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We can finally put the months of rumors to bed – Samsung just unveiled to Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We'll have hands-on for you shortly, but let's go over what Samsung is announcing first.

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It's looking like some of the more outlandish rumors were way off base – the Galaxy S5 is not specced much differently than other flagship phones in recent months, and it's certainly not made of metal. It is running the Snapdragon 801, which makes it the first device announced with this chip. The 801 is a slightly up-clocked 800, so nothing to get too excited about. Here's the spec list we have so far.

  • 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • 2.5GHz quad-core ARM chip (Snapdragon 801)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage plus microSD
  • 802.11ac MIMO
  • LTE Cat. 4
  • USB 3.0
  • 2800mAh battery
  • 16MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate sensor
  • IP67 Dust and water Resistant
  • 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
  • Android 4.4.2

The Galaxy S5 is bristling with sensors. In addition to the usual compliment of brightness, IR, and so on, there's a new heart rate sensor around back. Just place your finger on the inlay where the LED flash sits to take your pulse. There is also a new light sensor that can detect the environment and adjust the screen contrast and color levels automatically. As expected, the fingerprint sensor is in the home button and requires a swipe to activate.

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The rear panel is still removable, but the GS5 borrows a bit from the Galaxy S4 Active. There is a rubber seal around the battery door to keep water out, and the USB has a port cover. It's IP67, so it should make it through a rain storm or accidental drop in the sink just fine. The rest of the design again looks very much like the last Galaxy phone, so maybe next time we can just ignore all the crazy rumors?

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This device is also packing Android 4.4.2 with Samsung's customary TouchWiz interface. Samsung is pushing a new camera experience that it claims is easier to use, but still powerful enough to take advantage of that 16MP sensor. Oddly, we didn't see any of the Android interface at the announcement. Even the new Samsung hands-on video below doesn't show much of the software beyond Samsung's apps.

Pricing wasn't discussed, but it will probably be in-line with the Galaxy S4 at launch. It's coming to 150 countries on April 11th, including all major US carriers.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Guest

    If you want proof that hate is not good for you, all you need to do is just to read the AP comment section for anything which concerns Samsung.
    It's funny to see people making fool of themselves. Just read the fourth bullet point of the good things about nexus 7

  • Ang Khai Sheng

    I don't like the speakers on GS5 & GS4...The speakers are situated at the bottom...unlike the GS3..The speaker is protected under a metal grill...still it would be perfect if the back cover is made of faux leather(found on the note 3 & grand 2) instead of plastic...

    • Sean Lumly

      The speaker seems to be under a metal grill, it's just that the grill may not be on the back cover itself, but on the actual device.

      I would personally prefer front-facing stereo speakers, but as long as it's loud enough, it should be ok.

  • bobby

    I hate the fact that this "tech blogger" is just a Samsung employee. They are making it seem as if it's an independent tech review... this is shitty of Samsung. Can't wait for the real reviews...

    • Sean Lumly

      Read around on the net. Most blog/news reports talk quite favourably about the Galaxy S5. Some even gush about it.

      It's just that irrational commenters seem to be following an anti-Samsung meme.

  • Goga Montana

    New name for Samsung: SAMESONG.

  • kettir

    En fin, it has a bigger screen, faster processor, and better camera. I'm interested in what zoom factor the camera has--I'm tired of having to get up close to something to get fine detail.

  • kelpa32

    Samsung stubbornly use home button which a good secondary screen on button. Onscreen nav key just wasting display pixel. Android 4.4 try to hide the nav key from view.

  • Ark

    I don't understand. They finished this, looking like that, with the 1990s flap for the ports and went "Yeah this looks great, release it"?

    Time for HTC to step up their game. The giant just stumbled.

  • Fifth313ment

    I still think this is a minimal update over the S4. No real update over the Note 3 which is still superior.


  • Gamblor77

    What annoys the shit out of me is the balls on these guys to say they "listened to what the consumer wanted". Who the hell asked for a heart rate sensor on the phone anyway? On the watch is a good idea, on the phone it's a useless gimmick.
    You're telling me the heart rate sensor took priority/space over a larger flash, or front facing speakers, MUCH bigger battery, ACTUALLY better camera with amazing low-light performance(the real key!), overhauled TouchWiz, higher res screen, more RAM, better build quality(not just a cheap $3 battery cover from eBay slapped on the S4) and 97 other things I could mention? WTF GUYS!?!?!?! Seriously you had a WHOLE YEAR and barely added a few things and STILL didn't improve TouchWiz? You have BILLIONS OF DOLLLARS for design and programming, where did all that money go?

  • furry

    The S5 was launch and the crowd of 5000+ was'nt very impressed! We will have to wait for what the competitors has to offer to decide. It is really a pity Samsung that you did not sell us S5 without any doubts. This launch should have been bang and WOW that cause all potential buyers to just forget about any other competitors and just go get the S5. But at last, this is not the case in this bad launch. If they think they have a premium S5 set under wraps, that would be a very bad and unwise marketing strategy as the whole world was waiting so eagerly for this S5 and it drop like a "Oh well just another high end phone, nothing really special". Have'nt they read of the saying strike while it is hot!!!. If the Ram was 3G and battery was 3200mah, I would go for it even if it is not so nice in design. But then, there are no redeeming factors on S5. What main features available on S5, they are on the other similar competitors handsets (LG Pro G2, Xperia Z2, HTC M8). This is a sad story for S5 launch.

    Note: Heart beat and finger scanner is just gimmicks. I do not have top secret info to hide and what makes you think your phone can be protected by the finger scanner when any app can easily access your contacts or browser history or SDcard if permission is granted. No smart phone is completely secured. The finger scanner is just a sales gimmick! Do not let this be a purchase factor. Screen size, Battery capacity, System memory and less bloat ware is what counts.

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