Today at Mobile World Conference, Samsung unveiled its newest flagship phone–the Galaxy S5 (just like we told you they would)–and what we saw was glorious. Without getting into too much detail, here’s what you can expect from the new phone.
• It will be available on April 11th.
• It’s “water resistant.” Which is legal jargon for “this thing is waterproof but don’t blame us if you drop this thing into the bathtub for a few minutes and it stops working.” It’s also dust resistant.
• A new 16-megapixel camera that’s the first smartphone to feature a “phase-detect” autofocus. According to Gizmodo that means it can focus in less than .3 seconds. It can also record 4k video.
• The screen is only slightly larger than the S4. It’s 5.1-inches vs. 5-inches.
• A ultra power saving mode that turns the screen black-and-white and removes all non-essential functionality of the phone. This allows a phone with only 10% battery to last 24-hours on standby mode.
• It features a fingerprint-unlock system that can store up to three different fingerprint profiles. While early reports show that it’s not the as well-executed as the iPhone’s own fingerprint tech, we’ll have to see for ourselves. All we know is that we’re happy about the fact that each “profile” has access to its own private files.
• Samsung will be making big strides into the “fitness” world with their new phone and in addition to releasing their new Samsung Fitness (essentially a new, better Gear that looks super smooth and is designed to act as a Fitbit 3.0), will have a host of apps that will give users new insight into their health.
• There are a host of pretty colors you can choose from.
Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how much money it’s going to cost us to get our hands on, but rumors are that they could be cutting the price from what it was to buy an S4.