What’s so great about the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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BARCELONA, Spain (CNNMoney) — Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 smartphone, an improved, but not radically different successor to last year’s Galaxy S4.

Still, Samsung had a few new tricks up its sleeve for its top-of-the-line Android phone. Samsung claims that the Galaxy S5 is weatherproof, resistant to water and dust. It also has a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner on the home button.

Compared to last year’s model, the Galaxy S5 has bigger screen (5.1 inches), a faster processor (2 GHz) and a bigger battery. But none of those represent dramatic improvements. Its screen is 2 percent bigger, the processor is 5 percent faster and the battery is 8 percent  larger.

One potentially big improvement is the camera, now with 16 megapixels, up from 13 a year ago.

But there are a few tradeoffs. The Galaxy S5 is ever so slightly heavier (a half ounce) and larger than its predecessor.

Last year’s Galaxy S4 never lived up to its incredible hype, and sales were a disappointment.

It’s still the best-selling Android smartphone, but Samsung’s reputation has taken a big hit after essentially tweaking the previous year’s Galaxy S3 and calling it the next best thing.

This year, Samsung tried to dial down excitement about the newest edition. Forgoing the kind of splashy Radio City Music Hall launch event that it threw last year, it instead introduced the S5 at a much more subdued press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile divison. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives.”

Samsung said the Galaxy S5 would be available in April.


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  • The beetle

    Really??! 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.

    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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