Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S5, a much anticipated flagship from the world largest mobile manufacturer. It was launched in grand event at MWC 2014, but last year,s flagship was launched in a even fancier private event. Samsung had acknowledged that their devices have some pitfalls and promised that they are “Starting with the basics” to rectify them and build something truly amazing!
Typical to the flagship “Galaxy S” moniker, the Galaxy S5 comes filled to the brim with exciting and cutting edge technology. The device sports a Quad core 2.5 GHz application processor (probably some variant of the Snapdragon 800) complimented with 2GB of RAM. Imaging is taken care by a 16 MP ISOCell sensor behind and a 2 MP unit up front. The device can shoot 4K video with digital stabilization, a step up from the Note 3 that lacked stabilization for 4K videos. You could view all this and interact with the device using its 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED display. The device also comes with a 2,800 mAh battery, 16/32GB internal storage with support for up to 128GB microSD cards.
Then comes the fingerprint scanner that brings it on par with the Apple iPhone 5S and a heartbeat scanner for all you health crazy folks. All this hardware is protected from the elements by an IP67 certification, making the S5 dustproof and water resistant for 30 minutes. Furthermore the device will ship with the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 Kit Kat, with Samsung’s home baked TouchWiz enhancements.
Samsung touts the connectivity of this phone as one of its major selling points, with LTE Cat.4 and some advanced WiFi features. The phone features a download booster mode that allows us to simultaneously use the LTE and WiFi to download just that much faster.
Samsung has decided to keep the plastic build and as expected, they are using a leather like texture, similar to the Galaxy Note 3 that came before. The IP certification means that the USB 3.0 port is covered by a flap. The plastic build will probably be a talking point after the device will become available, and so will the supposedly toned down TouchWiz UI. The device is expected to hit 150 markets on April 11th.
So, are you impressed or disappointed? Are you going to make a purchase or will you steer clear of this new Samsung flagship?
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