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Galaxy S5 Unboxing: Has Your Dream Phone Finally Arrived?

by Brandon Russell | April 9, 2014April 9, 2014 6:56 am EST

It’s April, four months into 2014, and consumers (in some areas of the world) already have access to one of this year’s most anticipated smartphones. In the Android world, there’s Samsung, and then there’s everyone else. The Galaxy S5 is the Korean company’s pinnacle, years of work culminated in a new device that promises to be its best ever. This is widely expected to be the handset to beat amongst competing superphones, bigger and better than anything we’ve seen.

The Galaxy S5 offers a terrific 5.1-inch Full HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB and 32GB variations (microSD expandable), Snapdragon 801 processor in the U.S., 2800mAh battery, 16-megapixel camera, IR blaster and IP7 water resistance. The model we are unboxing in this video is the international version which features a 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos processor Those specs are quite indicative of today’s superphone market, but the device attempts to differ in some keys ways, especially when compared to HTC’s recently released One (M8). For starts, as mentioned, the device was built with water resistance in mind, but there’s a lot more to the device than that.

The Galaxy S5 also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front, and a small sensor on the back, just under the camera, that acts as a hear rate monitor. That, as you’d imagine, ties in heavily with Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app, which allows users to easily keep track of important vitals and other information. The mobile market is currently in a fitness tracking craze, so the feature could wind up being hugely attractive to users.

We’re just getting started with our Galaxy S5 coverage. The device is slated to hit major carriers here in the U.S. starting April 11—T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular—so you’ll be able to get your hands on the device soon. In the meantime, checkout our brief unboxing, and stay tuned for more coverage over the coming days.

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