Samsung’s Galaxy S5 announced: familiar and faster, with a fingerprint sensor

Daniel Bader

February 24, 2014 2:23pm

Samsung has unveiled its newest Galaxy S flagship, and it is not the marked departure from the S4 many expected. Instead, it is a faster, slightly larger follow-up to one of the most successful smartphone series ever made.

With a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 is mainly a “refined” version of the S4. It sport a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, which makes for a modest speed bump, but the 16MP camera should be enough to woo even the modest photography fan. Adding to that is the ability to shoot 4K video, first seen on the Note 3 introduced last year.

In terms of aesthetics, the S5 is a familiar take on the Galaxy line; its rounded corners harken back to the original Galaxy S i9000, but the front and back are all modern: the hardware home button has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and the USB 3.0 charging port is covered with a small tab to ensure waterproofing. Indeed, this is the first Galaxy S flagship to be IP67 dust- and water resistant.

The fingerprint scanner requires a vertical swipe to activate, unlike Apple’s iPhone 5s, where the digit can merely be placed on the extrusion. Samsung is working with PayPal to integrate payments, though they won’t be active in the Play Store at launch. Of course, the fingerprint scanner works to unlock the new version of TouchWIZ, which has been slightly overhauled with cues from the recently-announced Magazine UX on the TabPRO series of tablets.

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At 145 grams and 8.1mm thick, it’s slightly taller, heavier and wider than its 5-inch predecessor, but sports a larger 2,800mAh removable battery behind the redesigned back cover. Boasting a “modern glam” look, according to Samsung, the back cover has a soft touch rubberized feel, similar to the Nexus 5 and new Nexus 7. The Galaxy S5 itself is still made of plastic, but the device should be much less “slimy” after heavy use, and less prone to slip from flat surfaces.

In addition to a fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S5 has a built-in heart rate monitor on the back of the device. This complements the existing retinue of sensors like a barometer, gyroscope, humidity sensor and thermoter. The included S Health 3.0 app promises to integrate with even more third-party apps, as well.

Back to the 16MP camera, the device not only sports what Samsung calls the “world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds” but, like Sony’s Xperia Z2, a selective background defocus mode.

Finally, the Android 4.4.2 build sports a familiar look and feel to previous versions of Samsung’s TouchWIZ but has a redesigned settings menu with a flatter, altogether more tasteful aesthetic.

The Galaxy S5 will be available worldwide, including Canada, in mid-April, in a smattering of colours like charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.

Update: A few interesting notes about the S5 we didn’t manage to fit into the initial post:

  • The fingerprint sensor will support a Private Mode feature, which “unlocks” private photos and apps held behind a password.
  • The heart rate sensor, which is located on the back of the device next to the camera flash, will be integrated into S Health and takes 4-5 seconds to get a pulse reading. It uses a specialized high-sensitivity camera to read the blood flow under the surface of the skin.
  • The 16MP camera supports 4K video recording at 30fps.
  • The baseband supports 2×2 MIMO over WiFi, which leads to a theoretical maximum throughput of 867Mbps (433×2) over 802.11ac.
  • The Galaxy S5 also supports a feature called Download Booster, a fancy way of combining separate WiFi and LTE streams into a single downlink throughput.
  • The Galaxy S5 has an Ultra Low Power Mode that turns the screen black and white to extend the battery’s length when uptime is important.

  • Adam Hua

    This is quite underwhelming…

    • Super_Deluxe

      Cant say I wasnt expecting this. We’ve reached the point where specs have been maxed out for now but I was expecting a much better design than this. Kinda how HTC wow me with the HTC One. The waterproof feature is nice tho for those who will be upgrading from a 2+ year old phone.

    • Allan

      It is water-resistant. Not waterproof.

    • Skippypaccino

      The Xperia Z2 is looking like a better option with its meaty 3 gigs of ram

    • bigshynepo

      Sony Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5.
      The Sony has
      – .1″ larger display
      – newer chipset (801 vs 800)
      – more ram (3gb vs 2gb)
      – higher mp cameras front and back
      – bigger battery (3200 mah vs 2800 mah)
      – stereo sound
      – available in some markets sooner

      It’s a no brainer, the Sony Z2 will be my new phone in 2014.

