Samsung Galaxy S5 – Specs Explained

by: Ankit BanerjeeFebruary 24, 2014

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After months of rumors surrounding details about the Galaxy S5, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest flagship at its Unpacked event in Barcelona. While some of the rumors were right, there certainly were more than a few surprises with the Galaxy S5.

So what’s all new with the newest member of the Galaxy S family? Let’s jump in and take a look at the specs.

Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi
Processor2.5GHz Snapdragon 801
Battery2800 mAh
Cameras16 MP rear LED flash with ISOCELL and 4K recording (limited to 5min), 2.1 MP front
Networks3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Dimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
145 grams
ColorsBlack White, Blue, Gold
Waterproof and dust resistantRated IP67 - USB port covered with plastic flap
SoftwareAndroid 4.4

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs explained

The Galaxy S5 features a bigger display than the GS4, a better processor, and improved camera technology when compared to the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

Gone are the days of glossy plastic, first with the faux leather of the Note 3, followed by the soft touch plastic back of the Galaxy S5. Also expected was in the inclusion of the integrated fingerprint scanner, and credible rumors pointed to the fact that the Galaxy S5 would be waterproof.

Let’s talk about the specifications in a little more detail.


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Not much has changed as far as the display is concerned except for a bigger size, at 5.1-inches, compared to the 5-incher of the S4. Resolution remains the same at 1080p, with the larger size resulting in a slightly lower pixel density of 432 ppi.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

The processing package is essentially the best that is currently available, with the powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. There’s also 2GB of RAM which is more than enough, though perhaps a little bit disappointing since the Note 3 came with 3 gigs of RAM.

As always, you get multiple built-in storage options, in this case 16 GB or 32 GB, which can also be expanded further via a microSD card.


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Power consumption is expected to be more frugal with the Snapdragon 800 CPU, helped along with the battery saving features baked into Android 4.4 Kitkat. With this in mind, the 2,800 mAh capacity of the Samsung Galaxy S5 battery should be more than enough for your device to at least make it through a full day’s use.


One of the coolest new features of the device is the 16MP Isocell sensor, which should make for some amazing pics. The Galaxy S5 is the first device to integrate Isocell, a technology we’ve reviewed extensively here. The new tech should reduce noise and bloom, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Samsung also revamped the camera app, with a simpler mode selector and easy access to the app’s many features and settings. There’s also several new camera features introduced with the Galaxy S5:

  • 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


You get a plethora of connectivity options with the Galaxy S5 including GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE. There’s also network connectivity such as HSPA+ and LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO for faster data transfers.

IP67 rating

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Probably one of the most interesting features found on the Galaxy S5, aside from the camera, is the the IP67 certification that allows the GS5 to be dust and water resistant. This feature means that the USB 3.0 port of the device is covered with a plastic flap, which is also a minor aesthetic change.


Wrap Up

The Galaxy S5 is without a doubt a step up from its predecessor, with a faster CPU, better camera experience and new waterproof design. Whether it’s worth the upgrade from the Galaxy S4 is entirely up to you. What do you think of the Galaxy S5, impressed or not?

  • vic

    very good… but overpriced as hell

    • Nate Fredricksen

      What’s the price? They announced it?

  • Big_Grams

    not impressed

    • Jesus

      Haha, who do you think you are, Jesus?

  • Amadeus Klein

    I find it interesting that this is out before the live stream got out of music mode…

  • AndroidBoss

    The bezels are a little bigger, I guess HTC One is not the only phone out there with big bezels in 2014.

  • nebsif

    lol u gotta be kidding me, an uglier galaxy s4

  • Mike Bastable

    Lol all the LG G2 owners feeling rather satisfied with their purchases…a bit of a fail from Samsung today.
    Maybe the upcoming Tizen phones are going to be the more interesting handsets after all.
    No one in Samsung can seriously believe that this phone will keep them on top?
    Come on Samsung fans please tell me what makes this special?, avoid mentioning the fingerprint scanner because you all patr bile at Apple when they used it.oke

    • Guest123

      I would pick the LG G2 over this thing, especially considering the price you can find one for right now. . . this is sad, samsung.

