Samsung Galaxy S5 is Bigger, Faster, and Still Made of Plastic

Paul Lilly

This is Samsung's new flagship smartphone

As expected, Samsung introduced its Galaxy S5 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a handset that represents an attempt at returning "back to basics" with a focus on capabilities that consumers want most, the South Korean phone maker said. It starts with a big size display -- a 5.1-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) Super AMOLED powered by a peppy 2.5GHz quad-core processor.

It also wields 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot with support for memory cards up to 128GB, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, NFC support, and a spattering of other specs all wrapped in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

As previously rumored, the Galaxy S5 features a Finger Scanner. However, one rumor that didn't come true is that of a material switch to a metal casing -- the Galaxy S5 is still made of plastic. Instead of using premium materials, Samsung focused its attention on other areas, such as making the Galaxy S5 IP67 dust and water resistant.

For fitness gurus, the Galaxy S5 offers tools to stay in shape, including a personal fitness tracker, pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor.

The Galaxy S5 will be available starting in April. No word yet on price.

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