    • aamd11

      Extremely subjective, but I would add “Better looking” to that list

    • thas ★

      Would like to add that the stereo speakers on the Xperia Z2 are also front facing.

    • Bloodfart

      You forget that its Sony.. Piece of junk…

    • bigshynepo

      I was under the impression that the haters think Sony is over-priced. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone imply Sony is poor quality during intelligent conversation before.

  • alphs22

    Baby steps from S3 to S4 to S5.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      I feel like another apple situation is starting … only with better hard/software lol

  • FunkyMonkey

    Anybody knows if samsung fired their design department? What they have with S5 is just soooo boring.

    IMO, S3 is still the best looking phone they have

    • MatroXX

      Good thing the S5 looks like the S3 ;)

    • Johnny S.

      Good thing samsung doesn’t know how to innovate in their design department right?

    • Bri Bru

      Apple rolls out iPhones with the same old design and no one bats an eye. Samsung rolls out GS with the same design and everyone loses their minds.

    • hamza

      actually, people have been batting their eyes at Apple. Thus the reason they’re losing more sales to Android every year.

    • Thom

      The difference is that iPhones have a nicer design to start with

    • mdram

      S6 will have an hourglass shape so it’s easy to hold…

    • Bri Bru

      S7 will have a breast shape so it’s easy to hold…

    • Matthew Livingstone

      easy to buy and look at too lol

    • crocop24

      no. S6 will look exactly like the S3 to 5.

    • Susan

      I hate to say this, but I hope the S5 doesn’t sell well so Samsung will fired their design department. I have the S3 but having a lot of issues with it. I agree, the S3 is the best looking phone they have. I might get the S4. Was planning on getting the S5, but the phone is too heavy and big for me.

    • Jake

      You should never wish evil upon people.

    • Susan

      How is that evil? The S5 looks like a small Note 3. They need to fire their R&D dept. Also their UI is heavy & the S5 should have 3gb of RAM. I’m not hating on Samsung. I have the S3 and Note 2. But come on, this is ridiculous.

    • Jake

      You’re hoping people lose their jobs.

    • d a

      I really don’t get all the complaining about looks. It’s a cell phone, there’s only so much they can do. I think the best looking cell is the htc but I really am far more interested in the features of the phones. I guess as someone who used to endure holding those old bricks to my head in the early 80’s I don’t see anything to complain about these days as far as looks of all these cell phones go.

  • Ryan

    all smartphones are the same these days, until someone actually innovates to the point where it’s a whole new ‘thing’, it’s not worth upgrading yearly. I’ve settled on the Moto G after many phones and it’s good enough.

    • Jérémy Letendre-Côté

      Same with me, I sold my Note 2, Made a profit and bought a MOTO G, Best phone for the price!

    • wp77

      Cortana FTW

  • Ben

    *yawn*

  • ronnnyraygun1

    Barely gave me a boner.

    • Jakob

      Just a chubb?

  • Brockferens

    No metal chassis no good. Will wait for the HTC one

  • Eric Leblanc

    Samsung will slowly go the way of Apple at this rate. Something about a phone’s fifth generation, huh?

    • jroc

      I think it’s worth noting that Apple has at least done a major redesign every two years. Samsung has stuck with a similar design for the last three.

      You almost can’t blame them though. They sell like crazy so what’s the motivation for them to do a radical design change.

    • Taylor

      if you’re calling the iphone 4/4s to iphone 5/5s a major redesign, i need to know who you buy your drugs from, cause they’re clearly better than mine, as you’ve got a totally different perception of reality for the last 2+years. Now i am not saying this phone is the be all end all of phones, but for real, the iphone 5 is the same as the 4, the 2 differences are aluminum back instead of glass, because everyone complained how easy they were to break. The other “major redesign” aspect is that they made the screen a half an inch taller which added a row of icons. By that standard, samsungs new phones are mind blowing.

    • jroc

      So changing the phones materials, as well as the form factor doesn’t classify as a redesign? In your professional design opinion, what would they have needed to do to it for you to consider it a redesign?

    • Zomby2D

      If the phone looks exactly the same, it’s definitely not a redesign. Stretching the phone a bit while making look exactly the same to the untrained eye is the furthest possible thing from a redesign.

    • jroc

      So, the glass back looks the same as the aluminum back…gotcha.