    • nebsif

      Even S3 owners are feeling proud, t’least my back doesnt look like a goddamn towel

      • Mike Bastable

        Towel! Genius

    • Jesus

      I’m not a Samsung ‘fan’ per se, but I’ll try and tell you what makes this phone special.

      …nothing. THe fingerprint scanner doesn’t appeal to me either. It’s just a very good phone, with everything you want in a flagship phone (maybe except the design, but that’s personal preference). Ah, maybe the camera… but camera doesn’t mean much to me.

      My next phone: Nexus 5 or LG G2 ;)

      • Mike Bastable

        I own the LG G2….a truly awesome phone. Had one stolen but I replaced it immediately, did not even think of another handset, G2 is easily the best phone I have ever had.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      Don’t forget about the Galaxy F, it might surprise us all :P

      • Balraj

        With the price
        Yes definitely

        • MadCowOnAStick

          stahp destroying our hopes and dreams! c:

  • Billy Joseph

    Oh, Helllllll No! They see me trolling, they’re hating. I don’t believe those specs. Impossible.

  • Christian Koch

    oh Samsung, when will you finally fire (or decapitate) your shitty designers? Honestly, Galaxy S series peaked with the S2, the S3 was good, and ever since nothing really new came along, slightly more Hardware power (but that comes anyway) and a ton of apps very few people use.

    I was honestly hoping for a more stylish, HTC One-ishy way, where Samsung uses some metal, or at least something that looks a bit better than just glossy plastic or this fake-leather stuff, even the Nexus 5 looks a million times better than this.

    And honestly, the back is likely one of the ugliest things I have seen on a phone in a while, I cannot really think of something worse a mainstream producer did…

    • KingofPing

      “Honestly, Galaxy S series peaked with the S2”


    • Jesus

      Just FYI, the back isn’t ‘glossy plastic’. It’s apparently some textured back a bit like the Nexus 5 / 7 / 10.

    • Jesus

      I don’t agree with their designers… but they’ve got a winning formula.

      Proof = sales.

  • Brendon Brown

    I’d rather go with the Xperia Z2 …

    • WiZe

      Glad I moved to Sony XPERIA Z1. The build quality, camera and especially the battery life and easy connectivity with tons of accessories trough NFC makes a definitive winner! My next phone? The XPERIA Z2 (Not a hater, I got GS2, 3, 4 and Note 2, 3)

    • Balraj

      It’s more like last year’s lg g2
      With extra fingerprint scanner & heart rate thing
      Battery is also less..not impressed at all
      G2 &.z2 are much better
      I was wondering where is the quick comparison between G2 & S5
      Missed intentionally? :-P

      • Brendon Brown

        My 2 favourite phones have got to be the G2 and Z2. Is 2 like the magic number ?

  • Guest123

    “And finally, the biggest change for a Samsung flagship is the fact that the Galaxy S5 is now dust and water resistant.”

    Sad when that’s the biggest change.

    • Nathan Buffington

      You do realize how incredibly difficult it is to add changes to products that are already incredible, and keep the price the exact same. I’m sure they could give u a 100 mp camera and 4k 5 inch screen, but only if you were willing to shell out thousands of dollars. So chill out

      • Guest123

        Well, considering sammy is a major SoC and memory manufacturer and they are now far behind apple. . . sad, very sad.

        And not everything needs to be hardware, but their software is generally a train wreck.

        Not a single “killer feature” I’ve seen thus far, hardware or software, and that is sad. . . very sad considering sammy’s size and breadth of manufacturing.

        How about DragonTrail glass? A device that doesn’t shatter to peaces when you drop it?

        Now about Nokia quality imaging? Don’t need a shit ton of pixels, just quality.

        How about some useful software features like Moto brought with the Moto X?

        How about some better software optimization to make android fly?

        Bring something to the table that stands out. This is just, hey buy our attached crap.

        • Nathan Buffington

          The image quality on this phone is already amazing, and I know it could have more but eh

        • kg2128

          They passed Apple awhile ago, don’t know what you are smoking. Galaxy phones and most Android flagship phones come with gorilla glass, supposedly dragontrail is stronger but it hasn’t been proven. Plus if you drop your phone you are screwed regardless. The Nokia camera is all about megapixels, that is why most people say it is the best.

