Samsung Galaxy S5 officially announced: here’s what you need to know
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Samsung has now officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014 in beautiful Barcelona, bringing revamped specs and a whole new look — at least for the back of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a brand new soft touch (removable) back plate that is somewhat reminiscent of the Nexus 7 (2012). This is a pretty dramatic departure from both the glossy back found on the GS4 and the faux leather design introduced with the Note 3. Not surprisingly, the design is still plastic, though it does add IP67 dust and water resistance to the mix.
Whether the new look is a good change or a bad one probably comes down to your own personal taste.
As for the front? At first glance, it’s pretty much the same as always, though the Samsung home button introduces an integrated swipe-based fingerprint scanner. Turning to the display, there’s a 5.1-inch super AMOLED with the same 1080p resolution found on the Galaxy S4, despite rumors that suggested the Galaxy S5 would introduce a Quad HD display.
As you probably guessed, adding an even larger display means that the Galaxy S5 is taller (6mm), wider (about 2mm) and thicker (.2mm) than its predecessor with a slightly heavier weight of 145 grams.
Let’s jump into the rest of the specs, shall we?
|Display||5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi|
|Processor||2.5GHz Snapdragon 801|
|Cameras||16 MP rear LED flash with ISOCELL and 4K recording (limited to 5min), 2.1 MP front|
|Networks||3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO|
|Connectivity||GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|Dimensions||142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
|Colors||Black White, Blue, Gold|
|Waterproof and dust resistant||Rated IP67 - USB port covered with plastic flap|
As you can see, while the rumor mill got some things right, there are at least a few surprises in terms of design language and specs.
Beyond the hardware changes, the Galaxy S5 introduces several new software features, though the UI changes aren’t as dramatic as some earlier rumors claimed it would be. Samsung’s TouchWiz style is still here, and the dock, homescreen and launcher remain essentially unchanged. The settings have been revamped with round icons and the notification dropdown toggles have also been updated with a look similar to what we’ve seen with the NotePro.
As you read this, we are busy gathering up more details about the software changes and new camera improvements. We’ll also be bringing you info on pricing and availability (as we learn it), tons of hands-on videos, comparison posts and more.
Be sure to stay tuned to this post, where we’ll be adding links to all the great Galaxy S5 content here at Android Authority. Be sure to take a look at our other MWC 2014 content as well!
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- Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 quick look (MWC 2014)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and first impressions
- Samsung Galaxy S5 pricing and availability
- Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S5 – Specs Explained
- Spec Battle: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs the competition
- Samsung Galaxy S5′s ISOCELL image sensor explained