Samsung Galaxy S5 – announced today at Mobile World Congress with less publicity — gets new features if you are looking for an upgrade. But it looks like S4.
The price may be an issue. Samsung will announce the price later.
The Galaxy S5 looks and feels familiar, but offers a number of improvements over last year’s edition.
You may feel sad since the Galaxy S5’s design is a minor evolution of the Galaxy S4.
The S5’s display is slightly larger at 5.1 inches, but it’s still a 1080p, Super AMOLED panel that doesn’t look very different from the S4’s screen.
We earlier wrote about plastic use in S4. Samsung has listened customer complains. S5’s new finish reverses this trend replacing glossy plastic battery cover with a dimpled soft-touch and is one of the most significant upgrades introduced this year
Samsung is offering the S5 in four different colors — black, white, blue, and gold.
However, Samsung has retained the familiar metal-looking plastic surround on the S5, though the charging port (now USB 3.0) comes with an integrated port cover for waterproofing. The S5 is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.
The S5 is launching with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s user interface.
The PayPal fingerprint authentication feature will go live on the Samsung Galaxy S5 in 26 markets this April.
Analysts say Samsung is bringing wellness, fingerprint reading and camera autofocus, while keeping a very similar look and feel for its hardware and software. The updates are so minor that on first glance most consumers would be hard pressed to notice that it has changed from the previous version.
2.5GHz Quad core application processor
Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) OS
16MP rear camera and 2.0MP front camera
Camera features HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More
Connectivity: WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB: USB 3.0, NFC, IR Remote
2GB RAM memory
16/32GB internal memory
microSD slot upto 64GB
2800mAh battery with standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs