Samsung Galaxy S5: all the new features
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Samsung Galaxy S5 - all the new features
1. New design with perforated back pattern
2. Finger Scanner
3. Heart beat sensor
4. Waterproof chassis
5. New 16 MP camera
6. Fastest Snapdragon 801
The Snapdragon 801 processor is just a step below Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 805, which won't be in devices before the summer, so the S5 won't feel underpowered by any means for the foreseeable future. In comparison with Snapdragon 800, the new 801 comes with 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics, and the whole reason for the 801 being - a 45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed. Snapdragon 801 also introduces hardware support for dual SIM/dual Active devices, so perhaps a dual SIM version of the Galaxy S5 won't be far behind.
7. LTE-Advanced support
8. Download Booster
9. New TouchWiz user interface
10. 4K video recording and new camera features
Selective Focus allows users to tap on objects they want to look sharp, and the rest of the background gets blurred, achieving a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect without special lenses.
Samsung also touts that an advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography will be in store with the Galaxy S5, that lets you "reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances".
11. Two new color schemes for the chassis at launch
12. Ultra Power Saving Mode
13. First phone with Wi-Fi 2x2 MIMO setup
1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1126; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I think they were mostly focusing on the UX.
4. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
And they want to make people ready for Tizen.
37. kryme (Posts: 132; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)
trust me u wont kno the difference it will be like a new touchwiz....
65. Finalflash (Posts: 1460; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
NO, stop that, don't you go insulting band-aids like that.
And they didn't focus on UX it just looks like they want to have a transition to Tizen so people can't tell the difference when they do switch. For that they seem to be dropping the ball hard. This year hopefully people will diverge out to other Android manufacturers and force these idiots at Samsung to up their game. Now I patiently await the other companies that haven't released their information yet.
72. akki20892 (Posts: 3266; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Because they inspired from band-aid. It's more related to human, if someone hurt take s5 and put on instead of band-aid.
2. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Wow...this phone reminds me of a Taurus. Or better yet, a Camry.
16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1269; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
The design ruined this phone. Hardware wise, fantastic, but it looks like Note 3, GS2 and N7 2012 somehow had a baby. Sry SS, I'll keep my boss Note 3.
56. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
In what world do you live in where the Galaxy S phones were ever better than the current Note?
3. magnanimus (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
I would gladly pick the stitch design over this one. Its so yuck. What the heck samsung, this isn't 2012. (Nexus 7 design)
25. SleepingOz (unregistered)
That's the funny thing actually, I do like the back cover of the S5. lol
66. Finalflash (Posts: 1460; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Between this, the S4 and S3, S3 with its brushed paint look was the best. Denim was okay, and band-aidish here is just retarded.
76. superkuiken (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
It is the same back cover of the cheap previous Nexus 7. What did you expect?
5. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
13 new features and trolls still disappointed. Sony adds 1gb of ram and suddenly the Z1s2 is the king. Bunch of hypocrites.
22. ihavenoname (Posts: 1269; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I think that the design took all the attention. While I'm not gonna buy one, I think that this device is fantastic (looks=meh, everything else awesome).
97. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Of course it's a good phone overhall but not much different from S4 dispite the 1 year time lapse, as the Z2 is somewhat more inovative than Z1 and 6 months time lapse.
36. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Actually, the display is twice as better, and the chipset is newer, as well as the speakers and the 4K recording
Other than that, truly agreed.
53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Display is the same, ever so slightly different chipset. They just added a 2 after the Z along with 4K video recording a speakers.
94. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
The display CAN BE SEEN from more than a single angle,smurf. the Z1's display was terrible when it comes to viewing angles,and even when both are side by side,straight viewing,the z1 in fact looks washed out
About the chipset,it is indeed better,but in reality its already fast enough for all the major tasks and gaming.
Z1's speaker: is it on?
Z2's speaker: oh! it works pretty well (theorically)
So this one should be the original Z1,because all the major flaws were corrected.
39. rkoforever90 (Posts: 60; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
sony z2 has some additional features s5 which are useful while other than power saving mode rest of s5 features are total waste
58. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Can you name some of the "useful" features?
71. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Sony didnt add Touchwiz. Thats a useful feature.
54. hurrycanger (Posts: 793; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
When Sony makes a phone with 2gb of ram: "It's already enough. Who the hell needs 3gb of ram on a phone anyway?"
Now when Samsung does it: "Samsuck fails. The Sony Z2 is way better with 3gb of ram."
78. joey_sfb (Posts: 2575; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am all for the heart beat sensor. That's a interesting new feature for me to try out.
83. rawbow (Posts: 407; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
yeah and touch ID seemed like a gimmick right? Camera flash can sense heart beat. This feature should've been on the watch. Whats next a bp monitor and blood insulin calc on the phone?
70. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
S801, 3GB of Ram and lighter Sony UI = Better performance especialy in multitasking.
Digital noise cancellation, ClearAudio+ and stereo speakers = All the love for music lovers.
IPS Display, TRILUMINOS™ technology and the brand new technology "Live Colour LED" in other words one of the most advance display in a smarphone.
Tons of camera apps and other huge software improvement.
77. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I remember sony fanboys claiming there is no need for 3gb when Samsung FIRSTLY introduced it with the Note 3. Now it is a big thing for them. First of all, not just Sony is late to have it in their flagship, also if you trolls had a little bit of knowledge regarding Android and Kitkat to be precise, you would've known that from 4.4 and beyond, android needs a little bit of your ram compared to JB and ICS.
As for the display, just because they name it triluminos or whatever the fancy name they wanna give it, doesn't mean its now better. They've been claiming they had fixed their screen since the Xperia S and each time they are caught misleading their customers. From the Xperia S, to the Z, Z ultra, Z1 and Z1s, they always had a subpar screen, and even if it's true that it is something from the past now with their update Z1s2, then guess what, your Sony is 2 years late, Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG already has great screens.
79. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I like you. We're going to get along pretty well since you took the words out of my mouth once again.
82. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Lol... another samsung closed minded fanboy gone mad :)
I think you just can't accept the truth because for first time in Android history Sony's flagship get more praises than the your beloved S5.
Can you show me the proof about this "sony fanboys claiming there is no need for 3gb" but if what you said is true, i think its because even with higher clockspeed and more ram Note 3 is not even faster than Z1.
If i'm not wrong 512 MB is good enough for kitkat but you will need more than 2GB of ram for samsung touchwizzzzz.
Triluminos is not just some marketing gimmick but its a proven technology for wider color gamut.
Live Colour LED is not just some software trick because its a brand new technology integrated only into Sony devices, giving you the world’s deepest and most intense colours on a smartphone or tablet display. This new innovation combines red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customised colour filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light. Capturing true colours without the risk of oversaturation.
Combine with IPS technology for wider viewing angles.
Lol... i think what you said in about this is just complete BS "They've been claiming they had fixed their screen since the Xperia S and each time they are caught misleading their customers"
4.3" touchscreen - scratch-resistant TFT
16 million colours, 1280 x 720 pixels is what Sony said about Xperia S display and from what i know the problem with most of their display is narrow viewing angels and not all Sony phones has narrow viewing angles.
Sony maybe is 2 years late but for now Z2 has one of the most (if not the most) advance display on the market and many reviewer seems agree with Sony claims.
86. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
Seems to me that Sammy's fans are just jealous... Cuz their new S5 is last year's Z1 specs.
S5 or 5s!!! Almost the same name that's shocking!
Stop hating on other companies fanboys and enjoy technology!
Its obvious Sony Z2 is the king of 2014... Latest processor.. More RAM even though not needed... Better screen(ips)with support technology to give best experience .... best Android Camera + new features... bigger battery.... Better & more luxury design... Best water/dust proof device on the market...
Well I guess I'm exchanging my Note 3 (with the annoying faulty memory full notification and the regularly lag performance and restart) for THIS soon.
90. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Well, my Note 3 runs flawlessly.
Even after rooting and installing a custom rom, its still fast and smooth.
