After months of rumors and speculation, we finally have our hands on Samsung’s 2014 flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. The electronics giant raised the curtain on what was one of the most anticipated tech launches on February 24th, 2014 at the Mobile World Congress. Now that we have the phone in front of us and don’t have to depend on leaked reports and images, let’s peel it feature-by-feature to see if it lived up to all the hype that surrounded its launch.
- Design and Build:
Samsung aficionadas who have always envied the sturdy look and feel of the metal chassis characteristic to an iPhone will have a bone to pick with Samsung. Unlike what was predicted, the S5 retains its polycarbonate body, but it gives you a reason to be happy. The material is IP67 rated that means it is resistant to water and dust.
It also does not digress from its predecessor when it comes to look. The screen takes up front of the home. A narrow bezel surrounds the screen. At the bottom is the signature home button sitting between the Apps switcher and back buttons while on the opposite side, the top of the screen, is the earpiece grille, the front facing camera and the sensors.
As far as the dimensions of the phone are concerned, it measures 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm. It weighs 145g.
- Hardware and Storage:
The powerful processor and the expansive storage space will compensate for the Galaxy S5’s plain Jane looks. Samsung’s 2014 android phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and quad-core Krait 400 processor. It is over-clocked at 2.5GHz. A Snapdragon 800 chipset delivers enough power that makes multi-tasking a breeze.
Speaking about storage, it ships with 16GB internal memory. It also comes with a Micro SD card that can be expanded upto 128 GB; that is quite a lot of memory space for a smartphone. Besides this, it supports a bevy of features including 5th generation Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy S5 earns its brownie points thanks to it amazing snapper. There is a rear facing camera and a front facing camera for video calling. The rear facing camera is a 16 mp snapper while the front facing camera is a decent 2 mp camera. The Selective Focus feature takes the snapping ability and quality a notch higher. It also boasts of having the fastest autofocus at 0.3 seconds.
- Display and Graphics:
The Samsung Galaxy S5 boasts of having one of the most beautiful and vibrant screens. It has a 5.1 inch HD Super Amoled Screen. It has a pixel density of 432ppi. It allows you to watch movies and view images with having to strain the eyes. The Corning Glass 3 is resistant to scratches. The screen is not very bright under direct sunlight, but it water resistant.
- Software Features:
The Galaxy S5 has the Android’s latest KitKat version at its core. To add is Samsung’s latest TouchWiz interface. They’ve also put in Magazine UI. When the rumors were making rounds there was speculation of either a fingerprint sensor or a retina scanner. Finally, Samsung Galaxy S5 ships with a fingerprint scanner. It is integrated with the devices Home button.
- Battery Life:
Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2800 mAh lithium ion battery. It lasts for 20 hours on a single charge. The battery is a removable one.