The Galaxy S5 is Samsung's new flagship smartphone for
2014, unveiled at the company's Unpacked event in
Barcelona on 24 February. It has a new design,
improved camera, is water and dust resistant and
comes complete with new features including a
fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.
as it happened.
to our new Galaxy S5 release date and specifications
article, which is everything the title suggests. The
successor to the market-leading Galaxy S3 and Galaxy
S4 was shown off by Samsung today, confirming many
rumours about the new smartphone.
page we'll bring you all of the information about
the new Galaxy S5, including when we can expect to
be able to buy the new Galaxy S5, and the new
features and specs it has. We'll keep updating this
page with information as it appears.
Galaxy S2 was the first Android phone to challenge
the iPhone's dominance of the smartphone market. The
Galaxy S3 was the first non-Apple smartphone that we
could honestly say was a good if not better than the
iPhone of the day. And we love the Galaxy S4, so we
can certainly say that the S5 is a hugely important
one, and now we finally know all of the facts.
Galaxy S5: Release date in the UK
been expecting Samsung to make the Galaxy S5
available in March, but it looks like we'll have to
wait until 11 April to get our hands on the new
smartphone. Samsung says it'll be launching the
Galaxy S5 on 11 April in more than 100 countries.
what's the Galaxy S5 like? While the S5 doesn't have
a metallic design as previously rumoured, it does
come in four shimmery colours: Electric Blue, Copper
Gold, Shimmer White and Charcoal Black. They each
have a perforated design, too.
measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g.
That's actually 15g heavier than the S4, and a
little thicker too, but remember its display is 0.1
the biggest cheers of the launch event came as
Samsung revealed that the S5 is IP67 water & dust
resistant like the Sony Xperia Z range, meaning it
should be more durable.
New Galaxy S5: Display
Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1in Full HD screen, 0.1
inches bigger than its predecessor. It's Super
AMOLED, and measures 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Galaxy S5: Processor
Samsung Galaxy S5 has had a significant power boost
over its predecessor, with a 2.5GHz Quad core
processor compared with the S4's 1.9GHz chip. As
expected, it runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.
rumour that did prove to be correct was GSMarena's
prediction that the Galaxy S5 would have a 16Mp
rear-facing camera (compared with the S4's 13Mp
camera) with improved image stabilisation. It also
has a new selective focus mode that acts a bit like
the aperture on an SLR for depth of field effects,
and speedy auto-focus that Samsung says will enable
you to focus your image in less than a third of a
second ? the fastest ever for a smartphone.
mode has been introduced too, and also works for
front-facing camera is the same 2Mp as the S4's.
Galaxy S5: Battery
has given the battery in the S5 a boost. The 2,800
mAh battery offers 12 hours of video playback,
according to the company.
Galaxy S5: Connectivity
Samsung's Galaxy S5 has full category 4 LTE
connectivity, as well as WiFi MIMO (802.11ac). This
is the first smartphone to ever have such a combo.
Plus, the new Download Booster in the S5 means you
should be able to download 1GB of data in 30
seconds, says Samsung. Download Booster uses a
combination of WiFI and LTE to download data.
Galaxy S5: New features
Samsung Galaxy S5 also has an all-new Finger Scanner
that will enable secure mobile payments and will
also provide access to a 'Private Mode' that noone
else will be able to get into.
a new Kids Mode with dedicated apps to protect your
children (and your S5) while they're using it, which
could be a real boon for parents with tech-loving
the most interesting and useful (hopefully) features
is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, which will
automatically turn your display to Black and White
and turn off all features apart from calls and texts
when you're almost out of power. This should mean
that 10% of battery will last up to 24 hours in this
perhaps slightly unneccesary feature is a heart rate
monitor, situated just below the rear-facing camera.
It's the first time a smartphone has ever had a
heart rate monitor built-in.
is designed to work with any one of Samsung's three
new smartwatches: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the