          I agree that Samsung should have done more and gone all out but all those competitors you list have bigger problems. Nokia=garbage cpu/screen/software. Moto x=garbage cpu/screen. Apple=garbage cpu/screen/softwre. And Apple is the only real competitor to Samsung that actually sells anything.

        • Nathan Buffington

          Behind Apple? Impossible… Apple hasn’t done anything new since the iPhone 4 LOL

      • KYRO

        Technology gets cheaper everyday that’s how these phones maintain their price point. Now give me that phone with a much better battery, thinner bezels, better all around hardware design possibly dumbing the stupid plastic at least make it so its gripped in my hands not slippery and again THINNER BEZELS I wanna see that 5’+ display on a much more compact device like the G2. I’ll gladly pay anything under $400 with 2-yr anal rape commitment.

        • Nathan Buffington

          Yeah well unfortunately the general public can’t cough up that much, and I am not completely defending them but I’m just saying they can’t be perfect. Still better than iCrap

          • KYRO

            We r talking about a Flagship Device here, they’re supposed to push it forward not hold back because of a price point! That’s what mid-range devices are there for.

          • Nathan Buffington

            I know! I agree with you. But they did push it forward. Much better camera, water protection, much faster processor. I just don’t like how everyone thinks it is a piece of sh!t because it is a really good phone, better than most other phones out there.

        • Mike Bastable

          Anal seems to be in this year

      • Mike Bastable

        I think your point is valid but I really think that all the criticism here related to Samsung’s lack of ambition with this phone. It is vaguely waterproof but not really. It has vague health apps but does nothing new. Fingerprint sensor… Very apple -ish. Same screen, looks old…. To most people Samsung has dropped the ball with this one. Big time. I really think this gives a lifebelt to HTC. Market share to LG. Premium status to Sony… And ultimately the China market to Apple and the China OEMs.

        • david

          Samsung holds around 30% of worldwide mobile market share in which is #1.. Not impressed. It’s the company the sells most phones…

          • Mike Bastable

            David, of course I am aware of that! Good for then….I just think that this phone underwhelms and leaves them vulnerable in many markets to more ambitious OEMs

  • Amadeus Klein

    Your specs are wrong, the S5 has AC wireless capability….

  • Avinash

    I would prefer rooting my note 2, install kitkat :P

  • MSmith79

    What about CDMA? It must have it

  • Looks amazing! I love the S5.

    • Amine Elouakil

      Not sure if serious….

  • Tosst

    Flagshit …

  • José Martins Neto

    Larger display? Unnecessary!
    Fingerprint scanner? Unnecessary!
    New texture pattern on the back cover? Ridiculous!
    “Totally new design!” They said… Totally new back cover I say…

    The only thing right in this launch: the dust and water proof thing. That’s the ONLY good news…

  • Dynamite

    So after watching the event and finally getting the specs I wanted to see in the event but I have to read this… Soo from the specs that I can live with: display has enough resolution, and it was impossible to create an 1440p AMOLED in time, processor there isn’t aivable better, camera, water resistance and conectiviti is pretty nice.

    RAM ! Damm it ! 2GB ???? I think the best way to punish samsung for this is to say this: Well THIS YEARS IPHONE IS GOING TO HAVE THAT MUCH RAM. Yes sad but true…

    Battery ?! 2800 mAh ? Well considering the unchanged power compustion of components it will be propably about the same as S4… BUT THAT WASN’T A PHONE KNOWN FOR ITS BATTERY LIFE…

    storage ??? WHAT ??? ADDING MORE OF YOUR Shit SOFTWARE AND KEEP IT 16 GB ??? How much is left free ??? 5GB ?????? How hard will be to get hands on a 32 GB one ?

    And ahem…. Completely new design ? Where where ??

  • georgi

    Samsung must FIRE, FIRE, FIRE their designers right away if they want to stay afloat in the smartphone industry with leaders such as HTC, LG, Iphone(yes iphone looks pretty awesome). Today marks a day in Samsung’s history of utter disappointment for their customers who I guarantee will switch to a different manufacturer.