    • Zomby2D

      I was mostly talking about the front, but honestly the painted glass vs metal… the difference isn’t major. On that account, I guess Samsung going from polycarbonate to a rubbery backing counts as a major redesign too then.

    • jroc

      No sense arguing with someone that fails to see the point. If you can’t see how changing the form factor (even if you think it was minor) and the materials counts as a redesign, there’s no helping you.

    • Taylor

      no one here is arguing that’s not a redesign, its not a “MAJOR” redesign as you put it in your original. My point is that if your going to bash samsung for this and then bring apple into the mix and say atleast they do major redesign every 2 years, thats fu*king stupid. Samsung’s redesigns have been just as “major” as apples, if you fail to see that. than your the one who fails to see the point and should seek professional help

    • jroc

      Calm down champ. You’re about 2 months late to this party.

      I can’t even take you seriously. Look at your grammar, it’s a joke and so are you. I’ve fixed your numerous errors for you. Dumba$$.

      No one here is arguing that it’s not a redesign, it’s not a “MAJOR” redesign as you put it in your original. My point is that if you’re going to bash Samsung for this and then bring Apple into the mix and say at least they do major redesign every 2 years, that’s fu*king stupid. Samsung’s redesigns have been just as “major” as Apple’s; if you fail to see that, then you’re the one who fails to see the point, and should seek professional help.

    • Peter Parker

      Samsungs been following apple since 2008

  • PositivelyShocking

    How does a phone have a heart rate monitor? Am I just ignorant, or does that not make sense?

    • Zee

      You put your finger on a sensor and it measures your heart rate.

    • PositivelyShocking

      I see, didn’t realize it was integrated into the fingerprint scanner. I thought it was always measuring it from your pocket somehow. Thanks

    • jroc

      It’s not in the fingerprint scanner. According to Engadget, it’s located in the same area that the camera flash is for some strange reason.

    • PositivelyShocking

      Well then now I’m confused again

    • Noah Roesler

      Maybe it only works on people with skinny jeans?

    • Rio

      It turns the flash on and lights up your finger. The tiny sensor then looks for changes in colour in your blood (or something of that nature) and can tell your heart rate from that.

      Although I do not understand why they needed a special sensor. You can already check your heart rate with the current phones with flash and the camera.

    • Zomby2D

      Sounds like it’s a different camera sensor that’s designed to be more focused on that exact purpose.

    • Zomby2D

      Considering there are apps on the play store that can monitor your heart rate with the phone camera by using the flash to “light up” your finger, I’m thinking the flash might be useful here too. Allows the sensor to better “see” the blood flow.

    • jroc

      Makes sense, I didn’t even think of that to be honest.

    • Johnny S.

      It is used to visualize the user’s frustration when the fingerprint scanner on the s5 refuses to work.

    • Philosoraptor

      Best post of the day, hands-down.

    • Bri Bru

      It will use the combination of bluetooth and NFC to listen to your heart beating then will translate it into computer language so that x=y^(zx/y^2&#(*$&%#…

    • WatDah

      I admit, I LOLed.

    • Guest

      It uses a sensor on the back to determine the blood flow in your finger , a nifty feature, but one that is already available on practically all
      smartphones with a flash, simply with the use of the right software.

    • downhilldude

      I guess all phones that have the necessary sensor next to the flash, which at this time would only be the Galaxy S5.

    • Zomby2D

      You can download an app that does the same thing with the flash on camera on your phone. The sensor is just a different camera that’s more attuned to that specific task.

  • outburst

    Will wait to see what the Nexus6 delivers.

    • Bri Bru

      There may not be Nexus 6 according to rumours.. but hopefully it’s not true.

  • Bri Bru

    Vertical swipe sounds user-unfriendly and inconvenient. Heart-rate monitor, barometer, humidity sensors…sigh. But waterproof is definitely a plus!

  • Zee

    Best thing about this is the waterproof feature.

  • Johnny S.

    Quoted from the verge

    Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand. It can store up to three different digits, but it was very particular about the speed and orientation of the swiping motion used — if we weren’t doing a perfectly straight swipe down, it would refuse to unlock the phone.

  • dj_pasquale

    Makes me laugh when people say Apple dont innovate….The only good thing about the Galaxy line is the camera quality

    • ronnnyraygun1

      In 4-5 years, your Apple might get another row of icons. Hang in there!

