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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5: Following a Tough Act

Although the Samsung Galaxy S series is the most popular smartphone series offered by Samsung Electronics, it wasn't until the arrival of the S4 in 2013 that the South Korean manufacturer peaked with this offering. Within the first six months of being available for retail, it had sold 40 million units, easily making it Samsung's fastest-selling smartphone. So, when its immediate successor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, arrived the following year, it had a tough act to follow: introducing new improvements, while maintaining the features that made the S4 a massive hit.

Available in four color finishes (Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, and Shimmery White); the S5 emphasizes a superior build over its immediate predecessor. It sports an IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, as well as a textured rear cover. It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that enjoys Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and provides a resolution of 1,080 by 1,920 pixels. Also new for the phone are security features like privacy mode and the PayPal-certified fingerprint sensor.

The Galaxy S series has built a reputation for relatively fast graphical processing, and the S5 is no exception. Based on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) platform, the phone uses the Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, which includes the quad-core Krait 400 central processing unit with 2.5GHz processing speed, as well as the Adreno 330 for graphics.

Random-access memory is set at 2 GB, with the choice of getting 16 GB or 32 GB in internal flash memory storage. However, Samsung gives customers the opportunity of expanding storage to 128 GB by including a microSD card slot.

The S5 has two cameras. The primary one is measured at 16 megapixels (MP), thus possessing the ability to produce images at up to an astounding 5,312 by 2,988 pixels. Other features of the primary camera include LED flash, phase detection autofocus, and check quality. The secondary camera, rated at 2 MP, is able to record HD video at 30 frames per second, as well as enable dual video calls.

Powering the S5 is a lithium-ion battery rated at 2,800 mAh. Stand-by and talk time are measured at up to 390 hours and 21 hours, respectively. Also, users can play music without interruptions at up to 67 hours.

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