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Samsung Galaxy S5 Officially Announced

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The Galaxy S5 is finally here! After a few months of rumors, the device is finally official. And it looks like a great improvement over 2013’s Galaxy S4.

Let’s start with the basics. The Galaxy S5 has a 1080P 5.1-inch tall screen. The buttons have been slightly changed on the bottom, with a multitasking button replacing the old menu bar button. That’s a good change, since most apps have built-in menu bar buttons per Google’s standards.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in four colors, including Gold, White, Blue, and Black. The Black model looks especially like the Galaxy Note 3 while the Blue model looks similar to the Galaxy S4 Active.

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The front camera is 2.0 megapixels, while the rear camera is 16 megapixels. The rear camera is capable of shooting full 4K videos at 30 FPS. Of course, you’ll need a lot of storage space for that, so the S5 comes in 16 GB and 32 GB models with a microSD card expansion slot available.

The Galaxy S5 also has a fingerprint scanner, which you can use to unlock your phone. But besides securing your phone, Samsung says they have made a partnership with PayPal, so you’ll be able to securely and easily buy content online. There are no details yet on the security of this feature, but Samsung should announce them shortly.

Some features of the “Galaxy Active” line also are making their way here with IP67 water and dust resistance, along with a heart rate monitor. There is also an IR blaster embedded in the lock button of the phone, so you can control your TV easily.

Powering this phone is a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip and 2 GB of RAM. The battery is 2800 mAh, which should get you through your day of using the phone. Of course, the back cover and battery are removable, so you can upgrade those after-market.

The design has obviously changed from the Galaxy S4. The S5 drops the plastic of previous models and replaces it with a “faux-leather” type backing. While it’s “faux-leather”, it isn’t quite as soft as the new Galaxy Notes and has some dimples. According to early hands-ons, it seems more like the original Nexus 7 than the Galaxy Note 3.

Of course, the Galaxy S5 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz on top. However, Samsung seems to have toned down the UI instead of cramming in more features as usual, so hopefully the device will be faster, as even the Note 3 seems to stutter sometimes.

The full specs for the phone are as follows:

  • Display
    • 5.1″ FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor and Memory
    • 2.5GHz quad-core application processor
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Internal Memory: 16/32GB
    • microSD slot up to 128GB
  • Connectivity
    • LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
    • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2),
    • Bluetooth: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
    • NFC
    • IR Remote
    • USB 3.0
  • Cameras
    • 16MP (rear)
    • 2.0MP (front)
  • Camera Features
    • HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More
  • Videos
    • [email protected], HDR, video stabilizationVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
    • Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Audio
    • Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
    • Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
  • Sensors
    • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor
  • Dimensions
    • 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
  • Google Mobile Services
    • Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Additional Features
    • IP67 Dust- and water-resistant
    • Ultra Power Saving Mode
    • Download Booster
    • S Health 3.0
    • Quick Connect
    • Private Mode
    • Kids Mode

This phone should definitely satisfy your need of a new smartphone for a long time. Samsung hasn’t announced pricing, but says the Galaxy S5 will be available globally beginning in April. So will you be getting this phone?

Via: Android Central