Exactly a year since Samsung released the Galaxy S4 with its 5” screen, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera, and LTE capability, the tech world’s eyes are now focused on the much-anticipated new offering – the Galaxy 5. The latest addition in the Galaxy series was announced last February and Samsung fans have been waiting for it to hit the stores since last March. Now, it is officially set that the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in more than 100 countries will be on April 11, 2014. Needless to say, its price will position it in the top price bracket for smart phones, but based on history and the immense popularity of the (s) series of Samsung phones, this will not be a deciding factor for those wanting the latest in mobile technology.
So what is all the excitement about? Is the Samsung Galaxy 5 really worth the upgrade? If you are currently a Samsung owner, this question must have been niggling at you for many weeks now, particularly at those who own the S4. As predicted, the new model will be an improved version of its predecessor. When it comes to design, you will be glad to know that it looks less inexpensive now, which is a frequent criticism of the previous models of the series. The case is still made of plastic, but it has a more solid feel and the perforated design at the back gives it a classier look while providing a better grip. The finest improvements on design, however, are no doubt its water and dust resistant features. Samsung must have noticed the surge in sales for these types of resistant phones from flagship models of its rival smart phone creators. It is a wise move, indeed, as buyers are now basing their decisions on these key features.
You can also look forward to a more powerful processor and extended battery life in the Samsung Galaxy 5. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad core processor and is run by a 2,800 mAh battery, as compared to the 2,600 mAh on the S4. The boost in battery life may not be that significant, though, bearing in mind that the Galaxy 5 has a wider Super AMOLED screen (5.1”).
There are great improvements in the camera, too. The rear camera now has a 16MP sensor and there are options to change the focus mode, which gives the similar effects as when you change the aperture settings on a digital camera. According to Samsung, the S5’s camera hardware is also equipped with a fast auto-focus feature that will prove to be handy for those quick shots that you have to make.
Another new addition that would really entice you to buy this new model of the series is the Finger Scanner. This provides enhanced security when making payments through your mobile device. The technology may be new, but early reviews show that Samsung got it right, giving Apple a tough fight for its share of the market.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 may just be an enhanced version of the S4, but this time it is great to see that the brains behind its technology have worked on answering the consumer’s needs, as seen with the waterproof feature and the Finger Scanner. So, for those asking if you should upgrade, the answer will be a definite “Yes”.