Home

Share this Story

Samsung Galaxy S5 Hardware and Software Video Tour

Samsung Galaxy S5 -8

Two members of the DL crew were live from Samsung’s satellite Unpacked event today, where the company unveiled the Galaxy S5 smartphone. The device looks quite similar to the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, and we would say that the Galaxy S5 is a pretty good marriage of the two devices. 

It features a 5.1″ Super AMOLED Full HD display (1080p), a quad-core processor (still unconfirmed as to which one), 2GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, a 16MP rear-facing camera, and comes running Android 4.4.2.

Below we take you on a video tour of the GS5’s hardware and software in two separate videos for your viewing pleasure.

Device Gallery

Samsung Galaxy S5 -10 Samsung Galaxy S5 -7 Samsung Galaxy S5 -8 Samsung Galaxy S5 -9 Samsung Galaxy S5 -6

Samsung Galaxy S5 -5 Samsung Galaxy S5 -4 Samsung Galaxy S5 -3 Samsung Galaxy S5 -2 Samsung Galaxy S5 -1

Hardware Tour

Software Tour

  • Brenden Keene

    I hated the S5 at first, but the more I see it and learn about it the more I like it. Probably my second choice for a phone besides the Nexus 5 I already have.

  • Steve B

    Touchwiz took a huge step forward in design. Everything looks much better. Sadly, it still sucks though, but at least Samsung is moving in the right direction.

    Any hey, no green battery icon anymore! Hooray!

  • Steve B

    You guys really shouldn’t do product tours using the MotoX as your camera…

    Dat auto focus, yikes.

  • C-Law

    What happened to the 2k display so many rumors pointed to

  • Jason

    This site has gone down hill

    • EdubE24

      The comments section yes, the actual site I would say no!!

  • KennyB

    Samsung took Halo? LOL!

  • bo

    You move your hand a lot. It gets pretty distracting in the videos.

  • Tyler Casilio

    What’s with that Toolbox thing? And they have their own BlinkFeed now, that’s cool (Go HTC!). I actually like BlinkFeed quite a bit now, more than I did. Glad other phone companies are using a similar idea

  • Severo Rivera

    This phone really looks like the original Galaxy S if you look hard enough.

  • jim

    Im loving it, great phone, inside and out

  • matti861

    The ball is in LG’s court now. Even a minor improvement to the G2 will prove to be better than the rerelease of the S4 that we got today. Granted I use a note 3 and love it, I will be the first to admit that samsung is turning into apple when It comes to not changing much from device to device. Oh well

    • hkklife

      Agreed 100x. I must admit that the GS5 is exactly what zi predicted it to be—another small iterative bump up from the GS4 which in itself was a moderate bump up from the G3. The GS3, horribly build and radio issues aside, really set a precedent in 2012 that is still being followed. The only major surprise for me was seeing the 801 onboard for the GS5 and the dimpled battery door I was expecting more fake leather). Also, making all versions “active” and the microUSB port covercover are small but appreciated extras

      By far, the biggest disappointments are the ridiculously gimped internal storage (ONLY 8GB free out of 16GB GTFO!), only 2GB RAM and not matching or slightly exceeding LG’s G2 in bezel reduction and screen size. Wireless charging should also be standard by now. Shame on Samsung for pinching pennies so badly!

      IF (big if) LG can get their software update policy down pat, and get the G2 Pro and G3 out on all carriers in the US in a timely manner and not gimp them too much in appeasing the domestic carriers then this round is theirs for the taking, at least from an industry and power user standpoint.

  • nosedive94

    Did anyone notice that they got rid of the Google Now shortcut in the recent apps menu?

  • nosedive94

    Somehow, TouchWiz got uglier. It’s like Susan Boyle came down with measles.

    • hkklife

      Remember, these phones are designed, planned and executed 18+ months before they hit store shelves, I expect their GS6 or perhaps the Note 4 to be the first real signs of a lightened Touchwiz and more pressure from Google. I think Samsung had the GS5 mostly done and devices like the G2 and X threw them for a bit of a loop.

  • Rich Henry

    Is there a way to look up the processor details from within the phone itself?

  • DanWazz

    The blue color is kinda cool in those pictures. Other than that, looks like another Galaxy S device.

