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Samsung rehauls design for Galaxy S5, adds fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, more powerful specs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Feb 2014 20:01 User comments (10)

Samsung rehauls design for Galaxy S5, adds fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, more powerful specs Samsung has unveiled their Galaxy S5, a rehauled version of last year's successful S4, and next progression of the popular line of devices.
The company has increased the screen size to 5.1 inches, kept the 1080p Super AMOLED display but added a plethora of new features. Under the display is a new home key with a fingerprint scanner, and under the camera is a heart rate monitor, adding to the industry's move towards fitness tracking.

Around the edges, the phone keeps the same metal-esque plastic and the USB 3.0 charging port has now been given a port cover to help with waterproofing. Samsung has added IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, meaning a dunk in some shallow water will likely not kill the device. The back cover is no longer the ugly plastic we are used to, and is instead the soft-touch rubber well known to original Nexus 7 owners. The new back cover will be much more comfortable, and frankly, is much more aesthetically pleasing.

"With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers," said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. "Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation."

Samsung has kept up with high-end specs, starting with Android 4.4.2 + TouchWiz. Under the hood is a 2.5GHz Quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot, dual cameras, 16MP (rear) with 4K video support, 2.0MP (front), LTE Cat 4, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO(2x2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, NFC and a built-in IR remote to control TV and other devices.

On the software end, Samsung has jam-packed the device with the usual Samsung apps including an upgraded S Health app.

The S5 will hit shelves on April 11th and be available on all major carriers. The smartphone is expected to sell for $200 on contract and $600 off.


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10 user comments

124.2.2014 20:38

No wow factor... Needs something big like wireless charging.

224.2.2014 21:57

Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.

324.2.2014 22:35

Originally posted by wayneklay:
Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.
How was GS4 development? I know after the bootloader was unlocked on the GS3 it was the perfect development scene. Tons of options: stock, AOSP, cyanogen, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid (tablet hybrid), etc.

Even if you only get root at least bloat is gone. And some themes can help with babies first android (touchwiz).

424.2.2014 22:52

Originally posted by wayneklay:
Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.
iPhone.... Another phone that never changes. Maybe Apple with step into 2012 and bring us a 12mp camera. Apple Is a follower not a leader. They brought to market one of the coolest phones ever, then have done nothing with it.

524.2.2014 23:43

I don't really get excited with new phones after owning the Nexus 5, is something wrong with me or is there other N5 owner feeling the same way?



625.2.2014 1:16

Originally posted by Tazer247:
Originally posted by wayneklay:
Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.
How was GS4 development? I know after the bootloader was unlocked on the GS3 it was the perfect development scene. Tons of options: stock, AOSP, cyanogen, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid (tablet hybrid), etc.

Even if you only get root at least bloat is gone. And some themes can help with babies first android (touchwiz).
How about Sailfish OS?

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


725.2.2014 5:19

I have read many comments about the WOW factor, for this phone, and the Iphones, but in actual fact, the wow is the fact that the internals are better, the functions better. yes wireless charging, but what more can they do with a phone to make/give it a WOW. My mate has a Note 3, which looks good and has a great experience, so what for the Note 4 that could give it a WOW.

825.2.2014 13:37

Originally posted by wayneklay:
Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.
Yeah.....none of us are surpised NEWB.

Stick with your IPhone meant for sheeple. Less power, nothing innovative what-so-ever!

And I love how you (Like so many others) say "I'll wait for the new IPhone" and then are like SO MANY OTHERS that realise it's almost the exact same thing you just replaced.

IPhone owners are blind superfools!........almost all of them.

91.3.2014 9:01

Why is everyone acting like wireless charging is new, especially to Samsung? My wife and children's "old" S3's have it as does my relatively old Note2. Just open the back cover and look, it's there. I imagine it is on the S4 and S5 as well, unless Samsung has deemed this to be old tech.

102.3.2014 2:20

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by wayneklay:
Sadly, it's still going to have that horrible touchwiz and all of Samsung's bloatware garbage. I'll gladly pass and wait for the new iPhone.
Yeah.....none of us are surpised NEWB.

Stick with your IPhone meant for sheeple. Less power, nothing innovative what-so-ever!

And I love how you (Like so many others) say "I'll wait for the new IPhone" and then are like SO MANY OTHERS that realise it's almost the exact same thing you just replaced.

IPhone owners are blind superfools!........almost all of them.


Way to put off new members.

It's one thing to have a go at Apple but if you want others to come around to your way of thinking don't make it personal. At least not initially...

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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