Samsung Unpacks The New Galaxy S5 At Mobile World Congress 2014

by Scott Lewis on February 24, 2014

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 was just unveiled at another one of Samsung's famous Unpacking Events in Barcelona Spain at Mobile World Congress 2014. Some of the things we learned about this new flagship smartphone from Samsung are that it has some new hardware and will be running some new software, but we also learned that most of the new GS5 has come from its predecessor the Galaxy S4.

Some of the new hardware inside the GS5 is the addition of a fingerprint scanner under the physical home button. The fingerprint scanner can be utilized to unlock your phone and to help secure mobile payments. This was a logical addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 since we have already seen HTC, Apple, and even Motorola incorporate a fingerprint scanner into a smartphone. Another new piece of hardware that has been integrated in the new GS5 is a heart rate monitor. On the back of the GS5, right under the camera lens, you will see a small oval cutout surrounded with a silver ring. This is the area you rest your finger on to take your pulse. Your pulse information is taken and displayed on the screen of your GS5 inside the S Health 3.0 app. The battery on the Galaxy S5 has been upgraded from the Galaxy S4 to a capacity of 2,800mAh which Samsung is promising 21hrs of talk time and 16 days of standby time. The rear facing camera also received a slight upgrade from 13MP on the GS4 to 16MP on the Galaxy S5, but it did receive a redesigned user interface. Powering all of this new hardware will be a powerful 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching running the Android Kit Kat operating system layered with the Samsung TouchWiz user interface. Much of the TouchWiz UI has moved over from the GS4 and will look and feel comfortable to existing GS4 users. Not to disappoint existing users looking for a new look, there are some changes to the look of the user interface from the GS4. The settings menu is one place that you can see the updates. While the settings menu on the GS4 offered up four tabs of different settings, the settings menu on the GS5 is one long menu with lots of different circle icon on it that you can scroll through to make your changes.

While there is no exact release date for the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone, what we do know is that with all of the great features and benefits packed inside, I do not expect the sale price to be any lower than the launch price of the Galaxy S4.