Better Screen? I like AMOLED.
Best Android Camera? Hell yeah! I used my freind's Z1 and i was shocked when i saw that camera. I cant wait to see the Z2's Camera in person +1
Better & More luxurious design? According to you? Then yes. But not to me. I do like the glass look but i absolutely hate onscreen buttons so that killed Sony's fones for me.
But as you said, lets just enjoy the Technology and stop the fanboyism
91. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
Thanks for your comment William
And yes because I'm comparing to Z1 it's much better screen ..
I think it's a Samsung thingy with heavy Touchwiz UI the tablet Galaxy 2 also suffers from the same memory full and more lag..
And the screen as you said personal reference but LCD with IPS is more popular and preferable.. I think Samsung is changing back to LCD as I read somewhere but who know.
The last thing the Cam I disagree with you Cuz I tested it and many people I know saw the pictures they didn't believe its coming out a phone.
As I also noticed PA made a comparison and Z1 + Z1 Compact came on top in Cam deprt. ...and Sony said Z2 gonna be even much Better!! The link if you are interested
So we will see what the future is hiding :)
92. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
I didnt type it correctly lol
I meant to say i was shocked with the Z1's Camera. Miles ahead of any other Android Smartphone. I loved it. Which is why i cant wait to test out the Z2's Camera in person :)
The screen, yeah its personal preference. Not to say the other is bad but i like AMOLED better.
No doubt Sony's design is beautiful +1
But im a Phablet Lover so Note series for me as long as Samsung keeps the buttons off my screen.
6. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I hope those perforations don't fill up with dirt over time. Otherwise looks pretty cool.
23. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 309; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Phone's waterproof so you could rinse it out anyways.
7. MrTzr (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
The back cover is so ugly. Why did they make holes in it? It also lacks an FM-radio (again).. But besides that is does have nice features.
35. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
they just slapped band aid on the back of an s4 and called it a day
67. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Who the hell listens to FM radio on their phone? I haven't ever had it and I don't think I'll ever want it. If an FM tuner is your only other ripe other than the design, reorganize your priorities for phone purchases.
8. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
I love how they copy NOKIA LUMIA REfocus thing :D
SAME-SUNG Will never stop copying
17. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Didn't Nokia copy the original auto focus? Aren't cameras all copies of the original idea? Did Nokia copy Samsung in terms of screen size? Cell phones copy others ideas with twist to them. Every company starts somethingand every company copies something. Just the tech world
21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
So all phones that are going to be released with 3GB of RAM copied the Note 3 by your logic then, right?
48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You're pathetic. I hope you get banned.
49. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
pathetic ? that's a bad word my friend ..
keep calm and SWITCH :D
64. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I'm reporting you every time you keep calling people names. Just an FYI. Multiple offenses already on this post alone. Adults don't call each other names regarding opinions.
69. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Go ahead but don't act like your perfect yourself. I'll be waiting for the warning in my inbox within the next 24 hours.
73. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Smurf don't let em get you riled up bro. Get the s5, and enjoy it. It's gonna be a beast of a phone. Note 4 and iPhone 6 for the jedii.
81. christophersalse (Posts: 98; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
I think it's sad how rabid samsung/apple haters are.
80. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 309; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
I swear PapaSmurf you're a saint. I've been checking the site since the S5 was announced and all I've seen is ridiculous trolling, rabid fanboys and hating on the S5 for the most absurd reasons, people stating facts as opinions, holding no double standards for other OEMs... just crazy stuff as I'm sure you've noticed. I lost so much faith in the viewer base of this site today but you've stuck to the comments and dealt with all sorts of crap to try and bring some sensible talk to the comments and I applaud you, major props dude.
34. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Does your nokia support MP3 files? Well, according to your very own logic, they copied Samsung. Does it have a camera? Guess what, they copied Sharp.
9. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
They just wanted to showcase their creativity with features and useful things. The back plate looks better and the phone is a upgrade. I like it currently have a s4. So I'll wait for the s6. Which will have the truely flexible amoled screen with other features. If you need a new phone s5 definitely the way to go.