tech2 News StaffMar 31, 2014 17:49:51 IST
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is yet to hit retail shelves but we managed to get our hands on a unit at the launch. We’ve already brought you our first impressions on the new Galaxy flagship and the S5 again, on video. Apart from the refreshed design and upgraded specifications, the main additions to the S5 is the heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and the 16MP camera, which features Samsung’s in-house developed, ISOCELL CMOS image sensor. Here’s a quick run through of the main features in the video below:
The S5 is currently on pre-order and will go on sale from April 11. The Galaxy S5 will be available in black, white, blue and gold in India, along with the three Gear watches that were also launched for India.
We have already examined the Galaxy S5’s features and specs and there’s no mystery about the phone. But the S5 launching in India has the Exynos octa-core processor and not the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, as announced at MWC. This is the first time that this variant has hit retail in the world. Samsung has made changes in the processor as compared to the S4 and now the octa-core CPU can have all eight cores running at the same time.
The Galaxy S5 comes to the market just at the time when the new HTC One and the renewed LG G2 are hitting stores so competition will be fierce. There’s no doubt that the S5 has great hardware and looks very much like a Samsung flagship, which is not as bad as people assume it would be. But the biggest criticism is that Samsung has not tried to bring anything new in terms of design and is not really pushing the specs envelope as much as it did with the S4 and S3 in the past.
Video anchor: Shruti Dhapola
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