Galaxy S5 announced – Faster, more efficient and leather-clad [pics]

Screenshot 2014-02-24 at 23.45.01

As you may well know, I’ve been hanging around in Barcelona for the past couple of days covering MWC for Phonedog.com. By now, you will also almost certainly know that Samsung launched its next Galaxy S device. The S5 takes some of the great features from the S4, improves them and slaps some porous faux-leather covering on the rear shell. And while it may not look incredible, it is – in my opinion – a fantastic improvement.

Spec-wise, it hosts a huge, bright 5.1-inch Super AMOLED HD display, it’s sharp, adjusts contrast and brightness automatically and the touch sensitivity is quick and lag-free. On the back is a 16MP camera, featuring an incredible 0.3 second Auto-Focus system and HDR. It just so happens to record 4K video too.. Still not sold on that in a smartphone. Perhaps the most important features are the improved battery and power management systems, as well as the wide-range of LTE band compatibility and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The speeds capable from this device are amazing, and in the right areas, with the right connection, could see you downloading a 1GB file in 30 seconds.

I’ll have my video hands on uploaded tomorrow. But for now, I’ve got a couple of images taken, just to whet your appetite until I get back home in front of the Mac.

Key Specs

  • 5.1-inch display, 1920×1080 resolution – Super AMOLED – 432ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16MP camera – 4K resolution video camera
  • 16/32GB storage – 2GB RAM
  • IP67 rating water and dust resistant
  • Available in Black, White, Blue and Bronze/Gold
  • Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor.
  • MicroSD card slot, expandable up to 128GB
  • Category 4 LTE – Compatible with most LTE bands worldwide
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Heart Rate Monitor, Wireless Charging
  • 2800mAh battery

Any questions, hit me up on Twitter: @TiP_Cam

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  • Chris

    700 mhz lte? Would hate to get a new phone and miss out on the new lte they picked up from Verizon.

    • randomnerd_number38

      As has been mentioned multiple times from official sources and various commentors, phones with band 12 are not likely to start being released until late this year.

      • danielhep

        So it’s band 12? Does that mean my AT&T GS3 won’t be compatible even though is supports band 17, which is in the 700 Mhz range.

      • maximus1901

        Poor decision since TMO is probably relying on Band 12 for LTE beyond 225mil POPs unlike Sprint who will have 250mil PCS LTE, by mid 2014, so that ALL their LTE devices will enjoy this coverage.

        • Eric

          The 700A MHz that T-Mobile has purchased covers mostly their major markets and some rural areas.

          I’m just hoping T-Mobile can get low-frequency spectrum to use with current phones.

        • krym73

          U sound like a sprint employee with high hopes. Sprint suxx get over it.

        • KingCobra

          Why do you frequent a T-Mobile blog with comments about Sprint fantasies of LTE deployment? All they do is delay. Their network vision joke and pitifully slow LTE rollout are the joke of the industry these days. Maybe they’ll hit 225 million by 2015 and 250 million by 2016 if they’re lucky.

          Besides Sprint doesn’t have anything at all to do with this topic it’s about the Galaxy S5 phone. You should head back over to s4gru

  • Fred

    April?

  • maximus1901

    4th quarter investor call tomorrow 2/25/2014!!
    Will TMO match Sprint’s 250mil on PCS LTE with 250mil on AWS LTE?
    Tune in!
    http://services.choruscall.com/links/tmus140225.html

    • KingCobra

      Sprint hasn’t even reached 200 million yet.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    GS5 might support band 12 they still havent announced it for tmobile.

    • Verizonthunder

      Trust me it will be available for T-Mobile but honestly have you seen the Sony Xperia Z2??. That smartphone outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S5

      • kalel33

        How can one unreleased phone outperform another unreleased phone. Kind of hard to test them when neither one is even for sale or in reviewer’s hands.

        • Verizonthunder

          Did you see the side by side comparison? The Z2 features a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) Its the first device to include Qualcomm’s new 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, which offers faster clock speeds than the 800, and is supported by 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with microSD support) and a 3,200mAh battery. Sony’s using the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera, 2.2-megapixel shooter on the front. That’s all protected IP58 waterproof certification.

