The Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally here. There were a lot of rumors circulating about this device prior to its launch, ranging from the far-fetched to the sane. Well we don’t need them now, we know everything there is to know about this device now. As expected, in its 5th iteration the Galaxy S hasn’t progressed much further than its last model. There are a couple of bumps to the existing hardware sure, but it’s nothing revolutionary.
The display of the device has been kept pretty much the same at just 5.1 inches. What’s more surprising is that Samsung have kept the full HD resolution as well, so contrary to what rumors were suggesting(a QHD display), this is still pretty much the same display we saw a year ago on the Galaxy S4. We can’t help but feel a bit underwhelmed by this, the Galaxy S line has always been at the forefront when it came to tech specs.
The hardware of the device gets a small bump as well. There’s the obvious jump to 3 gigabytes of RAM, and the Snapdragon 800 chip has been tweaked to run at 2.5GHz. These changes are enough to put the Galaxy S5 at the top of the smartphone benchmarks, with only the Sony Xperia Z2 running head to head with it.
The most significant changes are to be found at the back, where the Galaxy S5 gets a newly designed back cover and another sensor. Samsung have tried to do something unique with the back cover with its perforated plastic, but in our opinion it just makes it look really cheap. Maybe it’ll be good to hold, but it just doesn’t look good.
The camera has been upgraded to 16 megapixels, with ultra-HD video recording as well. Under the rear camera you’ll find an LED flash and a couple of weird looking sensors. These sensors are actually heart rate monitors, which means Samsung is going to start integrating fitness sensors in its future devices as well. We knew it was a matter of time before smartphone manufacturers started doing this.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a lot like the ‘old’ Galaxy S4. It is just a gentle evolution to the Galaxy S brand made to ensure Samsung’s relevancy in the market. The new health sensors are nice, and the ultra HD video recording on a smartphone is nice as well, but the general view about the S5 remains that it’s pretty dull. There’s no aesthetics overload, and it hasn’t gone completely bonkers with the specs either. It’s just another Galaxy S phone. We wonder if it’s worth upgrading from the S4 to this one, given that the two are so similar.