Samsung has announced that the much awaited Galaxy S5 will be launched in 150 countries on April 11 this year. The renowned company has also launched the entire new Gear range along with the Galaxy S5. The Gear 2 is steeply priced at Rs 21,900, while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are more affordable with Rs 15,900 price tag. One interesting aspect added to these gears is that they are made compatible to work with the entire Galaxy range, and not only the higher end phones.
The pricing might appear steep to a lot of people with the price range of the phone expected to be Rs. 51,000- 53,000, but the fact remains that high prices have not really deterred people from buying such flagship phones. Last year iPhone 5s went off the shelves in a flash despite its price tag. Added to this, Samsung is quite certain that people who want to buy these phones will do so with the help of numerous EMI schemes that are present in the market.
In India, Galaxy S5 will be launched in four colours – black, white, blue and gold. Galaxy 5 comes with an 8-core Exynos processor in the country, while the international version is powered by a 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The processor runs four high-performance cores at 1.9GHz while the low-power cores run at 1.3GHz. The device has 16/32GB internal storage with support and can be expanded up to 64GB micro SD card. The phone comprises of a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It flaunts a 16MP primary camera and a 2MP front camera. It is powered by Android 4.4.2, which is the latest version of the OS. The device has a 2800mAh battery.
The key features in Galaxy S5 are its finger-print scanner, a heart-rate sensor and the new body that is water and dust proof. The home button has a fingerprint scanner- a user has to swipe his finger on the Home button and if the fingerprints match, the phone unlocks. The other sensor – heart rate sensor – is located under the primary camera and also works well. It integrates with S Health app on the device and measures heart rate when a user places his or her finger on top of the scanner.
The other striking bit about Galaxy S5 is how light it feels despite packing in a large screen. With its rounded edges, it fits in the hand very well and due to its relatively low weight it is easy to hold and use it.
The build quality of Galaxy S5 looks top notch, though there is not much of metal in the body. Mostly it is made of plastic, but to give the device a premium look, Samsung has used a frame in metal finish that fits the phone.
Overall, Galaxy S5 is an impressive device. The features look good and so does its performance. Though it’s very early to say, but this is going to be one of the best smartphones to buy this year. In the market, Galaxy S5 will go against the next generation of top end smartphones from Sony, LG, HTC and Apple.