        • kalel33

          That’s all spec sheet prospecting and nothing else. The S4 was higher spec’d than the HTC One but you didn’t see that difference in real life. The average person cannot even discern a 5MP print of 11×13 when compared to a 13MP 11×13. You’re falling into the megapixel myth. It’s the quality of the pixels, not the number of them. The only thing you can be sure of, from the spec sheet, is that the S5 isn’t water resistant but the Z2 is. I bet you couldn’t find a single difference in performance between the S4 and the Moto X, even though the spec sheet would indicate a clear win for the S4.

          Also, based upon history the screen of the Sony will be inferior but again, that’s conjecture.

        • Verizonthunder

          Why am I not surprised… Reading is not your favorite thing. No mention of HTC in my reply post.

        • kalel33

          I can guarantee I read well more than you do in a year. Care to compare Goodread accounts? I don’t watch much TV, but I digress, those who only look at a spec sheet are just spec whores. Everyone said how poor the spec sheet was for the Moto X but it ran just as fast as any other phone available. I’ll wait for reviews, based on people and not a piece of paper.

        • g2a5b0e

          That information is actually incorrect. There are two versions of the Snap 801. The S5 uses the faster of the two.

          http://w w w .phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-announces-Snapdragon-801—45-faster-image-processing-in-devices-by-April_id53015 (take out the spaces in between the w’s)

          This link shows the differences between the 800, 801ab, & 801ac. The Z2 uses the slower of the two, the 801ab & the S5 uses the faster one, the 801ac. The S5 will more than likely outperform the Z2 (albeit not by much) as a result.

        • Verizonthunder

          Your funny I see your research is flawed. Did you watch Mobile World Congress? If not please watch all coverage before lecturing me on processor comparison.

        • g2a5b0e

          You tell me I’m wrong, yet you don’t tell me how I’m wrong, nor do you provide any proof of why you’re right. Here’s mine.

          http://w w w .phonearena.com/phones/Sony-Xperia-Z2_id8323
          http://w w w .phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S5_id8202

          Here are links to the specs sheets for both devices. Unless these printed specs are wrong & I highly doubt it, the Z2 uses the ab variety of the 801, while the S5 uses the ac. Just like I said.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Does it have a zerolemon battery for it?

        • Verizonthunder

          I am sure they will create one just wait a few weeks.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          They only made for samsung phones so far

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Zerolemon only makes for Samsung phones

        • Verizonthunder

          No true as they made one for LG Optimus g pro

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Link please

        • Verizonthunder

          http://zerolemon.com/product-category/lg/optimus-g-pro/

          Also they have one for the LG G2 I am shocked and redesigned too.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I remember I found it when I was looking into a used one lol

          None for sony yet

  • Dave Bell

    Meh. I went from the GS3 to the Nexus 4 to the HTC One. I don’t think I’m going back to the Galaxy. I am eligible for Jump this Wednesday, was going to go with the Z1S, but if the Z2 is coming to T-Mobile in March I’ll just wait.

    So, anyone know? Is T-Mobile US included in the Z2 “global launch”?

    • JB

      From everything I read on the Z2, It seems that Sony didn’t disclose a launch date for the U.S. variants. Hopefully if not March, then sometime soon afterwards. That’s one phone I’m taking a hard look at.

      • thepanttherlady

        I’ll be a first adopter of the international unlocked version. Not waiting for tmobile anymore. :)

        • JB

          It’s definitely one sexy phone! Spec wise, it looks like it’s blowing everything else out of the water. As I said in my comment, I’m buying it outright. I’ll more than likely do what you’re doing, get the international unlocked variant!

        • superg05

          nm

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m really interested in the new screen they’re using on the XZ2 and I am thrilled that they put the speakers on the front!

          ETA: With the prices Sony has listed (hoping they come down closer to launch) I’ll have to try and find a way to buy it from Germany. Their pricing is about $150 less than the UK as of yesterday. :|

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Lucky me… As you may have guessed from the name, I have family in Germany! Looks like I’ll be requesting an Xperia care package be sent my way… ;-)

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m half German but don’t have the same luck. LOL I actually checked Clove’s website and they have it listed for 10 pounds less than I paid for the XZ1 (not the price Sony shows). There is a disclaimer that says they’re awaiting official pricing but I think I’m going to go ahead and order through them again. They’re a pleasure to deal with.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          The Z1s is nice, too… I see you can buy that unlocked on eBay for the AT&T customers. I’m surprised more of them aren’t foaming at the mouth for something Sony.