    • Johnny S.

      always fun to see butthurt samsung fanboys.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      Your’s is the only butthurt comment here.

    • Johnny S.

      you must be one of those suckers that will line up for the s5

    • ronnnyraygun1

      We’re not iTards who will camp outside for a week before launch. Good try.

    • Johnny S.

      iTard? I have a sony z1 and a iPad, why? because I like to spend money on companies that innovate, unlike some blind fanboys.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      Owning an iCrap puts you in the blind fanboy category.

    • Johnny S.

      you are so mature.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      yeah iTard lol. Apple doesn’t suck for tablets, actually easy but the iPhone is iFail in my books. My Z1 gets used more than my pc ever did lol but it does seem that smart phones are at a techno limit so now it’s more I like this flavor better for this reason and my phone has better stats ..on paper lol

    • jroc

      You should try mixing some punctuation into that mess.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      Oh snap, you’re so, right. I had one, run on sentence, I guess that you need, those commas, to take a breath, while reading your device screen, in your head. Sorry it was so hard to follow. I think my use of apostrophes and periods was correct though. Let me know, if your proofreader finds, any more errors. Thank you for your professional time and advice!

    • dj_pasquale

      lol I have a Nexus 5 and an iPhone for travelling. Samsung copies whatever apple releases or is rumored to release. Go buy that S5 that looks like a band-aid

    • Noah Roesler

      You got something against Band-Aid?

  • JP

    Am I crazy or is that a quick switch button as opposed to a menu button? Looks like Samsung finally caved on that front.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      Good catch!

  • KEVIN

    For me… the Sony Xperia Z2 > Galaxy S5

    • Dylan D’Croix

      I love the Xperia Z line, and the new Z2 is just a ever so slight yet perfect upgrade. It’s an amazing phone and feels premium. But there is two things I really can’t like about them; One being the lack of third party accessories.. its so hard to find some quality cases for the phones. Two being their updates, I had a sony phone a long while ago now, and they almost never sent out updates. I don’t know if they have changed that or not, if so great, but it annoyed me so much.

      Just given the look of the S5 though, I would take the latest from Sony or Apple before I would settle with this phone (the S5).

    • Bri Bru

      My old XZ had a 4.3 update.
      Most of other carriers’ devices (not the latest ones) also don’t have the 4.4 update yet. So if you expected 4.4 update on your device anytime soon, it ain’t coming yet and it doesn’t mean that Sony’s slow on their update.

  • segz

    Wow… Like OMG! Soooo innovative. What a joke..

  • Guest

    Samsung may have finally run out of ideas…

  • geokilla

    Lol… fingerprint scanner. First iPhone 5S comes with it, now SGS5?
    Phone got bigger, heavier, and more powerful but what do you need all
    that power for? In order to open Facebook 0.0001s faster? The sad thing
    is, all the Samsung sheep are going to flock to it just like the Apple
    sheep flocking to the iPhone 5S.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      And what are you? Team Blackberry? lol.

    • geokilla

      Nope. I got an Android too. LG Optimus G

    • downhilldude

      Well, can’t accuse you of being a sheep, as we’d need to find at least another dozen people with an Optimus G and that doesn’t seem too likely.

  • Karl Dagenais

    Wouldn’t change my G2 for this… But good job on the 2800mah battery.

  • Mohamed Abdourahman

    Boring… wow Samsung, honestly there’s no difference between the s4 and the s5. HTC M8 lets see what you got.

  • HelloCDN

    Pff, Samsung, give me more features!! It’s ridiculous, how do they expect me to buy this if there’s completely no features! Samsung is losing touch with innovation and its philosophy…
    This phone should have had 4 GB of RAM! What’s the point of 2 GB, the phone will be slow!!! 16 MPps, are you kidding me, have they not seen Nokia’s 40 MP phone?? Seems like they are losing their touch…What was the problem of inserting a 3,000 mAh battery?
    Jee, and don’t even get me started on the screen size, are they not following the market?? It should be at least 6 inches by now, I’m a multimedia user!! How do they expect me to watch Youtube on a tiny 5 inch screen???
    I’m done with Samsung. Perhaps it is finally the time to switch to iPhone…

    • ronnnyraygun1

      lol you do that. You complain about not having enough features and then threaten to downgrade to an iPhone? Too funny.

