Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Smartphone
Samsung announced the latest phone in its Galaxy S series at the 2014 Mobile World Congress on Monday. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available worldwide in April.
The new device received a number of incremental upgrades under the hood, but cosmetically remains largely unchanged from the S4, especially from the front. The most noticeable physical difference is the texture of the phone’s back surface, which evolved from a glossy, sticky plastic to a softer, grooved version. The screen size also increased slightly to 5.1” from the S4’s 4.99” Amoled display, although the resolution remains unchanged at 1920 X 1080.
The S5 boasts a fast 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (compared to the S4’s 1.9 GHz) and the same 2 GB of RAM. The front-facing camera remains at 2 MP while the rear-facing one has been bumped up to 16 MP from the S4’s 13 MP and can record 4K video. Additionally, the battery has a slightly greater capacity at 2,800 mAh.
While the base model still ships with a relatively small 16 GB of internal storage, customers can opt for 32 GB or add a micro-SD card to the bay, which now supports up to 128 GB of removable storage.
To accommodate the enhanced components, the device grew in all directions, now measuring 142 X 72.5 X 8.1 mm compared to the S4’s 136.6 X 69.8 X 7.9 mm, and now weighs in at 145 grams, an increase of 15 grams.
The S5 will come bundled with new versions of Samsung’s S suite of apps, with a focus on health tracking. It will also house a fingerprint scanner to authenticate purchases and unlock the device, and offer an Ultra Power Saving Mode that turns the device’s display to monochrome and shuts down extraneous features. Additionally, the device will be dust and water resistant.
The Samsung Galaxy S5, in tones of black, white, blue, and gold, will launch with KitKat, the latest Android operating system. Samsung has not yet announced pricing, although that will vary by mobile operator.