        • thepanttherlady

          I have the Z1, not the Z1s. I think many AT&T customers that wanted the Z1 did so when it was first released. The international versions run on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE bands. Just one reason I bought mine from the UK at launch. ;)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I really am undecided between going for the XZ2 or the HTC M8. The X2 is a game-changer for me. I want to trade up from my LG Optimus G Pro, and support HTC – but if that M8 isn’t superior to/be slightly more compelling than the XZ2, I will most certainly head for the Xperia.

          My first Sony phone was an X10i, and then later the Lt28i (ion LTE). Great phones, good memories. I still have the XperiaFlash software installed on my PC, just in case ;-)

      • Spanky

        I’ve had my eye on it as well. I hope there’s a Google Edition.

      • NMejia

        From what I’ve read if you weren’t a supporter of the Z1 then there is not much to change your mind or sway to the Z2.

        • JB

          Compared to every other phone that’s coming out that we know of, then I think there’s enough reason there. The issue of the dull screen appears to have been addressed. Though really I only skipped out on the Z1 because at the time I was already phone heavy with the GS4, Note 2 and HTC One. I already had in my mind I was going to get the Note 3.

    • thepanttherlady

      I wouldn’t count on it. T-Mobile launches have been running 4-6 months behind the global ones.

      • JB

        There she is!! I kid you not, I was going to mention your name in my response! I was going to say, “If anybody knows it would be thepanttherlady. I hope she’s reading.” HAHA

        • thepanttherlady

          I read every comment that gets posted. ;)

        • JB

          Oh yeah, being a mod and all… DUH! Lol

    • Verizonthunder

      Wait for the Z2 PantherLady is on par with typical launches and besides the Sony Xperia Z2 stole the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain… now my curious is HTC’s next generation. I believe this year will go to Sony and the rising phoenix HTC as both have learned from their past.

      • KingCobra

        Possibly in quality but Samsung will probably crush them both combined in terms of sales.

        • Verizonthunder

          You must incorporate marketing spent with total sales in the US and compare their quarterly marketing and sales of previous quarter’s to see if paid off.

  • JB

    Looking at the pics, I wasn’t sold on the GS5, as it just seemed kind of “meh” to me design wise. Then I saw a couple of videos and for some reason, it looked more attractive to me. Though I think before I JUMP or anything, I may see what’s happening in HTC’s camp, try out both when they are available then make my decision. Right now, the Z2 is catching my eye. So much so, I may just buy that bad boy outright.

    One thing I really hope doesn’t happen is that TMO gets stuck with just the 16GB Galaxy S this time around. It should be a crime that phones still have 16GB standard. Though that’s just my opinion.

    • Rod

      I for one find it odd that they even released a 16GB version. Samsung claimed when the Note 3 was released that 32GB should be standard for a premium device. And the Note 3 only shipped in 32GB/64GB

    • Orlando G.

      I’m in the same boat. My JUMP became available in January. As a former owner of the Galaxy S, S2, S3, S4 and current owner of a HTC ONE, I’m going to see what HTC is going to do. I thought about the Sony but when I played with it at the TMO Store, I wasn’t impressed.

    • NMejia

      Especially given that the GS5 ROM is 8GB so the 16GB really turns into 7.86GB available for use.

      http://www.androidcentral.com/galaxy-s5-rom-bit-monster-taking-nearly-8gb-storage

      • JB

        That’s the one thing I hate with TouchWiz. Generally love the features, but the ROM is so heavy. You think they’d at least throw in one of their 8-16 GB micro SD cards. It can’t cost them that much to do that.

  • Herb

    I read on the Verge that it was a soft-touch back similar to the original Nexus 7, not the fake leather like the Note 3.

    “Samsung has replaced the S4’s slimy, glossy plastic battery cover with a dimpled soft-touch finish… If you’re familiar with the original Nexus 7 released in 2012, it’s very similar to that. The new back offers a significant upgrade in they way the device feels… but it doesn’t look as tacky as the fake-leather patterns used on Samsung’s Note line of devices.”