    • Johnny S.

      your samsung paycheque is in the mail.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      I wish. I have no problems praising a company who’s products I have great experiences with.

    • Johnny S.

      that’s fine, but you seem to have a problem when other people have great experiences with products from other company?

    • ronnnyraygun1

      If you look back, I’m commenting on posts of those bashing Samsung and praising Apple. I have experience with Apple in the past. Have been very bitter about it. The biggest problem is the battery dying and not being able to replace it. And out of warranty. Super expensive paperweight. Never again.

    • Johnny S.

      I just replaced my friend’s iPhone 4S battery last week and it took less than 10 minutes, so stop spreading BS.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      iCrap 1st gen. Not a typical DIY type deal for the average consumer. You can’t pop off the back cover and install a new battery. By your logic, I should be able to solder in new external memory too.

    • Johnny S.

      It involves taking off 2 screws (unless you are mentally challenged, it shouldn’t be hard), and there are thousands of youtube videos that guide you through it. and I do consider myself an ‘average consumer’. Trying to engage in a civilized conversation with you is a waste of time, calm yourself and go back to improving your literacy first.

    • ronnnyraygun1

      First off, that was a quite a long time ago. At the time, no there were not tons of instructional videos. DIY battery changes was almost nonexistent. Let alone aftermarket replacement battery availability. I’m glad it ruined my Apple experience because even the 5S today barely looks any different from the 1st gen.

    • Dylan D’Croix

      You two need to get a room. Sheesh.

    • segz

      So to be quite honest, can you name me another company besides Apple where you can walk into their store and walk out with a new phone for under 300$if there is no warranty left on the device? To me that surpasses all other advantages that Samsung has. “My screen is broken in my s4″..” ok”… “send it out to this repair shop and you’ll have your phone back at the earliest in two weeks”… But it’s cool, because Rogers or bell or telus will give you one of their amazing rental phones and it will still cost you close to the same thing as apple currently charges. I’m in no way an apple fan boy, I have a galaxy s4 but apples warranty is for more superior in that sense than anyone else at the moment.

    • Bri Bru

      LOL good one

    • thomas nguyen

      MP is not the problem with cameras… it is the Sensor used for the camera that we should be focused on. my Nikon d3100 has is 14MP, but can outshoot the nokia Lumia with it’s 40MP.

      people are just so interested in seeing the bigger number without understanding why it is important. Big MP without a big Sensor is useless

    • Sunny Lee

      Someone’s disconnected to reality. Then again, I’m pretty sure it’s a joke comment, considering how ridiculous it is. If you’re not actually kidding, I hope you’re at least a young child.

    • HelloCDN

      ;)

  • nick_canada

    Rather disappointing unpacking event. No huge improvement over previous phone model from Samsung.
    Only improvements that I can see are: IP67 water-dust proofing and camera , but that is still to be validated in a real life situations. Finger scanner is somewhat a gimmick.
    I would not be rushing to buy this phone as I see no real improvement over its predecessors.

  • E

    OMG that new settings overhaul. Please tell me its a joke

  • monsterduc1000

    I think I’ll stick with my Note 2 for another year :-)

    • Dylan D’Croix

      I still have mine. Still love it. (minus the default samsung apps, what can you do right? :p)

      Still interested in seeing the latest from HTC and Apple.. also would like to see a Note 4. ;)

    • monsterduc1000

      Uninstall updates and Disable them if you weren’t using them. Gives you a little more room and frees up some ram.

    • EP_2012

      Yeah, I don’t see me changing my note 2 for anything in the near future.

  • Dalex

    So…. Xperia Z2, garbage, Samsung GS5, garbage… Next? HTC M8?, not holding my breath. Jeez, my moto x has been my smartest purchase in a while. What’s with the gigantic phones too? Make an ergonomic phone with relevant features that are well implemented. Is bumping irrelevant specs and shoving useless features all these billion dollar companies can do? Also hire some designers please, I’m not walking around with that monstrosity. It looks like a tacky POS. Makes me sick marketing is going to sell this thing like nothing else.

