Specs summary

Screen
5.1"

The Samsung Galaxy S5's screen is 5.1 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16.3 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G), 1280 minutes (3G), 576 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Powerful, competent and with a whole new UI, it's a shame that Samsung hasn't progressed further with the look of its new challenger.

- Gareth Beavis , TechRadar 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 represents Samsung’s most thought-about phone in a world where Samsung are overthinkers.

- Lucas Lau , Lowyat 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 78 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright display with excellent contrast, bright light legibility and color accuracy
  • 16MP rear-facing camera takes sharp and crisp bright light photos
  • Excellent battery life
  • IP67 rating

What's bad  

  • Slow startup on certain apps like the camera and settings
  • Uninspired plastic design
  • Poor auto-brightness

Samsung continues their reign over the Android smartphone market with their flagship phone – the Galaxy S5. While Samsung doesn't stray too far from its recognizable plastic design, they did add a dimpled back texture to address concerns over the slipperiness of the earlier model. The texture, as Stuff.TV points out, "…make this the grippiest Galaxy yet."

When compared to its predecessor – the S4 – the S5 is only slightly heavier at 145 grams and a hair taller at 14.2 cm (5.6 inches). It is also far sturdier as it's rated IP67, making it water and dust-resistant so long as the microUSB flap is in place.

While critics were left wanting with Samsung's rather lackluster design, the 5.1" Super AMOLED display more than made up for it. The display offers the same 1080p resolution as the S4; however experts note that it has been tweaked to offer brighter and more accurate tones without the oversaturation problem of previous Samsung smartphones. According to Android Central, Samsung has also overcome the issue of daylight visibility stating that, "the Galaxy S5 is the first AMOLED phone we've used that matches the LCD-based competition for legibility in direct sunlight." Despite this breakthrough, they go on to mention that the phone has a poor auto-brightness feature, especially when used indoors.

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The back of the phone houses a 16 megapixel camera with an LED flash. While the camera doesn't boast the same quality as the Nokia Lumia 1020, it features an HDR mode for crisper and more true-to-life photos as well as a new Selective Focus mode that choose the focal object and blurs out the background. The camera also has a very fast autofocus that can resolve the sharpness of an image in 0.3 seconds. Despite the speed of its autofocus, TechRadar found the actual app startup to be rather slow mentioning, "…it can take a few seconds to boot up the camera…The camera then takes another three seconds to even be ready to start firing…" In general, critics didn't have issues with the image quality in bright light; however they did notice that low light images were prone to noise and graininess.

Inside, the S5 boasts all the bells and whistles with a 2.5GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. Although critics did not notice lag in the traditional sense they did notice that certain tasks took longer than expected to start up like simply powering on the screen or opening up the settings app. Pocket Lint goes into further detail stating, "It feels like it's been designed to be slightly sedate. And we think it needs speeding up. When you open a game like Real Racing 3…it plays wonderfully, but once back in the home screens we want more pace." While the performance didn't impress critics, they were happy with the 2800mAh battery citing 9 hours of mixed usage.

For the most part critics describe the Samsung Galaxy S5 as a great phone but not awe inspiring. Trusted Reviews says, "It lacks the style of its nearest rivals, but it more than delivers on every other point…" Business Spectator adds, "the Galaxy S5 is a mixed bag…the S5 sports a brilliant display…But crucially, Samsung has failed to realize that people care about how the phone looks and feels in the hand - areas where the competition…really deliver for the same price."


Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


About

Impressive spec sheet

from About
Those Samsung Galaxy fans expecting a radical redesign or ultra-powerful hardware may be a little disappointed with the way the phone has turned out, but there is no doubt that Samsung have created a considered and less gimmicky device in the S5. It includes some clever, useful and fun features, and everything it does, it does well. It may not be the best looking phone ever made, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a worthy, if slightly subdued, successor to the S4, and I have no doubt will sell extremely well... Full review
AndroidPIT

Gorgeous on the inside, ugly on the outside

from AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S5 never quite lived up to expectations, but it was still a top-end phone in 2014, and a decent mid-ranger now. It’s the kind of phone where every software angle is covered. Some choices may not be for everyone, like design, interface, the heart rate monitor and finger scanner, but the holy trinity of camera, battery and screen are done very well.

If you're not a Samsung fan it's unlikely the S5 is going to win you over, and if you are a Samsung fan then you've probably already got a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and are only reading this article out of casual curiosity.... Full review

TrustedReviews

Probably the worst-looking Android flagship

from TrustedReviews
The Samsung Galaxy S5 fits happily into the role of Galaxy S4 successor. It's a phone with some significant improvements over that model. It lacks the style of its nearest rivals, but it more than delivers on every other point and has a truly oustanding screen... Full review
Tom's Guide

A jack-of-all-trades smartphone

from Tom's Guide

The Samsung Galaxy S5 does a lot of things well. Its Super AMOLED display offers stunning visuals, while its Snapdragon 801 CPU delivers strong performance. Features such as S Health continue to grow, becoming more useful, despite a gimmicky heartbeat monitor. And let's not forget the more than 9 hours of battery life that can be extended even further.

The iPhone 6 has a more elegant design and a higher-quality camera, but if you prefer Android, the Galaxy S5 is a great device for work, play and everything in between. Its compelling features make it one of the best smartphones on... Full review

BetaNews

Simply a better all-around package

from BetaNews

Before using this phone, I assumed people were buying Samsung Galaxy devices as zombies due to clever marketing. However, it soon became clear that Samsung's massive market share is well deserved. The screen on the S5 is vibrant and enjoyable and all of the company's enhancements to Android are beneficial. In other words, TouchWiz is great -- detractors are just simply wrong.