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/24/5441668/samsung-galaxy-s5-announcement-launch

  • Driven626

    I’m not sold, Samsung is now doing what exactly apple was doing. Introducing new phones with minor updates or improvements instead of major upgrades. And c’com S4 5inch to S5 5.1inch screen? What a huge difference

    • kalel33

      Devil’s advocate, but it’s not the same. Iphone came out with the same phones, year after year, when they were/are missing key features that were on other phones. That’s not the case with the Samsung phones.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I just used my first jump on the Note 3 and coming from the Note 2 I couldn’t be happier. Definitely improvement where improvement needed to be, which honestly, wasn’t a whole lot but definitely welcome and worth the jump. The only thing’s I have noticed are software related which hopefully will be addressed with the Kit kat update. Not sure if I’ll ever jump to anything but the Note phones, but we shall see when the time comes for the next one. I have a question about the S5 though, being that it’s dust and waterproof, does that mean no removable battery?

    • Verizonthunder

      It’s a removable battery. PS I currently have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and while i like the screen size it seems to not pick up good reception and from the HTC series they have had well positive review’s. I plan to get the next generation HTC One Max 2.

      • JBLmobileG1

        That’s good to know that the battery is still removable. Strange your signal hasn’t been good on your Note 2, I honestly never had issues with mine. It was probably the best phone I ever had. I just wanted the 20X20 LTE, and the extra ram and memory. Plus there are some other cool features, while I am sure more gimmicky, are actually kinda cool and useful.

        • Verizonthunder

          it’s not good at grabbing and maintaining that signal. I found out the hard way playing a online intense game on my Note 2 i would have to go upstair to play it and remove my hand from the top left and when in landscape mode it’s bottom left and seem’s where Samsung get’s their signal from IE remember Antenna gate it felt like that. Note 3 was a small upgrade and from the announcement of the S5 I fear Samsung’s run in android is over.

  • Rod

    Eh. Waterproof Note 4 with fingerprint and heartbeat I can look forward too. I’ve considered buying the Z for the that very reason.
    I’ll miss all the Sammy bloat ware though. Some of it, especially on the Note 2, was extremely useful.

    • Verizonthunder

      Sony make’s some dam good product’s I am happy they stepped it up with the Z2 my hope is that it becomes available to all four major carrier’s I feel Sony will make a comeback… ahhh I still remember my very reliable Sony Ericsson W810i great signal and amazing battery life 9 hour’s of constant talk time and wait I forgot the quick charge technology thanks and smart of them to by Ericsson.

      • Rod

        I’ve never been a fan of Sony design. They make beautiful dispaly panels but there too function over design for me. Those Ericson phones were reliable, but they were ugly. And the UI on the Z was tacky IMO.

        • Verizonthunder

          It’s a preference but some could say the same about other companies. Sony bought Ericsson and made sense as they were a joint partner in the cellphone business and i am sure other’s i am unaware of and the technology from Ericsson is incorporated into Sony’s new smartphone’s. As for UI I find it more pleasant but again it’s a choice.

  • taron19119

    Does the gs5 has a stylus

    • superg05

      no only the note family does

      • taron19119

        It does have a stylus

        • superg05

          i just watched the announcement on cnet didn’t see that i guess i’ll just watch the full event

        • taron19119

          I was wrong it does not have a stylus what I was looking at was the cover for the changer

  • Binny Gupta

    Am I the only one disappointed in this?

    • Guest

      no your not i was disappointed even though i would only buy a note device what happened to raising the bar

    • KingCobra

      No. It looks like it’s inferior to the Note 3

    • NMejia

      No you are not the only one. I have the Note 3 upgraded from GS3 to Note 2 then Note 3 since I did not like the GS4. Was thinking about getting my wife the GS5 but now we both decided she will also get a Note 3 after all.

    • Jay Holm

      It really depends on what yourccurrent device is. If you have an S4, you might not be in a rush to get the S5, but if you have an S3, then the S5 would definitely be suitable upgrade.

      • Binny Gupta

        I have the s3 but i think I will wait for the note 4 or a nexus

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I will purposely avoid buying Samsung products out of principle: I don’t like their desire to become Apple. They seem to be shying away from Android for Tizen, Galaxy Gear only works with Galaxy phones (which I can understand, but its still a closed ecosystem), and they exploit their market position to charge ridiculous prices for plastic hunks. Yes, the hardware is nice, but I’ll take an LG (and Optimus UI) over Sammy and TouchWiz any day.