    • Skippypaccino

      How was the Z2 garbage? snapdragon 801 with 3 gigs of ram and a improved screen…Sounds like my next phone if you ask me

  • WatDah

    Maybe I’m just ignorant, but how does a phone waterproof anything with removable components like the battery, when the phone can be opened so easily?

    • nick_canada

      This phone claims only to be waterproof and not water resistant.
      Which means that it will survive short exposures in water not deeper than 1 meter. Rain and shower should be fine for extended period.

    • thomas nguyen

      I think you got the terminology backwards, water resistant is common water exposure, while waterproof can be submerged and you can take it diving, etc.
      im sure this phone can be submerged between 1-5 meters (like some watches that are water resistant). But this is no diving phone! :D

    • Matthew Livingstone

      The claim is on the unit itself as a whole. The unit MUST have the back and ALL port covers closed. So if you have the back open or the charge port cover ajar you’re effed and that is NOT covered by the IP67 ingress rating OR your manufacture warranty

    • WatDah

      What I’m trying to say, is if the entire back cover will seal well enough that it wouldn’t let any water through?

    • Matthew Livingstone

      I see and I’m following your concern. They made it successful on the Rugby series flip and smart by adding a locking feature on the case, Caterpillar also made an android phone last year, the Cat B15 rugged phone also uses a similar locking feature. So it really falls to the user to ensure the device is protected before exposure. So I’m sure if you follow the instructions (which all have included in some form to date) your unit is IP67 rated.

    • WatDah

      I totally understand that, but warranty is not what my concern is (actually it’s not even any concern of mine, I’m not buying one). I’m just curious as to how “waterproof” this will be with interchangeable parts. I guess we’ll have to wait for the reviews.

    • thomas nguyen

      With the current pictures out for the S5, i think this will be “water resistant” able to withstand up to 5 meters, and not “Water Proof”. anything more, there is too much water pressure, and it forces the water particles into the smallest, tightest spots.

    • WatDah

      You’re still not getting my point. And how you even get the idea of 5 meters in the water with just pictures is quite amazing. If anything, the pictures worries me even more as I don’t seem to see any thing close to a “lock” or “seal” that Matthew was talking about.

    • thomas nguyen

      the 5 meter is my assumption, if this is like the classification from watches (talking about the ones with just has a rubber seal, and not screwed in) is that they have water resistant, suitable for everyday use.

      im sure it is off, and my speculation is as good as yours at the moment since it is not released yet other than pictures and a spreadsheet of features. so we’ll have to both wait.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      I work retail and I have yet to see an IP67 phone come back water damaged. That being said it’s up to the user lol and I’m not seeing a lock feature on the case sooo… yeeeaaahh.. I’ll be seeing lots of you S5 lmao.
      ppl get dumb when you say things like “water proof”, “gorilla glass” or “impact resistant” and they cease to take care of their units.

    • Sweet

      They probably have a rubber-like seal around the edge of the back that keeps water out when the back is snapped on. I have a waterproof case (just a general box that I can put stuff in) that I can open and close and which is still waterproof enough that I can go SCUBA diving with it. Now that I think about it, those transparent Lock-It food containers, the ones with those snap latches on all 4 sides, are also waterproof.

  • Evayo

    I’m wondering if the “colours” are just back covers?

  • Randy Marsh

    I was hoping a bendable phone and retina scanner. Oh well, i’m still happy with my s3. the 2 gb of ram on my s3 and dual core is just as powerful. Remember, phones are not gaming consoles so imo, the s3 is sofar does the job of opening apps and facebook.

  • Chris

    2014 will not be the year of major smartphone innovations, it seems. maybe we’ve reached the point of diminishing returns?

  • hamza

    I guess I’m getting the Xperia Z2 then.. unless HTC puts out something spectacular.

  • Reckoning

    A fingerprint scanner? Dual flash for the camera? Apple called. They’ll be taking you to court again, and winning another chunk of change. Go figure that Samsung would pull this again.

    • thomas nguyen

      Dual flash cameras on a phone is on older phones than the iphones. so are fingerprint scanner on a phone (or any other technology for that matter). I’m not sure if you are trolling, or that you were just born 2 years ago and believe everything that apple rolls out, is the first of it’s kind.

