An Overview of the Samsung Galaxy S5

As the flagship smartphone of South Korean electronics company Samsung, the Galaxy S series hit a commercial and critical peak with the S4, selling faster than any iteration before it. Although it was a tough act to follow, the S4 was replaced by the S5 on April 11, 2014. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was produced as an evolution of its immediate predecessor, with a robust list of improved specs and new features.

Originally released with the Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system, Samsung Galaxy S5 maintains the same slate factor of previous iterations—albeit with a few nips and tucks. It now boasts a 5.1-inch screen, and it looks a little more squarish than its immediate predecessor. Also new for the Galaxy S is a plastic, waterproof casing that is dimpled to simulate a leather look. The IR blaster and 3.5mm headphone jack are on top of the phone; the microSD slot, power button, and volume rocker are at the sides; and the micro-USB port is at the bottom. Weighing a little over 5 ounces, the S5 is available in a White Frost, Black Mist, Arctic Blue or Black Edition finish.

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has upgraded the hardware, software, and camera. Instead of entering their Samsung account passwords, users can now unlock the phone by using its fingerprint scanner, which is included with the home button at the bottom. Also, Samsung boasts of the S5 being the first smartphone in history with a built-in heart rate sensor, which enables the user to measure his or her heart rate directly on the device. The heart rate sensor works in conjunction with the enhanced S Health personal fitness tracker; this feature constantly keeps record of workout statistics that include calories burned, duration of exercise, and walking/jogging speed and distance. The micro-USB cord is now rated USB 3.0 for faster data transfer; and the microSD slot can now accommodate up to 128GB, which is more than the S4’s peak capacity of 64GB. Perhaps the most notable enhancement of them all, though, is the primary camera, which is now a 16MP feature. (That of the S4 is 13MP.)

Powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor, the Samsung Galaxy S5’s screen provides a full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) Super AMOLED display for an optimal viewing experience. The phone is available in a 16GB or 32GB internal flash memory configuration, each with 2GB of RAM. For a wireless connection that is faster than ever before, the S5 relies on two internal Wi-Fi antennas adhering to the Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard. The phone is powered by a lithium-ion battery rated at 2,800 mAh; it provides a stand-by time of up to 390 hours, talk time of up to 21 hours, and music play time of up to 67 hours.