Samsung has finally unveiled the successor to last year’s Galaxy S4, the S5 smartphone.
Bigger and better
The Korean company was proud to announce that this new addition to their smartphone lineup is better than its predecessor, although there were no radical changes.
The Galaxy S5 is said to be water- and dust-resistant. It can withstand water up to three feet deep for 30 minutes, a feature unheard of for Samsung’s phones until Galaxy S4 Active for rugged users.
The screen is 2% bigger than S4 with a 5.1-inch display that can adapt automatically to bright and dim settings. It sports a 2.5 GHz quad-core chip and a bigger battery.
Notable improvements were the 16 megapixel camera with incredibly fast auto-focus, shutter speed (1/3 of a second), and high-definition video capture capabilities; the built-in fingerprint reader reminiscent of the Apple iPhone’s home button sensor; and the on-board heart rate sensor.
As a result of these new features, the S5 is slightly heavier and bigger than the S4.
‘Back to basics’
In a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung mobile division head JK Shin said, “Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers.”
“Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives,” said Shin.
The Galaxy S5 will hit the stores in April.