Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is more like a polished S4, still brings new features to the table

The smartphone that everyone’s been waiting for, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally official. The South Korean conglomerate unveiled the device at its Unpacked 5 event during the MWC 2014 and it also showcased a couple of new Gear smartwatches.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was designed with an aim ‘to focus on what matters most to consumers.’ The handset isn’t exactly what we’ve been expecting, specifications-wise, but it does have various interesting features. First and foremost, the company has added a fingerprint reader to the home button which allows you to unlock the device, make payments online and log into websites amongst others. As the official teasers indicated, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an IP67 certified dust- and water-resistant form factor.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Appearance-wise, Samsung’s 2014 flagship looks almost to the Galaxy S4. The main difference is when you flip over to the rear where you’ll be presented with a 16MP camera and an LED flash. The new snapper tags along various enhanced capabilities such as 4K video recording, improved HDR and an auto-focus speed of just 0.3 seconds.

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has taken a very bold step. The company has dropped off the extra bloat. You won’t find excessive software features like in previous versions of TouchWiz. Also, there’s an Ultra Power Saving mode that takes extreme steps to reduce consumption by disabling unnecessary services and making the screen go black and white.

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S5

– Platform: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
– Display: 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED
– Processor: 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage
– Camera: 2MP front, 16MP rear
– Battery: 2800mAh
– Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 3.0, NFC, IR Remote, LTE Cat.4
– Dimensions: 142mm x 72.5mm x 8.1mm
– Weight: 145 grams

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will go on sale worldwide starting April. It will be available in color options of charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold.