Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone was launched on Monday to a tumultuous reception at the company’s Unpacked 5 event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The flagship smartphone has some pretty impressive spec details, and has been confirmed for a global release from April 11th.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a Full HD Super AMOLED display at 5.1-inches, making it slightly bigger than the Galaxy S4’s 5-inch screen. It will run on a 2.5GHz Krait quad-core processing chip, meaning that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s performance should definitely be up to scratch. Android 4.4.2 KitKat is included, so you don’t have to worry about when you’ll get the latest operating system update.
It’s not just the OS that Samsung has upgraded: the TouchWiz user interface has had a facelift, giving it a brand new look, with vibrant colours like Apple’s iOS 7. Altogether, the OS and the UI combine to make a user experience that truly feels like a step up.
In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy S5’s rear-facing camera has been boosted up to a massive 16-megapixels from 13-megapixels on the Galaxy S4. It will also offer 4K video recording, which Samsung says will be particularly great for those users lucky enough to own one of its 4K TVs. The Galaxy S5 is completely waterproof and dustproof, though Samsung did tell the audience not to keep the phone underwater.
Battery life is also set to improve, with a 2800mAh power pack on board. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has a special setting called ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’, which turns your display to black and white, disables some features, as well as prioritising incoming calls and texts.
Last – but not least – the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with that fingerprint reader we’ve heard so much about. This didn’t generate as much interest as the fingerprint sensor announcement at Apple’s iPhone 5S launch. Perhaps fingerprint scanners are set to become the norm for smartphones?
Looking at the casing, some fans were left disappointed by Samsung not introducing a metal casing for the Galaxy S5, instead staying with the plastic back seen in previous models. Personally, we think that the perforated plastic looks great, and will make it much easier to keep a hold of. You’ll have four colours to choose from for the Samsung Galaxy S5: Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold.
We’ll see release details sharpening up in the weeks running up to the Galaxy S5’s launch date, so check back to find out where you can get your hands on the Samsung smartphone. The Snugg is also set to launch its protective and high-end range of Samsung Galaxy S5 cases, so stay tuned for our big announcement.