    • kg2128

      You do realize Samsung sells more devices than all those “leaders” combined right? It would be nice if Samsung blew us all away but they are ahead by a huge margin, it’s gonna take a lot more than this before they have to worry about staying afloat.

  • Leandro Brandão

    i was expecting a 3200mah battery, less bezels and more stylish design. i think i will keep my lg g2 for entire 2014.
    this water resistance do not mean waterproof, and this even moto g can already resist.
    but i only believe in what as shown when i see some reviews.
    that power saving mode i do in my lg g2. of course 10% battery will handle 24hr in standby.
    so lets wait for galaxy s6.
    also sony z2 is the same design of z1, is very incoherent people saying: “same design of s4, i will get z2”

    • Tjaldid

      s5 same as s4 same as s3 similar too s2 so 4 years with the same design while sony’s is barely a year old and got improved instead of copied

  • somedude

    not impressed i was hoping for something original and redesigned not just a slightly upgraded s4 , really sad

  • mainevent3405

    Yes, I am very satisfied with my LG G2. Waiting for the G3. Samsung has blown its load…

  • Jaun Lombard

    Okay…A lot of Sony fans out there….tell me what is actually new about the Z2….Samsung made a water resistant phone….while you can remove the battery!

    The camera looks to best Sony’s….

    fingerprit scanner (one which might actually work) Even if they copied Appel or HTC…its not about copying…its about improving!

    AMOLED!! (Yeah its not 2K…but every AA follower said Samsung should stick to Full HD)

    Design is not as great as SONY and yeah it looks te same as an S3 or S5….but Z and Z2 looks the same…..the UI didn’t even change.

    Samsung intoduced a new powersaving mode which actually is awesome!

    The fitness app and Heart rate monitor is awesome…though not everyone will use it but some might(rather put it in that excluding it)

    • Tjaldid

      The UI did get changed/refined for the Z2 and the design is barely 1 year old while the S5 looks like S3 which looks similar to S1 so 5 years!!! of the same design

      and Sony introduced Battery Stamina mode last year

      • Jaun Lombard

        Sony Core does not even show time…stamina mode is great.

        On the looks side of things I agree, but Sony launched 3 Z phones….I will be pissed if I had to buy something and it gets replaced in 6 months!

      • kg2128

        but the z2 design isn’t anything impressive. Only the HTC one is the clear winner in design.

    • Clarence Alvarado

      Fanboi level: 16M. Wow.

  • Keylimepie

    All i wanted was front facing speakers or at the bottom of the device!! :'(

  • shivansh

    my lg g2 is better than s5 if someone wants to buy new phone than z2 will be the best. samsung is just out of there mind making shitty phone every year. s4 and s5 are biggest disappointment atleast for me.

    • Jaun Lombard

      Okay…except the design…what is actually shit about this phone?

  • David Avila

    Z1 (Oct 2013) > S5 (Feb 2014), Sammy already lost the train!! Sony is the new king now!!

  • jack

    Samsung lost its competitiveness with Apple

  • Daniel Wilenius

    Totally revamped design they said… An s4 with a towel at its back with slightly better specs

  • Xavier_NYC

    HA!!!!! MY G2 is way better than this sh*t lol.. What a flop. The G3 is going to own this Samsung Crap.

  • highdiver_2000

    Battery swapping still remains. Yes!

  • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

    I prefer my Note II over this. But that’s just me.

  • Don Nicolai Salonga

    Note 3 + Cyanogenmod = better

  • Arturo Raygoza

    what goes up must come down, and Samsung was at its peak in S3

  • rob

    It is a good phone 5 months ago.I have a s4 and will be skipping this by far

  • markomil

    i think there will be a prime one,we are too disappointed with this one, they just have to!

  • xd feng

    The most prominent features of new electronics are their configurations. Besides, some of them use FPC cable for a replacement.

    The rigid flex circuits is its light, thin ,small, soft and flex body. And it’s good heat resistance, heat dissipation and great capability of transmisson.

  • zorro

    looking forward to buy oneplus one