After what seems like more than a year’s worth of rumors and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a reality. Arriving in April, the handset is more than a minor step up from its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s custom UI.
Hardware specifications include 2GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB internal storage capacity. Cameras include a rear 16-megapixel and front-facing 2.0-megapixel duo. Rounding things out are the 2800mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC, LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps), and IR Remote.
That rear camera is not just your average 16-megapixel experience, mind you, but one with a number of new and fantastic features.
Phase Detection Auto Focus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly – first smartphone with phase detection auto focus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery
In terms of processor, the Galaxy S5 employs a 2.5GHz quad-core mobile CPU. The 5.1-inch screen features a 1920×1080 Full HD Super AMOLED display.
Rather than going with the faux-leather that’s been Samsung’s choice for rear cases, the Galaxy S5 comes with a perforated pattern on the back cover. Color options in charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.
As far as software is concerned, the Galaxy S5 comes with a host of features and apps: Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Kids Mode.
Also worth pointing out, the Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant. Oh, and yes, there’s a fingerprint scanner built into the home button however Samsung has downplayed it more than we expected. Its primary feature is for unlocking the phone with a swipe however it could also be used to authenticate PayPal.
Pricing and exact carrier availability is not yet known but we’ll be following up in short order. Look for your wireless provider of choice to issue press statements right away.