        My first Android was a Samsung Captivate, and while it was nice (dismal GPS performance and subpar build quality were the main gripes), I returned it to the store and got a Sony Xperia X10i instead. I didn’t regret my choice. For my next device, I hope to get an HTC – I’m all Sonyed out, and if they can put compelling enough hardware (their historical downfall) into that beautiful aluminum body, I’m theirs. I’m really counting on the M8.

        P.S.: Panther Lady, if you were curious (you probably weren’t) about my next choice of device, here it is. :-)

    • Prod1702

      I am right with you. I was hoping for the rumored 805 chipset and the 2k screen. The S5 is a waste of money if you already have a high end phone that has come out in the last year. I mean come on 8gb of usable storage.

  • Guest

    Play Edition ?

  • HangmanSwingset

    Other than the two major new features (Heart rate monitor seems gimmicky, especially since many smartwatches already have that strapped to your wrist. and fingerprint scanner has already gotten nothing but poor reviews), it’s a mere spec bump. I’m disappointed to see no word if it’s 64-bit or not. Probably not. And the “Gold” option looks like a bandaid.

    I’m also disappointed to hear the same catchphrase for *at least* the third year in a row. “The next big thing” is getting damn old.

    • JBrowne1012

      Though at first it seems minimal all of these features as a whole make it an entirely different device, compared to the s4 it didn’t have dust and water proofing, 4k recording with a 16 mp camera this s5 is a beast, higher storage rated sd card compatibility with 32gb on device options.

      • Hogpistol

        Yet for the average user these ARE minimal upgrades. Most people don’t have 4K tv’s so there’s really no point in having 4k except to eat up a more substantial portion of the on board memory or your memory card. 16mp are pointless if the sensor doesn’t let in enough light. Instead of getting nice crisp photos you get 16 megapixels of blur and graininess. This is one place where HTC has Sammy beat. I didn’t see anything about OIS on this device like the LG G2 has either.

        There’s nothing earth shattering about this device. Samsung should have stolen another play from Apple with these incremental updates and called this phone the Galaxy S4s.

        Not a Sammy hater. I currently carry the Note 3 with the Gear. But I’m liking what I’m seeing alot more from LG and HTC. Especially LG with the G2, the G-Flex (which has sold remarkably well in my store) and the Nexus 5.

    • gpt2010

      It’s not gold. It’s copper, but still looks like a bandaid.

    • NMejia

      Not 64-bit. We reportedly should see 64-bit in the Note 4 in October.

  • Bklynman

    I just order Note 3,just before they change the jump program,what Sammy should do,
    is this when they bring out the Note 4,made oe with adroid and one with windows,I would use my 1st,jump for a windows Note! That would make ms,stand up take notice real fast!

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    No disrespect to Cam (and I know he’s traveling), but it feels like this site has really been swept under the rug as of late. Infrequent news and only semi-pertinent articles (such as this one) seem to be the norm.

    And I’m not usually this pessimistic, but this place needs a facelift. Has anyone seen AndroidAndMe? It’s a much better looking/running website, save for the lack of Disqus.

    Just kinda bummed. This place used to be so vibrant… Now, I seem to be looking elsewhere for T-Mo news.

    • Paul

      I come here because the news is focused towards the T-Mobile customers. As opposed to Android, all wireless users, or certain phone manufacturers.

      I respect your opinion, though.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I respect that. It’s just that we didn’t even see any news for the arguably *more* pertinent Xperia Z2 on here, especially because T-Mobile is exclusively putting out the Sony flagships these days. Or that Sprint now has Wi-Fi calling. And stuff like that. I just feel a little neglected, is all :-/

        • Paul

          I can agree on the Z2 news, or lack there of. I was vaguely aware of its existence but never heard much on here.

          I see fell your pain with the lack of information.

        • Hogpistol

          A man cannot serve two masters….

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

          Why would we care that sprint has wi fi calling now?

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Because T-Mobile has LONG been the only nationwide carrier to offer that feature, and now they aren’t. Are you serious?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

          huh, I really could care less what other carriers are doing as far as services go. If it’s something about another carrier that affects Tmo I’m all for it but I don’t need to learn about a service another carrier has added that I already have…but I guess it’s just subjective.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Agreed 100%. :-)

      • Jay Holm

        Also, not many here are rude, pricks, or extreme fanboys. Which is really nice

    • philyew

      I guess the question is: are you finding the TM-related news you are looking for? If so, then there is clearly room for improvement. If not, then maybe we have to accept that it’s just a quieter phase.

