Samsung Galaxy S5 Now Official: 5.1-inch FHD Display, IP 67 Water Resistance, 2.5GHz Quad-core Processor

Samsung Galaxy S5 Now Official: 5.1-inch FHD Display, IP 67 Water Resistance, 2.5GHz Quad-core Processor

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Meet the Samsung Galaxy S5!

After months of speculation, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally official. Samsung’s focus for the Galaxy S5 isn’t about bleeding edge specs – it’s all about user experience and ease of use, at least according to JK Shin, Samsung CEO and President during the unveil earlier today. The Samsung Galaxy S5 leverages heavily on Samsung’s two other wearables, the Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear Fit.

Galaxy S5 Specs

  • 2.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16/32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB
  • 16-megapixel camera
  • 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth 4,0, BLE / ANT+, NFC, IR Remote
  • IP67 Dust and water resistance
  • 2800mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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As far as externals is concerned, the back of the Galaxy S5 is perforated to be easier to grip. The overall look of the Galaxy S5 closely resembles the design of the previous Galaxy devices on the front, with minor differences. Interestingly, the Galaxy S5 still has the external navigation keys that other smartphone manufacturers have banished. The Galaxy S5 will ship with stylish covers as well.


Aside from the focus on fitness, the Galaxy S5 is now IP67 certified for dust and water resistance – that’s right. The Galaxy S5 will be able to withstand being dunked in water, a clear challenge to Sony’s Xperia line of smartphones that are protected against mother nature.

The camera of the Galaxy S5 has been revamped thoroughly as well. Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel camera has the fastest autofocus in a smartphone today, able to focus in only .3 seconds. The Samsung’s Galaxy S5’s HDR capabilities have been improved as well, and doesn’t require you to keep your phone steady for an excessive amount of time to get the best results. The HDR feature of the Galaxy S5 also gives you the results of the HDR immediately, in real time, which doesn’t happen in other smartphones. The Galaxy S5’s camera can also do selective focus, giving SLR-like focusing capabilities. Extreme bokeh, anyone?

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As far as the 5.1-inch display is concerned, Samsung boasts that the super-AMOLED panel that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S5 uses a local contrast enhancement, which is basically just a fancy word for a better ambient light sensor. Samsung also said that the full HD panel on the Galaxy S5 adapts automatically to your surroundings, adjusting the color, brightness and other factors of the display to give you the best display quality no matter what the lighting condition is.

Samsung has also sought to improve the battery life of the Galaxy S5, which is a big issue for a lot of smartphone users. The Galaxy S5 now uses a 2800mAh battery, an improvement over the Galaxy S4. Samsung didn’t just improve the battery life by just shoehorning a bigger battery in the device – Samsung says that they’ve optimized the Galaxy S5’s radios in a way that allows it to give users 10 hours of continuous web browsing using the LTE radio. Aside from the optimization in the hardware and software, the Galaxy S5 also has an ultra power saving mode built-in. The mode basically switches the display of the S5 into black and white and kills almost everything that’s not needed in the S5 for communication, leaving you with only the ability to call and send SMS messages. Samsung promises to deliver 24 hours of standby using the power saving mode with only 10 percent of battery left in the tank.

Finally, the Galaxy S5 is designed to work closely with their Galaxy Gear Fit and the Gear 2 via the S-Health app in the S5. The Galaxy S5 is also the first smartphone to have a heart rate sensor (embedded near the LED flash on the main camera). Much like the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S5 also has a fingerprint scanner, you just swipe down from the bottom of the display to the home key.

Samsung promises to launch the Galaxy S5 in 150 countries come April 11. No price has been set yet.

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