Samsung Galaxy S5Editor: Phil Nickinson
Samsung's best Android smartphone gets even better with the Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S5, follow-up (naturally) to 2013's Galaxy S4, has a 5.1-inch display at 1080p. It's powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz. (That's still subject to change based on region.)
It's also running Android 4.4.2 out of the box, with 16 or 32GB of internal storage, SDXC external storage, and sports a 16-megapixel camera with a new flash technology. The battery is 2,800 mAh.
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung introduces some new design language for their version of Android, lovingly known as TouchWiz. Things are flatter, more dynamic, and everything has a little more polish that previous versions. There are also new Samsung applications to explore, and features like a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner should provide for a unique experience.
For those looking for a little water-resistance, the Galaxy S5 has inherited the IP67 rating of the Galaxy S4 active, meaning you can submerge it for a short time without worrying about frying your phone. (Assuming that you've got the back cover and ports on correctly.)
Samsung has built on its success with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 here, and users coming from either device will feel right at home. At the same time, there are plenty of new and exciting features built atop of the things they're familiar with. Samsung is introducing its second wave of wearables along with the GS5. Those include the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, and the Gear Fit fitness tracker.
Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S5 globally in April 2014.