The Galaxy S5 is Samsung's new flagship smartphone for 2014, unveiled at the company's Unpacked event in Barcelona on 24 February. It has a new design, improved camera, is water and dust resistant and comes complete with new features including a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. Read our new Galaxy S5 release date and specifications article to find out more. See our: Samsung Unpacked 5: Galaxy S5 launch as it happened.
Welcome to our new Galaxy S5 release date and specifications article, which is everything the title suggests. The successor to the market-leading Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 was shown off by Samsung today, confirming many rumours about the new smartphone. See all MWC news. View our MWC live blog.
On this page we'll bring you all of the information about the new Galaxy S5, including when we can expect to be able to buy the new Galaxy S5, and the new features and specs it has. We'll keep updating this page with information as it appears.
The Galaxy S2 was the first Android phone to challenge the iPhone's dominance of the smartphone market. The Galaxy S3 was the first non-Apple smartphone that we could honestly say was a good if not better than the iPhone of the day. And we love the Galaxy S4, so we can certainly say that the S5 is a hugely important one, and now we finally know all of the facts. See also: Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S smartphone comparison review.
New Galaxy S5: Release date in the UK
We had been expecting Samsung to make the Galaxy S5 available in March, but it looks like we'll have to wait until 11 April to get our hands on the new smartphone. Samsung says it'll be launching the Galaxy S5 on 11 April in more than 100 countries.
New Galaxy S5: Design
So, what's the Galaxy S5 like? While the S5 doesn't have a metallic design as previously rumoured, it does come in four shimmery colours: Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Shimmer White and Charcoal Black. They each have a perforated design, too.
The S5 measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g. That's actually 15g heavier than the S4, and a little thicker too, but remember its display is 0.1 inches bigger.
One of the biggest cheers of the launch event came as Samsung revealed that the S5 is IP67 water & dust resistant like the Sony Xperia Z range, meaning it should be more durable.
New Galaxy S5: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1in Full HD screen, 0.1 inches bigger than its predecessor. It's Super AMOLED, and measures 1920 x 1080 pixels.
New Galaxy S5: Processor
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has had a significant power boost over its predecessor, with a 2.5GHz Quad core processor compared with the S4's 1.9GHz chip. As expected, it runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.
New Galaxy S5: Camera
One rumour that did prove to be correct was GSMarena's prediction that the Galaxy S5 would have a 16Mp rear-facing camera (compared with the S4's 13Mp camera) with improved image stabilisation. It also has a new selective focus mode that acts a bit like the aperture on an SLR for depth of field effects, and speedy auto-focus that Samsung says will enable you to focus your image in less than a third of a second – the fastest ever for a smartphone.
A HDR mode has been introduced too, and also works for video.
The front-facing camera is the same 2Mp as the S4's.
New Galaxy S5: Battery
Samsung has given the battery in the S5 a boost. The 2,800 mAh battery offers 12 hours of video playback, according to the company.
New Galaxy S5: Connectivity
Samsung's Galaxy S5 has full category 4 LTE connectivity, as well as WiFi MIMO (802.11ac). This is the first smartphone to ever have such a combo. Plus, the new Download Booster in the S5 means you should be able to download 1GB of data in 30 seconds, says Samsung. Download Booster uses a combination of WiFI and LTE to download data.
New Galaxy S5: New features
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has an all-new Finger Scanner that will enable secure mobile payments and will also provide access to a 'Private Mode' that noone else will be able to get into.
There's a new Kids Mode with dedicated apps to protect your children (and your S5) while they're using it, which could be a real boon for parents with tech-loving little-ones.
One of the most interesting and useful (hopefully) features is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, which will automatically turn your display to Black and White and turn off all features apart from calls and texts when you're almost out of power. This should mean that 10% of battery will last up to 24 hours in this mode.
Another, perhaps slightly unneccesary feature is a heart rate monitor, situated just below the rear-facing camera. It's the first time a smartphone has ever had a heart rate monitor built-in.
The S5 is designed to work with any one of Samsung's three new smartwatches: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit.
New Galaxy S5: Price in UK
At present, there's no price for the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we'll update this article as soon as we find out more. Read: Galaxy S5: where to buy in the UK.
Speculation suggests that you'll have to shell out around £600 for a SIM-free Galaxy S5. That's the same price as the Galaxy S4, which is exactly what Samsung would want.
It also keeps it in the same ball park as the iPhone 5S, a lot more expensive than the Nexus phones and the Moto G, but at the premium end of the market for a premium phone. Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin states that the Galaxy S5 will be priced the same as its predecessor placing it at £630.
We'll update this section as soon as we (and anyone on the internet) knows anything about the Galaxy S5 price. See also: 17 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2013.
UK phone retailer, Clove, has priced the Galaxy S5 at £550 inc VAT which is a little lower than we expected but this could change by the release date.
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