Hardware and Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the Samsung's latest flagship device. It comes with enhanced hardware in addition to a set of new features. The Galaxy S5 features a fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the home button. You can use the fingerprint scanner to unlock the device and authenticate payments. The hardware of the device itself is refreshed, with the Galaxy S5 coming with a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU in addition to an Adreno 330 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB RAM, storage variations of 16 and 32 GB and a micro-SD card slot. The official Galaxy S5 ROM utilities over 7 GB of storage, so if you're buying the 16 GB version, you will only have 7.8 GB of storage available. You can extend the storage through the micro-SD card, which accommodates 128 GB SD cards.
Screen and Design
Samsung announced that the design of the Galaxy S5 so that it doesn't look too similar to the Galaxy S4, and has delivered on that front to a certain extent. The Galaxy S5 does look like the Galaxy S5 from the front, but the back features a soft-touch plastic material that is comfortable to hold. The 5.1-inch full-HD screen has also been tweaked, and now comes with an Adaptive Display technology that automatically adjusts viewing levels based on the lighting conditions. the Galaxy S5 has dimensions of 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 grams.
Camera and Multimedia
The imaging section is an area Samsung has lavished a lot of attention on. The Galaxy S5 comes with a 16 MP camera that has a ton of new features. The camera is one of the fastest when it comes to focusing, and comes with a Selective Focus feature that lets you adjust elements within an image you want to focus on. In addition, there is a new HDR true tone and software tweaks that allow you to take images and videos faster. The camera also gives you the ability to shoot 4K video and slow-motion video at 120 fps. There is also a 2 MP camera at the front of the Galaxy S5 that can shoot full-HD video.
Software and Features
Samsung has addressed the issue of software bloat on the Galaxy S5, with the result being that the Galaxy S5 is one of the fastest devices around. That doesn't mean that it does not have any exclusive features. The device comes with a heart rate sensor that is embedded at the back, just beneath the camera lens. Placing your finger on this sensor for five to ten seconds determines your current heart rate, and the information can now be synced to Samsung's S Health utility.
The Galaxy S5 is also IP67 certified, which means that it is dust and water resistant. The device comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and features Samsung;s enhanced TouchWiz UI. The new Ui is cleaner, more modern and features icons that are flatter. Overall, Samsung has done a magnificent job as far as the UI of the Galaxy S5 is concerned.
Connectivity and Battery
Connectivity is another area that Samsung focused on. The device comes with fifth-generation Wi-Fi connectivity in the form of Wi-Fi MIMO, which lets you download at 867 Mbit/sec. Legacy HSDPA and 3G networks can still be accessed using the Galaxy S5. The device also has a larger 2,800 mAh battery that is said to deliver 10 hours of Internet surfing over LTE and 12 hours of continuous video playback. Samsung has introduced a power management feature that lets you conserve battery usage even further.