The star guest at this year's MWC show is undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy S5. For Samsung fanboys, the Unpacked event is usually better than Christmas, since it's that time of year when Sammy takes all of its best materials and uses it to create a premium flagship model.
You might say that Christmas came early this year, since nobody really expected to see the Galaxy S5 at the MWC, despite some ignored rumors. Regardless, we're really happy to have the phone in our hands and give a sneak peak of what might be the number one smartphone at this moment.
There are some changes as far as design is concerned, although nothing too dramatic. The back is still leather-like, but it does come with a brand new look.
What's great about this new Samsung flagship is that it's the first one to feature IP67 certification, as well as some other useful hardware features such as the fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor.
We can see a toned-down TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4 KitKat that makes everything run smoothly, and the good thing (we dare say) is that with this model,
Samsung preferred not to overload it with heaping dose of new S-branded features, which probably has to do with the company's plan to take a step back in terms of Android customization.
The main specifications of the Galaxy S5 aren't all that upgraded compared to those on the S4. The main ones include a 5.1" Super AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2GB of RAM, 150Mbps LTE and a 16MP camera. Disappointingly, the camera only shoots 1080p, at a time when everyone (including ourselves) were expecting 2160p.
Other second-role specs include NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+, Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps down/50Mbps up), a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front, a swappable back cover, microSD slot and removable 2,800mAh battery.
At a first glimpse, the Samsung Galaxy S5 seems to have everything that would be expected from a Galaxy flagship, but nothing more. That WOW element is unfortunately missing once again, but it does have enough new features to make it feel fresh. We'll be back with an extensive review of this handset.