5.1″ Samsung Galaxy S5 now official with 16 MP cam, 2.5 GHz CPU, fingerprint and heart rate sensor
It’s probably the most important day of the year for Samsung, for the Korean giant has just introduced us to the Galaxy S5, its newest flagship smartphone. If the Galaxy S4 was thought by some to be just a minor departure from its predecessor, the Galaxy S5 is even less so. It’s basically just a more refined S4 with all the latest high-end specs Samsung could fit into it. What sadly isn’t in is the extremely long rumored 2,560×1,440 screen resolution.
Instead, the Galaxy S5 has to do with a 1080p Full HD panel, though it has grown in size somewhat compared to the S4’s – it’s now a 5.1-inch unit. The smartphone also comes with a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (almost certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Its dimensions are 142×72.5×8.1 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. This means it’s bigger than the Galaxy S4 by every measure, and it’s 15 grams heavier too. The Galaxy S5 adheres to the IP67 standard for water and dust resistance, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung still won’t give up on the physical Home button surrounded by two capacitive ones, so no on-screen rendered Android buttons here. But there is something new – the Menu button is gone, having been replaced by a Multitasking button. This adheres to Google’s philosophy on the matter, but could come with a learning curve for users of past Samsung smartphones (including the Galaxy S4).
The Galaxy S5’s camera boasts having the fastest ever smartphone autofocus time (0.3 seconds), and improved HDR. The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the Home button, and works by swiping your finger across it. There’s a Protected Mode which hides images and stuff from prying eyes and can be entered by, you guessed it, using your fingerprint. Mobile payments will also be supported via PayPal, with no need to enter a password.
The heart rate sensor is in fact positioned near the LED flash beneath the camera, and works when you touch it with your finger. There’s a new, flatter version of TouchWiz in tow, which is all about round icons apparently. The Settings menu has been redesigned, as has the S Health app.
The Galaxy S5 will be in stores in 150 countries on April 11. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect it to cost at least as much as the Galaxy S4 did when it launched.