After unveiling it at the MWC earlier this year, Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S5 in India at a launch event in New Delhi later today. While we wait for the flagship device to hit the stores, here’s a look at five key features that set it apart from its competition and make it the de facto flagship Android smartphone. Also Read - Samsung Odyssey G3, Odyssey G5, Odyssey G7 gaming monitors launched: Details here
The Galaxy S5 features a combination of 16-megapixel camera at the back, accompanied by a 2-megapixel snapper at the front. The primary camera uses what Samsung calls an ISOCELL technology, which delivers high quality photos and video in low light environments. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 brings 90hz display, 6000mAh battery under Rs 15,000 in India
Additionally, the camera also boasts the fastest auto-focus (0.3 seconds), an advanced HDR mode and a selective focus feature, which provides depth of field effect and sounds very similar to Nokia’s Refocus app. Lastly, the camera is also capable of recording videos at 4k resolution.
FINGERPRINT SCANNER AND HEART BEAT SENSOR
Following the likes of the Apple iPhone 5S and the HTC One Max, Samsung has included a fingerprint scanner embedded into flagship’s home button. Users can unlock the device with the scanner and also store up to three different fingerprints. Samsung also announced that it would allow developers to take advantage of the biometric scanner on their apps.
In addition to the scanner, the Galaxy S5 also boasts a heart beat sensor, wherein users just have to hold their finger next to the rear camera flash and the sensor will reveal one’s current heart rate.
ULTRA POWER SAVING MODE
On paper the Galaxy S5 only features a 2,800mAh battery, with an expected 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. While this is not likely to set any comparison tables on fire, Samsung has also introduced an Ultra Power Saving Mode. When enabled, this mode essentially turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption. If you were to switch on the power saver mode with only 10 percent of the charge left, Samsung claims, the battery will still last “up to 24 hours” before running out of juice.
WATER AND DUST PROOF
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified, which in other words means water and dust resistant. The device can be submerged up to 3 feet of water and survive without any damage. The ruggedness is something expected from all flagship Android smartphones this year and Samsung doesn’t disappoint.
TOUCHWIZ USER INTERFACE
Samsung, often criticized for packing in bloatware on top of the Android OS has thankfully amended its ways. The overhauled TouchWiz UI is quite minimalistic and far taxing on the resources. The look and feel is reminiscent of a sobered down version of iOS 7. The UI also gives preference to Google services over Samsung’s own services like S-Voice among others.