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Samsung Galaxy S5, specs and release slightly disappointing

Under: Mobile Phones, Samsung
By:Gary | February 24th, 2014

The time has finally come and Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy S5 officially and revealed the specifications that some may find a slightly disappointing ahead of the handsets release.

As you can see the handset that was leaked in all its glory earlier today has been unveiled to the world at the Mobile World Congress, and many of the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs were already known before the company revealed them officially a short time ago.

The device features a 5.1-inch Full HD touchscreen display that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5Ghz, which is coupled with 2GB of RAM. There will be either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory expandable by up to 64GB via microSD card.

On the back of the device is a 16-megapixel camera capable of 4K video capture at 30fps while around the front is a 2.1-megapixel shooter. There is now a swipe based fingerprint scanner on the home button along with an IP67 rating meaning the Galaxy S5 is both dust and waterproof.

Other features include NFC, 2,800 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, heart rate sensor, and an IR remote. The device will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board with the handset measuring 142mm x 72.5mm x 8.1mm weighing 145 grams.

As you can see the handset has a new soft touch removable rear cover that looks a little like the Nexus 7, and the handset has been promised to be available on April 11th. The device has of course got a number of new features that include an Ultra Power Saving Mode that is promised to provide 24 hours of battery life with only 10% of juice left.

The new fingerprint scanner can be used for payments and unlocking private videos and photos, and already a number of carriers in both the UK and US are stating they will be stocking the device once it is finally released.

Are you disappointed with the Galaxy S5?

Source: Samsung.

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  • Lupe

    So its the galaxy s4 all over again? They promised improved design its basically an s4. Ive been a galaxy s3 and note 2 owner but will be waiting to see what apple has to offer now.

  • Aar0nC

    What a disappointment… Was hoping to make this my first galaxy a phone but with this kind of specs and already stale exterior design. I think I’m just going to stay with my nexus 4

  • oootheoneooo

    “Slightly disappointing” would not be my choice of words.

  • Ryan Zachary Spaulding

    This could be the year that Apple releases something superfluously extravagant and rapes (metaphorically) Samsung. Samsung has been the one to really blow minds the past few years, however this time, Apple does not need a lot to over do the S5.

  • Cardio

    Sony and HTC have come out with amazing designs.
    With all the money they make can’t they change the design?
    Companies get comfortable. Scared to innovate or rock the boat.
    I will get the xperia z2 or the new HTC one.
    Plastic and stale design…looks like s2… Won’t get this s5

  • Abel Santos

    Im so disappointed with what the s5 has come up. I was saving money for this. I never thought it will be a complete disappointment. I’ll wait for the iPhone6 then. Very frustrating!

  • Tony

    This is such a joke.. I was expecting much much more…. Come on.. Not even a metal body? I’ve had samsung since the s2… This is a big disappointment and I will be switching phones.. Currently have an s4.. But looks like I’ll get the lg pro 2

    • parvinder

      You complain about lack of metal body and still want to settle with LG Pro 2?

  • djmatte

    Waterproof and maintaining expandability in memory are huge for me. So kudos on that.

  • the Cat

    Yeah! It was a disappoinmtent! 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 set under wraps, that would be a stupid 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”. 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 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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