Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, specs, features

25 Feb 2014

Samsung takes the wraps off the new Galaxy S5 smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress, featuring a fingerprint sensor, bigger screen and improved camera.

There's no information on price, but the phone will be available globally from 11 April. PC Pro's first look at the new Galaxy S5 is available here.

The Galaxy S5 features a marginally bigger screen than the Galaxy S4 at 5.1in, and the same 1,080 x 1,920 resolution.

The headline new feature is the fingerprint scanner which, as with the iPhone 5s, is built into the home button. Unlike Apple's version, Samsung has integrated a payment feature into the scanner, meaning users can authorise PayPal transactions with a single swipe. As expected, there's a "Private" mode built into the scanner, where users can keep certain apps, photos or documents locked away.

Another new in-built sensor is the heart monitor at the back of the phone. That works alongside Samsung's bundled health software, S Health, to give users users a way to track their diet and exercise levels.

Samsung has also upgraded its rear camera to 16-megapixels with a new autofocus mechanism. And as expected, the phone is dust proof and waterproof, capable of being submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. It has 2GB of RAM and internal memory up to 32GB, expandable to an extra 64GB through the microSD slot. There's a 2,800mAh battery, which Samsung promises should give users up to 21 hours of talk time.

Along with the improved rear camera, there's 1.2-megapixel front snapper and a microUSB 3 port. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11abgnac, Bluetooth 4, NFC and 4G/LTE support.

Physically, the S5 looks much like its predecessor, but is bigger and heavier. It now features a perforated back panel and comes in different colours: black, white, blue and gold.

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