Posts with tag Galaxy S5
Nice, but doesn't tell the whole story
Samsung has announced the latest in their attempt to sanely-size their increasingly oversized phablet flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S. And as per usual, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has the looks of its larger sibling, but not exactly the specifications to back those looks up. Inside the familiar body we’ve got a still-not-small 4.5-inch display, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 8-megapixel camera.
There’s also a 1.4GHz processor running the show under the hood, which is pretty puny compared to the flagship Galaxy S5’s 2.5 GHz processor. The good news, however, is that its running the latest version of Android to date – Android 4.4 – and it comes complete with the fingerprint sensor as well as the heart rate monitor.
As for availability, the phone will be on sale in early July in Russia and will presumably be hitting other markets later this year. Like its full sized sibling, the phone comes in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold colors.
We’ve been lucky that big hardware manufacturers have been pretty good at releasing alternative versions of their flagship phones for those of us who enjoy tweaking our phones for every last bit of power, and today Samsung is continuing that trend for anybody on Verizon’s cellular network. The company has today released the Galaxy S5 “Developer Edition” for Verizon.
The Developer Edition Galaxy S5 is virtually identical to the standard Galaxy S5 model, Verizon branding and all. What you are getting for your cash (and there is a lot of cash involved, as the device must be bought outright at $599) is an unlocked bootloader, which users can use to install other operating systems on the device, such as the ever popular CyanogenMod.
The new device is only compatible for Verizon’s network and is carrier locked, so don’t even think about buying one and bringing it to some other network. But if you meet the qualifications and you got the cash, you can buy the new Galaxy S5 Developer Edition right now by heading over to Samsung’s order page in the source link below.
Rather serious camera issues
First, we learned that the Galaxy S5 can be spoofed by fake fingerprints and now we have news that the impressive 16-megapixel sensor is having some rather serious issues.
The issue, which seems to only be affecting Verizon devices, causes units to pop up with a random “Camera Error” with seemingly no reason behind the issue. Once this error is received, the camera sensor becomes permanently disabled with none of the usual software tricks working. The only way to fix the problem is to get the device swapped under warranty, which Samsung will do if you call a number or if you go to a carrier.
According to The Verge, the issue isn’t too big yet but it’s still something to be aware of.
Source: The Verge
Samsung needed a reboot, was this it?
It’s no secret – despite humongous fanfare, nigh domination in the marketplace, and an insane amount of mindshare, the Galaxy S4 was a sales disappointment to the folks located on the top floor of the Samsung Headquarters in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Samsung themselves admitted in October of 2013 that sales figures were about “15-to-20 percent lower than expected,” and South Korean press claimed that the Galaxy S4’s sales figures were so bad that Samsung is “engulfed in a shock” over the disappointment last December.
A Samsung executive recently claimed that disappointing sales were because consumers couldn’t tell the difference between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, which shared a very similar design, and that the company wouldn’t make the same mistake with the Galaxy S5. Expectations were high – this would be the change we’ve been clamoring for for two years now, this would be something wholly new that would immediately resonate with both the press and consumers. This would be the device needed to turn Samsung’s ill fortune around.
Well, today we got our first look at the Galaxy S5 – and, to almost universal shock and a fair share of disappointment, the Galaxy S5 resemble both the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S III that came before it. Most of the tell tale signs are here – the plastic construction, the physical home button, large screen, the cheap faux-metal border that encompasses the entire body of the device. Sure, the company switched out the sickly plastic back for a smooth soft touch dimpled one, but if you were to look, and not touch, you’d say the phone has remained largely unchanged.
To make that even more disappointing, while the Galaxy S4 was revealed last year with a whole suite of innovative new software features, the Galaxy S5 forgoes that spectacle for moderately updated software and impressive hardware. We’ve got a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, an improved camera, a fingerprint sensor, etc. and so forth – but these aren’t things that sell smartphones. It’s what we can do with a smartphone that we base our purchasing decisions on, as a whole, and the Galaxy S5 can largely do pretty much exactly what the Galaxy S4 can do.
So, the question remains – is the Galaxy S5 a disappointment? It’s probably too early to tell, as we haven’t even managed to get our hands on one and likely won’t until April at the earliest. But Samsung sure needed a reboot – a clean slate, a new beginning, something eyepopping and new. Was this it?
Good marketing or desperation?
Oh, guys. What are you doing. Just minutes after Samsung announced their newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, competitors HTC and Nokia have begun throwing some pot shots towards their #1 competitor on Twitter. Both companies are pushing unsurprisingly “anti” Galaxy S5 messages, with the HTC tweet going so far as even suggesting Galaxy S5 owners will be getting a dose of “buyer’s remorse.”
Meanwhile, Nokia is going a more innocent, but no less snarky route, posting a banner showing a photo of a new Windows Phone based Lumia phone with the line “Not the Samsung ;)” next to it (yes, smiley face and all). Unfortunately for both HTC and Nokia, however, history is suggesting that Samsung is likely to sell a whole bunch more Galaxy S5 phones than HTC and Nokia will sell any of their phones, so it’s unclear who will get the last laugh.
