Samsung has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month in Barcelona, and the phone will be available to pre-order on 28 March. As the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a number of new features and improvements. Now, let’s see what makes Galaxy S5 different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Size and Weight
Measured at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and weighted 145g, the Galaxy S5 is slightly bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S4, which is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and 130g.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Touchwiz
The biggest visual change between the Galaxy S5 and S4 is Touchwiz. The touchWiz for the S5 features larger, more rounded icons on the phone’s home screen, making it more like iOS 7 in some respects.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Screen
Samsung has increased the screen size of the S5 by 0.1 inch to 5.1 inch from the S4’s 5-inch screen size. While Galaxy S5 has a slightly bigger screen but it comes with the same 1080p resolution as the Galaxy S4. This means pixel density has dropped slightly, but not enough to be noticeable.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Processor
Samsung has also increased the Galaxy S5 processing power. The 2014 flagship device has a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, an improvement on the quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S4.
This mean that the Galaxy S5 performs tasks such as gaming and browsing more smoothly than its predecessor. The S5 still sticks with 2GB of RAM to support the processor.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Camera
The Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel primary camera in preference to the Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel snapper. It also has a dramatically improved auto focus time of just 0.3 seconds.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Home button
Although the Galaxy S5 home button looks almost the same as the galaxy S4’s home button, but it comes with a fingerprint reader embedded inside the home button. This can be used to unlock the device and access secure content.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Battery
In terms of battery life, the galaxy S5 sports a 2800mAh battery while the galaxy S4 offers 2600mAh. Although the Galaxy S5’s battery is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S4 one, it has a ultra power-saving mode, which lets you use your phone for longer.
Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Connectivity
Both the Galaxy S5 and S4 support all major 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE frequency bands, although the S5 supported the faster LTE category 4 while the S4 makes do with LTE category 3. Apart from that, the Galaxy S5 comes with Download Booster feature that combines LTE and Wi-Fi connections to download data. This is the first smartphone to ever have such a combo.
The table below provides a more detailed comparison between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.
|Model||Galaxy S4||Galaxy S5|
|OS||Android Kitkat 4.4||Android Kitkat 4.4|
|Size||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm||142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm|
|Screen size||5.0 inches||5.1 inches|
|Display||1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 441 ppi||1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 432 ppi|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600||Quad core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801|
|RAM||2 Gigabyte||2 Gigabyte|
|Camera||13 Megapixel / 2.1 megapixel||16 Megapixel / 2.1 megapixel|
|Internal Storage||16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD||16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD|
|Battery||2,600 mAh||2,800 mAh|
|Connectivity||LTE Category 3, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0||LTE Category 4, HSPA+, Bluetoth 4.0 LE, IrDA, NFC, USB 3.0|
The Galaxy S5 has some new features like fingerprint scanner, a heart-rate monitor, water and dust resistance which the Samsung Galaxy S4 lacks, but neither phone is water proof. On top of that, both devices are running Android 4.4 KitKat and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 is speedy enough to handle games and multitasking.
So, if you already have a Samsung Galaxy S4 in my opinion you should be good for another year. On the other hand if you have a different device then you should seriously consider the Samsung Galaxy S5.