The Samsung Galaxy S5 is here, and the press has had their say. After looking at many of the photos and videos of the phone, there are a few takeaways. The Phone is completely uninspired. The changes are very subtle, while still making fair improvements. What is obvious from the release is that Samsung went with basic changes, in an effort to make the phone improved, while not overloading the consumer with a litany of unnecessary software packages to bloat the phone down even more, as was the case with the Galaxy S4. Samsung seems to have added features, enlarged the screen, removed much of the clutter, and packed in some of the best features of the Note 3, S4 Activ & S4.
- Quad Core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM
- 5.1" 1080p Display
- Fingerprint Scanning Home Button
- 2800mAh Battery (Stated 20% Increase in Battery Life over S4)
- Textured Soft Touch back ala the Note 3, for a firmer, more solid feel, without the Faux leather look.
- USB 3.0 Data Transfer (FINALLY!!!) and Charging port
- 16MP Camera with LED Flash
- 4K Video Recording Capability
- Real Time HDR Processing of Photos
- Simplified camera interface over the S4
- "Zoe" style Post Editing of Images
- Heart Rate Sensor
- Workout Manager
- Improved S Health Features
- IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes
- Removed ugly tactile buttons of the S4 Activ
- Gasket Sealed Charging Port
- Removed Tabbed Categories
- Simplified, Flat icon based selections
- Phone Unlock Authentication
- Online Purchase Authentication (PayPal joint venture)
- Reportedly inaccurate and troublesome, unlike the iPhone Sensor
Launches in April, price undisclosed. See the Verge's excellent preview and hands on below.