Hardware and Specifications
The Galaxy S5 is 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 and can be used 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 and 16 GB of internal storage. You can extend the available storage through the microSD slots, which supports cards up to 128 GB.
Screen and Design
The Galaxy S5 may look like the Galaxy S4 at first glance, but it features numerous design improvements. The back of the Galaxy S5 has a leather finish which provides a comfortable grip. The 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display is the best from Samsung so far, with an improved Adaptive Display technology that automatically adjusts the image quality based on the usage scenario and 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 has a quick focus time of under three seconds, and comes with a Selective Focus feature that lets you select what part of an image you want to focus on after you've captured it. There is a new real-time HDR mode and various software tweaks for faster image and video capture.It also has a 2 MP camera on the front for video calls and shooting Full HD videos.
Software and Features
Samsung has trimmed the number of add-on features on the Galaxy S5, but that doesn't mean 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 app.
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 includes impressive features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, and more.
Connectivity and Battery
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. Battery life can be extended using the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature, which disables most functions and turns off the color output of the display to offer up to 24 hours of usage times on 10 percent battery.