  • Kurt Weber

    I actually really like having the menu button at the bottom, its consistent always having the button there. Eh oh well change happens.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    Did they ditch the IR port or is it still there?

    Considering that I run CM11 on my S4. This phone has nothing new at all other than a processor upgrade. I would never ever use TouchWiz because I personally find it hideous to look at. I was just hoping for some good hardware improvements.

    The heart rate monitor is silly because there are already great apps that do the same thing by turning on the flash and placing your finger over the camera.

    I personally find the fingerprint scanner silly too. My phone is always on me or by my side so in order to unlock it someone would just need me to fall asleep or drug me or just plain force me to swipe my finger over it. With a password they can’t get in unless I verbally give out the password. Not to mention fingerprint scanners are notorious for sometimes requiring several tries to get in. Sure they work, but they aren’t the fastest of ways to unlock.

  • Ray

    i read that the S5 has 2gb of ram is that true wtf?

  • Rodeojones000

    Thanks for the video. Further confirmation of the giant turd that is this phone. What a disappointment.

  • WickedToby741

    Is this really the extent of Google and Samsung’s supposed agreement to scale back TouchWiz? Because if it is, I’m severely disappointed.

    • Jeff Miller

      Dude this phone was probably 100% complete way before there talks. Look for the next phones to change a little…

      • WickedToby741

        I understand that to an extent, but it’s much easier to scale back and I’m guessing Google would have wanted to see results on the S5. It’s certainly milder than the Magazine UX on the Tab Pro’s. If I were to get one, it’d have to be a Google Play Edition, if they offer one, and even then it’s far from a bargain compared to the Nexus 5. This is still too much TouchWiz for me.

    • Rodeojones000

      There was never an agreement to scale back TouchWiz. That’s wishful thinking from people who frequent this and other Android sites. The agreement was in regards to Samsung’s Magazine UX and how they push an app suite that was in direct competition to many core Google apps.

    • Kevin

      There was never an agreement. They were just rumors people pulled out of their @$$ when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo.

  • Jeff Miller

    I like it! Samsung said they were going back to basics and it shows.

    Love the back, camera, updated UI/TW.

    Look forward to battery reviews, that really killed it for me on the S4.

    If this had onscreen buttons for me it would be my next phone 100%. Still deciding but I will probably still pick one up.

  • Tim242

    I love it! The reviews have all been positive thus far. They are proclaiming love for the new UI. My one gripe would be the increase in size of the device for seemingly no reason. The .1″ of extra screen could have fit in the S4 footprint…or they could have left that .1″ off. I will definitely be picking one up though.

    • Diablo81588

      Of course you love it. You would love dogshit if it had a Samsung logo stamped into it.

      • Tim242

        And you would hate it, even if it printed hundred dollar bills…

        • The Narrator

          It would take too long.

    • JMonkeYJ

      Supposedly waterproofing makes phones bigger (that’s why the Sony phones also have those large top and bottom bezels). Maybe they just threw in a bigger screen since the device size was increasing for waterproofing. To me, I think it’s a worthwhile trade off.

      • The Narrator

        It’s not waterproof.

        And anything water dust resistant or proof, don’t expect warranties to cover you.

        • JMonkeYJ

          That would be an epic fail if they repeated the S4 Active waterproof fiasco. The IPX7 rating is supposed to allow for complete immersion up to 1m for half an hour. For now I’m assuming that they’re not misrepresenting that.

          • The Narrator

            I wouldn’t trust any Samsung device to do that after the Active. It’s water resistant, but nowhere near waterproof

    • Intellectua1

      Me too, I like it and will be picking one up.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    First I was like “hmmm touchwiz looking like it got a decent facelift” Then you went to the Phone menu and I INSTANTLY got reminded what annoyed me about my S3 and S4. Touchwiz just feels so HEAVY. I hated going into the dialer.

    • CoreRooted

      My thought was “OK, it’s a bit lighter in the UI, but still so MUCH there!!!”. They couldn’t even try to utilise ASOP’s dialer a bit? It looks almost exactly like previous versions.

    • The Narrator

      The settings menu… Gross

      • Tim242

        You are just a troll.

        • The Narrator

          I see it with my eyes

          • guest

            I see something….. a troll

          • Mikey Styles

            I second that Lol

          • The Narrator

            lol anybody can see the Tizen similarities.