Sure, the HTC One has a better build quality and the LG G3 has a better screen. While both of those devices are great, the Galaxy S5 is simply a better all-around package. The fingerprint unlocking on the S5... Full review

UnleashThePhones

Easily the best Galaxy S device we’ve seen thus far

from UnleashThePhones
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is a great smartphone and easily the best Galaxy S device made thus far. As expected, it is amongst the best Android smartphones of the year. Whether or not it is the best of Android comes down to personal preference. For me, it’s a very close second to the HTC One M8, with the M8 edging it out with its design and great speakers. Everything else though, is on par and I was thoroughly impressed with the S5. Definitely recommend checking it out if you’re in the market for a new Android flagship... Full review
BitBitByte

Fast as always, lots of features

from BitBitByte

The Galaxy S5 was a highly hyped device in that it was supposed to be Samsung’s re-birth of sorts, ushering in a new era of hardware design. But that didn’t happen. Instead we got another Galaxy S3 with some improved internal components. Don’t get us a wrong. The S5 is a great phone and one you should definitely look at. It’s packed to the gills with features (some good, most eh) and checks all of the right check boxes on the spec list. But at the end of the day it simply feels long in the tooth, old, uninspiring, boring… the list goes on.

All that... Full review

PC Advisor

Flagship smartphone doesn't match up to rivals

from PC Advisor
Things haven't changed much from the Galaxy S4 but Samsung, as usual, has packed the Galaxy S5 with features. However, a lot are somewhat unnecessary. The heart rate monitor is a prime example and while the fingerprint scanner is cool, it's difficult to use. There is some top end hardware here, particularly the screen, but nothing which stands out in a busy and competitive market. A key element is that the design of the Galaxy S5 falls short. It's plastic, looks like every other Samsung handset and doesn't feel premium... Full review
Pocketnow

A safe bet with a side of dull

from Pocketnow

In all, we walk away from our short stint with the Galaxy S5 feeling somewhat unmoved, as if we’d been using a Galaxy S 4 all along, only after installing a new backplate and software update.

Having used many of its closest competitors’ devices, it seems other companies are putting far more effort into their top tier products while Samsung continues to try to leverage its monotonous, mundane hardware with dozens of features few will ever use off the sales floor.

Is the Galaxy S5 a fantastic buy? Absolutely... Full review

TechSpot

A well refined piece of hardware

from TechSpot

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC at the heart of the device is the most powerful ARM chipset going around, clocking in at around twice as fast as the Galaxy S4’s Snapdragon 600. There’s no shortage of power in the S5, while energy efficiency has improved to give a respectable gain in battery life, thanks to display and SoC-side refinements.

Speaking of the display, we really have a winner on our hands here. Samsung still hasn’t managed to nail the color accuracy of their Super AMOLED panels, but the vibrancy, balance and overall quality of the S5’s display has... Full review


Samsung galaxy S5 is best smartphone. It has 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. It has Android 5.0 Lollipop with its TouchWiz twist, 2800mAh battery and 16MP best Android cameras of all time.

Samsung galaxy S5 is best smartphone. It has 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. It has Android 5.0 Lollipop with its TouchWiz twist, 2800mAh battery and 16MP best Android cameras of all time.

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Best Smartphone in Budget

Galaxy S5 is coolest smartphone without any doubt. Fascinated by the options and specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 with price. It has camera with impressive features, display, a fingerprint scanner, a built-in heart rate monitor and firmly certified with dust and water resistant.

Galaxy S5 is coolest smartphone without any doubt. Fascinated by the options and specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 with price. It has camera with impressive features, display, a fingerprint scanner, a built-in heart rate monitor and firmly certified with dust and water resistant.

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It is an Excellent smart phone. It comes with a 5.6' screen, great camera quality, display is pretty perfect and no heating issues. This is the phone to go with if your are looking for a pocket friendly phone.

It is an Excellent smart phone. It comes with a 5.6' screen, great camera quality, display is pretty perfect and no heating issues. This is the phone to go with if your are looking for a pocket friendly phone.

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RF

Great phone, too many decisions

Great camera, great battery, lasts a long time. There are too many things going on. Samsung apps, Google apps, android apps, too many decisions to make about which app to use. Gets slower the more apps it has.

Great camera, great battery, lasts a long time. There are too many things going on. Samsung apps, Google apps, android apps, too many decisions to make about which app to use. Gets slower the more apps it has.

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It works fast, great display, amazing rear camera.

Plastic design makes it feel undesirable, plastic on the edge of phone scratches off super easy, front camera is not the best it could be better.

Plastic design makes it feel undesirable, plastic on the edge of phone scratches off super easy, front camera is not the best it could be better.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB Flash
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.93 W/kg
Body: 1.42 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 665 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 576 minutes
3G Surfing Time 660 minutes
4G Surfing Time 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1260 minutes (2G)
1280 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Electric Blue, Pink, Shimmery White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 432 pixels
Size 5.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, OBEX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Metering, HDR, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Drive, Google+, Play Store, YouTube, Flipboard, Keeper, Polaris Office 5)
Included Software / Apps Yes
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G900P, SM-G900T, SM-G900V, Samsung SM-G900R4, SM-G900A

Additional Sensors
- Finger Scanner
- Heart rate sensor
- Barometer

Additional Features
- Ultra Power Saving Mode
- Download Booster
- S Health 3.0
- Quick Connect
- Private Mode
- Kids Mode
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