    • Wufai

      I think Reckoning meant ‘duel flash’ as in 2 types of colour flash with auto adjusted intensity as first seen on the Iphone 5S, not ‘2 led flashlights’

    • thomas nguyen

      Ahh. missed that point! Thanks

    • L Joel

      pull what? So if apple ads a feature no one else is allowed to? Who cares about apple. I hardly pay attention to the stale ideas. :)

  • Gagan Mohal

    i believe this time Sony Z2 is better phone and the one to go for.

  • Susan

    Why did Samsung make it bigger and heavier than the S4?? The screen size it’s not that much bigger nor is the battery capacity. I want to upgrade from my S3. But I have small hands and don’t think I can handle the weight or size of it. I might end up getting the S4. My brother has the S4 and it’s much faster than my S3. Ugh, Samsung, what a BIG disappointment.

    • thomas nguyen

      im sure with the extra tech for heart beat sensor, fingerprint sensor, waterproofing it, it adds weight.

  • Nik

    I mean… its not life changing, but Samsung put some pretty neat little features in this new phone. I’ve never heard of this Download booster technology before, if it works well it’ll make downloading large files a little zippier (assuming you’re paying for a data plan large enough that you aren’t micro-managing every mb). The Water resistance is new… to my knowledge only Sony has put something like that into their phones. Then there’s the battery saver software feature, which i’m sure will help some people in a pinch when they are traveling.

    All in all, its another incremental upgrade that will allow those with older Nexus devices and expiring 2-3 year plans to get a new phone that provides an incrementally better experience with a nicer screen, better camera, larger battery.

    What exactly was everyone expecting? When you’re in the leaders position in an industry, you play it safe with your flagships. Release high quality models, work on branding and expand your user base. They’ll experiment with other models, and play the safe bets in the GS line. Text book operations for an industry leader. They just need to make sure they don’t play it too safe so as to lose the competitive edge they’ve build with their brand (a la RIM).

    In this case… I think they did enough to ensure another increase in units sold (i.e. more than the 50M or so for the GS4), and they’re probably making them for cheaper, so good job overall. I’ll stick with my Note 3 though.

  • Wufai

    Everyone here either complain there is no new function, a copy of iPhone, or underwhelming. Just what do you guys want from a new phone anyway? With a lot of the functions I want already have on my S3, I would jump on the S5 if it has LTE frequency 700/AWS/2100 and 2600Mhz, bonus if it is duel sim

    • thomas nguyen

      yup, 700mhz is my next phone, forget features, i want better coverage support with the new 700 spectrum!

    • deltatux

      Most if not all LTE capable phones sold in North America already supports 700/1700/2100 LTE bands. 2500/2600 MHz is still going to take a while before that will be supported.

  • grantdude

    I think the handset makers are running out of ideas. To be fair, I can’t think of anything they can add to a phone that will wow me anymore. At least within reason. I would love a phone that will do laundry for me, but that’s unrealistic.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      I’d like an app to clean my car… inside or out, I’m not picky lol any help will do… I asked my gf for a newspaper and she told me to use her new iPad. That fly had no idea what hit it! ^_^

  • Jake

    Too many people complaining about a phone. A PHONE, you know, one which makes PHONE calls.

    • Matthew Livingstone

      but duude this fone iz awwsome lol
      yeah man I hear ya but some ppl live for this stuff. First world issues haha

  • nathan jan

    Innovation RIP after S3

  • Devhux

    No Qi charging? :(

  • Tornado1550

    It only has 2 gigs. It’s pretty stupid in my opinion.
    Other than it being water proof and having a better camera, why would anyone consider buying this over a Nexus 5?

  • Harjoet Mudan

    There were reports a while ago saying that samsung was paying a significant amount for employees to post on internet discussion forums praising samsung. Some of the comments I see are just absolutely absurd. I honestly don’t think that people could believe so much bs. Why do you guys have such strong loyalty towards companies? I’m what you would call an “apple fanboy” because I prefer their design and generally their products, but purchased an N4 just because it was the most economical/beneficial option for me at the time.

  • kingxj

    SS5` is not what is expected no 2k screen or 64 bit

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  • WTangoFoxtrot

    *yawn*

  • Mark Baker

    Guess all the rumors of a redesign were just that: rumors.

  • CoffeeGeeker

    Yawn.

  • Okolocos

    I will enjoy this phone to the fullest, and worry less when I’m on the lake ;)