz quad-core processor.
- MicroSD card storage.
- Waterproofing with an IP67 rating.
- 802.11 ac Wifi
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- 2,800 mAh (removable) battery
So let’s get down to it, this is not a massive redesign from Samsung. I guess that’s what you are able to do if you are one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers – choosing to simply refine the design rather than overhaul. The Galaxy S5 looks very familiar, but there are some improvements over last year’s model.
First and foremost, the casing has been changed. And that’s a great thing, even though they haven’t gone for a metal finish – rather taking going for matte soft-touch back. We do definitely prefer it to the slimy glossy plastic of its predecessor.
Like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5’s home key features an integrated fingerprint scanner, which can be used to unlock the phone or authenticate purchases. Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner. Samsung say the battery will last about 20% longer, which is a nice addition as well.
Samsung is making a huge push into fitness tracking, and the Galaxy S5 has a revamped S Health app and a new heart-rate sensor on its back. This is quite a unique feature, though it remains to be seen how many people actually has use for this feature. It reads your fingertip to grab your pulse in about five to ten seconds.
TouchWiz has also been overhauled somewhat, thank goodness. That messy quick setting menu has been completely redesigned, and the settings menu is now very flat in minimalistic. How it will perform over the long run remains to be seen.
The 16MP camera is capable of 4K video capture and it now supports real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting. The camera interface has also been simplified, which can only be good for performance.
What are you initial thought on the Samsung Galaxy S5? Do you like the design? Let us know in the comments below.
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