Samsung Galaxy S5 – Preview & Quick Hands-on

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Samsung — along with Ufone — launched its latest flagship device Galaxy S5 in Pakistan yesterday. This new smartphone packs a lot of exciting new features but the look remains the same.

Galaxy S5 from Samsung is priced in Pakistan at Rs. 75,000 and comes with 20 GB of free internet from Ufone that will remain valid for one whole year.

We are yet to receive our review unit, but we have prepared a quick preview of this device for you guys; let’s start with the hands-on video.

Galaxy S5 is bigger and its better, as it brings some new features and a premium feel to the Galaxy S lineup. Starting with the design, Galaxy S5 is an amalgamation of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

Even though the glossy plastic is gone and it doesn’t feel cheap, but still it would have been better to use metal instead of plastic.

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It is IP67 certified, which makes it dust and water resistant. It also features a Finger Scanner, providing a secure biometric locking feature and authorization for various online services.

This new phone has more focus on health related features, the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone can monitor your heart rate; which is definitely a useful and innovative addition to be seen in a phone.

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The screen size has been extended to 5.1-inches keeping the resolution same, once again its Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The other specifications are also top notch; it packs a Exynos 5 octa-core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad Core) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB internal storage with an option to use up to 128GB SD card.

Unlike many other flagships, Galaxy S5 features a removable back, which allows you to easily replace the 2800mAh battery when needed. To allow the device to power up quickly, Galaxy S5 provides a USB 3.0 connection; this is something we are already experiencing on Galaxy Note 3.

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Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel primary camera with a larger sensor and a new camera application offering some cool tweaks, like changing the focus point after taking a shot (same like Nokia refocus).

This device runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with newer version of TouchWiz UI over it. We can expect it to get at least 2 Android OS updates in the future.

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Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great phone, it’s solid and durable, but is still plastic.

Galaxy S5 features a remarkable hardware and it is no doubt a top performer, but can it beat the competition? We will cover all the features and our verdict in the full review, so keep it right here for all the latest updates.