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The Samsung Galaxy S5 leaks in its full, high-resolution glory: waterproof, fingerprint sensor, 16MP camera

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 leaks in its full, high-resolution glory: waterproof, fingerprint sensor, 16MP camera
UPDATE #2: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official! Read our Galaxy S5 hands-on here.

UPDATE: More images added! What's that next to the LED flash (picture #12)?

It's been quite the day at the MWC 2014, with both Sony and Nokia making some very interesting announcements. But it's Samsung's upcoming christening of the new Galaxy S5 that is bound to draw the most attention, if only because the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer managed to keep details around it a secret for this long. Well, that streak is now over, as somebody over at MWC managed to snap several photos of the Galaxy S5 in its full glory hours before the announcement is due to take place, and also outed some details of the flagship's new hardware and software features.

Perhaps most interesting is the claim that the Galaxy S5 has a swipe type fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button, which will apparently allow you to make PayPal payments. We're also told the S5 is IP67-certified, meaning it's water- and dust-proof. The camera is said to be a 16-megapixel one. It's also interesting to note that the phone has gone through some rather minor, but visible design changes. For starters, the back has a rather aggressive dotted pattern, so no faux-leather this time around. Moreover, a snap that puts the Galaxy S5 next to yesteryear's Galaxy S4 and Note 3 indicates that the phone has grown perceptibly -- the screen looks slightly bigger, and we're guessing that waterproofing the phone had its adverse effect on dimensions. 

There are visible changes in the software department, too. TouchWiz, for one, appears to have gone through some flattening, and folders are definitely different than what we're used to. The camera UI, along with the S Health app have also been tweaked, design-wise, and we're shown an all-new Download Booster feature that will likely come pre-loaded on the Galaxy S5. The feature will apparently allow you to download files over 30MB faster, by using both an LTE and Wi-Fi network.

Take a look, and stay tuned for Samsung's Unpacked 5 event, which will take place at 8 PM CET / 11 AM PT.


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:25 96

1. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


OMG, FUGLY as hell.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:31 34

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Wait PA.. That's the GS4.. You can't trick me that easily... :-\

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:42 6

34. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


I think thats the cheaper version..the uploader from the source says that there might be a prime version to be launched at the unpacked..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:00

127. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


The thing next to the flash is a heart rate sensor btw..u put your finger on it and it shows ur heart rate..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:56 14

69. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


and they said samsung brings different designs unlike apple

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:04 2

79. hk0805 (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


This is absolutely not the S5. This seems more of Samsung launching some other phone. Bet it'd be that. If this is "THE S5" then don't know where to find the designers of this device. Probably wanna kill them!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:14 8

87. hk0805 (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The S5 was also supposed to sport the new TouchWiz UI.
It's no where to be seen.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:25 3

158. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yes it is a different design, back cover can be used as a sand paper ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:55 4

118. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I dont think this is the galaxy s5,if it is than Samsung is failing bad. The s4 was the same as the s3 but passed the grade,android users wont accept the same device yet again so easily. Fortunately for android users if your manufacturers keeps handing you the same handset over and over year on year there are always plenty of other vendors unlike a certain fruit phone

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:06 6

133. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This article isn't about fruit phones, is about the s5. Stay on topic, or log off. Don't try to deflect the negative attention to apple dude...won't work.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:06 3

205. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Dark...he did make a valid point - in other words, ANDROID users can go elsewhere for a phone, while APPLE users are stuck with what they have...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:15 1

211. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok and that's true network, but in the android community you have name brand loyalists, just like iOS has them. Someone who's a die hard GS fan may not even consider the option of jumping to another brand. Samsung has built quit the huge Samsung Eco system, as well s the android they use too. How many Samsung loyalists do you honestly think will leave due to aesthetics? Also bro, we're all free to go elsewhere, but I understand the context of your post. Your post made sense, and was neutral. His was an attempt to bash, and deflect the negativity to iPhones +1

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:18

215. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Thanks, dude - yeah, I do not see as many logo lovers among Android users - but there are some and I ashamed of them....lol...I still have fond memories of the original SGS1 - the CAPTIVATE - I wish Samsung would do something like that for the SGS6 - it would be a different look, and a better looking phone as I am getting bored of the Galaxy look - I found a few sites online that sell clones - wow, literally dozens of them out there...and some are as good of quality as the original, at half the price...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:43 1

232. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can honestly admit, although I think the iPhone looks beautiful, I'm bored with that look and wanna see them change it up. People get comfortable with these devices and brands, and don't wanna leave em. Try to get a hardcore Corvette lover to ditch his c7 for a 911 GT, or a Mustang purist to ditch it for a Camaro you'll have a fight on your hands lol. I'm an iPhone first guy you know that, but when it comes to android, I swear dude I couldn't see myself with anything other than a galaxy (be it S or Note). I think the HTC One is the most beautiful phone ever made, but I just can't ditch a galaxy for it. Another thing to consider, is how skinned android is. Even in the android Eco system there's a learning curve when you leave company A for company B.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:11 1

241. testerguy (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Networkdood, he didn't make a valid point, because Apple users can choose ANY phone they like, including ANY Android.

The only reason they pick iPhones, IF THEY DO, is because they considered EVERY OPTION any Android fan considers, PLUS the iPhone, and the iPhone was the best for them.

It's Android fans who refuse to buy Apple products who have less choice, not iPhone purchasers.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:24

245. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wow dude that makes a lot of sense. I must admit, I notice more iPhone hatred from android users, than android hatred from iPhone users, although there's plenty of hate on each side of the face. +1 good post

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:22 1

261. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-users-admit-to-blind-loyalty-to-Apple_id52603

When people buy a phone by any OEM just because it's made by that OEM, they really aren't looking at every phone or every option out there for what suits them. What they are doing is just continuing to buy what they own. It's the same for SS users but happens the most with iOS users, as pointed out in the article.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:09

258. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Who made you moderator? Screw you!!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:59

285. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Screw you too. See how easy that was, now go away.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:34

309. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"I don't think this is the galaxy s5, if it is than Samsung is failing bad" ummmmmmmm...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:59 1

122. aksa123 (Posts: 332; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Right. If it's indeed gs5, then I'm very dissapointed.
I don't think that's a 4k display anyway.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:01 1

128. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wow what fake pictures seriously

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:16

144. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


You can't believe it? LOL!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:20 7

189. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


It's even uglier than GS4 LOL

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:57

236. techaman (unregistered)


It's a gs4 proto type because they were going to try to put a fingerprint scanner in the GS4 could call it AGS four mega

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:42

267. Cicero (Posts: 889; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Nope it is not S4. It is Tizen by Samsung. The look line is like Galaxy. Take a look at the picture with all three. Two with Chrome browser and the supposed S5 with sammy browser. You got it? Sammy info storm! +1

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:34 2

21. Finalflash (Posts: 3221; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea and they kept the God forsaken physical button... Not getting it this round.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:35 8

23. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Sammy removed the Menu button. :O

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:49 3

46. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Yeah I also noticed that. That "multitasking" button sucks. As one can access multitasking by holding the physical home button. Wich should be capacitive

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:55 7

66. Doakie (Posts: 2108; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:0 What are you saying?! The long press totally ruins fast app switching. The actual multitasking button is where it's at! Dude, because of that one button I'm trading in my Note 3 for a Galaxy S 5! I'm sold. To hell with the One 2014. There's a GS5 in my future!

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