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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5, Packs A Storm In Plastic

The device was initially unveiled on February 24, 2014 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and it was recently released on 11 April 2014. Galaxy S5 is an improved version of its siblings, keeping a particular emphasis on refined user experience, enhanced build quality, dust and water resistance, updated camera and security measures like fingerprint scanner.

Design

Samsung Galaxy S5 is made up of plastic excluding the spotted leatherette back. The device has adopted the plastic construction and body from its siblings Galaxy S4 and S3, and the rear side has changed from shiny plastic to a vinyl –like back cover. S5 weighs in at 145g, making it heavier, thicker and larger than Galaxy S4. The edge of this handset has the similar silver accents that we can see in its previous generations. The device has very wide viewing angles, and is sharp and vibrant and very close in quality to that of high-end LCD display of HTC One M8 and iPhone S5. As with its predecessor, Galaxy S5 includes physical buttons to complement the touch screen.
You can see the home button still intact and it also serve as fingerprint scanner. It also include volume tracker and on/off button. Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in four different shades, Shimmery White, Charcoal Black, Copper Gold and Electric Blue.
 
Display

New Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1930 pixel resolution. Despite the larger screen size, S5 has the same resolution of its older flagships. When compared to S4, the display is much brighter not only in interior, but in direct sunlight as well. With its auto-brightness feature turned on, the display can go up to about 450 nits. Simultaneously, the display can dim down to as low as 2 nits in pitch-dark rooms. This offers a comfortable viewing experience while reading in dark room. Galaxy S5 includes five screen modes such as Cinema, Dynamic, Professional Photo, Adapt and Standard. All these modes have different color gamut, if one doesn’t suit with your imagination, try with others to see what works better.


Hardware and Specifications


Samsung Galaxy S5 is made more powerful with a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 578MHz Adreno 330 GPU. Galaxy S5 is powered by new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, clocked with 2.5GHz that makes it faster than the HTC One M8. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and never will have slow loading in playing high-graphic games or streaming HD videos. Along with 2GB of RAM, it includes 16GB or 32GB memory options that are expandable up to 128GB using micro SD card. On the connectivity front, it includes features like Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2x2); Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+; USB: USB 3.0; NFC; IR Remote.

 

Camera


While HTC One M8 opts for its dual-lens UltraPixel system, and Nokia with its 41-megapixel PureView pixel-clustering, Samsung has come up with a conventional approach with 16MP camera on S5. According to the company, it offers world’s fastest auto-focus speed with around 0.3 seconds. The camera includes new ‘Selective Focus’ that enables the users to focus on specific things on their surroundings. It also includes an ‘Advanced HDR’ mode for better light and colors. The device camera features modes such as Panorama, Best Shot, and Dual Shot, which were already present in S4. Galaxy S5 can take 4k- ultra-high definition video, but as it easily fills up the storage space both on device and SD card, images cannot be viewed at full resolution. There is also a front facing camera with 2MP capacity for selfies and video calls.


Battery 

Samsung has offered a good battery life for its new flagship phone S5. New device battery has been upgraded from S4's 2,600mAh to 2,800mAh. The device with 2800 mAh battery offers 21 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time. It includes Ultra Power Savings Mode that offers prolonged battery life by switching the screen to grayscale, cutting down the usage to periods only when the display is active.


Heart-rate Monitor

GS5 has come up with Heart rate sensor with the hope of appealing fitness freaks. It is a small pulse sensor that is located just below the rear camera. You can access it by using Samsung’s S Health app. The company also comes with Gear Fit and Gear 2/Gear 2 Neo smart watches, which acts as heart rate monitors. It’s very simple to use the sensor; you just need to open the app, tap into Heart Rate, and press your fingers against it for few seconds. Keep in mind that you need to stay stable in order to get accurate measurement, and it gives your actual pulse rate. Samsung's health monitoring system, S Health app has been improved with lots of functions from pedometer to heart rate to calories burnt. The company offers more apps to connect with S health and users also can set diet and records.


Fingerprint Scanner

Like iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint scanner that is used for locking the device. Fingerprint sensor is built into the home button of the device similar to iOS Touch ID. In contrast to the iPhone 5S’ implementation of fingerprint, which requires the user to touch the home button, you have to swipe your finger or thumb down the home button to unlock the S5 device. For setting up the Fingerprint Scanner, all you need to do is scan your finger 14 times. The scanner can detect three different fingers, but it’s good to have it remember to cover both left and right thumbs and index fingers. Using this scanner is much easier and faster than entering a code or using Face Unlock.

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