The much awaited flagship from Samsung is here. In short the Galaxy S5 have much better Specs, It’s waterproof and it has some nifty features like having a heart rate monitor and a Fingerprint Scanner. The camera department has also seen some improvement.
CEO J.K. Shin took to the stage in Barcelona for the year’s first Unpacked event just moments ago, where he gave us our first confirmed look at the new Galaxy.
It features a 5.1-inch display, offers a 16-megapixel main camera with software support for some advanced shooting modes, and has an integrated heart monitor, for use with Samsung’s S Health app.
Samsung finally hops on the fingerprint-scanning bandwagon, integrating a scanner into the phone’s home button. In addition to unlocking the phone, fingerprints can be used for app authentication, such as authorizing PayPal payments (which seems really cool)
There’s no need for a separate Active version of the phone this time around; the stock GS5 is now water and dust resistant and has a rating of IP67.
Connectivity-wise, we’re looking at extensive LTE support, including new high-speed Cat 4 networks. Even WiFi gets a boost, thanks to 802.11ac MIMO support.
Launch colors include blue, white, black, and gold.
But what about those two versions of the phone we heard about? A 2K, quad HD version as well as a 1080p version? There’s no sign of any new high-res handset; the only Galaxy S 5 we’re hearing about today has a 1080p display.
Battery and power consumption improvements means that Samsung says we can expect 10 hours of web surfing over LTE, or a solid 12 hours of video playback.
The GS5′s camera is capable of autofocus speeds as fast as 300ms – a figure Samsung calls a record. There’s new HDR processing tweaks, and a selective focus mode allows amateur shutterbugs to experiment with shallow depth-of-field shots. The Camera UI has also been given an overhaul.
Samsung hasn’t yet specified the GS5′s SoC, only offering that it’s a quad-core 2.5GHz chip – could it be the new Snapdragon 801? We also see that it only gets 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the 3GB that’s rapidly becoming standard for flagships.
It is said that the Galaxy S5 will use the Exynos 5422, clocked at 2.1GHz and this will be the octa-core version, The other will be a 2.5GHz quad-core model using the Snapdragon 801. It is said that the 801 version will be the 4G LTE varient.