Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2014 at 03:00 pm

Meet the Next Big Thing: Samsung’s Galaxy S 5

SM-G900F_charcoal BLACK_01The Samsung Galaxy S 5 has just been officially announced at Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And as expected from the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship, it packs quite a healthy dose of high end specifications and mobile “firsts.” Is Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” for you? Read past the break to learn more.

In many ways, the Galaxy S 5 is simply an evolutionary product. Featuring a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (other variant available with octo-core Exynos), a 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen, a 16 MP camera, 2 gigs of RAM, and either 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage, the S 5 doesn’t seem too far removed from late 2013 flagships such as the popular (and wallet-friendly) Google Nexus 5. However, the S5 brings new features that to a certain degree help make the specification war a bit less relevant.

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Despite the relatively evolutionary hardware specs, the Galaxy S 5 packs a few interesting features and mobile “firsts.” For example, its Super AMOLED panel packs Local Contrast Enhancement for better viewing performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions, as well as “Super Dimming” for improved night time viewing. The display also packs Adaptive Display software that tailors the screen parameters to the content on the screen.

In addition to the display, the device’s also brings several enhancements to its camera, device security, and livability. The camera brings some new technologies such as phase detection auto-focus (a first on mobile) for a super speedy 0.3s AF time, as well as selective focus for a software simulated version of bokeh, or depth-of-field blur.

In addition to the new camera features, the Galaxy S 5 packs a fingerprint sensor capable of doing more than simply unlocking your device. Rather, the scanner can also be used to unlock mobile payments, access secured photos, and access a private user mode. And to better suit your lifestyle, the Galaxy S 5 packs a huge 2800 mAh batter good for a rated 10h of web browsing on LTE and 12h of video playback.

To keep you active, the S5 is the first smartphone with a built in heart rate sensor. It also boasts IP67 water and dust resistance in order to deal with “your active lifestyle.” However, this is not to be confused with being water proof. Finally, the S5 finally does away with the hardware menu button.

Are you a fan of Samsung’s Next Big Thing, or do you see no reason to upgrade from your current device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Head over to Samsung’s site for the Press Release and Galaxy S 5 Product Page. Oh and while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit our newly created forum for the Galaxy S 5!


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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