      I don’t get your comment about “semi pertinent articles” seeming to be the norm. So far in 2014, I count just 6 articles, all device related , that don’t have some direct TM angle.

    • MYWAY

      THAT IS SO TRUE I BEEN COMING TO THIS SITE SINCE 2008. BUT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THIS SITE HASN’T BEEN THE SAME.

    • Scarfacemario

      Wow thanks for posting this I thought I was the only one who felt this way.

    • Stone Cold

      I can understand the frustration. This site has been my go to site for 2 years David leaving left huge shoes to fill. But we all know Cam may not have the resources David had when he was running this. So we must give it more time. My hope is Cam can find a good inside sourse the same way David did and start back gets us the consumer more juicy T-mo insider news. Androidandme, PhoneDog, Tmonews and TodaysIphone are all owned by Phonedog all with different layouts.

      • Bklynman

        I know what he means,I agree with Stone Cold,Cam just doesnot have the insiders that David had,also Cam doesnot put news on here David would have,like when Moto was sold,not a word about it or Nokia,so call 3 adroid phones,
        even those it doesnot have anything to do with Tmo,David would have mention
        it some how. What can you do,and with David working for Tmo now,even if David want to started a new blog about Tmo,now he can’t.

    • thepanttherlady
      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I did not! Wow. Unreal. Well, I still expect it could happen – but I knew Ergen is biding his time. He’s probably still waiting for SoftBank’s bid to fail, and then he’ll step in – which, as far as I can tell, is a great plan. By that time, he won’t have to fight with SoftBank anymore, as regulators will have rejected it (and SB may have paid a hefty breakup fee).

        Only time will tell. Thanks for posting that! I don’t know how I missed it. :-O

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        This really ticks me off. I want T-Mo to amass spectrum.

        http://www.pcworld.com/article/2103180/dish-looks-like-the-winner-of-a-15b-spectrum-auction-but-its-plans-are-unclear.html

        and
        http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/h-block-auction-ends-dish-network-likely-winner/2014-02-27

        I wrote a letter to Ergen telling him to get off his rear and do something about T-Mo. He responded in writing that he understood my position but would take his time, if he even does anything. -_-

        Call him stubborn, but I truly believe there is a science behind this man’s thinking. I don’t see any scenario happening where he just lets T-Mo walk out of the realm of possibility. I think he’s plotting something.

  • Paul

    The speaker is still on the back??
    Yeah, I don’t feel Samsung is leading anything with the S5.

    The biggest perks are the water “RESISTANCE,” since water will eventually get in, and the multi-band support.

  • Deceptive Smiles

    Does Samsung still use a majority of the memory for the OS and skin? After a recent article, in not too giddy about their products

    • NMejia

      Yes it is using 8GB for the ROM alone so the 16GB model is really an 8GB model.

      http://www.androidcentral.com/galaxy-s5-rom-bit-monster-taking-nearly-8gb-storage

      • Jay Holm

        I certainly hope T-Mobile gets a 32GB model, I want a smartphone I feel I can hold onto for a long while!

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          My current phone is 32GB, and I agree. It’s lovely!

    • Randall Lind

      T-Mobile I hope they fight for the 32gb model. Really going to be ticked if it a Sprint only model

  • NMejia

    Correction it is sporting a Snapdragon 801 processor not 800. Not huge difference but still a slightly newer and improved processor.

    http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-chipsets-confirmed-snapdragon-801-board

  • Spanky

    All jokes aside, the size race really needs to stop. The S5 is significantly larger than the S4, which was already close to the “too large for comfortable use” territory. Not everyone is interested in a phablet.

  • dtam

    know if the GS5 supports 700 mhz?

    • Jay Holm

      We should know sometime in the next 3-4wks when it goes through FCC testing.

  • bob

    Not interested I have the note and ones is time 4 me to upgrade ill going with the htc phones s5 looks the same as s4 booooo samsung

    • Napster87

      this is one of those times that grammar and punctuation are important.

  • Dakota

    can someone post a clean photo of that wallpaper if and when available

  • Jay Holm

    I wonder how well that charging port cover will endure over the course of time.

