Samsung has ensured that Mobile World Congress 2014 will not just be remembered for Mark Zuckerberg's keynote and Nokia's decision to show a bit of pride and stick a finger up at Microsoft. The South Korean firm made its mark on the evening of 24 February, and what a mark that was.
As expected, Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, its new flagship smartphone that will replace the Galaxy S4 at the top of its product line. The S4 has earned rave reviews since it was unveiled just under a year ago, and has fought long and hard for the top seat with the iPhone 5S, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z1.
In other words, it takes some serious beating.
Samsung said that its aim was to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5, focusing on enhancing what it considers the things that mean the most to consumers: picture quality, data and health. Sure enough, the new mobile packs a whopping 16-megapixel camera that dwarfs the S4's 13-megapixel snapper, "Download Booster" Wi-Fi technology, which Samsung claims to boost download speeds and a number of fitness tools, including a heart-rate sensor and pedometer.
The new flagship now features biometric technology, in the form of a fingerprint scanner, which should also improve the security aspects of the device, since it can act as a means to lock and unlock the phone, as well as carry out payments. The IP67-certified S5 trumps the S4 in terms of battery life, with its 2,800mAh juice pack claimed to last four hours longer than the 2,600mAh energiser found in the S4.
However, The Galaxy S5 has also been upgraded in a couple of areas that might not please you as much. At 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and 145g, it is significantly bulkier and heavier than the S4. The fact that both phones carry the same number of pixels means that the newer model, which plays host to a 5.1in display, does not boast the same pixel density found on Samsung's former flagship.
|Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S5|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
|Type||Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
Processor and battery
|Family||Snapdragon 600||Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805|
|GPU||Adreno 320||Adreno 330|
|Claimed 3G talk time||Up to 17h||Up to 21h|
Storage and memory
|Internal storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||32GB / 64GB|
|Video||1080p@30fps||2160p@30fps / 1080@60fps|
|Standard||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a / b / g / n / ac||802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
|Integrated wireless charging||No||Yes|
|Size||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm||142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Price (SIM-free)||£355 via amazon (16GB)Porthole Ad||Unknown|
|Availability||Available||11th April 2014|