Tomorrow’s Technology: A reveal of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 5S

Blake Cooper/ Sun Star Columnist

March 4, 2014

Samsung’s newest version of their flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, finally has a release date. On April 11, Samsung will be releasing an upgrade to their most successful phone from last year, the Galaxy S4. S4 users who are already familiar with the feel of the phone and the layout of Android Jelly Bean, will be pleasantly surprised with new biometric features, a larger screen, and a new battery cover. For those looking to move from another phone brand to Samsung, they will find the options and features that Samsung has put into the S5 to be a breath of fresh air.

With the S4’s display size measuring in at 5 inches the 5.1 inches display size of the S5 is nearly an unnoticeable difference. According to theverge.com, the two displays will be indistinguishable from each other. The S5 will retain nearly the same display specs as well with a high definition, 1080p, display panel. Another display feature that will be retained is called SuperAMOLED which is a very bright, super high definition, high resolution, organic piece of hardware that has been in Samsung’s Galaxy line since the Galaxy S3. Around the display will be a plastic casing reminiscent of the S4 with one difference: a dimpled soft finish. This is definitely good news, as the phone won’t see as many drops as with the slippery battery cover of the S4. Samsung is calling this phone their “glam-model” with launch colors available in black, white, blue and gold according to theverge.com.

Last year, a separate phone with a similar set of specs came out right after the release of the S4 with the name Galaxy S4 Active, which featured shock and water resistant benefits. This year, according to CNET.com, the Galaxy S5 will be dust proof and completely waterproof for 30 minutes at a maximum depth of three feet, qualifying it with military spec IP67 water proofing. This is a huge step forward for the device’s durability and safety. This will be a great application for those employed in industries where the environment may be rough on their devices.

New to Samsung’s arsenal of upcoming features, there will be a biometric fingerprint scanner located right on the home key. The biometric feature won’t be directly linked to purchases involving the Play Store, but it will be a necessary feature for those demanding a greater level of security. Scanning the thumb or finger could be used to assist in logging in to certain websites or simply unlocking the phone. According to public opinion, this feature is not one that was very popular with Apple’s 2012 release of the iPhone 5s.  After launch, having the biometric reader on the iPhone 5s even became a security risk for accessing the phone externally. This is because the phone’s security can be bypassed by taking a photo of a fingerprint and transferring it a strip of film and placing it on the phones scanner. This would make the phone believe that it was being accessed by its actual owner. This renders the security of biometric scanning on the phone useless. According to thegaurdian.com, the Chaos Computer Club from Germany used this method to break into an iPhone 5S just two days after it’s launch. Hopefully Samsung will have specific measures in place to ensure that this feature will be popular and safe.

Not to forget the main specifications for the techies out there, the S5 will feature a faster processor than last year’s model. Clocking in at 2.5 GHz, the quad-core processor will help run the new Android OS Kitkat version 4.4.2 and will be supported by 2 GB of RAM. The battery will have 20 percent more usage time, Samsung has promised.The camera on the S5 will be quite impressive with a whopping 16 megapixel sensor and 4K video recording capability.

All-in-all this phone doesn’t skimp on power or speed and will be defined by its capabilities. Although the look and feel of the phone will be nearly the same as last year’s model, the power and ability this phone wields is slated to truly impress.  Looking at the device as a whole, I am impressed and excited for its release. Stay tuned in April for a physical review of this potentially incredible device.

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