Monday morning, at a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung finally took the wraps off the much-anticipated Galaxy S5, its newest flagship smartphone.
Though it's not the major overhaul from the Galaxy S4 that we expected, the shiny new phone sports a sharp and bright 5.1-inch screen, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera. The device is also waterproof, inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from 2013, and comes with a new fingerprint scanner similar to the iPhone 5S.
Samsung also gave the S5 a heart rate monitor, which is built into the camera's flash. You get four color choices with the phone; black, white, blue, and coppery gold. However, color choices will vary by market, so you might not be able to pick up the gold version depending on where you live.
Read CNET's hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
We compare the new phone with two of its top competitors, LG's newly announced G Pro 2, and the wildly popular iPhone 5S. Take a look at the specs below and decide for yourself which phone fits your needs.
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Apple iPhone 5S||LG G Pro 2|
|Size||5.5 x 2.85 x 0.31 inches; 5 oz.||4.87 x 2.31 x
0.30 inches; 4 oz.
|6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches; 6 oz|
|Screen||5.1-inch full-HD IPS; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi||4-inch Retina Display;
1,136x640 pixels; 326ppi
|5.9-inch full-HD IPS; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 373ppi|
|Operating system||Android 4.4||iOS 7||Android 4.4|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz
|802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)|
|Rear camera and recording||16-megapixel||8-megapixel;
1080p full-HD video
|13-megapixel; 4K HD video|
720p HD video
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
|Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with
M7 motion processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
|Capacity||16GB and 32GB||16GB, 32GB, and 64GB||16GB and 32GB|
|Battery||Removeable 2,800mAh||Embedded: Up to 10 hours on
4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days
|Carriers||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and global||Not yet announced|
|Color options||Black, white, blue, and copper||Gray, white, and gold||White, silver and titan|
Article updated February 22 at 1:25AM PT to reflect Samsung's correction of a previous statement about the processor version.