    • Woopwoop

      Dat Cyanogen on S3 though. Still kicking!

  • Garrett Ostrom

    Personally, TW looks nicer to me. I’m wondering if this new TW design will come to the S4 in the 4.4 update. Anyone, thoughts?

  • Omar Amer

    Samsung: Over Engineering the Smartphone since 2005.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    Another site is reporting that the touchwiz (bloatwiz) rom takes up nearly 8GB of space.

    • PoisonApple31

      No different than the Galaxy S4. Nothing new.

      • hkklife

        No, it has less available space out of the box than the 16GB GS4 did (and remember, the 4.3 update on the S4 rearranged some of the bloat and gave the user a few hundred additional megabytes of storage space).

        The GS4, IIRC, had about a gig less of available space than the GS3 did as well. A very disturbing trend and they should have really followed on from the Note 3 launch and made 32GB the baseline version. In fact, ALL of Samsung’s post-Note 3 releases (Tab Pros, Note Pros, Note 10.1 2014) have been insultingly priced and spec’d.

  • Raikou

    Android are you there under all that skin and bloat?

    • Tim242

      I guess you missed the notification bar…and apps.

    • Rodeojones000

      Barely.

    • Chris

      don’t like skins then root or buy a nexus

      • The Narrator

        Mr. Hyson, would you like to add anything to this or just keep using the same tired old “root or buy nexus” argument?

        • Chris

          names not hyson

        • Chris

          but you really have a hard time getting peoples names right,.

          • Guest

            He always does. @disqus_Ov0xXT7Yc4:disqus needs some serous mental help

        • Guest

          Where did you get hyson out of CHRIS? Are you brain dead? Was your rertarded mother drunk when she had you? what about that wife of yours?

          • The Narrator

            Chris, I advise you see a psychiatrist asap. You seem to have severe mental issues.

          • Chris

            I’m not the one posting some guys facebook profile on here.

          • Chris

            Bt the looks of it, I didn’t make that comment.

        • Guest

          Nothing is wrong with buying a nexus or rooting.

          Why cry over it?

        • Chris

          BY the way. Not sure what you thought of when you came up with “hyson”. If thats suspoto be a last name you assigned to me. I’ve got news for you. Its not my last name. so your scare tactics are not working.,

          • The Narrator

            You should watch when posting Facebook photos.

            Nice fake accounts and upvoting yourself too^

          • Chris

            Thats not me

          • The Narrator

            Yes it is. No need to deny it. That same picture was here before when you told somebody’s daughter to commit suicide, and you also live in Oregon. You’re a sick individual who feels the need to make multiple accounts to make yourself feel better. You’re the type of person that’s a danger to society. Get some help, dude.

          • Chris

            Nope. Its not. I’m not gonna argue with you.

          • The Narrator

            Good luck.

          • Chris

            Thanks.

          • Chris

            My photo was never on here, nor did i ever tell anyone to commit suicide.

            also I live in Texas for christ sake.

          • Jason

            So you are gonna stoop to his level then?

  • The Narrator

    Seems… Not so snappy

    What’s usable storage?

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      It seems sluggish compared to other top tier devices and even some mid range devices.

      • Tim242

        Reviews have all said VERY SNAPPY. I believe people that have actually used it over a sad little troll on DL.

        • Patrick Smithopolis

          I’m just watching the video and the way the device chugs along and it doesn’t seem as snappy as my Nexus 5 or Moto X. That doesn’t mean the phone is slow.

    • Orion

      For the 16gb version, I’m reading 8gb or less. Yeah this thing eats up the storage out the box. That’s bloatwiz for you.

    • Tim242

      You are a lying troll. Reviews have all said VERY SNAPPY. I believe people that have actually used it over a sad little troll on DL.

      • The Narrator

        I’m not allowed to have an opinion?

        You’re one to call somebody a troll. We know you have a hard on for Samsung. Enjoy the small battery and 2gb ram.

        • Tim242

          You are really dumber than I thought if you think 2800 mAh battery is small. I already schooled you on RAM. I have 2GB of RAM on my GS4…see screenshot below…

          • The Narrator

            Lol 2800 is small, no matter how you look at it. I don’t care what you say about ram, I want more and companies are doing it. No excuse for them not too.