  • ssjchaseutley

    Definitely some improvements in most areas…too bad I already own the S4 :( . If I didn’t, I’d be picking this up for sure. I’ve had such a good experience with Samsung…by far the best experience so far.

    • Randall Lind

      I am on jump but, don’t really need the S5 but if they have it cheap down payment I may bite. First I am waiting for a body glove case.

  • Randall Lind

    So we we expect all voice commands etc for s4 on this phone? Due to my Cerebral Palsy reallyy like using my voice to take pictures. Before my s4 I couldn’t use the camera.

  • bno

    This is sad as Shit really samsung is disappointing I have the s3 and I still wouldnt get the s5 wtf wherr they thinking they needed a new design for me to pick it up all I kno it the note4 better look amazing or this will be the last year samsung stays on top new phone maker for me

    • symsoul

      I’m with you. Perhaps they’re holding better news back for the next Note, which is now their true flagship. But that’s sad to ponder. It feels like they missed two in a row here.

  • symsoul

    I feel like I’m in the minority as I found the GS5 announcement to be underwhelming. More iterative changes coupled with improvements in biometric sensors which few truly cared about. A larger screen with 4k video recording, 802.11ac, and water/dust resistance could have been taken back for the battery improvements that we all wanted. A 2800mAh battery is hardly enough to alleviate concerns of daily charging that come from mild-to-moderate use, especially on a bigger screen.

    Next time, try leaning on some user focus groups, Samsung! You’re reading too many of your own press clippings and seeming content to be Apple 2.

    This could have been the year we truly hurdled Apple, yet instead have to speculate on what might be with the Note 4. After this and last year’s GS4′s announcements, I’m no longer holding my breath.

    • james

      So your complaining about a larger screen on the GS5 well I could of sworn that’s what the Note lineup is for . Not everyone wants a super big screen so that’s what the GS5 is for and the ppl who want oversized screens can buy a Note 3 or the 4 later on this year.

  • $15454173

    “After this and last year’s GS4′s announcements, I’m no longer holding my breath”

    Its phones people, just phones…….

  • jefski

    Ever since the Note 2 came out,it has been pushing the limits for latest and greatest! The only problem is the note isnt for everyone. The specs to lie… compare notes to galaxys. Notes havent disappointed yet. Note 2,1st one with jellybean. Quad processor. Multi windows, etc.. Id wait for the N4.havent disappointed yet

  • $15454173

    For those disappointed exactly what did you want? Short of a button to disable all NSA surveillance, a transporter chip, a micro latte machine, a lie detector and a mind eraser app I think they did alright ;) Okay, seriously what should be the Galaxy S5. Please list actual specs not rants .

    • ye

      Someone will probably say aluminum unibody. Ever since the HTC One came out smartphones turned into fashionphones. All I want is either a T-Mobile Galaxy S5 with an unlocked bootloader or a Google Play Edition Galaxy S5 with no missing LTE bands.

      • $15454173

        I agree on aluminum body being a want. Samsung seems to not want to do it. A G Play Edition would be sweet.

    • Bklynman

      Yea! That would be great! But you forgot one thing. A deathray and zombie finder,you can never tell where a zombie will show up,I forgot,go to any applestore when the new iphone show up. LoL.

      • $15454173

        I alway go to the iPhone store and “look” :) Too small,no user replaceable battery or way to add more memory without buying another whole phone. LoL.

  • Captain Wazza

    Any predictions on the price?

    • ye

      T-Mobile has a contest for you to win a Galaxy S5 and an S-View Flip Cover with the “Approximate Retail Value” of $668.99. The S-View Flip cover for the note III costs $49.99 so I’m guessing it’ll be the same price leaving $619 left for the S5. That’s not a bad price considering the cheapest Xperia Z2 you can find is in Germany for €600 ($824). Recently Samsung has also stated they would be more aggressive when it comes to the price compared to the competitors.

      • thepanttherlady

        The pricing you quoted for the XZ2 includes VAT which we don’t pay here in the US. It’ll still end up being more than the S5 though. :)

      • Captain Wazza

        Awesome

    • thepanttherlady

      T-Mobile’s website has it priced at $672.

  • JBrowne1012

    though this is a magnificent device when I just look at I still see a GS3 lets not go apples direction now and start releasing minimal changed design devices.