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Three generations of galaxy in the Samsung universe

The Samsung S5 has been anticipated for a long time and for good reason, the flagship smartphone has a fantastic array of features, here we take a look and compare it to its predecessors, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3.

The S5 features a processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, where the S4 had 1.9 Ghz and the S3 came in at 1.4 Ghz, which is a real power gain in just two generations. Autonomy has been improved within the S5 as well, it boasts a 2800 mAh battery compared to the 2600 mAh in the S4 and 2140 mAh in the S3; giving users hours more usability, up to 12 hours HD video watching capability.

The camera sensors have been revised and improved, other new features include a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint reader to name but a few.
Alas even in the face of this monster new release from Samsung, the former bestseller models still hold their own when compared to other devices on the market today and they have the advantage of being available at a very attractive price.

Samsung GALAXY S3

Samsung GALAXY S3

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

What we like

  • Powerful 1.4 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM

  • Stunning 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen with scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla Glass 2

  • Immersive software features like Smart Stay and S Voice
  • Blazingly fast 1.9 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM

  • Stunning 5-inch Super AMOLED screen with scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla Glass 3

  • Immersive software features like Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and S Health
  • The processing power delivered by the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor

  • IP67 compliant, offering great protection & water resistance up to 1m

  • It's ability to monitor your heart rate and recognise your fingerprints

  • Download Booster technology, combining G4 and WIFI so that you can download at amazing speeds

  • A whopping 4K video recording option

User Reviews

5 out of 5556
5 out of 559
 

Price

 
 

System

Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4 KitKat®
 

Processor

Clock speed 1.4 GHz1.9 GHz2.5 GHz
Type Quad CoreQuad CoreQuad Core
Description 32nm ARM Cortex A9, Exynos 4212 Quad chipsetQualcom Snapdragon 600Qualcom Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 320@450MHz
 

Memory

Max. slot capacity 64 GB64 GB64 GB
Slot type microSDmicroSDmicroSD
RAM 1 GB2 GB2 GB
Internal 16 GB16 GB16 GB
 

Display

Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen size 4.8"5.0"5.1"
Type Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
PPI 441 ppi432 ppi
 

Camera

Sensor 8 Mpixels13 Mpixels16 Mpixels
Flash LEDLEDLED
Front 1.9 Mpixels2 Mpixels2 Mpixels
Video 1080p full HD1080p full HD4K
Description autofocus, Zero Shutter LagHDR , Selective Focus
 

Network

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz850/900/1800/1900 MHz850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G 850/900/1900/2100 MHz850/900/1900/2100 MHz850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
 

SIM

microSIMmicroSIMnanoSIM
 

Wireless

Bluetooth 4.04.04.0
Options NFCNFCIrDA, NFC
Wifi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
 

Connection

Headset Jack 3.5 mmJack 3.5 mmJack 3.5 mm
Type micro USBmicro USBmicroUSB v3.0
 

GPS

aGPSAGPS & GLONASSaGPS
 

Sensors

Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Gyro sensor, MagnetometerAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Digital Compass, Gesture, Gyroscope, Proximity sensorAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer, Digital Compass, Gesture, Gyroscope, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
 

Special feature

Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor
 

Battery

2140 mAh2600 mAh2800 mAh
 

Battery life

Standby time > 900 h (2G) - 750 h (3G)> 320h> 390h
Talk time > 21.7 h (2G) - 10.8 h (3G)> 17h> 21h
 

Weight

133 g130 g145 g
 

Dimensions

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm