Mar 16, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S5 - All you need to know

Galaxy S5

Much was expected from the new galaxy s5 before its release. Samsung fanboys had their hopes quite high and had represented some stunning concepts as well. Not sure if they are satisfied enough now but the Galaxy S5 does not pack a lot new in terms of looks. There is no 2K display either as rumored earlier, you don’t need one either because the pixel density of HD resolution is still a lot on your small screen.

Let us let HTC win the game for looks, however, what’s packed inside the galaxy s5 is what’s important.

 

Galaxy S5 – Specs

  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)
  • Ram: 2gb
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density)

 

Apart from these specs, the Galaxy S5 comes equipped with a fingerprint scanner, a heartbeat sensor and not to mention that this device is one big powerhouse.

 

Design

When you come to think about the design of galaxy s5, this is where you are let down. There is nothing new in the design and it looks quite similar to its predecessor the Galaxy S4. The rounded edges and the neat trim around the body is quite similar to the s4 as well.

The new addition to the body would be the rear of this phone. There is a new pitted texture kind of a look added to the galaxy s5 and it looks very neat.

The colors available are:

  1. Black
  2. White
  3. Blue
  4. Copper (Gold)
galaxy s5 rear

galaxy s5 rear

Picture Courtesy : Gizmodo

Still nothing as fancy as the leaked HTC m8 but Samsung has tried to add in to the color range. The small dot like structure that you see beside the camera flash is the heart rate sensor integrated into galaxy s5.

In terms of display the difference is not huge, you get just 0.1 inches more if you plan to buy a s5 and already own a s4. The resolution and screen type is also the same.

The Galaxy S5 is now also waterproof and dust proof. According to samsung it can survive 3 feet under water for around 30 minutes of time. Compared to the S4 the phone would be slightly thicker (a few mm) and slightly heavier as a result of some extra hardware added into the phone. The difference however would not be very noticeable out of paper.

 

Camera

Galaxy S4 packed a great camera with tons of features on board with touchwiz. The Galaxy S5 packs a greater pixel count with a faster shutter at hand. Samsung claims that the S5 has faster autofocus than S4, to be precise it only takes 0.3 seconds to autofocus on the Galaxy S5. This is due to a technology mostly found in DSLR camera’s and Samsung calls it the Phase Detection Autofocus. This means a better a faster shutter, which would allow you to capture any moment at the very instinct it happens.

Selective focus is now also introduced, a feature which was previously seen on Nokia Lumia 1020. It basically allows you to re-focus any part of the image that you recently took at anytime after the picture has been taken.

Real time HDR is also introduced, it shows you a preview of what the image might look after it has been shot using HDR, so you don’t waste time by snapping one and checking it out. A dedicated chip would be handling the burst shot feature which makes the whole process a whole lot quicker in term of time.

A modified version of what google calls “PhotoSphere” is introduced with the name of “Virtual Tour”. The difference is yet unknown but it is likely to be enhanced photosphere technology with some UI changes on board.

 

Battery Life

Compared to the galaxy s4’s 2600mAh battery the s5 is equipped with a 2800mAh. The extra 200 is certainly an addition to the number but not to forget that the s5 also packs in some extra hardware. Samsung however promises 21 hours of talk time and over 16 days of standby time on a single charge. They have also introduced an ultra power saving mode which will help the mobile in achieving this.

 

User Interface

The touchwiz has got some visual changes with the s5. The touchwiz UI now has more rounder and colorful icons than before and adds a whole new look to it. A lot of people which includes me, hated the touchwiz experience and hence resorted to other smartphones. Lets hope that this redesign serves to establish itself as a tough competitor this time.

There are new icons for the notification area and the app drawer plus different buttons for quick access. The app drawer still transitions from left to right with the standard stock animation seen on previous phones.

Over all the design is more cleaner and straightforward than it was before. 

Here is a picture showing the simplified settings.

 

galaxy-s5-settings

 

 

Extra Features (Heart Rate Sensor & Fingerprint Scanner)

When thinking about the fingerprint scanner integrated in the phone, the mechanism used by Apple comes into mind. This is not the case with samsung though. The s5’s fingerprint scanner lies above the physical home button and not on it. It covers the area right above the button and below the half of the screen. Further more you have the ability to create up to three different fingerprint profiles for multiple user access.

As far as the heart rate sensor is concerned … it is linked with the S-Health app. I have not being able to figure out the practical use for the heart rate sensor, that is because you need to touch the sensor with your finger to get an estimate of your pulse. Not sure how this would help while you are working out but you do get other features like a pedometer and fitness coach with the app itself.

 

Pricing

There are no official news on pricing yet.

 

So will you buy it ?

To sum up the s5 is a great device packing in a ton of features, the looks are not at their best and could have been better. The point is that whether you will be buying the quad-core or the octa-core version of this phone. Yes, there will be two different versions of this phone as well. The octa-core packs in its full power of 8 cores at your hand with no gimmick of battery saving cores.

The quad – core version scored over 32000 in antutu and stood as the fastest among all android phones. These were however the unofficial benchmark leaks and hence I am not sharing them here.

 

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