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Out of all the major manufacturers presenting new products at Mobile World Congress this week, no keynote was more highly anticipated than Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event. The South Korean company is the hottest name in Android right now, and it was expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone.

And it delivered. This afternoon, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 handset to a packed auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. There were no paid TV hosts or Broadway dancers this time around, just Samsung leadership up on stage talking about the smartphone they built for the year 2014 and beyond…


The Galaxy S5’s design is a minor evolution of the Galaxy S4—in fact, it’s nearly impossible to tell the two apart from the front. The back looks fairly different though, as Samsung has replaced the S4’s glossy plastic battery cover with a soft, dimpled, foamy-type finish. They call it the “modern glam” look.

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The S5’s display is a little bit larger than its predecessor at 5.1-inches, but it’s still a Super AMOLED panel rated at 1080p, so it doesn’t look much different. The processor is quad-core, 2.5GHz, and there’s 2GB of RAM. There’s also a larger battery and a 16MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K video.

Samsung is saying that the device is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time—though we wouldn’t recommend trying it. It also packs a host of sensors including gyro, barometer, gesture(IR), finger scanner and heart rate sensor.


The S5 is launching with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s user interface fully intact. Despite reports that Google asked Samsung to tamp down its bloatware, S-branded apps and UI elements are present everywhere. There’s also a new S Health app that takes advantage of the phone’s new heart rate sensor.

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From what we’ve gathered from initial hands-on experiences, the heart sensor works well, but the fingerprint reader built into the Home button is terrible. Unlike the 5s, it requires the user to swipe across vertically, and The Verge found it to be “quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate one-handed.”

Other software features include a Kids Mode, which will include apps and games tailored toward children, a Private Mode, which will shut down access to various aspects of the S5, and a Power Saving Mode. The camera app has also been updated with a surprisingly fast Auto Focus, which takes just 0.3 seconds.

Hands-on videos

The Verge



Release details

Samsung says it will begin selling the Galaxy S5 on April 11 in over 150 countries. In the US, it’ll be available on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as a handful of regional carriers. You should be able to pick one up at your local electronics dealer—Best Buy, RadioShack, etc.—but there’s been no word on pricing yet.

So, what do you think of the new Galaxy S5?

Photos via The Verge

  • p_amXtr

    Whats up with the gold one? I mean Samsung products are supposed to be ugly but not this ugly!!

    • Hyr3m

      You have to admit Apple really lowered the bar…

  • Charley Harper

    Can someone link me to the wallpaper please?

  • Jonathan

    That uglier than his mom..

    • Guest

      Still prettier than yours…

      • Jonathan

        Maybe to a monkey.

  • Charley Harper

    Wallpaper link please!

  • Duc T-ra


    • BozzyB

      nothing Nokia special…

  • Once again, Samsung is waay ahead of Apple…

    in the race of building the ugliest phone. In fact, it goes unbeaten.

    • Sputnik09


    • Anmol Malhotra


  • Gerry Alvarado

    Stand by for “the next big thing is already here” and the apple bashing commercials from samsung =[

  • Nice, might be time to upgrade my freed 4s. Don’t mind the tiny holes on the back, but still wish it was metal like the HTC one; it has a removable back while still being fully premium.

    Like the added Water Proofing feature in the standard phone, could use that for quick under water shots (no I have never dropped my phone in the toilet :P)…wonder if they’ll have an S5 Active with physical “Multitaks” and “Back” buttons.

    Would check out the fingerprint scanner in stores. I’m used to swiping my finger for scanning purposes on my old laptop, doing it here shouldn’t be any different with my 1.2 hands (measurement 2 http://bit ly/1gcog9s ).

    • Alberto Espinal

      What is this troll doing here, go back to your Samsung site, dont care to your reply!!

      • What are you iTards doing here? Get back to sucking on Tim Cook’s d**k at your iTardsOnlyBlog…don’t want a response, then don’t reply, iDiot.

  • Rowan09

    Wow I am really surprise Samsung didn’t add anything as expected. The fingerprint scanner was rumored to be in the screen and the resolution was rumored to be ultra HD. I think Samsung is having a huge issue differentiating the Note and S line now. The Note 4 will have features the S6 will get later and so on. I am really disappointed in the S5, I was expecting something new after the marginal improvements with the S4.

  • Yash Gorana

    Why has nobody asked where the fingerprint data is being stored? There was such a huge kerfuffle when Apple announced their fingerprint scanner, people freaking out about privacy and the government having access to it (even though Apple made a very large point in the keynote about it having a secure enclave). Now that there’s a fingerprint scanner on the world’s most insecure mobile OS nobody seems to mind. It’s always so one-sided.

    Some epic comment from macrumors

    • One is American, the other isn’t…there’s nothing more American than mass surveillance 😛

    • mav3rick

      Yeah, just this week look at “the most advanced mobile OS”: SSL basic coding mistake and keylogging revealed…

  • onebyone_

    I love “The new Plastic GOLD”


  • Grande PHD

    The back is like a BAND-AID…

  • thepies

    lol at you samsung

  • siddique

    very bad design…IDB make a poll and lets see 😛

  • Codvisp

    Band S what?!

  • Malik

    samsung…the company of big ass overrated screens, lame ass tweaks that nobody needs and ripped off features from apple

    • apple…the company of hypocritical policies and actions (http://bit ly/13tVo4n), with over-hyped hardware and software, and a fan base of hypocrites who call competitor product features useless until apple finally makes it available in their device.

  • Girish

    i wana see comparison between 8mp ip 5s camera(which i use :P) n s5 16mp camera

  • Rowan09

    This is the perfect opportunity for Apple to come out looking great. The S5 didn’t have anything as most people expected, all Apple needs to do now is keep up with expectations and they will win hands down.

  • Sunny

    All these apple fanboy nerds in here hahaha keep on bumlicking them while they laugh at you 😀

  • Hyr3m

    Well Hitler ruined 420… so what ?

  • Paul Williams

    hahaha what i love the most is the heart beat sensor, what a bulls..t cuz you don’t find any app that can do that.”oh i bought a new Galaxy S5 so i can check my heart beat, haahhaha there´s an app for that ”
    And don’t come here and say that´s better then a regular app, cuz it use the same thing (Camera and flash) like any other iPhone 4, 4s, etc

  • blastingbigairs

    Same sh** different day.

  • M Last

    I am wondering if Samshung didn’t copy ideas from Apple,how look like their smartphone

  • leart

    Very ugly

  • diggitydang

    I like some of the camera features, like quick auto-focus… I also like that they focused on improving the camera in a different way than Apple, as opposed to just adding a Tru-Tone flash or something, which would NORMALLY be something along the lines of what they do.

    I can’t help but notice how they have flattened the design of TouchWiz though. Wish they went another style (skeumophism?? hahahaha), rather than continuing the path down the Apple road.

    Honestly, I think that Samsung COULD and SHOULD just do their own thing and I hate how they just take what Apple does and do the same – e.g. seriously, a TouchID knock-off??? Seriously??? And, I know, I know, a fingerprint sensor existed long before Apple, but it wasn’t in the Home Button… and it didn’t work very well and it was clunky… Samsung goes and puts it in the Home Button too??? Come on!! Again, I’d much prefer if they took the approach of asking what they can do which secures the phone and does it better than TouchID, not just doing a knock-off version of it.

    End of rant…

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    One word, FUGLY.

  • 5t3v3 70b

    Semsong= iDeot

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