The same as it always is
As expected, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2014 today, replacing last year’s Galaxy S4 with a hugely updated device that managed to be more in the same while also building on the foundation that the company largely started with the Galaxy S III in 2012 and continued with the Galaxy S4 last year.
First, the design – the Galaxy S5 may not be the revolution you’ve been hoping for. This is very much a familiar Galaxy phone, with the same design language you’ve come to expect from recent Samsung offerings – including a huge, beautiful screen, one physical home screen button, two capacitive Android buttons, and a nice dose of plastic surrounding it all.
What is changed is changed, however. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a larger 5.1″ AMOLED display with a mind boggling full HD 1080p resolution – that is to say, the Galaxy S5 can display as many pixels as that 50″ HDTV in your living room. It’s got a swappable back cover, like the Galaxy S4, a microSD slot (which is all the more rare these days), and a high capacity 2,800mAh battery life – which is needed to power the improved specifications.
Inside, we get a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera with 4K video recording support, an IR remote, NFC, LTE-A support, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable with that microSD card. But the big kicker is – can you guess it – the inclusion of a very Touch ID reminiscent Fingerprint scanner, which functions exactly as it does on the iPhone 5s released last September. Just hold your thumb to the Galaxy S5’s home button and let the world open up for you.
The Galaxy S5 comes in four colors – the traditional white and black, as well as a new gold entry (surprise!) and a not unpleasant blue. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S5 will launch in nearly 150 countries on April 11th. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more. Until then, this is the Galaxy S5. The same as it always is.
Image Source: Engadget
Health and safety focus?
Samsung really, really wants you to know that they’ve got their “Unpacked 5” press event scheduled for February 24th, and to drive that point home they’ve sent the press a second invitation to the same media event that they already invited them to a couple of weeks ago.
This time however Samsung is being slightly less cagey (or generic, you choose the word) in its invite, specifying that their new device(s) – which are highly expected to be the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Gear 2 – will have an emphasis on “Speed”, “Outdoor”, “Curiosity”, “Fun”, “Social”, “Style”, “Privacy”, “Fitness”, and “Life” – with each talking point printed with the number “5” next to it, because in case you didn’t know, this event will be about the fifth of something. Like the fifth Galaxy S phone, maybe.
A relatively modest upgrade
It may not be confirmed yet, but it may as well be – Samsung has officially sent out invitations to a special “Unpacked 5” media event on February 24th, and now we’re learning a little bit more as for what to expect at the event. According to the New York Times, Samsung will indeed be using the event to launch the company’s next generation flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 was largely seen as a relatively modest upgrade to the Galaxy S III, if the NY Times is to be believed the Galaxy S5 will be even more modest. The report warns would be customers not to expect anything revolutionary, claiming that the Galaxy S5 will instead be a minor upgrade to the Galaxy S4 with some small design changes, new software, and increased hardware specifications. Notable, Samsung will likely not be pushing the envelope when it comes to hardware “innovations” this go around, choosing not to implement the company’s oft rumored “Iris” fingerprint reader that many had expected to make an appearance on this handset. Iris is said to be Samsung’s spin on Apple’s Touch ID functionality introduced on the iPhone 5s.
Samsung will also not be taking this opportunity to upgrade the resolution of the display on the Galaxy S5, according to the report, and the device will instead feature a screen similar to what is currently found on the Galaxy S4. While all of this is rumor and heresy right now, we suspect that there’s something to it – and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop in case anything changes. February 24th, bring it on.
Source: The New York Times
First confirmation its coming
We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official – kind of. According to Samsung Executive Lee Young during an interview with Bloomberg this week, Samsung’s next generation Galaxy S smartphone will be coming following the MWC2014 conference in late March or April – just about when we figured it would all be coming anyways.
Though details are still extremely tight, Young did reveal that the Galaxy S5 will be a “back to the basics” rethink of the Samsung Galaxy brand. Samsung is painfully aware that customers saw little difference between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, saying that Samsung will be focusing on two areas in particular; “mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”
Young also confirmed that Samsung will also be releasing an all new version of the Galaxy Gear smart watch, one that will focus on making the device thinner and with “more advanced functions.” Young also hinted that the Galaxy Gear 2 could feature technology as advanced as an eye scanner, however that’s far from confirmed at this point – though it would be rather cool, would it not be?
Well, we knew it was coming – Samsung is nothing if not one to follow the latest trends in aesthetics and design, and the company is continuing that tradition with their new TouchWiz design. First leaked by everyone’s favorite insiders at @evleaks and seen above, the new TouchWiz design features ultra-light fonts, pastel colors, gradients, and parts of Samsung’s new Magazine view found on their lineup of Professional tablets that they introduced yesterday.
The new UI should debut with the upcoming and much rumored Galaxy S5 smartphone, which we should be seeing in just a couple of months at this point. It’s not known exactly what new functionality the new TouchWiz will bring nor if this will be coming to current generation and older Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S4 or the Note 3, but it’s definitely something we’ll be keeping an eye on.