          • Tim242

            2800 is not small, regardless of how much you lol. Most phones have much less. Wanting more RAM just to say you have more shows your level of intelligence.

          • MrOrange645

            I really wish you would both shut up already.

          • The Narrator

            Fan boys can be quite annoying.

          • guest

            So can you…

          • Chris

            2800 is base in todays terms. Still much better then what we had a year and a half ago.

          • Intellectua1

            Ummm Samsung was the first and only company to do more RAM. The G2 just announced more RAM to compete with the Note 3

          • The Narrator

            The Sony Z2 also.

          • Intellectua1

            After the Note 3 so don’t say other companies are doing it so Samsung should too, when fact is Samsung was the first to introduce more RAM

          • The Narrator

            It’s 2014, so it should be expected.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            This is a screenshot of my S4. I only have about 15 minutes of on screen time (I hardly use the phone) and yet it’s almost dead. Whatever touchwiz is doing is draining my battery.

            I have the same five apps open on my S4 and my Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 is using 58% percent of the RAM while the S4 is using 72%. Sometimes the RAM percentage on the S4 gets as high as 90%. That shouldn’t be happening. Touchwiz is way too bloated.

          • Tim242

            20 hours, and that little screen time? No phone calls? Why do you even have a device? Android system is not touchwiz. I get 4.5 hours of on screen time, which is normal. Try using your phone, and you will see what really uses battery. It is not possible to get anywhere close to 90% RAM usage. Android would shut stuff down that is not needed. That being said, unused RAM is wasted RAM. Please get educated on how Android works, before making yourself look stupid.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            The phone sits at home all day. I usually carry either my Nexus 4, Nexus 5 or Moto X. If I let my Moto X sit like that It’ll take a couple of days to die.

            It’s not impossible to get 90 percent. I’ve done it with my S4.

          • Tim242

            20 hours, with 17% left. That would be close to 2 days. Regardless, battery life is judged by actual use.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I’m not sure where you learned mathematics. There was very little to no use in the twenty hours and the phone is almost dead. It won’t even make it 24 hours.

          • Tim242

            Android services used the battery, not TW. Any phone have it at high usage, when not used. There was an article written about this very subject over at AC.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            If I left my Moto X with it’s smaller battery in the same way I left my S4 it would last much longer. Why do you think that is?

          • Tim242

            Show me that screenshot…

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            This is a screenshot of my Moto X which pretty much has the same software as my S4. The Moto X was powered off for a while (I don’t know if that’s included in the time) and it was charged about 10 percent. I can leave the phone on today in the same state I left my S4 yesterday without charging it and I’ll last the rest of day. I’ll post a screenshot tonight. Meanwhile, I took my S4 of the charger last night and after little use it’s down to 80 percent – Android OS accounting for 72%.

          • Tim242

            Android OS only shows higher usage when a device is idle for long periods. It didn’t eat up 72% of the battery, it used 72% of the 20% used. That means it used 14% of your total battery. For a normal user, they never see Android OS near the top, as the display and apps use the battery. But when you don’t use the phone for long periods, the OS will show as more. The sum of use has to equal 100%. It is probably just apps syncing. Also, stuff like task killers contribute to that.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I know how it works. If it holds true at twenty percent then it’ll hold true at 100 if I do nothing with the phone.

            My primary phone is the Nexus 5. The Moto X is my secondary phone and the usage is closer to the way I use my S4 than my Nexus 5. The Android OS on my Moto X will never use anywhere near what my S4 does.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            Here’s another screenshot of my phone:

          • Tim242

            There’s part of your battery problem. Antivirus runs in the background, and causes battery drain. I was saying show a screenshot of the Moto X after 20 hours of little use, running the same antivirus bloat. You complain about TW bloat, yet you add unnecessary bloat. SMH.

          • Woopwoop

            TLDR is: Moto X battery does actually last 2+ full (24 hour) days idle. Samsung anything, not so much

          • Chris

            20 hours at 17% battery? Thayts pretty good

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            And let me guess, this is with all background apps closed right? Once you load up a few apps and have things running in the background, that 785MB of free RAM shrinks quickly. And yes, 2800mAh is on the small side considering what other high end phones come with these days.

