Samsung Galaxy S5 Preview


The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the company's newest flagship smartphone. Evolved from the Galaxy S4, the S5 features improved dust and water resistance, an updated operating system, new security features, slightly larger display and a better camera.

The rear facing (primary) camera boasts a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of capturing UHD (4K) video. Autofocus has improved this year with the addition of the ultra-quick Phase Detection. HDR (High Dyanmic Range) is available on video recording as well as stills, where the new Rich Tone system improves contrast. Selective Focus allows the S5 to replicate the shallow depth-of-field of a DSLR camera.

The Galaxy S5 also includes a Finger Scanner, for security purposes, and a Heart Rate sensor as a part of the phone's Fitness Tracking software.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Features
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
    • 1920x1080px
    • 432 ppi
  • 2.5GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 16GB-32GB internal storage + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • IP67 Dust & Water Resistance Certification
  • Rear Camera
    • 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor
    • Flash
    • UHD (4K) Video Recording (@ 30fps)
      • HDR
      • Video Stabilization
    • Improved Autofocus (with Phase Detection)
    • Selective Focus
    • Virtual Tour Shot
    • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Rich Tone
    • Panorama
  • 2.0 MP Front Camera w Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • S Health Personal Fitness Tracker
  • Finger Scanner
  • Kids Mode
  • Download Booster (LTE + WiFi)
  • 4G LTE, 3G, 2G
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack

Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be released in April (2014) in black, blue, or white. Unlocked versions with 16GB will run you $699.99, while signing up for a two-year contract with cellphone carriers like AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon will drop the upfront cash requirement to $189.99.

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.