Samsung Galaxy S5 with Fingerprint Scanner unveiled; Specs & Price
Finally it is official. The most anticipated Android smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced at the Samsung unpacked event at MWC 2014. The new Galaxy S5 has opened a new chapter in Samsung’s design, with the new smartphone having a leather-like back and entirely new design in different colors.
The perforated rear pattern is very different from Samsung’s stitched leather covering on a plastic back. The company calls the new design a “modern glam look,” and decide if you disagree with that after taking a peek at the design. The smartphone will be available in many colors including Copper Gold, Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue. Samsung hasn’t changed the screen size of the device this time but the device has a more elongated body and measures at 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and that is slightly thinker than it predecessor Galaxy S4 and it seems the new embedded fingerprint scanner is the reason for that. The smartphone is also heavier at 145 grams vs Galaxy S4 at 130 g.
As rumored, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming with IP67 rating, means it is protected from dust and can be completely submerged in water up to three feet and will still work. The device has the swipe Finger Scanner which is embedded in the home button, which also provides biometric authentication for unlocking the device as well as secure mobile payments.
Samsung has retained the display of Galaxy S4. The new smartphone comes with the same 5.1″ Super AMOLED display with the same resolution of 1080×1920 pixels but a tad lower pixel density that Galaxy S4. So it may be frustrating for those who took the rumors that the device would come with a Quad HD display, but hey things should still be sharper on the display.
What is inside?. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by a octa-core Exynos 5420, or the newly quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz coupled with 2 GB of RAM. processor is comparatively higher but 2GB of RAM sounds a bit outdated for a high-end smartphones. Sony’s Xperia Z2 comes with 3GB of RAM so is LG’s G Pro 2. And we assume there may be dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S5 in the future as the Snapdragon 801 has dual-SIM hardware support.
The new Samsung Galaxy s5 will come in two flavor of storage which include 16 and 32GB version plus microSD card slot to further expand the storage.
For connectivity, the smartphone has built-in support for 150 Mbps LTE-A and Samsung has added an interesting feature known as Download Booster which boost teh download speed by combining Wi-Fi/ac and LTE-A connectivity. Other connectivity features include NFC radio, IR blaster and USB 3.0 port at the bottom.
On the camera side, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 16MP camera which the company claims to offer fastest, 0.3 seconds autofocus times made possible by the dedicated image signal processors in the Snapdragon 801 chipset. The camera can shoot videos at 4K at 30fps and also offers some extra camera features. There is Selective Focus which lets you tap on objects that you want to look sharp and focused while rest of the background is blurred. Samsung Galaxy S5 also boasts an advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR).
And the battery giving the device enough juice to get these all features working is a 2800 mAh battery that is good for 21 hours of talk time and 16 days of standby mode. As the device comes with new Ultra Power Saving Mode, the battery should last pretty good time at a charge.
Samsung Galaxy S5 runs latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI on top. The new UI is coming with flatter, round icons, reworked menus, and plenty of new features. Now there is a new Ultra Power Saving Mode which turns the images into black and white and shutting down all processes and connection when the device is not in use. The device is also coming with improved S Health 3.0 app, a built-in heart rate monitor located next to the LED flash apart from the usual pedometer, diet and exercise recordings.
Finally availability and price. According to Samsung, new Galaxy S5 release date is set to March and when it comes to pricing, it could vary based on regions and carriers and expect the price to hit $600 off contract and $200 on contract.