Unveiled today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be coming soon to your local mobile service provider.

As the dominant force in the Android system over the last few years, and the biggest name since Motorola’s “Droid” series took the world by storm, Samsung’s Galaxy series of phones has always displayed its strongest bits of technology in the S series line. With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is hoping to relive some of the glory they met with the S3 model, and forego any of the weaknesses that may have burdened the brand in the S4 model.

The Visual:

Changing up the pace from all former S series models, the next-generation of Galaxy will feature a perforated pattern in the rear, allowing for slightly more grip over the slick back of years past. Available in “Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold” options, as well as the default black. This 5.1″ model Galaxy S will include dust protection and a water resistant coating on the exterior, which is a great additive to the new textured rear.


The Speed:

Packing a 1080p display into that 5.1″ may not be something of a feat in today’s world, but Samsung is kicking up the specs in multiple departments that have been overlooked by other manufacturers this year. Featuring the “world’s fastest autofocus” in a 0.3 second burst, the new 16-megapixel rear camera on the S5 has a greater depth of field than ever, as well as faster High-Dynamic Range performance for those looking for the finest in digital photography in a flash.

Where wireless connectivity is concerned, Samsung is striving for the lead with the S5. Featuring the greatest standard in Wi-fi today, your S5 will pack in Wireless 802.11AC as well as greater LTE support, and a proprietary “Download Booster” which can take advantage of local wi-fi and LTE simultaneously to boost speed dynamically. Add this to a mind-bending 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and the latest version of Android [4.4.2], and you’ve got a good thing going from the Samsung world.

A fingerprint reader has been included into the S5’s only physical button – a move taken likely in spite of Apple’s iPhone 5. We can only hope that the already heated number of patent lawsuits between the companies does not escalate as a result. Samsung says that the device will support up to an astounding 128 GB of expansion through the Micro-SDXC memory card slot, while the handset ships with 16 GB or 32 GB on-board storage options out of the box. Estimated talk time on the S5 will reach 21 hours over the removable 2800 mAh battery, and the handset will be compatible with all Galaxy Gear products.