Samsung Galaxy S5 leverages a feature usually seen in DLSRs, called Phase Detection Autofocus, to get the Galaxy S5 camera to focus in only 0.3 seconds. That means less lag time between pressing the button and snapping a picture. All the better to get that perfect shot. When you're setting up for the shot, the Galaxy S5 can also offer a live preview of HDR mode. Capturing HDR images should also be much faster.
The sensor will be able to record 4K video at a resolution of 3840×2160. You won't be able to enjoy it in full resolution on the GS5′s 1080p screen, but 4K TVs are starting to come down in price. HDR is available in video mode too. A 4K video in HDR? Yes, please.
Check out the 4K video shot using the Galaxy S5, the 4K recording is set to be the standard in high-end devices this year, and while the image quality when shooting in 4K looks stunning, it does take up a lot of space. A 1-minute 4K video shot at 30 fps uses almost 1 GB of space. No wonder the Galaxy S5 features a microSD card slot that can accommodate a 128 GB SD card.
Samsung launched a new version of TouchWiz with the Galaxy S5, one that features a cleaner layout, flatter icons and an overall modern look, it also provide a new version of Drivemode.
Dutch website Kopengalaxys5 has just leaked the very first image showing off the flat Drive Mode interface. The interface that the Drivemode provides is also a much simpler one to have you distracted from driving as less time as possible. You can also activate voice control by saying "Hi Galaxy". The Samsung Galaxy S5 will become available world wide sometime during April this year.
As you probably already know, the Samsung Galaxy Gear was fairly limited in its feature-set initially, but Samsung has added more and more functionality to the smartwatch over the last few months.
Looks like the Galaxy Gear is getting voice guided navigation through their headphones. We learned, however, that the majority would just visually remember the route to take, immediately close the app to save battery life, and put their smartphone back into their pocket. From time to time, they would reopen the navigation to check whether they're still on the right route.
With the Android SDK, it was easy for Symphony Teleca to develop TurnByTurn, an app with which you can plan your routes on your Samsung Galaxy and then synchronize them with your Samsung Galaxy Gear. The smart watch will then take over all the navigation instructions and alert you visually and audibly about upcoming turns.
Samsung would be launching two versions of the Galaxy S5, during the launch last week, the South Korean manufacturer unveiled only the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 based version of the device.
The SM-G900H featured an Exynos eight-core CPU with clocks of 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a full-HD screen. The numbers are identical to the benchmarks seen on GFXBench today, with a few differences. The CPU clock on the GFXBench test is at 1.3 GHz, which is what the four Cortex A7 cores run at.
The four Cortex A15 cores on the Exynos 5422 are clocked at 2.1 GHz. It is likely that the benchmark was run with only the four Cortex A7 core enabled. Or it is possible that Samsung was intentionally throttling the CPU to gauge how it functions at lower frequencies.
We should note however, that smartphones can be fairly easy be manipulated by the manufacturer to run at underclocked CPU speeds, and even to make a display run at below native resolutions, so this might be Samsung testing the phone's behavior in various situation.
Just days after announcing the Galaxy S5, popular review site CNET has taken a closer look at the Galaxy S5 software discovering various other features the company was quiet about.
Following are just few of the hidden features:
- If you explore the Settings menu or the quick access settings in the notifications pulldown, you'll notice a quiet little option called Toolbox. Toggle it on and a white dot appears, inscribed with an ellipsis. Tap this and it will expand to reveal shortcuts to popular tools like the camera, voice recorder, browser, calculator, and the notes app -- but you can swap these for other apps.
New camera settings
- There are a ton of new camera options, from the Selective Focus we heard about to some lesser-known features, such as a special treatment for action shots and the ability to easily secure photos with Samsung Knox.
- Quick Connect is an easy press from the notifications shade, and replaces a bunch of confusing individual apps that connected to your computer and your other devices through a number of channels.
Officially announced yesterday, the Galaxy S5 is now a 5.1-inch unit, comes with a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (almost certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Weighs at145 grams with dimensions at 142×72.5×8.1 mm, and, it's bigger than the Galaxy S4 by every measure, and it's 15 grams heavier too. The Galaxy S5 adheres to the IP67 standard for water and dust resistance, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S5′s camera mentioned by the Executive as the fastest ever smartphone autofocus time (0.3 seconds), and improved HDR. The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the Home button and works by swiping your finger across it.
There's a Protected Mode which hides images and stuff from prying eyes and can be entered by, you guessed it, using your fingerprint. Mobile payments will also be supported via PayPal, with no need to enter a password.
Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 150 countries on April 11. Pricing has not been announced yet, we are guessing $199 with a 2-year contract in the US is expected.
Samsung Galaxy S5 was just unveiled at the Unpacked 5 event. The flagship opens a new chapter in Samsung's design - the back is still leather-like, but with a brand new look.
Samsung's new pride and joy features a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 16 megapixel camera, a fingerprint scanner and more. Here's the full gamut in case you're wondering;
- 5.1-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display
- 2.5GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera
- 16GB / 32GB of internal storage (microSD up to 128GB)
- 2,800mAh battery
- USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi AC MiMo, IR Blaster, and Fingerprint Scanner
- Android 4.4 KitKat
Samsung Galaxy S5 new features:
- Phase Detection Auto Focus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly - first smartphone with phase detection auto focus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
- Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR - like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
- Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
- Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
- Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery
The picture above is the Samsung Galaxy S5, claimed by Hardwarezone forum.
Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S5 later today but Pocket Lint has managed to get their hands on Samsung's upcoming device (pictured above).
While we don't have the complete specifications, Pocket Line does confirm a fingerprint sensor embedded on the home screen. A swipe on the home button will unlock the device and can be used even for PayPal payments.
There will be an improved version of S Health 3.0 and this time, it will even monitor user's heart rate with the help of the sensor located at the back of the device.
Furthermore, Galaxy S5 is said to have a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Android 4.4 KitKat, 16MP camera that supports up to 4K video recording, My Magazine app, etc.
Are you impressed with the look of the Galaxy S5 (above picture)?
There are leaks going around right now by the super leaker @evleaks that Samsung is expected to unveil two smartwatches at the Unpacked event. Interestingly, @evleaks says that these watches lose the Galaxy branding, which suggests that these could be powered by Tizen and adds some weight to the previous report.
Check the images above, the watch on the left is supposed to supersede the original Galaxy Gear with a compact design and better placement of a camera while the one on the right seems to be the health-centric device.
There were rumors that Samsung might make the Galaxy S5 waterproof. Samsung has previously made versions of the Galaxy S waterproof, but only on the Active line, not the primary S smartphone.
A new trailer for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event appears to confirm those suspicions that the Galaxy S5 will be able to withstand water.
Take a look at the video below and see what other activities Samsung plans to make Galaxy friendly. Find out more on Monday 24 February at the Samsung UNPACKED event in Barcelona.