Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 at the MWC. It comes with better specs, including a 16 MP camera.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16/32GB of storage (+microSD), 2GB of RAM, an IR remote, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, WiFi and a 2,800mAh battery. The S5 is IP67-certified, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time. The design is similar to that of the Note 3, but the back has small dimples similar to that of the 2012 Nexus 7. The smartphone is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, with TouchWiz UI on top.
The S5’s camera has been upgraded to a 16 MP which comes with 4K video capabilities, and real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting. You can now also apply Samsung’s camera effects after a photo has been taking. According to reports, the camera was fast and responsive.
Surprisingly, Samsung also equipped the S5 with a new fingerprint scanner. It works by swiping your finger down across the button. Besides unlocking the phone, can also lock and protect confidential data with it. Another new hardware feature is the heart rate sensor. The sensor is built somewhere on the back, near the LED flash. It works in tandem with S-Health 3.0, which acts as a personal life coach of sorts.
The S5 looks to be another winner for Samsung. The design elements are still faithful to their Galaxy line of smartphones, with no real groundbreaking differences. Regarding the price: if history is any indication, it will most probably come out at the high Php30,000++ range and quickly climb down in months.
The Galaxy S5 will ship in April (April 11th in 150 markets). Pricing and availability were not mentioned.