          • Tim242

            The G2 is the only device in this category with a bigger battery…a whopping 200 mAh more…

        • Guest

          Not when you go crying that everyone is the same

        • PoisonApple31

          Small battery? How about that lovely Nexus 5 with a whopping 2300 mAh – what a joke.

          • The Narrator

            We aren’t talking about the Nexus 5, are we?

            The G Pro 2 and Z2 have 3000+

          • PoisonApple31

            You needed help defining the word “small.” I gave you an example of small.

          • The Narrator

            Nobody said the Nexus 5 had a large battery

    • JMonkeYJ

      I’m wondering if the Magazine UI is still beta. It was really chugging there, but for the most part seemed OK besides that.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Finally the One True Android Blog has videos (yes I’m sucking up)

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Sorry, we had some serious technical difficulties with our camera. Sorry again!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It’s No worries. I just look forward to Dlife videos because I know you guys will go more in depth than the general tech blog.

  • Xavier_NYC

    I’m not impressed. I go with the phone that’s the best, I have no loyalty to any company but this is pretty much the same as my G2.

    • The Narrator

      Yeah, can’t wait for the G3, Orr Z2. The G Pro 2 is a beast also.

    • droidify

      Except it’s bigger than your G2 with a smaller screen, no OIS in the camera and a smaller battery. I think I’ll be sticking with my G2 also. I won’t say this phone is a fail but I’m disappointed.

      • Tim242

        The G2 has a 4.95″ display. You can’t count the .25″ of buttons as usable screen space.

        • The Narrator

          Yes you can. They disappear when using apps, and in kit Kat they are transparent.

          • guest

            I’m sure we all already know that. We are not stupid.

        • droidify

          I use auto hide soft keys so yeah I can. My buttons appear when I touch the bottom of the screen. Can’t hide that home key. (Its strange that you’re still here and yet so is the share bar. Hmmm.)

          • Tim242

            Auto hide? That is retarded. You constantly have to tap to bring them back up. I have full use of my display, without that nonsense, and still have small bezels.

          • Xavier_NYC

            I’m running CM11 Kit Kat and Immersive mode lets you use your full screen with no problem. I smell a Samsung fan boy..

          • droidify

            You are lying to yourself if you aren’t disappointed with how much larger and uglier the S5 is than the G2. Its OK. You can admit it.

          • Chris

            G2 even though it looks like a plastic toy or the ugly android phones of 2010/2011

          • droidify

            Show me a phone from 2011that is over 75% screen on the front

          • The Narrator

            Is that the G2 mini? Why is it 4x grid?

          • Guest

            Don’t worry about what it is.

          • droidify

            Because it’s running Kitkat not LG UI

          • Steve B

            Damn, the G2 puts it to shame in side-by-side comparisons.

          • droidify

            Yeah you’re right. Touching a screen is harder than pushing a button down iphone style. I love that huge bottom bezel too. Very nice. Hey some people like retro. Its all good dawg

          • Chris

            People have been pushing buttons for years. Even before the iPhone

        • Rodeojones000

          Why not? It’s still part of the screen, the size can easily be reduced if you’re rooted, and they disappear in apps where you’d want them gone.

        • CoreRooted

          http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_g2-5543.php The G2 has a 5.2″ display. Especially with KitKat and Immersive mode, the on screen buttons do not get in the way, nor do you have to tap anywhere. Swipe up, buttons, swipe down, no buttons.

        • Steve B

          Jesus Tim, shut your f’ing face about usable screen space. Kit-kat solved this problem.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    how did it feel in hand? better than plastic?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Felt really great, actually.

      • Rodeojones000

        Stop lying.

      • Chris

        Its not a Moto X huh?

  • Knlegend1

    Finger Print scanner? where? is it digital

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Swipe down on the home button

      • Knlegend1

        I really wish the next big thing was coming

        • PoisonApple31

          The Moto X2 optimized with 2012 specs?

  • Greg Morgan

    overall thoughts on the soft back?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Heard from other blogs it feels like the OG N7….then again you wasn’t asking me lol

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        Feels much like the OG N7. That’s a very good comparison.

        • Eric Lamont

          Except Google/ASUS dropped the soft touch back in favor of the much better (in my opinion) matte finish plastic. LOVE the feel of my Nexus 7 (2013). Also just my opinion based on the photos, but the S5 looks terrible from behind.

    • The Narrator

      Just touch a nexus 7 2012