Samsung Galaxy S5: all you need to know

Ladies and gentlemen, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has officially arrived, and while it might not have been able to meet the sky-high expectations, it's treated us to a ton of new features. 

Here, we have summed up all that you absolutely need to know about the new Samsung flagship, along with specs and links for further reading.

The new design and new features

Samsung introduces a brand new design paradigm with the S5 - one that still uses plastic as the basis material, but flaunts a perforated rear pattern, that is quite different than the "stitched leather" looks of the Note 3. Besides the Charcoal Black and Shimmery White, the Galaxy S5 will arrive with two extra colors at launch - Electric Blue, and the aforementioned Copper Gold that you can see in the pictures.

The Galaxy S5 uses a 5.1" 1080x1920-pixel Super AMOLED display and while the resolution has not changed from the S4, Samsung has improved the display making it go brighter at peak brightness (great for outdoor use) and dimmer at the lowest levels (great for night-time viewing). 

The newly-coined quad-core Snapdragon 801 (Qualcomm's MSM8974-AC chipset), clocked at 2.5 GHz, is what's powering the Galaxy S5. The new chipset supports fast 150 Mbps LTE-Advanced download speeds, and Samsung claims that the S5 will support up to 8 LTE Cat4 bands on all global carriers. There is also an innovative feature in the handset, called Download Booster, which speeds up downloads by combining the Wi-Fi/ac and LTE-Advanced connectivity.

The 2800 mAh battery unit in the Galaxy S5 can thankfully be swapped out, in the best of Samsung's design traditions. It is rated for the respectable 21 hours of talk time on a charge, and 16 days of standby. Samsung bragged that the Galaxy S5 can endure up to 10 hours of web browsing, and up to 12 hours of HD video playback, which are impressive numbers indeed.

Rugged and sporty with a heart-rate monitor

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified, rugged, which means that it is completely sealed from dust, and will remain functional even after you dunk it in up to three feet (1m) of water, for as long as half an hour.

The other big new feature is the swipe Finger Scanner embedded in the home key. It provides biometric authentication for unlocking the phone, or for secure mobile payments transactions. On its back, right below the camera the Galaxy S5 features a heart rate monitor.

New camera: bokeh and improved HDR

The camera unit now provides the fastest 0.3 seconds autofocus times of all handsets - a feat made possible by the dedicated image signal processors in the Snapdragon 801 chipset. Since we have the same 1.1 micron pixels, the sensor has become slightly larger, at 1/2.5", to accommodate the increase in pixel count.

Besides 4K video recording at 30fps, the processor also allows for a few extra camera tricks, too. 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) mode that goes for both photos and real-time video capture. The 16MP shooter also boasts f/2.2 aperture, and Samsung's new ISOCELL technology, which should bring better exposed and blur-free photos in low light.

Samsung Galaxy S5: release date, carriers and price

The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is set for April 11 across an impressive 150 countries worldwide. Price is not yet announced, but if we had to guess we’d say $199 on contract and around $600 full retail. Below, you'd find a list of the carriers and retailers where the S5 will be available.

  • T-Mobile
  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • MetroPCS

Pending confirmation:
  • Verizon 
  • U.S. Cellular

  • Best Buy
  • Sam's Club
  • Radioshack
  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Costco

Samsung Galaxy S5 against the world: comparisons

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. linkage2424

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I think I've read this same information over and over again, probably a good 10 times, because it's been reworded into 20 different articles. Haha.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They have to milk it for the ads as much as possible.

11. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

They need to promote the failure called GS5. The Z2 will kill this plastic toy.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'd be surprised if the Z2 sold a tenth as many as the the S5. Not an endorsement of either, just reality.

17. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Is the most probably thing, Samsung fans are the new Apple fans. They just buy the name.

26. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

What to make a difference of name value

39. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I'm not fascinated with the new S5. but we have to admit it, the others haven't done better either. Maybe in design but you can still change the back cover. So no the Z2 doesn't kill it anyway

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

lol i don't want to know anything.........!!!

29. Adithya7184 unregistered

who cares if u want to know something.... admit it...S5 will outsell every phone on the market.. go and get a Nokia X

25. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

That design is just like 2012 models. And it looks cheap !! Samsung design always lacks premium feeling in it, unlike sony or even iphone !

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Samsung sucks at designing the phones... still apple is after samsung saying they copy the design... did apple mean to say their phone is so horribly ugly? apple should stop down grading itself by saying samsung a copy... HTC one will be nice to blame as copy

36. shimshim

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

lol. samsung does suck at designing phones but how much do you think sammy fans suck when they choose cheap plastic ? what apple knows is that samsung is doing business otherwise they wouldnt bother. but samsung actually knows no other way than copying. The new gear fit smartwatch is actually a high end knock off of fit bit, even the name is copied.

37. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

They dont choose due to cheap plastic, they choose due to high specs n those features which no one else has yet to offer... try using Sam's high end phone n then use some other andriod OEM... you will understand why people choose samsung... samsung's touchwiz is may be laggy but the experience it offer is great... only outside plastic body of the phone is not good looking... so samsung is lacking in designing...

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Horrible design proudly present by samsung...

35. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I haven't followed the news yesterday, so this is a nice summary for me.

2. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Why so much articles ?

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i don't know dude. they turn in Samsung Blog i guess.

3. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

^ lolol I was just going to say the same thing

4. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

This tell Samsung is a very rich company now.

5. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Please enough with the S5 articles. Its getting really ridiculous! We know you wants hits on site but come on.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no different than with iphone, but you make a valid point...

6. HASHTAG unregistered

You people are such whiners. PhoneArena is like this every year for the Galaxy and iPhone series. Simply don't click on the link if you don't want to read more about it.

16. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Not to mention the never ending repetition of the same. exact. comments.

19. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I think most people who read the article about the S5, want to get more information about the S5. But when they realize what they read is just the same information they become sick. I used to do the same thing and asked why that PA pay more attention to the samsung product. But eventually I understand that all of this is just one of the greatest samsung strategy "aggresive marketing".

9. naqeb007

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

hey everyone, this is my first comment for me in phonearena.

24. nutcase

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

me, either :P

10. naqeb007

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

is there anyone notice that samsung did not announce the new exynos infinity ???? weird !!!!!

14. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Does there really have to be like 20 articles about the S5? Like, seriously...

20. HASHTAG unregistered

Just wait until Apple announces the new iPhone. Lol.

22. jpunieves

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

1. how many articles will this make 2. articles of new iphone against other flagship phones around 20 i guess?

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