It may not look all that different to the last two Galaxy S models, but with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the changes lie under the bonnet.
Samsung’s new flagship device is one of (if not the) most anticipated launch at Mobile World Congress 2014, so it had a lot to prove.
Fortunately, Samsung has packed it with enough new features and added enough subtle design changes to ensure it deserves the attention it’s getting.
The front of the device looks similar to its predecessors, but flip it over, and the cheap, shiny, plasticky back panel has been replaced by a soft-touch backing. Around the edges, the (again, cheap, shiny, plasticky) faux-metal is missing. In its place is a ridged strip of pretend metal.
There are also no exposed ports, because the S5 is now waterproof, with the same kind of protection as Sony’s Z1.
In terms of size, the S5 is quite a bit bigger than the S4; 8.1mm deep and weighing 145g (the S4 was 132g).
The screen is 5.1-inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution, which isn’t much bigger than the S4’s, but it has the same superb quality you’re used to.
One major difference comes with the home button, which is also a fingerprint scanner. Not only can it be used to unlock the phone, but it’s also possible to connect it to your Paypal account – taking things one step closer to the normalisation of mobile payments.
The camera is, of course, a beast. This time rocking 16-megapixels and the capability to shoot 4K video. The front-facer is 2.1-megapixel.
Most of the software is the same kind of thing you’ve seen on previous models, although the fingerprint sensor and a new heart monitor on the back are new developments.
Right now, they’re little more than cool party tricks, but they point to what could be possible in the future.
Then again, I said that about the gimmicks on the S3. And the S4.
There’s no pricing yet, but it’s not going to be cheap when it lands in stores on April 11.